Biography of Yannick Noah (1960-VVVV)

French tennis player, born in Sedan (Department of the Ardennes) on May 18, 1960, champion individual and doubles tournament of Roland Garros and number one ranking in doubles. His athletic physique and his spectacular play have made him protagonist of the greatest successes of French tennis during the 1980's and it has become one of the most admired sports figures in his country, in and out of the tracks.

He began his professional career in 1978, and in 1982 he/she entered among the top ten in the world, privileged position in which remained during the next six years. In 1983 became the only individual title with Grand Slam, appearing to his record, the open de France or Roland Garros, where the favorite, beat the Swede Mats Wilander. The following year he/she repeated the triumph in the French tournament, this time in doubles along with his compatriot Henri Leconte; individual quarterfinalist in 1982 and 1984 in the United States open, in 1985 also reached the doubles alongside Leconte in the American tournament final, but they fell to the versatile pairing of Flach and Seguso. In 1986, one of his best seasons, reached number three in the ATP rankings and first place in the classification of double. In 1987 he/she returned to play the doubles final of Roland Garros next to Guy Forget, party which ended with the defeat of the French couple. In 1990 was a Semifinalist in another tournament of Grand Slam, the Australia open, while grass is not a surface is better handled. Retired from racing, in 1991 he/she was appointed captain of the French team of Davis Cup which won brilliantly the precious trophy against the United States, after almost sixty years without success, and again in 1996 before the powerful Swedish team. In 1997 he/she switched to take charge of the Gallic team of Federation Cup, which led to the triumph in October of that same year, and resigned in September 1998.

Since 1996 participated in the circuit for veterans, with several wins under his belt. It has a total of 23 individual titles, and was a finalist for other thirteen throughout his professional career. He/She was married to British model Heather Stewart-Whyte, who was divorced in 1999, and is father of two sons, Joachim and Yelenah.