Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tennis Beret

Since Jean Robert Borotra (1898 – 1994) popularization of the beret in tennis, many have followed in his footsteps. 

Borotra was a French tennis champion. He was one of the famous "Four Musketeers" from his country who dominated tennis in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Borotra was born in Domaine du Pouy, Biarritz, Aquitaine and married an English woman.
Known as "the Bounding Basque", he won four Grand Slam singles titles in the French, Australian, and All England championships. 
A member of the  François de la Rocque's right-wing Parti social français (PSF), he became 1st General Commissioner to Sports from August 1940 to April 1942 during Vichy France, leading the Révolution nationale's efforts in sports policy.
Arrested by the Gestapo in November 1942, Borotra was deported to a concentration camp in Germany and then Itter Castle in North Tyrol until May 1945. He was freed from the castle after the Battle for Castle Itter.

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