What life looked like according to the actors of the coronation of Lyon. Focus.
Yannick Noah (captain)
At 58, Yannick Noah is one of the four most successful captains in Davis Cup history. After his triumphs in 1991 and 1996, plus a success with the Bleues in the Fed Cup in 1997, the iconic star of French tennis led the Tsonga generation to victory in 2017. In 2015, the former favorite of the French, according to the JDD, had put his career as a successful singer on hiatus, when he took over the captaincy of the France team following the dismissal of Arnaud Clément. And after the defeat against Croatia in the final in 2018, the winner of Roland-Garros 1983 announced that he was moving away (definitely?) From the world of professional tennis after a return to business which left him with contrasting memories. In 2021, Noah put his bags down in his native Cameroon for a few months and in 2022, the singer will go on tour with his group next January.
Guy Forget (2 points in the final, 4 games played in 1991)
Guy Forget ended his playing career in 1997 after winning eleven tournaments in singles and 28 in doubles. The former world number 4, now 56 years old, remains a key figure in the landscape of French tennis. The one who was at the head of the Blues in the Davis Cup for fourteen campaigns (with a title in 2001) – a record in France – was also the captain of the Blues in the Fed Cup from 1999 to 2004. Long consultant on Europe 1, France TV or Canal +, he became director of the Rolex Paris Masters in 2012, before also taking the reins of Roland-Garros in 2016, after the departure of Gilbert Ysern.
Henri Leconte (2 points in the final, 3 games played in 1991)
After winning nine singles and ten doubles titles, “Riton” put away the rackets in October 1996 at the age of 33. The final won in 1991 against the United States remains the masterpiece of his thirteen consecutive seasons in the blue jersey. The one who was notably a consultant for France Télévisions (1996-2003), Direct 8, Canal + sports, and finally for Eurosport with his program Avantage Leconte (since 2011), has remained very active in the world of tennis by regularly playing tournaments on ATP Senior. President of the tennis section of the Levallois Sporting Club since 2009, he has also been involved in the development of padel in France. Eclectic, he also donned the costume of a host of a show on tf1, Neighbors, will they come to an agreement?, ten years ago. In 2020, he also embarked on the television promotion of the slimming program “As I like“. He also organizes golf pro-ams.
Arnaud Boetch (substitute in the final, 1 game played in 1991)
The hero of the 1996 campaign took part in that of 1991, bringing alongside Guy Forget the decisive point in the semi-final double against Yugoslavia. Consultant for France TV until 2018, Arnaud Boetch, 52, has been for several years the director of communication and image at Rolex, a key position at this historic partner of world tennis, sports sponsorship giant, partner of Wimbledon (since 1978), the Australian Open (2008) and the US Open (2018). The old 12e world player, who has become very close to Roger Federer, emblematic ambassador of the Swiss watchmaker, has worked hard to ensure that the brand has also been associated with Roland-Garros since 2019.
Olivier Delaitre (substitute in the final, 0 game played in 1991)
In the shadow of Leconte and Forget, Olivier Delaitre is one of the heroes of the 1991 epic, even if he did not play a single match that year. After his playing career, which ended in 2000, the former 33e mondial became a trainer within the FFT for six years and in particular took care of Gaël Monfils when he started at INSEP. He then worked with the Luxembourg Federation for two seasons before moving to Nice, where he coached young players at the departmental level with the status of independent coach. Since 2020, he has worked as a coach at the All In Academy of Thierry Ascione and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.
Fabrice Santoro (5e man in the final, 2 games played in 1991)
In 1991, Fabrice Santoro, then aged 18, struck hard for the first selection in the quarter-finals against Australia (3-2 victory) by giving the Blues the point of qualifying against Wally Masur in the fifth and last match. The Toulonnais is again decisive in the semi-final against Yugoslavia by winning his two singles. But Noah only makes him the fifth man in the Finals. He triumphed ten years later in Australia, on the pitch, as a pillar of the France team in doubles. The old 17e world ended his career in January 2010. Still very involved in the tennis world, “Fabulous Fab” has been a consultant for beIN Sports since 2014 and has remained active on the circuit by training the Ukrainian Sehiy Stakhovsky in 2015 and 2016, then Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert or the Canadian Milos Raonic, former world number 4.