Tennis-Open-Former champion Noah unfazed by son's arrest
PARIS May 27 (Reuters) - On the day Yannick Noah was honoured for the 25th anniversary of his French Open victory, the Frenchman played down his son's misdemeanours in the U.S. Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah, who is in his rookie season in the NBA and has twice won NCAA titles with the Florida Gators, was arrested with an open container of alcohol and a marijuana cigarette in Gainesville, Florida, on Sunday.
Noah, who had an alley named after him at the Roland Garros complex in a ceremony on Tuesday to commemorate his victory 25 years ago, said his son's conduct was "no big deal".
"He was on holiday and got caught with a drink in his hand, he's 23, that's no big deal," the 48-year-old told reporters.
"He does what he wants. I just told him 'Do what you want but don't get caught'."
Noah was the last Frenchman to win the French Open title when he beat Swede Mats Wilander in the 1983 final. (Writing by Julien Pretot, editing by Karolos Grohmann)
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