Roland Garros: Why is there a Day of tribute to Yannick Noah?

Yanick Noah Day at the Roland Garros

This Saturday 27th May 2023, Roland-Garros is celebrating Yannick Noah day. Animations, matches and concerts will follow one another on the courts and in the alleys of this mythical place.

If you ever wondered, the traditional charity day at Roland-Garros is now called “Yannick Noah day”. And for good reason. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the former player’s victory in 1983.

As a reminder, Noah remains the last French winner of the men’s tournament, where he beat, in three sets and on a final fault in return for service, the Swede Mats Wilander, then fifth in the world. The first Grand Slam title for a Frenchman in 37 years.

But that’s not all. Yannick Noah has also been committed to children for more than 30 years, through his association Fête le Mur, which relies on sport, and more particularly on tennis, to offer a complete support course until to professional integration.

Party day

This Saturday 27th May 2023, the party is at the rendezvous in the courtyards and alleys of Roland-Garros. Between games, activities, exhibition matches, physical tests and discoveries, families and friends will have plenty to enjoy.

From 11 a.m., the players will follow one another on the legendary Philippe Chatrier court but also on the 14 and Simonne-Mathieu courts for exhibition matches in one set.

Yannick Noah will then give an exceptional concert on the Philippe Chatrier court (from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.), where a stage specially set up for the occasion will welcome his musicians. On the Suzanne-Lenglen court, at 4 p.m., the public will also be able to watch a Legends match.

As every year, the profits from this day will be donated to the Fête le Mur association and will also finance actions initiated by FFT-affiliated clubs for young people in the neighbourhoods, for adapted sports tennis, healthy tennis, para tennis but also in favour of the environment via the Trophies for Solidarity and Environmental Actions.

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