Roland Garros Re-Lived 1983: Yannick Noah and the power of dreams

Who better to tell the story of Yannick Noah’s historic victory at the French Open in 1983 than the man himself?

In an enthralling, exclusive interview, Noah takes us through it all, including the extra work he put in during the build-up to Roland Garros that year, his nerve-wracking victory over Ivan Lendl, the relief he felt when Jimmy Connors lost, the dream he had before the final, the words he exchanged with his father after beating Mats Wilander to win the title, and why he could never replicate those feelings elsewhere.

Afterwards, we discuss our own Yannick Noah memories, his game style on clay, and his enduring cultural importance in France.

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, featuring Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.

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