General Yannick
Noah
Male
France
1960-05-18
Sedan, France


About

France Enormously popular, former tennis player Yannick Noah delighted galleries all over the globe with his emotional energy, grace, and panache. Noah was appealingly aggressive, a wondrous athlete, and an inspirational performer.
He is best remembered for winning the French Open in 1983 and as a highly successful captain of France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams.

During his career, which spanned almost two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 (in July 1986) and attaining the World No. 1 doubles ranking the following month.
Since his retirement from the game, Noah has remained in the public eye as a very popular music performer and as the co-founder, with his mother, of a charity organization for underprivileged children. Noah is also the father of Joakim Noah of the NBA player.

Born in the north of France in 1960, Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian footballer, Zacharie Noah, and his French wife Marie-Claire. After a sports injury in 1963, Noah's father returned to Africa with his family.
He was living in Cameroon when he made his debut in tennis and was discovered at age 11 by Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell. He soon showed an amazing talent that eventually brought him to the French Tennis Federation's training center in Nice in 1971.
Noah turned professional in 1977 and won his first top-level singles title in 1978 in Manila.
He is the 1977 French Junior Champion also won the 1986 adidas ATP Sportsmanship award.

Noah ended Lendl's 44 match win streak at the 1982 Palm Springs final.

Noah became France's most prominent tennis hero in 1983, becoming the first Frenchman in 37 years to win the French Open(since Marcel Bernard), one of the four Grand Slam singles events.
With his success creating a euphoria in Paris that might never be surpassed.He dropped only one set during the two-week long tournament, and defeated the defending champion, Sweden's Mats Wilander in straight sets in the final. He remains the last and most recent Frenchman to have won the French Open men's singles title.

Noah won the French Open men's doubles title in 1984 (with compatriot and best friend Henri Leconte). He was also the men's doubles runner-up at the 1985 U.S. Open (with Leconte), and the 1987 French Open (with compatriot Guy Forget). In August 1986, Noah attained the world no. 1 doubles ranking, which he would hold for a total of 19 weeks.

Noah played on France's Davis Cup team for eleven years, with an overall win–loss record of 39–22 (26–15 in singles, and in 13–7 doubles). In 1982, he was part of the French team which reached the Davis Cup final, where they were defeated 4–1 by the United States.

Nine years later, in 1991, Noah captained the French team which won the Davis Cup for the first time in 59 years, defeating a heavily favoured US team 3–1 in the final. This feat was repeated in 1996, when France defeated Sweden 3–2 in the final held in Malmö.

In 1997, Noah captained France's Fed Cup team to its first victory in that competition as usual his unbridled passion was a trade mark again.

He notably admitted using marijuana prior to matches in 1981, saying that amphetamines were the real problem in tennis as they were performance-enhancing drugs.
He remains France's highest ranked player since the introduction of rankings in 1973.

Noah was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.



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Archive statistics 1975 - 1990
17
414
294


Tournament wins 1983 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1982 - French National Championships (Open)
1982 - South Orange Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1982 - Swiss International Covered Courts (ATP)
1982 - Indian Wells ()
1981 - French National Championships (Open)
1981 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1981 - Richmond Indoor Championships (WCT Circuit)
1980 - French National Championships (Open)
1979 - Bordeaux Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1979 - Smash Cup (Open)
1979 - Madrid Open (ATP)
1979 - French National Championships (Open)
1979 - Lorraine Open (Grand Prix Circuit)
1978 - Manila International (Open)
1978 - France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 3 (Open)
1978 - Calcutta International (Grand Prix Circuit)


Tournaments Australian Open - 1990 Wimbledon - 1990 Roland Garros - 1990 US Open - 1990 Australian Open - 1989 Roland Garros - 1989 US Open - 1989 Indian Wells - 1989 Australian Open - 1988 Roland Garros - 1988 US Open - 1988 Australian Open - 1987 Wimbledon - 1987 Roland Garros - 1987 Monte Carlo - 1986 Roland Garros - 1986 US Open - 1986 Indian Wells - 1986 Wimbledon - 1985 Roland Garros - 1985 US Open - 1985 Challenge of Champions - 1985 Monte Carlo - 1984 Roland Garros - 1984 Indian Wells - 1984 Monte Carlo - 1983 Roland Garros - 1983 US Open - 1983 Newport Beach Classic - 1983 Monte Carlo - 1982 Roland Garros - 1982 US Open - 1982 Nice - 1982 Italian International Championships - 1982 US International Indoor Championships - 1982 US Pro Championships - 1982 French National Championships - 1982 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1982 Antwerpen - 1982 Indian Wells - 1982 Madrid Open - 1982 Washington Open - 1982 South Orange Open - 1982 Denver - 1982 World Team Cup - 1982 Tokyo Indoor - 1982 Wimbledon - 1981 Monte Carlo - 1981 Roland Garros - 1981 US Open - 1981 New South Wales Championships - 1981 Nice - 1981 Cincinnati - 1981 US International Indoor Championships - 1981 French National Championships - 1981 Conde de Godo - 1981 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 1981 Richmond Indoor Championships - 1981 Indian Wells - 1981 Gstaad - 1981 Washington Open - 1981 Philadelphia Indoors - 1981 Paris Indoor - 1981 Bologna Indoor - 1981 Stockholm Open - 1981 Wembley Indoor - 1981 Bordeaux Open - 1981 Smash Cup - 1981 Long Island Exhibition - 1981 Australian Open - 1980 Roland Garros - 1980 US Open - 1980 New South Wales Championships - 1980 Nice - 1980 Cincinnati - 1980 Italian International Championships - 1980 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1980 French National Championships - 1980 Philadelphia Indoors - 1980 Paris Indoor - 1980 Las Vegas - 1980 Bogota - 1980 Birmingham International Indoor - 1980 Vienna International Indoor - 1980 North Conway - 1980 Stockholm Open - 1980 Brooklyn Masters - 1980 Carre d`As Exhibition - 1980 Dubai Golden - 1980 Wimbledon - 1979 Monte Carlo - 1979 Roland Garros - 1979 US Open - 1979 Canadian International Championships - 1979 Nice - 1979 Cincinnati - 1979 US International Indoor Championships - 1979 Surrey Championships - 1979 French National Championships - 1979 Swiss International Covered Courts - 1979 Madrid Open - 1979 Florence International - 1979 Denver - 1979 Stockholm Open - 1979 King's Cup - Premier Division - 1979 Tokyo Indoor - 1979 Lorraine Open - 1979 Bordeaux Open - 1979 Smash Cup - 1979 Australian Open - 1978 Wimbledon - 1978 Roland Garros - 1978 US Open - 1978 New South Wales Championships - 1978 Canadian International Championships - 1978 Nice - 1978 US Clay Courts - 1978 Italian International Championships - 1978 German International Championships - 1978 French National Championships - 1978 Aix-en-Provence - 1978 Paris Indoor - 1978 Manila International - 1978 Johannesburg Open - 1978 Taipei Summit Open - 1978 Italian International Championships - Qualifying - 1978 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 2 - 1978 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 3 - 1978 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 4 - 1978 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Masters - 1978 Calcutta International - 1978 Roland Garros - 1977 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1977 Zurich International Indoors - 1977 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 2 - 1977 Western Australia Championships - 1975

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