Yes, it’s that time of year and tennis is hot. We have now hit one of the world’s most famous of tennis tournaments. Commonly known in the United States as the “French Open” it is known worldwide as the Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros
Each year during the last two weeks of May and beginning of June, this tournament is held. The Roland Garros tennis tournament is one of the championships where a player can earn a Grand Slam title. In other words, that’s a pretty achievement.
What and who is ROLAND GARROS?
Stade Roland Garros is a major tennis stadium in Paris named after the French aviator Roland Garros.
French Aviator Roland Garros to which the stadium and tournament is named after.
He was born in Saint-Denis in the French island of Réunion. Having started his aviation career in 1909, he started flying monoplanes mainly because he was a small lightweight pilot. Before World War I commenced, he was already an internationally recognized aviator having flown to both North and South America. He would later enlist in the French army for the war efforts.
On 18 April 1915, his aircraft, a Morane-Saulnier Type L aircraft, during one of his missions had a power loss either due to a clog in the fuel line, or shot down by some accounts and he was able to glide the aircraft unfortunately over enemy lines. Garros was taken as a POW (Prisoner Of War) by Germany and placed in a camp to which he escaped on 14 February 1918. He was shot down and killed on 5 October 1918 in Vouziers, Ardennes, France.
Tennis Is A Pilot’s Sport
In my first post about tennis, I displayed a video showing Serbian Tennis Star Novak Djokovic having an “in-flight” match. Well, I came to tell you about someone else. His name is Martin Solveig and he’s someone who has just become a major international star in the music production business. He is also an avid tennis player. Most of all, Solveig and pop singer Dragonette have also come to tell you something in this cute video:
May I also let you in on a little secret about Martin Solveig? He’s also an avid fan of this:
Photo courtesy of Jeremy’s Flight Deck
Yes, Martin Solveig loves our Super whale jet. He has stated in the past that if he had the chance, he would live on it. I must say to him, I whole-heartedly agree.
Who to watch out for and follow (Twitter):
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Because of a recent knee injury, Gael Monfils unfortunately had to withdraw early from the tournament. We wish him well.
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Remember no matter ball comes your way in life, the
POWER IS YOU!