After over a decade, 16 years to be exact, Yannick Noah has given France something to celebrate. Finally, Noah has brought the Davis Cup Title back to France.
In the final stages of a seemingly colorful career, Noah won the French Open himself in the year 1983. However, his success didn’t stop there. He later became a singer on the world stage and also was captain of France in 1991 and 1996.
When taking on the French team, his main focus was to rearrange and reinvent the standing mentality of the team and of the country, when it comes to the Davis Cup Title. He said, especially during his run as the coach, he could feel that the country behind the team was truly not onboard with their hopes and dreams of bringing back the title. Overcoming the lack of support and belief was one of the hardest obstacles to get through on his journey to the title.
The French team had an arguably, relatively “easy” journey to the finals this year. They defeated Japan, Britain, and Serbia. Fortunately, it seemed to be like the path was clearer and easier than it normally would be. During the open, team France had an easier road because they didn’t have to face names like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori.
Coach Noah is no stranger to making history in the world of tennis, especially representing Team France. Almost thirty years ago, in 1991, Noah helped France secure their first Davis Cup title in 59 years. It was recorded as one of the biggest upsets in the tournament‘s history, against the United States.
Pouille Finishes It Off
As France hosted the tournament at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium, Lucas Pouille clenched the win they needed to secure the championship title for the country. The win was pretty one-sided, which is fairly abnormal for a final. Nonetheless, the 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win that beat Belgium’s Steve Darcis, which contrasted greatly with his previous two losses in his last Davis Cup matches, gave France the need that gave the country the last win to make history, and even more, in front of their people.
Pouille took the motivation he found from his prior losses to push him through the three sets and destroy his opponent. With that title, France is third in line (tied with England) for the most Davis Cup titles in history, with the United States in first and Australia in second.
Their last title was in 2001. Since then, France has made an appearance of three finals in the Cup, 2002, 2010, and 2014, but didn’t clinch the win. Belgium, their opponent, on the contrary, have yet to win a title. Their last three finals, including this past one, completed a tally of three finals in which they have lost, in 1904 and in 2015.
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