Yannick Noah (French pronunciation: [janik nɔa]; born 18 May 1960) is a French former professional tennis player and singer. Noah won the French Open in 1983, and is currently the captain of both France's Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup teams. During his nearly two-decade career, Noah captured 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 popular music performer and as the co-founder, with his mother, of a charity organization for underprivileged children. Noah is also the father of former NBA player Joakim Noah.
|Born||18 May 1960|
Sedan, Ardennes, France
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||$ 3,440,660|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2005 (member page)|
|Career record||478–209 (69.6%)|
|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)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (25 August 1986)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|French Open||W (1984)|
|US Open||F (1985)|
|Davis Cup||F (1982)|
Early life edit
Born in Sedan, in the north of France in 1960, Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian footballer, Zacharie Noah, and his White 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 edit
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, one of the four Grand Slam singles events. 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, 6–2, 7–5, 7–6. 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. At the end of 1986, Noah received the ATP Sportsmanship Award, as voted for by other ATP players.
Yannick reached the quarter-final stage or better on 10 occasions at Grand Slam level.
In 1992, Noah received the Legion of Honour medal.
Noah was awarded the Philippe Chatrier Award (the ITF's highest accolade) in 2005 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame that same year. He remains France's highest male ranked player since the introduction of rankings in 1973.
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.
Davis Cup/Fed Cup captain success edit
In 1991, Noah captained the French team to its first Davis Cup victory in 59 years, defeating a heavily favoured US team 3–1 in the final.
This feat was repeated in 1996, when Noah coached the French team to defeat Sweden 3–2 in the final held in Malmö.
Grand Slam singles performance timeline edit
|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|
Grand Slam finals edit
Singles: 1 (1–0) edit
|Win||1983||French Open||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)|
Doubles: 3 (1–2) edit
|Win||1984||French Open||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Pavel Složil
|6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||1985||US Open||Hard||Henri Leconte|| Ken Flach
|7–6(7–5), 6–7(1–7), 6–7(6–8), 0–6|
|Loss||1987||French Open||Clay||Guy Forget|| Anders Järryd
|7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 4–6, 2–6|
Career finals edit
Singles (23 titles, 13 runners-up) edit
|Loss||1.||1978||Nice, France||Clay||José Higueras||3–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Win||1.||1978||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Peter Feigl||7–6, 6–0|
|Win||2.||1978||Calcutta, India||Clay||Pascal Portes||6–3, 6–2|
|Win||3.||1979||Nancy, France||Hard (i)||Jean-Louis Haillet||6–2, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5|
|Win||4.||1979||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Manuel Orantes||6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||5.||1979||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Harold Solomon||6–0, 6–7, 6–1, 1–6, 6–4|
|Loss||2.||1980||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||0–6, 4–6, 4–6|
|Win||6.||1981||Richmond WCT, U.S.||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||6–1, 3–1 ret.|
|Win||7.||1981||Nice, France||Clay||Mario Martinez||6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||3.||1981||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Wojciech Fibak||1–6, 6–7|
|Win||8.||1982||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Ivan Lendl||6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|Loss||4.||1982||Nice, France||Clay||Balázs Taróczy||2–6, 6–3, 11–13|
|Win||9.||1982||South Orange, U.S.||Clay||Raúl Ramírez||6–3, 7–6(7–2)|
|Win||10.||1982||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Mats Wilander||6–4, 6–2, 6–3|
|Win||11.||1982||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Tomáš Šmíd||6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||5.||1983||Lisbon, Portugal||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 6–7(2–7), 4–6|
|Win||12.||1983||Madrid, Spain||Clay||Henrik Sundström||3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–4|
|Win||13.||1983||Hamburg, West Germany||Clay||José Higueras||3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–0|
|Win||14.||1983||French Open, Paris||Clay||Mats Wilander||6–2, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)|
