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Yannick Noah (1979 Davis Cup)
18 May 1960 |
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (180 lb)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||2005 (member page)|
|Career record||476–210 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in the World Group of the Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (7 July 1986)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1990)|
|French Open||W (1983)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1979, 1985)|
|US Open||QF (1983, 1985, 1989)|
|Tour Finals||QF (1982)|
|WCT Finals||SF (1988)|
|Career record||213–109 (at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in the World Group of the Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (25 August 1986)|
|Davis Cup||F (1982)|
Yannick Noah (born 18 May 1960 in Sedan, France) is a former professional tennis player from France. 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 Chicago Bulls.
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.
Tennis career 
Noah turned professional in 1977 and won his first top-level singles title in 1978 in Manila.
Noah became France's most prominent tennis hero in 1983, becoming the first Frenchman in 37 years to win the French Open. He dropped only one set during the two-week long tournament, and defeated the defending-champion, the Swedish Mats Wilander in straight sets in the final, 6–2, 7–5, 7–6. Noah also won a Grand Slam singles event. 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.
Noah was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. He remains France's highest ranked player since the introduction of rankings in 1973.
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A/A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||NH||QF||4R||1R||SF||0 / 6||11–6||64.71|
|French Open||1R||3R||2R||4R||QF||QF||W||QF||4R||4R||QF||4R||1R||3R||1 / 14||40–13||75.47|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||3R||A||1R||A||A||A||3R||A||2R||A||A||1R||0 / 6||6–6||50.00|
|US Open||A||1R||4R||4R||4R||4R||QF||A||QF||3R||A||2R||QF||2R||0 / 11||28–11||71.79|
|Win–Loss||0-1||3-4||6-3||6-3||7-3||7-2||11-1||4-1||9-3||5-2||8-3||7–3||4–3||8–4||1 / 37||85–36||70.25|
Major finals 
Grand Slam finals 
Singles: 1 (1–0) 
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1983||French Open||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)|
Doubles: 3 (1–2) 
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Winner||1984||French Open||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Pavel Složil
|6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1985||US Open||Hard||Henri Leconte|| Ken Flach
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(1–7), 6–7(6–8), 0–6|
|Runner-up||1987||French Open||Clay||Guy Forget|| Anders Järryd
|7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 4–6, 2–6|
Career singles finals: 36 (23-13) 
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1978||Nice, France||Clay||José Higueras||3–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||1978||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Peter Feigl||7–6, 6–0|
|Winner||2.||1978||Calcutta, India||Clay||Pascal Portes||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||1979||Nancy, France||Hard (i)||Jean-Louis Haillet||6–2, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5|
|Winner||4.||1979||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||1979||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Harold Solomon||6–0, 6–7, 6–1, 1–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||1980||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||0–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||6.||1981||Richmond WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||6–1, 3–1, ret.|
|Winner||7.||1981||Nice, France||Clay||Mario Martinez||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||1981||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Wojtek Fibak||1–6, 6–7|
|Winner||8.||1982||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Ivan Lendl||6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||4.||1982||Nice, France||Clay||Balázs Taróczy||2–6, 6–3, 11–13|
|Winner||9.||1982||South Orange, U.S.||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–3, 7–6|
|Winner||10.||1982||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Mats Wilander||6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||1982||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Tomáš Šmíd||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||1983||Lisbon, Portugal||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 6–7(2–7), 4–6|
|Winner||12.||1983||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Henrik Sundström||3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||13.||1983||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||José Higueras||3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||14.||1983||French Open, Paris||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)|
|Runner-up||6.||1984||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Jimmy Connors||2–6, 7–6(9–7), 3–6|
|Runner-up||7.||1985||Memphis, U.S.||Carpet||Stefan Edberg||1–6, 0–6|
