Roland Garros makes history, hosts 1st basketball match since 1947 (PICS)



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Roland Garros makes history, hosts 1st basketball match since 1947 (PICS)

On 16 October, two French teams, Paris Basketball and AS Monaco Basket, made history as they played on Philippe Chatrier after almost 80 years. The match ended with a 95-91 victory for Monaco.

Over 10.000 people attended Philippe Chatrier for the basketball match.

According to a Paris Basketball press release, the Roland Garros venue has hosted many basketball matches, including the final of the French championship in 1947.

“We have achieved many 'firsts' in our young history, but the opportunity to play a match under the roof of the Philippe-Chatrier court next season will perhaps be our greatest pride. On behalf of our main owner Eric Schwartz and the whole team at Paris Basketball, I would like to thank Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT, and his team for trusting us to organize a first-class event.

The Roland-Garros Stadium is a standard bearer for Parisian, French and international sport. We will work tirelessly to organize a match and a show that lives up to its reputation," said David Kahn, president & co-founder of Paris Basketball months before the event.

President of the French Tennis Federation also reacted to the announcement.
“After boxing, we are delighted to welcome another Olympic sport to the Philippe-Chatrier court, as part of the Stade Roland-Garros year-round plan.

As former president of ASVEL, a basketball lover, I am delighted to attend this meeting which will see Paris and probably one of the best teams in the Betclic Elite championship compete. I am happy to be able to bring together 10,000 spectators at the Roland-Garros stadium, around this sport which has thrilled me so much and to contribute to its influence," said Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT.

Arthur Ashe also hosted basketball

Besides Roland Garros, another Grand Slam venue, namely the Arthur Ashe Stadium of the US Open, hosted basketball matches in the past. "On this day in 2008, the @nyliberty and the @indianafever faced off in the first-ever #WNBA outdoor game that was a part of the "Liberty Outdoor Classic" at the Arthur Ashe Stadium," WNBA tweeted.