Tournoi de France (tennis)

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Tournoi de France, is a name given to the annual French championship tennis tournament at Roland Garros during World War II. The tournament was played on the same grounds of the championship in the preceding and subsequent years. However these wartime tournaments, 1941–44 of which were held in what was then Zone occupée, have never been recognized by the French Championship (French Open) tournament organizer, Fédération Française de Tennis, major sources or other tennis organizations.[1][2]

Men's singles winners[edit]

Year Champion Runner up Score
1941  FRA Bernard Destremau  FRA Robert Ramillon 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
1942  FRA Bernard Destremau  FRA Marcel Bernard
1943  FRA Yvon Petra  FRA Henri Cochet
1944  FRA Yvon Petra  FRA Henri Cochet
1945  FRA Yvon Petra  FRA Bernard Destremau 7–5, 6–4, 6–2

Women's singles winners[edit]

Year Champion Runner up Score
1941  LUX Alice Weiwers  FRA Anne-Marie Seghers 6–3, 6–0
1942  LUX Alice Weiwers   SUI Lolette Payot 6–4, 6–4
1943  FRA Simone Iribarne Lafargue  LUX Alice Weiwers 6–1, 7–5
1944  FRA Raymonde Veber  FRA Jacqueline Patorni 6–4, 9–7
1945   SUI Lolette Payot  FRA Simone Iribarne Lafargue 6–3, 6–4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henry D. Fetter (6 June 2011). "The French Open During World War II: A Hidden History". The Atlantic. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Max (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis. London: Allen & Unwin. pp. 375–378. ISBN 9780047960420.