Yannick Noah is the last Frenchman to have won a Major title in 1983 French Open. In an interview to Tennis Magazin, the former French Davis Cup team captain said: "I do not think that streak will be broken until the three Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, are still on Tour."
On Rafael Nadal's 12 French Opens, Noah added: "When Bjorn Borg won the title for five times, interest in tennis came back. We experience it even today with the Nadal era. For me, the most important thing is emotions (and in that) I do not feel any of them.
There is nothing to look at when he wins the title, falls on the ground, takes his trophy and thanks his sponsors." He also revealed: "Mats Wilander, my opponent in the final, told me some years ago: 'You owe me a beer all the days.'
I asked him what he meant. 'If I won against you in 1983 but lost to Henri Leconte in 1988, how would your life have looked like?' Mats are perfectly right. It's often about details. I was lucky to win in front of my crowd and the most important people in my life.
It was perfect." On Jimmy Connors, Noah concluded: "In the beginning, it was very bad to play against him because he just waited for me to make the first unforced errors. Also, he was often angry, not educated. But I was not the only one to see him in a critical way.
He had no friends on Tour. He was somehow unpredictable. John McEnroe was perfectly the opposite as Jimmy Connors. He was always correct even if he faced controversies."