French Pro Championship
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In 1930 the "Association Française des Professeurs de Tennis (AFPT)" held its first pro tournament, titled "Championnat International de France Professionnel" (French Pro Championships) June 18–22, 1930, and is considered as a part of the professional grand slam from 1927 to 1967 till the advent of Open Era. The tournament only had a men's draw.
From 1930 the French Pro Championship were always played at Paris, on outdoor clay at Roland Garros except from 1963 to 1967 where it was held at Stade Pierre de Coubertin on indoor wood. Ken Rosewall holds the record for 8 wins overall and 7 consecutive wins.
There was a tournament played on indoor cement in 1953 at the Palais des Sports. It is listed in the table below, but there is no suggestion that it was seen as a French Pro.
|1930||Karel Koželuh||Albert Burke||6–1, 6–2, 6–1||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1931||Martin Plaa||Robert Ramillon||6–3, 6–1, 3–6, 6–2||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1932||Robert Ramillon||Martin Plaa||6–4, 3–6, 8–6, 6–4||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1933a||Bill Tilden||Henri Cochet||6–2, 6–4, 6–2||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1934||Bill Tilden||Martin Plaa||6–2, 6–4, 7–5||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1935||Ellsworth Vines||Hans Nüsslein||10–8, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1936||Henri Cochet||Robert Ramillon||6–3, 6–1, 6–1||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1937||Hans Nüsslein||Henri Cochet||6–2, 8–6, 6–3||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1938||Hans Nüsslein||Bill Tilden||6–0, 6–1, 6–2||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1939||Don Budge||Ellsworth Vines||6–2, 7–5, 6–3||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1950b||Pancho Segura||Jack Kramer||Palais des Sports, Paris||Cement Indoor|
|1953b||Frank Sedgman||Pancho Gonzales||Palais des Sports, Paris||Cement Indoor|
|1956||Tony Trabert||Pancho Gonzales||6–3, 4–6, 5–7, 8–6, 6–2||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1958||Ken Rosewall||Lew Hoad||3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–0||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1959||Tony Trabert||Frank Sedgman||6–4, 6–4, 6–4||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1960||Ken Rosewall||Lew Hoad||6–2, 2–6, 6–2, 6–1||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1961||Ken Rosewall||Pancho Gonzales||2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 8–6||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1962||Ken Rosewall||Andrés Gimeno||3–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2||Roland Garros||Clay|
|1963||Ken Rosewall||Rod Laver||6–8, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4||Stade Coubertin, Paris||Wood Indoor|
|1964||Ken Rosewall||Rod Laver||6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3||Stade Coubertin||Wood Indoor|
|1965||Ken Rosewall||Rod Laver||6–3, 6–2, 6–4||Stade Coubertin||Wood Indoor|
|1966||Ken Rosewall||Rod Laver||6–3, 6–2, 14–12||Stade Coubertin||Wood Indoor|
|1967||Rod Laver||Andrés Gimeno||6–4, 8–6, 4–6, 6–2||Stade Coubertin||Wood Indoor|
|1968||Rod Laver||John Newcombe||6–2, 6–2, 6–3||Roland Garros||Clay|
a In History of the Pro Tennis Wars, by Ray Bowers, Bowers gives a very detailed account of the first twenty years of the professional tennis tours, from a modest beginning in 1926 with Suzanne Lenglen and Vincent Richards as the main attractions, on through 1945, there is no mention of a French Pro tournament in 1933. The only professional competition played that year at Roland Garros was a USA-France meeting, September 22–24, in the Davis Cup format won by the USA 4–1 where Cochet overcame Bruce Barnes, Tilden defeated Plaa and Cochet, Barnes beat Plaa, and Americans then closed out the doubles. Many sources probably wrongly considered the Tilden-Cochet match as a final of a supposed French Pro.
bIn 1953, from Saturday November 21 to Sunday November 22, a 4-man (Sedgman winner, Gonzales runner-up, Segura 3rd and Budge 4th) professional tournament was held in Paris on indoor red cement at the Palais des Sports but there is no mention anywhere that this tournament was a French Pro: in particular in the January 1954 edition of Tennis de France, the French magazine, run by Philippe Chatrier (future president of the ILTF) who made the report of this tournament by interviewing Frank Sedgman, winner of the tournament. Joe McCauley included this tournament in his list of French Pro tournaments but in the precis to his book "History of Professional Tennis" mentions that it may not have been considered at the time as an official French Pro. In January 1950 at the same site Pancho Segura defeated Jack Kramer.
Before 1930 some tournaments were sometimes labelled "Professional Championships of France": the Bristol Cup (held from 1920 to 1932), the most important pro tournament in the world in the 1920s, was sometimes referred as the French Pro as well as the World Pro tournament held at Deauville in 1925. Therefore, two different tournaments were both considered as French Pro Championships in 1925 (World Pro at Deauville and Bristol Cup at Cannes) and from 1930 to 1932 (Roland Garros and Bristol Cup at Beaulieu).
|20–26 December 1920||Bristol Cup||Cannes||Romeo Acquarone||J. Negro||3–6, 7–5, 5–7, 6–2, 6–3|
|12–18 December 1921||Bristol Cup||Cannes||John C. S. Rendall||A. Page||6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 7–5|
|19–23 December 1922||Bristol Cup||Menton||John C. S. Rendall||J. Negro||6–1, 0–6, 6–4, 6–2 (or 6–1, 0–6, 6–4, 6–1)|
|17–23 December 1923||Bristol Cup||Menton||John C. S. Rendall||J. Negro||6–2, 6–3, 7–5|
|15–21 December 1924||Bristol Cup||Cannes (Métropole)||Albert Burke||Roman Najuch||7–5, 1–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|21–27 December 1925||Bristol Cup||Cannes (Métropole)||Albert Burke||Roman Najuch||0–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–1|
|13–19 December 1926||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Albert Burke||3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–0|
|9–15 January 1928||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Roman Najuch||6–3, 6–2, 6–4|
|7–13 January 1929||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Albert Burke||6–3, 6–1, 6–0|
|13–19 January 1930||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Roman Najuch||6–3, 6–3, 6–4 (or 6–3, 6–4, 6–4)|
|12–18 January 1931||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Albert Burke||6–3, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4|
|4–10 January 1932||Bristol Cup||Menton||Karel Koželuh||Martin Plaa||6–1, 6–4, 1–6, 6–0|
- French Professional Championship Draws – Professional Era (1930–1967)
- U.S. Pro Tennis Championships
- Wembley Championships
- Le Tennis en France 1875–1955
- "Cochet As Professional". Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual
- Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack 1925
- Alan, Little (2014). The Golden Days of Tennis on the French Riviera 1874–1939. London: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. p. 452. ISBN 9780906741542.
- "Bristol Cup 1920". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "Bristol Cup 1921". Retrieved 13 June 2016.