The first tennis tournament was held on the courts of l'Ile de Puteaux
in Paris in 1891 as one-day national championship.
Only French players and players from Francais clubs took part in tournament, but first winner was H. Briggs from England.
In 1925 French Tennis Federation decided to open the championship for the best foreign players.
When in 1927 the French Musketeers, Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste beat USA in The Davis Cup it was required a new stadium
to be built to host the following year's return match.
The French Tennis Federation allocated the area of three hectares near Porte d'Auteuil and their requirement was to name the new stadium as Roland Garros
in honor of the former member of the Stade Francais club, aviator, who was the first man who flew
over the Mediterranean.
In 1968 French Open became the first Grand Slam tournament of tennis's Open Era
and the first Open Era champions became Ken Rosewall and Nancy Richey.
In 2001 centre court got name of the former president of the French Tennis Federation - Court Philippe Chatrier
All time French Open winners