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By Guillaume Mahot
Yannick Noah, last French tennis player to have won a major title in a Grand Chelem tournament (Rolland-Garros in 1983) was confirmed by the French Tennis Federation as French captain for the upcoming year, with the goal to preserve the Davis Cup the French squad just won a couple of days ago. Everybody agreed.
The French Cameroonian idol, considered as the man of the situation because of his strong character and mentality of winner, managed to make France win again with a trophy that was refusing to be grasped by French hands for so many years. Last time dated back to 2001. This tenth Davis Cup was acquired against Belgium 3-2 and a last and decisive game in Lille that was brightly achieved by youngster Lucas Pouille (23 years old), surrounded by his teammates and staff after the ultimate and winning point against his Belgium adversary Steve Darcis. According to him, the best moment in his whole career, and we can understand him.
Noah had already won this trophy in 1991 and 1996 as a captain. He adds up a third one in this end of year 2017 and will go on in 2018 with players like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, but also Gilles Simon and Gaël Monfils (missing for this Davis Cup) in order to make France win again and regularly, something that lacked for ages in French tennis.