|Loss||6.||1984||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Jimmy Connors||2–6, 7–6(9–7), 3–6|
|Loss||7.||1985||Memphis, U.S.||Carpet||Stefan Edberg||1–6, 0–6|
|Win||15.||1985||Rome, Italy||Clay||Miloslav Mečíř||6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Win||16.||1985||Washington, D.C., U.S.||Clay||Martín Jaite||6–4, 6–3|
|Win||17.||1985||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Tomáš Šmíd||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||8.||1985||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Stefan Edberg||7–6(9–7), 4–6, 6–7(5–7), 1–6|
|Loss||9.||1986||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Joakim Nyström||1–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Loss||10.||1986||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Joakim Nyström||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||18.||1986||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Guillermo Vilas||7–6(7–3), 6–0|
|Loss||11.||1986||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Stefan Edberg||6–7(5–7), 2–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(5–7)|
|Win||19.||1986||Wembley, England||Carpet||Jonas Svensson||6–2, 6–3, 6–7(12–14), 4–6, 7–5|
|Win||20.||1987||Lyon, France||Carpet||Joakim Nyström||6–4, 7–5|
|Loss||12.||1987||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Andrés Gómez||4–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(1–7)|
|Win||21.||1987||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Ronald Agénor||7–6(8–6), 6–4, 6–4|
|Win||22.||1988||Milan, Italy||Carpet||Jimmy Connors||4–4, ret.|
|Loss||13.||1989||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||Miloslav Mečíř||6–3, 6–2, 1–6, 2–6, 3–6|
|Win||23.||1990||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Hard||Carl-Uwe Steeb||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
Doubles (16 titles, 9 runners-up) edit
|Loss||1.||1978||Calcutta, India||Clay||Gilles Moretton|| Sashi Menon
|Win||1.||1981||Nice, France||Clay||Pascal Portes|| Chris Lewis
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||2.||1981||Paris, France||Hard (i)||Ilie Năstase|| Andrew Jarrett
|Win||3.||1982||Nice, France||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Paul McNamee
|5–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||4.||1982||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Henri Leconte|| Fritz Buehning
|Loss||2.||1982||Toulouse, France||Hard (i)||Jean-Louis Haillet|| Pavel Složil
|Loss||3.||1983||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Heinz Günthardt
|Loss||4.||1984||Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet||Henri Leconte|| Peter Fleming
|Win||5.||1984||French Open, Paris||Clay||Henri Leconte|| Pavel Složil
|6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||6.||1985||Chicago, U.S.||Carpet||Johan Kriek|| Ken Flach
|3–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, 6–4|
|Loss||5.||1985||U.S. Open, New York||Hard||Henri Leconte|| Ken Flach
|7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 0–6|
|Loss||6.||1986||La Quinta, U.S.||Hard||Sherwood Stewart|| Guy Forget
|Win||7.||1986||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Guy Forget|| Joakim Nyström
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Win||8.||1986||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guy Forget|| Mark Edmondson
|Win||9.||1986||Basel, Switzerland||Hard (i)||Guy Forget|| Jan Gunnarsson
|Loss||7.||1986||Masters Doubles, London||Carpet||Guy Forget|| Stefan Edberg
|3–6, 6–7, 3–6|
|Win||10.||1987||Lyon, France||Carpet||Guy Forget|| Kelly Jones
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||11.||1987||Indian Wells, U.S.||Hard||Guy Forget|| Boris Becker
|Win||12.||1987||Forest Hills, U.S.||Clay||Guy Forget|| Gary Donnelly
|4–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Win||13.||1987||Rome, Italy||Clay||Guy Forget|| Miloslav Mečíř
|6–2, 6–7, 6–3|
|Loss||8.||1987||French Open, Paris||Clay||Guy Forget|| Anders Järryd
|7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 4–6, 2–6|
|Win||14.||1987||London/Queen's Club, England||Grass||Guy Forget|| Rick Leach
|Win||15.||1988||Orlando, U.S.||Hard||Guy Forget|| Sherwood Stewart
|Win||16.||1990||Nice, France||Clay||Alberto Mancini|| Marcelo Filippini
|Loss||9.||1990||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Mansour Bahrami|| Tomás Carbonell
|3–6, 7–6, 2–6|
Music career edit
|Years active||1991 – present|
After retiring from playing tennis, Noah developed a career as a popular singer, performing throughout Europe. He began his music career in 1991 with the album Black & 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 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" was written by Robert Goldman. The album also contained songs by Bob Marley and the group Téléphone. In 2005, Noah performed at Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert, a fundraiser aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa.
