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In 1927, the French Musketeers – Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste – made history by wresting the Davis Cup from the Americans on their home turf.

To welcome the Davis Cup final in 1928, the French Lawn Tennis Federation built a new stadium capable of hosting this internationally renowned event.

The Stade Français gave the Federation three hectares of land near Porte d’Auteuil. This land was gifted on the condition that the new stadium be named after Roland Garros, a former member and World War I hero.

Roland-Garros Stadium was built in record time. The complex had five courts spanning a surface area of 3.25 hectares. It opened in 1928 to welcome the French Championships for the first time.

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