PARIS — It’s that time again at Roland Garros. “Every five years it’s the same,” Mats Wilander told me once, laughing at his destiny. Wilander won the 1988 French Open, which means that this year is the 35th anniversary of his third and final victory at the world’s premier clay-court tennis tournament.
Side note: Watching Taylor Townsend win with A. Parks in their first-time pairing was a wonderful moment for them and US tennis. I was so impressed with Taylor's character - when Alycia got down after some bad mis hits Taylor was always right there encouraging her. Assuming she'll play with Laila in New York?
I did not know this story until today even though I have been a player and avid watcher of Wimbledon. It was written beautifully and held my interest throughout. Thanks and kudos to you!
Grand Slam = the 4 tennis majors in the same year. A person violating this nomenclature is not qualified to write about tennis.
Great writing on a great man. I remember shaking Noah’s hand in Indianapolis, probably US Clay tournament. He was just wandering around with fans. Pretty unusual the players. I count him a good person.
A 1 hit wonders … some of best stories in sports, music, etc.
Bravo Chris. Love your writing on tennis in the NYT and glad to see it here too.
He was the first I ever saw hit a ball between the legs while running away from the net towards the baseline. If that shot is not named after him, it should be.
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Another brilliant piece! Loved all of the background you gave us to get to know Yannick on a deeper level. Really well done.
What a great story! I especially love the last paragraph. It’s that dreamer quality of his I’ve always loved. Even though we want champions to keep winning tennis matches I find Noah’s path very beautiful. Thank you.
Brilliant article about Noah! I'm so glad you're sharing your writing on Substack :)
I dont remember the french open victory, but i remember Noah at Wimbledon, diving around the court like a first rate goal keeper. He brought joy to the court and was one reason i took up tennis as a kid. My memories of Noah embody everything that is good in sport.