Philippe Chatrier was a French tennis player, journalist and sports manager, president of the Fédération française de tennis for 20 years, from 1973 to 1993, and of the International Tennis Federation for 14 years, from 1977 to 1991.
He took part in 1968 in the process that revolutionized tennis by merging amateurs and professionals. At that time he had just become vice-president of the French Tennis Federation, a position held until 1973. In 1969 he was also captain of the French Davis Cup team. In 1973 he became president of the FFT, then also assumed the position of president of the International Tennis Federation in 1977.
Under his direction, tennis returned to being an Olympic discipline: as a demonstration sport in Los Angeles 1984 and fully in Seoul 1988. In 1988 he became a member of the International Olympic Committee.
He resigned from the International Tennis Federation in 1991 and from the French federation two years later. In 1992 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
A year after his death, which took place in hospital in Dinard on 23 June 2000, the Court Central of the Stade Roland Garros, the venue that hosts the French Open, was named after him.