Jean BOROTRA

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FrenchBorn Jean Robert BOROTRA

French champion tennis player

Born on August 13, 1898 in Biarritz, France , France

Died on June 17, 1994 in Arbonne, France

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Borotra was born in Domaine du Pouy, near Biarritz, Aquitaine and married an English woman.



Known as "the Bounding Basque", he won five Grand Slam singles titles in the French, Australian, and British championships, failing to win only in the American championships defeated in final by his countryman René Lacoste 6-4 6-0 6-4 thus failing for a Grand Slam carrier. His first appearance was in the French Davis Cup team of 1921.

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



Arrested by the Gestapo (November 1942), Borotra was deported to a concentration camp in Germany and then Itter Castle in North Tyrol until May 1945.



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.



On 17 July 1994, Jean 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.



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