French Open 1983
Yannick Noah was born and spent his early years in the Cameroon. He was spotted by Arthur Ashe, who encouraged him to pursue his tennis career. He moved to France where he took advantage of the better quality facilities and coaching. Noah was famed for his trick shots, court speed and playboy lifestyle. He loved parties and singing and was one of the few smokers on tour. Noah made his Grand Slam debut as a 17 year old at the French Open in 1977, where he lost in the opening round to Brian Fairlie. At the French Open in 1981 Noah beat Guillermo Vilas in four sets in the fourth round before losing to Victor Pecci in four sets in the quarters. At the French Open in 1982 Noah beat Wotjek Fibak from two sets to love down in the fourth round before losing to Vilas in straight sets in the quarters. At the French Open in 1983 Noah beat Ivan Lendl in four sets in the quarters and Christophe Roger-Vasselin in the semis in straight sets. In the final he faced defending champion Mats Wilander. Noah was very fired up and tried his heart out, often coming into the net and hitting volley winners. He beat Wilander in straight sets to thrill the home crowd. At the US Open he lost to Jimmy Arias in five sets in the quarters. Defending his French title in 1984, Noah lost in five sets to Wilander in the quarters. At the 1985 US Open Noah lost in straight sets to Lendl in the quarters. At the 1987 Australian Open Noah lost in four sets in the quarters to Pat Cash. At the French he lost in the quarters to Wilander in straight sets. At the 1989 US Open Noah beat Alberto Mancini from two sets to one down in the fourth round before losing in straight sets to Boris Becker in the quarters. At the 1990 Australian Open Noah beat Pete Sampras in four sets in the fourth round and Mikael Pernfors in straight sets in the quarters before losing to Lendl in straight sets in the semis. He made his final Grand Slam appearance at the US Open that year, where he lost to Becker in straight sets in the second round. In 1991 Noah was non-playing captain and inspired France to victory over the USA in the final of the Davis Cup, the first time France had lifted the title since the days of the Musketeers. After retirement Noah pursued a singing career, releasing several albums. He also played tennis on the senior tour.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: B.Becker 0-2, B.Borg 0-2, P.Cash 0-1, J.Connors 0-1, V.Gerulaitis 1-0, J.Kriek 0-1, I.Lendl 1-2, P.Sampras 1-0, G.Vilas 1-2, M.Wilander 1-2
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