|Winner||15.||1985||Rome, Italy||Clay||Miloslav Mečíř||6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Winner||16.||1985||Washington, D.C., U.S.||Clay||Martín Jaite||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||17.||1985||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Tomáš Šmíd||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||1985||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Stefan Edberg||7–6, 4–6, 6–7, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||1986||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Joakim Nyström||1–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||10.||1986||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Joakim Nyström||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||18.||1986||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||7–6(7–3), 6–0|
|Runner-up||11.||1986||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Stefan Edberg||6–7(5–7), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||19.||1986||Wembley, England||Carpet||Jonas Svensson||6–2, 6–3, 6–7(12–14), 4–6, 7–5|
|Winner||20.||1987||Lyon, France||Carpet||Joakim Nyström||6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||12.||1987||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Andrés Gómez||4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(1–7)|
|Winner||21.||1987||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Ronald Agénor||7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||22.||1988||Milan, Italy||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||4–4, ret.|
|Runner-up||13.||1989||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||Miloslav Mečíř||6–3, 6–2, 1–6, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||23.||1990||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Hard||Carl-Uwe Steeb||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
Doubles finals: 25 (16-9) 
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1978||Calcutta, India||Clay||Gilles Moretton|| Sashi Menon
|Winner||1.||1981||Nice, France||Clay||Pascal Portes|| Chris Lewis
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||2.||1981||Paris, France||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Andrew Jarrett
|Winner||3.||1982||Nice, France||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Paul McNamee
|5–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||1982||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Henri Leconte|| Fritz Buehning
|Runner-up||2.||1982||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Jean-Louis Haillet|| Pavel Složil
|Runner-up||3.||1983||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Heinz Günthardt
|Runner-up||4.||1984||Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet||Henri Leconte|| Peter Fleming
|Winner||5.||1984||French Open, Paris||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Pavel Složil
|6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||1985||Chicago, U.S.||Carpet||Johan Kriek|| Ken Flach
|3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||1985||U.S. Open, New York||Hard||Henri Leconte|| Ken Flach
|7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 0–6|
|Runner-up||6.||1986||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Sherwood Stewart|| Guy Forget
|Winner||7.||1986||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Guy Forget|| Joakim Nyström
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||1986||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guy Forget|| Mark Edmondson
|Winner||9.||1986||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Guy Forget|| Jan Gunnarsson
|Runner-up||7.||1986||Masters Doubles, London||Carpet||Guy Forget|| Stefan Edberg
|3–6, 6–7, 3–6|
|Winner||10.||1987||Lyon, France||Carpet||Guy Forget|| Kelly Jones
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||11.||1987||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||Guy Forget|| Boris Becker
|Winner||12.||1987||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Guy Forget|| Gary Donnelly
|4–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||13.||1987||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guy Forget|| Miloslav Mečíř
|6–2, 6–7, 6–3|
|Runner-up||8.||1987||French Open, Paris||Clay||Guy Forget|| Anders Järryd
|7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||14.||1987||London/Queen's Club, England||Grass||Guy Forget|| Rick Leach
|Winner||15.||1988||Orlando, U.S.||Hard||Guy Forget|| Sherwood Stewart
|Winner||16.||1990||Nice, France||Clay||Alberto Mancini|| Marcelo Filippini
|Runner-up||9.||1990||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Mansour Bahrami|| Tomás Carbonell
|3–6, 7–6, 2–6|
Music career 
Noah performing at a concert in 2011
18 May 1960 |
|Years active||1991 – present|
Since retiring from playing tennis, Noah has developed a career as a popular singer, performing throughout Europe. He began his music career in 1991 with the album Black or What, featuring the popular track "Saga Africa," which he made the stadium sing with his players after the famous Davis Cup final win. In 1993, he released the album Urban Tribu with the successful single "Get On Back," followed by the album Zam Zam in 1998.
With the encouragement of his manager Jean-Pierre Weiller, his musical career got a great boost in 2000 with his self-titled 4th album Yannick Noah, written by Erick Benzi and Robert Goldman. The single "Simon Papa Tara" written by Robert Goldman. The album also contained songs by Bob Marley and the group Téléphone.
In October 2006, the album Charango was a major hit, selling more than 1,150,00 copies and culminating in a one-year tour to promote the album. French radio played the singles "Donne-moi une vie" and "Aux arbres citoyens" from the alburm extensively.
On 21 July 2009, Noah made his U.S. live debut, headlining a concert in front of a packed house at the popular free outdoor performing arts festival in New York City, Central Park SummerStage. The performance was part of France's global music celebration Fête de la Musique.
