Roland Garros

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Roland Garros
BornEugène Adrien Roland Chacon Georges Garros Edit this on Wikidata
6 October 1888 Edit this on Wikidata
Saint-Denis Edit this on Wikidata
Died5 October 1918 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 29)
Vouziers Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater

Roland Garros (6 October 1888 – 5 October 1918) was a French aviator and fighter pilot during the World War I.[1]

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Garros was born in Saint-Denis, Réunion and studied at HEC Paris.[2][3][4] He began his flying career in 1909 flying the Santos-Dumont monoplane, a plane that only flew well when flown by a lightweight pilot. In 1911, Garros completed his studies and flew the Bleriot monoplane, participating in various races in Europe. He was a distinguished pilot before the World War I broke out; in 1913 he changed aircraft, flying the Morane-Saulnier N, a significant improvement over the Blériot, and became famous for a non-stop flight across the Mediterranean from Fréjus in southern France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army when World War I broke out.

References[change | change source]

  1. Roland Garros, l'aviateur
  3. Roland Garros (HEC 1908), pioneer of aviation
  4. Qui était Roland Garros, celui qui a donné son nom au mythique tournoi de tennis ?