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Yannick NOAH

French Yannick NOAH

born Yannick Simon Camille NOAH

French pop-soul singer and former professional tennis player

Source :  Anne THONUSLuc ANTONINI

Born: on May 18, 1960 in Sedan, France


Biography

Noah is the son of former school teacher Marie-Claire Échalier-Perrier and Zacharie Noah, a former Cameroonian football star.

He 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 Mats Wilander in straight sets in the final 6–2, 7–5, 7–6. Noah also became only the second black male to win a Grand Slam singles event (after Arthur Ashe). He remains the last native to have won the French Open men's singles title.

During his career, which spanned almost two decades, Noah captured a total of 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. His highest singles ranking was third in the world, in 1986.

Source :  http://www.wikipedia.org/

See Also :

- Category Singer & Musician, Tennis