In 2010, Yannick made a comeback with the release of Frontières, his eighth album, containing the single "Angela", a tribute to Angela Davis. It also contained a duet with Asa in "Hello". On 25 September 2010, he filled the Stade de France for an exceptional concert that was attended by close to 80,000 spectators.
Noah is very active in charity work. He supports Enfants de la Terre, a charity created and run by his mother, Marie-Claire, in 1988.
Noah also founded Fête le Mur in 1996, a tennis charity and adaptation for underprivileged children, specially in the poor areas and the banlieues. It is presided by Noah himself.
He is also a spokesman for Appel des Enfants pour l'Environnement that was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
He also sponsors the Association Terre-des-Hommes in Massongex (Suisse) and donated proceeds of his concert of Grands Gamins, in 2008, to Sol En Si, an AIDS charity.
Partly because of his huge involvement in a number of charities, he topped the list of the most favourite French personalities according to a joint survey of Ifop and Le Journal du Dimanche in 2007.
Yannick Noah is known to have accepted posts from the regime of Paul Biya. In 2005, he accepted consultancy for Cameroon's national football. Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (In French: Rassemblement démocratique du peuple camerounais (RDPC)), the ruling party since independence portrays him as a supporter of its rule. He also reportedly donates to Fondation Chantal Biya (wife of president Paul Biya) especially through Unis pour vaincre.
Noah has also taken many political positions including a marked animosity towards the Union for a Popular Movement (in French Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP)), a right-wing party in France. He also made controversial comments against President Sarkozy about the riots in the suburbs. He also actively supported the candidacy of Ségolène Royal taking part in a pro-Royal rally. Yannick Noah in la Fête de l'Humanité sang many politically engaged songs including "Aux Arbres Citoyens".
In an article dated 19 November 2011 in Le Monde, he created further controversy as an anti-doping activist, by alleging widespread use of doping in Spain to secure success. Many sports associations and even politicians deplored his declarations in absence of any solid proof about Spanish doping.
Personal life 
Noah's father, Zacharie Noah, is a former professional Cameroonian football star who won the French Cup with Sedan in 1961. His mother, Marie-Claire, is a former captain of France's basketball team and teacher. Noah has five children, of whom two were from his first marriage to Cecilia Rodhe (Miss Sweden 1978 and now a sculptor): Joakim (born in 1985) and Yelena (born in 1986). Joakim plays basketball for the Chicago Bulls and for the French team. Yelena is a model, already famous in the world of fashion. They don't live in France but in the U.S. With his second wife, the British model Heather Stewart-Whyte, Noah has two daughters: Elijah (1996) and Jénayé (1997). Now he is married to French TV producer Isabelle Camus, with whom he has a son named Joalukas (born in 2004).
- Problems with the French fiscal authorities
On 15 July 1996, the French fiscal authorities demanded payment of 6,807,701 francs in back taxes for 1993-1994. The Paris administrative tribunal court confirmed the decision alleging that Noah kept three non-declared bank accounts in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States. Noah disputed the court decision as unconstitutional.
|1991||Black & What||Includes "Saga Africa"|
"Aux arbres citoyens")
- 2004: Yannick Noah / Live (2 CDs - FR #134)
- 2010: Charango / Pokhara (2 Cds - FR #103)
|1991||"Saga Africa (ambiance secousse)"||2||—||—||Saga Africa|
|1991||"Don't Stay (Far Away Baby)"||39||—||—|
|2000||"Simon Papa Tara"||12||32||—|
|2001||"La voix des sages (No More Fighting)"||3||16||—|
|2003||"Si tu savais"||22||31||77|
|2004||"Mon Eldorado (du soleil...)"||19||23||59|
(with Disiz La Peste)
|2006||"Donne-moi une vie"||8||5||46|
|2007||"Aux arbres citoyens"||1||2||41||Charango|
|2011||"Ça me regarde"||80||34||—||Frontières|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Yannick Noah|
- Yannick Noah at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Official Site
- International Tennis Hall of Fame
- tenniscorner.net profile
- Biography as pop musician, from Radio France Internationale
|Awards and achievements|
|French Sportperson of the Year
|Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award