Yannick Noah: 'Kids, learn by Nadal because there is only one Federer'

Tennis - The Davis Cup French team captain spoke about the current situation of men's tennis

Author: Luigi Gatto | 2016-09-26 13:00 | 48763 reads

Interviewed by Marca, Yannick Noah spoke about his triumph at the Roland Garros in 1983, an even more historic success now since he is the last French player to have won it. ´I remember the TV was black and white. Once Pierre de Coubertin had said that the most important thing was to play.

In professional sport, if you want to win you need to not just play. In our country kids should look at Nadal and not with the goal of playing like Federer does. There is only one Roger. But in France, it is not like this.´ Asked if he would like to reward Nadal with the Roland Garros trophy, Noah said, ´People have to understand in France, Nadal is very respected, not only by the crowd but also by those around him.

Ball boys, organizers. All things you do not see on TV but that for me are important . He is always available to sign an autograph and not only before cameras. For me this is important. In Davis Cup during a practice with Lucas (Pouille ), I told him, "Look at how Nadal warm-ups, his attitude and fair play fter the loss in New York." It would be a privilege to give him the Roland Garros trophy but I don´t think organizers will think about me.

I do not like these things but if they ask me who knows. Hopefully he can win the title again. Will he triumph in a Slam? It´s tough to say. But every time after an injury I always hear that he would never comeback. And instead he did it, he will be dangerous until when he remains on the Tour.´ ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I can change many things, but the tic of the underwear won't change'