Stade Roland Garros:
Looking Back

Mark Winters

The Entrance to Stade Roland Garros 1927.

The best way to fully appreciate the magical, almost mythical, history of Stade Roland Garros is by looking back and taking select snippets from the past, beginning with the facility's construction and moving through the decades until it staged the inaugural Grand Slam of the Open Era.

Going into the 1927 Lawn Tennis Challenge Round, as the Davis Cup final was called in those days, France was seeking its initial victory when it faced the United States on the grass courts at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 8-10. Having won but one match in its two previous Challenge Round appearances against the US--a one-sided 5-0 defeat in 1925 and a 4-1 follow-up embarrassment the next year--France was an underdog.

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Mark Winters has been a tennis journalist for 50 years. During that time, he has been a staff writer for Florida Tennis, Inside Tennis, Tennis Magazine, Tennis Life and Tennis Week. His freelance articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and USA Today.

He has also contributed features to numerous other tennis and media outlets worldwide. Mark played on both the intercollegiate and professional levels. He coached college tennis and was a US Boys' Junior Davis Cup Team coach, working with Pete Sampras and Jim Courier among others.

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