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The French Open’s tie to one of France’s spectacular aviators

6 June 2015

The French Open’s tie to one of France’s spectacular aviators

To the English speaking world it is the French Open but, to the rest of the world, it is Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros (the French Internationals of Roland Garros). Indeed, typing in the search term “French Open” brings you to the official website of http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html — so, one has to ask, “Roland Garros?”

Roland Garros — San Diego Air & Space Museum archive photo

Roland Garros — San Diego Air & Space Museum archive photo

The story is brief but remarkable. Roland Garros was a record setting French aviator in the early 1900s. Flying frail aircraft across the Mediterranean Sea or to record setting heights. He also pioneered the armor plating of propeller blades during WW I in order to deliver more accurate fire into opposing aircraft. Garros died in aerial combat during 1918 but his loyal friends commemorated his well led life in the naming of France’s first international tennis stadium  with the donation of the needed land and a caveat that the facility be named for him.

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