Is Yannick Noah a unique case of...

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  1. mdhubert

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  2. TacoBellBorderBowl1946

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    probably the only one.
    You can't win the French with S&V on clay now, you have to be a consistent baseliner or all-court player.
     
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    Yeah it is weird. My memory is fading, anyone have a theory on why he performed so poorly on grass? Guy had a huge serve, great athleticism, diving volleys, odd that he never had a good result at Wimbledon.

    Only thing I can think of-he grew up on clay. & the french open was on clay, so being french he tried to peak more for the clay season than other surfaces. and was so worn out by that effort by the time W came around.
     
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    Yeah it's true that he had this extra motivation for the French, and I know he didn't have the footwork for grass. Maybe he copied his idol Arthur Ash at the time, who was more of an attacking player if I'm not wrong.
    Very strange combination of attacking style and clay "spirit", must have bit quite entertaining at the time...
     
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    Taco bell,

    your signature is wrong/pathetic/. Roddick sucks.
     
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    Yannick was very entertaining to watch. He also wasn't in the great shape you would expect from a clay courter by his own admission. His grips <Lforehand> didn't seem to translate well on the low bouncing grass of the era.:cool:
     
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    i was too young so i can't remember his game... but i read that he himself admitted that his return was one of the weakest among the top 50 or 100 !
    so despite having one of the best serves in that time...... he didn't manage to perform very good on grass ;)
     
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    quote = Phillip=tennisguy

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    Taco bell,

    your signature is wrong/pathetic/. Roddick sucks.


    He can beat your ass any day he wants.
     
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