Former French Open Champion Yannick Noah Thinks Spanish Athletes Used Banned Substances

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18: Former professional tennis player Yannick Noah presents 5 times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault with the new yellow jersey on October 18, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

French tennis legend Yannick Noah thinks that Spanish athletes are doping. And he'd like to see France's athletes allowed to do the same.

Yannick Noah, the 1983 French Open champion, accused Spanish athletes of doping in an interview published today. Noah, father of current Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, told the French newspaper Le Monde that to level the playing field, all athletes would be allowed to use banned substances.

From the Washington Post:

"We're not being treated in the same way as the majority of our adversaries from other countries," he said. "The best attitude to adopt is to accept doping. And then everyone will have the magic potion."

Noah went on to say that his countrymen had no change against Spanish opponents with the stringent testing his homeland had on its athletes.

"How can a country (Spain) dominate sport from one day to the next?" he asked. "Had they discovered avant-garde training techniques and methods that no one else imagined?"

Despite mentioning the athletes' size and power, Noah gave no other proof of the use of widespread doping among the Spanish athletes. However, he did suggest that France should be more lenient in its testing of its own athletes. 

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