Yannick Noah was present Saturday at Roland-Garros for the day dedicated to him. The former French No. 1 has performed in concert in front of a very full Philippe-Chatrier court and will inaugurate this Sunday in the Parisian stadium a fresco in memory of his victory in 1983. The last French winner of the tournament also lent himself to the game of questions and answers with the media, the opportunity to address a somewhat sensitive subject in current tennis: the breaks of players during matches.
- Roland Garros Men's Singles
- Roland Garros Women's Singles
" READ ALSO Roland-Garros: 40 years after his success, Noah finds the central the time of a concert
Locker room break, physiotherapy break, toilet break, doctor break, these multiply over time, which has the effect of lengthening the matches while cutting the rhythm. A habit that Yannick Noah commented with a piquant humor, visibly annoyed by this recent fashion. "No, I think players today have smaller bladders. (Laughter) I do not see anything else. I'm talking about the Minimes until my last match, I never wanted to piss on the court. You sweat, you piss before. I never felt like peeing. (Laughter) So there is a bladder problem. There are already mental problems, bladder problems, "first commented the former captain of the Blues in Davis Cup.
I don't want to be the old who comes to tell... On the other hand, we can really check together this bladder problem.
Noah admits, however, that calling the doctor or physiotherapist may be legitimate in some cases. "The physiotherapist... A difficult match, there is a moment when the physical aspect is important. The guy is tired at one point. A guy in great shape, he doesn't need the physio. There is fatigue at a time that makes you need help, a little message, a little stretching, oh yes!" he adds, regretting, however, abuse and cinema on the part of some players. "It's endless after. If I dominate you physically, it's part of the game. If you get hurt... I sincerely believe that in 95% of cases, they are not injured, they resume. So it's really to break the rhythm of the game. However, the rhythm of the match is essential, "said the 63-year-old singer ending his remarks on a new amusing note: "I do not want to be the old who comes to tell ... On the other hand, we can really check together this bladder problem. (Laughter).»