Yannick Noah - scouting report.

Along with Leconte, Noah was a welcome character when I was heavy into watching tennis as a kid in the mid and late 80s. Had a very good career - a Slam title, one other SF, and 8 other QFs - in addition to 23 tournament wins and a Slam doubles title. Good, but, obviously he's not among the best of his generation.

Seems like he relied on a very good serve and great movement. Good volleyer, very average groundstrokes. Is there anything more to it? What are some of his best matches? What would "peak" Noah entail?
 
Very awkward groundies, only reason they didn't lead to disaster was because they were looped high. On the occasions where he went for more power, he literally had to thrust his whole body into the shot, such was his poor technique.

His BH slice was excellent though, and he was a showman , lunging and diving for volleys without a second thought; but thankfully he could back that up - he was supremely atheletic, & with great anticipation and instinct at the net, not unlike J W Tsonga.

He won his lone GS in part because Wilander was not yet the man who was so willing to go to net as he would later on in his career. Not attacking & approaching to Noah's BH was really looking a gift horse in the mouth. Noah for his part was steady from the backcourt and played the slice excellently. Perhaps Mats passes were also a bit off.

I like his matches against Svennson Wembley 86, Leconte French Open 85, & Edberg 86 masters. Only 1 of those he wins, but he plays to his highest capability in all of them.
 
Here are extensive stats I took in 2011 on his wins vs Wilander and Lendl at 83 RG
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/stats-for-1983-fo-final-noah-wilander.333578/

Intersting that he came to net 101 times, but only 25 of those points were S&V attempts. Wilander came in 36 times, a healthy number for a baseliner in the 80s on clay.

I went to a lot of tournaments in the 80s, Noah certainly had an aura about him, fans loved him. And it seemed like commentators sort of wanted him to do well. I got the sense that many in the media wanted a Becker Noah rivalry to emerge (2 very strong personalities)
 
Honestly, I didn't even remember. I should have searched for some threads. I'm returning to TT after a lot of fallow months. I've talked a LOT of tennis over the years and I guess bound to repeat some questions and topics.
No worries. Just please don't start a thread asking how would you rank Connors, Lendl, Mac:)
That topic has an absurd amount of threads.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Along with Leconte, Noah was a welcome character when I was heavy into watching tennis as a kid in the mid and late 80s. Had a very good career - a Slam title, one other SF, and 8 other QFs - in addition to 23 tournament wins and a Slam doubles title. Good, but, obviously he's not among the best of his generation.

Seems like he relied on a very good serve and great movement. Good volleyer, very average groundstrokes. Is there anything more to it? What are some of his best matches? What would "peak" Noah entail?
why isn't Noah coaching in ATP tour ?? he would be a very good coach. getting his player drunk and rock and roll and women will take away all nerviousness prior to the match
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
why isn't Noah coaching in ATP tour ?? he would be a very good coach. getting his player drunk and rock and roll and women will take away all nerviousness prior to the match
Trouble is, it would probably take away the performance too. :cool:
 
He refused to pay some of his taxes, he even had a trial with a long procedure that he lost and he finally paid 661 457 euros.
Lots of french people hate the fact he have a successful singer career in France, be the captain of Davis cup, and for a long time living in Swiss (like the majority of french players or formal players like Guy Forget) just because the fiscality is better. And he made a "politic song" against "extreme right" who is very popular in France now ...his son plays on NBA, his daughter is a model, so I think there is jealousy, I heard in America the success of others was welcome, but not in France. He was popular after his victory at RG and the 1991 victory in Davis cup but now...even for the 2017 Davis cup victory, he had some critics because the best players were supposedly absent.
 
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