(born 18 May 1960 in Sedan, Ardennes
) is a former professional tennis player from France. He is best remembered for being the last French
man to win the French Open
in 1983, and as a highly-successful captain of France's Davis Cup
and Fed Cup
teams. 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 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.
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... Read More