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Kohlschreiber stuns Nadal on grass court

Kohlschreiber stuns Nadal on grass court

HALLE, Germany, June 15 (UPI) -- World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was beaten and third-ranked Roger Federer needed a third-set tiebreaker to advance in Friday's play at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.
Nadal continues winning ways on grass

Nadal continues winning ways on grass

HALLE, Germany, June 14 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal, three days removed from his record seventh French Open title, picked up a straight-set win Thursday at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.
Djokovic gains in ATP ranking points

Djokovic gains in ATP ranking points

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic lost the final of the French Open but strengthened his hold on the No. 1 position in the men's tennis rankings.
Nadal wins his 7th French Open

Nadal wins his 7th French Open

PARIS, June 11 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal won an Open Era record seventh French Open title by holding off world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a four-set victory Monday.
History ahead at French Open final

History ahead at French Open final

PARIS, June 9 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet Sunday to decide the French Open men's singles championship in a match that will make history no matter who wins.
Djokovic, Nadal advance to title match

Djokovic, Nadal advance to title match

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal posted very different straight-set wins Friday and gained the finals of the French Open.
Sharapova, Errani in French Open final

Sharapova, Errani in French Open final

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova can join some of the most storied names in women's tennis with a French Open win.
Ferrer looks to crack tennis' elite

Ferrer looks to crack tennis' elite

PARIS, June 7 (UPI) -- David Ferrer cracked one tennis barrier by advancing to Friday's French Open semifinals and moving another round would mark a career first for Ferrer.
Nadal, Ferrer reach French Open semis

Nadal, Ferrer reach French Open semis

PARIS, June 6 (UPI) -- David Ferrer defeated Andy Murray in four sets and Rafael Nadal sailed to another straight-set win Wednesday in advancing to the semifinals of the French Open.
Nadal improves to 49-1 at French Open

Nadal improves to 49-1 at French Open

PARIS, June 4 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal won 17 consecutive games Monday in cruising through a fourth-round victory at the French Open.

Azarenka falls to Cibulkova in Paris upset

PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka fell in an upset while Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani posted fourth-round victories Sunday at the French Open.
Federer picks up record win at French Open

Federer picks up record win at French Open

PARIS, May 30 (UPI) -- Roger Federer collected a record 234th Grand Slam match victory in advancing Wednesday to the third round of the French Open.
Nadal rolls in French Open first round

Nadal rolls in French Open first round

PARIS, May 29 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal dropped just five games Tuesday in the opening defense of his 2011 French Open championship.

Stosur, Ivanovic take Day 1 Paris wins

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Samantha Stosur and former champions Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova were among the Day 1 winners Sunday at the French Open.
Clijsters passing up French Open

Clijsters passing up French Open

BRUSSELS, April 17 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters said Tuesday she will skip the French Open and the entire European clay-court season to get ready for Wimbledon and the Summer Olympics.
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Roland Garros
Fans move between courts at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on May 29, 2007. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)
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Roland Garros (6 October 1888 – 5 October 1918) was an early French aviator and a fighter pilot during World War I.

Garros was born in Saint-Denis, Réunion, and studied at HEC Paris. He started his aviation career in 1909 flying Alberto Santos-Dumont's Demoiselle monoplane, an aircraft that only flew well with a small lightweight pilot. In 1911 Garros graduated to flying Bleriot monoplanes and entered a number of European air races with this type of machine. He was already a noted aviator before World War I having visited the U.S. and South America; by 1913 he had switched to flying Morane-Saulnier monoplanes, a vast improvement over the Blériot, and gained fame for making the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean Sea from Fréjus in south of France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army at the outbreak of the conflict.

In the early stages of the air war in World War I the problem of achieving a practicable platform for a forward-firing machine gun on combat aircraft was considered by a number of individuals. The so-called interrupter gear did not come into use until Anthony Fokker developed a synchronization device which made a large impact on air combat, however Garros also had a significant role in the process of achieving this goal.

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