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Iconic Yannick Noah leads France in Davis Cup - on Kwesé Sports 2

Iconic Yannick Noah leads France in Davis Cup - on Kwesé Sports 2

15:30 SAST | 14 Nov 2017

The Davis Cup is to tennis what the FIFA World Cup is to football. Tennis is not known for being a team sport, but the Davis Cup is different. Kwesé Sports is proud to bring you the Davis Cup Final, LIVE from Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France. The action takes place 24-26 November and you can catch it all on Kwesé Sports 2 (KS2, 24 & 25 November at 15:00 CAT; 26 November at 14:30 CAT).

France are itching to get their hands on one of tennis's most coveted trophies, after years of disappointment. They last won in 2001, and in the interim have been losing finalists three times. Joe Wilfried-Tsonga (who is part Congolese) is France's best player. He'll look to exploit the hard courts of Lille with his big-serving game. Belgium boast the talents of David Goffin, a world No. 8 who recently recorded his first ever win over Rafael Nadal. Belgium have never won the Davis Cup, but have twice been runners-up - in 1904 and 2015.

Davis Cup is somewhat different to other team sports in that the team is led by a non-playing captain. It's his dubious pleasure to die a thousand deaths on the side of the court watching his men slug it out. France are led by the 80's icon Yannick Noah. Noah is best remembered for winning the French Open (Roland Garros) in 1983 - the last time a Frenchman won one of the four Grand Slams. Yannick also happens to be the father of Joakim Noah, who plays centre for the New York Knicks in the NBA. Catch him in the New York Knicks / Utah Jazz matchup (KFS, 16 November at 17:00 CAT).

Besides his tennis exploits, Yannick is famous for being a musician and for being the son of Cameroonian footballer Zacharie Noah. Yannick's tennis talents were discovered by none other than the legendary Arthur Ashe, who was visiting Cameroon in 1971 when he spotted the eleven-year-old. With his mane of dreadlocked hair, toothy grin and film-star looks, Noah exudes charisma both on and off court. He's also proved to be an inspirational David Cup skipper. In 1991 he captained France to their first Davis Cup win in 59 years. He repeated the feat in 1996 and then did the same for the women's team (in the Fed Cup) in 1997 - a first ever title for France.

There'll be plenty of emotion and passion when the French host northern neighbours Belgium in Lille. Even if you're not a huge tennis fan, the Davis Cup transcends the sport and delivers excitement and drama of an order seldom matched in other major sporting events. Don't miss it. Those times: KS2, 24 & 25 November at 15:00 CAT; 26 November at 14:30 CAT.

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