CharlElie’s drawing in honor of the famous retired French tennis player, Yannick Noah, was Roland Garros‘ special edition cover page. So far, Yannick Noah is the only French man who won the French Open 30 years ago, in 1983.
Did you know that CharlElie is a karate-passionate? Despite not being very active in the discipline lately, CharlElie has gone as far as earning a karate brown belt. He argues that the martial art helped him to sing. His master Murakami, in Nancy, taught him how to use his Ki energy by learning to breath properly. According to CharlElie, that was one of the key steps in the development of his singing technique.
Did you know CharlElie’s tennis book, “Beautiful Gestures” (“Beaux Gestes”), won the Lacoste Award for best sports book of 1999? CharlElie drew most of his book during a period where he had to stop playing due to a tennis elbow injury. He took this time to observe numerous videos of professional tennis players and study precisely their technique. He figured that since he was unable to practice, he might as well learn more about the theory. His drawings, at first for the purpose of his own understanding of the game, were put together to form this spectacular award-winning book.
Later, in 2001, CharlElie participated in the book “Roland Garros 2001, Seen by the Biggest Tennis Photographers” which also won another Lacoste Award.
Did you know CharlElie’s favourite sport is tennis? In fact, he is as big as a tennis fan as you will ever find. Not only he plays at least 3 times a week, but he is also a great student of the game. He even published a book on tennis filled with drawings and lessons titled Beaux Gestes (Beautiful Gestures, 1999).
Every year he is invited to sit on the presidential seats of the French Open (Roland Garros) in Paris. You can easily notice him on the background of your TV screen when Roger Federer is serving. During the 2011 French Open, he finished in first place of the Celebrity Fast Serve contest with a 92 mph serve. Not bad for a 55 year old tennis amateur.