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Country (sports)  France
Name  Jean Borotra
Grand slams won (singles)  5
Weight  76 kg

Retired  1956
Height  1.86 m
Turned pro  1920 (amateur tour)
Role  Tennis player
Education  Ecole Polytechnique
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Full name  Jean Laurent Robert Borotra
Born  13 August 1898 Biarritz, France (1898-08-13)
Plays  Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Died  July 17, 1994, Arbonne, France
Similar People  Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon, Rene Lacoste, Suzanne Lenglen, Marcel Bernard

Int. Tennis HoF  1976 (member page)

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Jean Laurent Robert Borotra ([ʒɑ̃ ʁɔbɛʁ bɔ.ʁotʁa], [borotɾa]; 13 August 1898 – 17 July 1994) was a French tennis champion. He was one of the famous "Four Musketeers" from his country who dominated tennis in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Borotra fought in the battle for Castle Itter in WWII.


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Borotra was born in Domaine du Pouy, Biarritz, Aquitaine, the oldest of four children.

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Known as "the Bounding Basque", he won four Grand Slam singles titles in the French, Australian, and All England championships. The 1924 French Championship does not count towards his grand slam total as the French was only open to French nationals and members of French clubs. He only failed to win the U.S. Championships, as he was defeated in the final by his countryman René Lacoste in straight sets, thus missing a career Grand Slam. His 1924 Wimbledon victory made him the first player from outside the English-speaking world to win the tournament. His first appearance was in the French Davis Cup team of 1921. He also made the final of the World Covered Court Championships in 1922, losing to Henri Cochet, but won the doubles and mixed doubles. The other major he did well in was the World Hard Court Championships (played on clay) – he won the doubles with Henri Cochet there in 1922.

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Borotra was ranked as high as World No. 2 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph in 1926.

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A member of François de la Rocque's Parti social français (PSF), he became 1st General Commissioner for Education and Sports from August 1940 to April 1942 during Vichy France, leading the Révolution nationale's efforts in sports policy.

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Arrested by the Gestapo in November 1942, Borotra was deported to a concentration camp in Germany and then Itter Castle in North Tyrol until May 1945. He was freed from the castle after the Battle for Castle Itter, in which he played a courageous role by vaulting from the fortress and running to a nearby town to summon reinforcements.


The Four Musketeers were inducted simultaneously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1976. In 1984, Borotra received a Distinguished Service award from the United States Sports Academy in recognition of his achievements. As the oldest living gentleman's singles champion, Borotra was invited to present the singles champion his trophy at the 100th Wimbledon Championship in 1986.

On 17 July 1994, Borotra, founder and president of honour of the CIFP (International Committee for Fair Play) died at the age of 95, after a short illness. He was buried at Arbonne.

The International Fair Play Committee, which recognises achievements annually, awards a Jean Borotra World Fair Play Trophy.

Personal life

In 1938 Borotra married Mabel de Forest and they had one son. The couple divorced in 1947. In 1988 he married Janine Bourdin.


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