Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, Roland-Garros is one of the 4 events that makes up the Grand Slam.
The stadium which hosts one of the four biggest tournaments in the world was built in 1928. The event itself is over a century old, dating from 1891. It was initially restricted to players from the French club and took place in the Stade Français. However, in 1925, foreign contestants were permitted to compete in the tournament, which then took place either on the Stade Français or at the Racing Club de France stadium.
In 1927, Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste accomplished the feat of claiming the Davis Cup on U.S. soil. For the re-match, which occurred in Paris in 1928, officials required a venue that matched the level of magnitude of the event. The Stade Français staff sanctioned 3 hectors of land which was located near to the Porte D’Auteuil, which was made available for the construction of a brand new stadium. There was only one condition: that the stadium was named after the members who had died 10 years earlier, one of whom was a key pioneer in the world of aviation; Roland Garros.
Photos: Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na winners of the Australian Open
The tournament is currently regarded as one of the largest in the world, with it’s current hero hailing from Majorca. Rafael Nadal who, with his 8 victories, currently rules with an iron fist over the event.
2014’s competition will take place from the 25th of May until the 8th of June. VIP tickets and packages are already available, with regular passes and tickets being made available in the next few days. Tickets are set to sell out quickly, so if you want to see who’s set to dominate in this year’s competition, book ahead of time with Private Jet Charter today.
Roland Garros official website offers an excellent guide you may want to read if you are attending. Please note that stadium officials will deny access to anyone without proof of ID (even VIPs), so don’t leave your passport at the hotel!
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Author: Mathieu Bertrand