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 Aṣa 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 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, especially 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 took part in singing with Les Enfoirés to help Les Restos du Cœur. He also took part in telethons and sponsored the Téléthon 2005. He also sponsors the Association Terre-des-Hommes in Massongex (Suisse) and donated proceeds of his 2008 concert of Grands Gamins, to Sol En Si, an AIDS charity.
Noah has taken a particular interest in UN-SDG6, supporting the delivery of clean water through What Water ASBL. He has supported the cause on numerous occasions, including hosting an exhibition at his resort Village Noah in Yaoundé, Cameroon
Partly because of his involvement in a number of charities, Noah topped the list of the most favourite French personalities according to a joint survey of Ifop and Le Journal du Dimanche in 2007.
Personal life edit
Noah first attended school in Yaounde (Cameroon), where his parents had settled after meeting and marrying in France. He then left Cameroon to attend a sports-and-study program in France under the sponsorship of the French Tennis Federation. He dropped out of the program at age 17 to move to full time tennis schedule. Noah's father, Zacharie Noah, was 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 are from his first marriage to Cécilia Rodhe (Miss Sweden 1978 and now a sculptor): Joakim (born in 1985) and Yelena (born in 1986). Joakim had a 13-year career in the NBA and represented France in international competitions. Yelena is a model, mildly famous in the world of fashion. They do not 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||—||—||Black & What|
|1991||"Don't Stay (Far Away Baby)"||39||—||—|
|2000||"Simon Papa Tara"||12||32||—||Yannick Noah|
|2001||"La voix des sages (No More Fighting)"||3||16||—|
|2003||"Si tu savais"||22||31||77||Pokhara|
|2004||"Mon Eldorado (du soleil...)"||19||23||59|
(with Disiz La Peste)
|2006||"Donne-moi une vie"||8||5||46||Charango|
|2007||"Aux arbres citoyens"||1||2||41|
|2011||"Ça me regarde"||80||34||—||Frontières|
|2014||"On court"||47||42||—||Combats ordinaires|
|2022||"La vie c'est maintenant"||—||49||—||La marfée|
- "Revelations uncover a father's anguish". The Age. 20 June 2002.
- "Exposition : l'eau, c'est la vie". www.cameroon-tribune.cm. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
- "OEUVRE CARITATIVE – Yannick Noah met le feu au lac pour favoriser l'accès à l'eau". 24 heures (in French). 11 June 2023. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
- "Yannick Noah discography". lescharts.com. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Discographie Yannick Noah". Ultratop. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- "Discographie Yannick Noah". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
- "Les Disques D'Or/De Platine - Albums 2004". UltraTop. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Les certifications". Snep. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Awards". Swiss charts. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Les Disques D'Or/De Platine - Albums 2006". UltraTop. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Les Disques D'Or/De Platine - Albums 2007". UltraTop. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Hamard, Jonathan (23 April 2014). "Yannick Noah : "On court", son nouveau single résolument pop". chartsinfrance. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Les Disques D'Or/De Platine - Albums 2010". UltraTop. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Goncalves, Julien (11 February 2016). "Yannick Noah met fin aux rumeurs sur son évasion fiscale : "Tout est payé"". chartsinfrance. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 37, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
- "Discographie Yannick Noah". Ultratop. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- Official website
- Yannick Noah at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Yannick Noah at the International Tennis Federation
- Yannick Noah at the Davis Cup
- Yannick Noah at Wimbledon
- Yannick Noah at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Biography as pop musician at the Wayback Machine (archived 12 April 2006), from Radio France Internationale