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

On 16 October, two French groups, Paris Basketball and AS Monaco Basket, made historical past as they performed on Philippe Chatrier after nearly 80 years. The match ended with a 95-91 victory for Monaco.

Over 10.000 folks attended Philippe Chatrier for the basketball match.

According to a Paris Basketball press free up, the Roland Garros venue has hosted many basketball suits, together with the overall of the French championship in 1947.

“We have completed many ‘firsts’ in our younger historical past, however the alternative to play a match below the roof of the Philippe-Chatrier court docket subsequent season will in all probability be our best satisfaction. On behalf of our primary proprietor Eric Schwartz and the entire crew at Paris Basketball, I want to thank Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT, and his crew for trusting us to arrange a firstclass tournament.

The Roland-Garros Stadium is an ordinary bearer for Parisian, French and world recreation. We will paintings tirelessly to arrange a match and a display that lives as much as its recognition,” 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,” stated Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT.

Arthur Ashe additionally hosted basketball

Besides Roland Garros, some other Grand Slam venue, specifically the Arthur Ashe Stadium of the USA Open, hosted basketball suits up to now. “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.

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