Philippe Chatrier: The Fight to Control Professional Tennis

  • Emmanuel Bayle


This chapter provides a brief review of Philippe Chatrier’s life and career in sports management before focusing on the two decades (1972–1992) when he was president of the French tennis federation (FFT) and then the international tennis federation (1977–1991). We begin by examining the management principles involved in what can be called the “Chatrier system” and then discuss Chatrier’s work on the international stage, showing how his approach to management impacted the French tennis federation, the wider tennis world, the Olympic movement and international sport in general.



I would like to thank Isabelle Aimone for providing access to documents on Philippe Chatrier held by the Musée du Tennis.

I would also like to thank my colleagues, Carine Erard and Lionel Crognier, for their precious advice concerning the text. A special thank you must go to FFT staff and Philippe Chatrier’s friends and family for agreeing to share their information with me.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Sports Studies (ISSUL), University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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