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French Tennis Great Jean Borotra Buried

July 20, 1994

ARBONNE, France (AP) _ Jean Borotra, one of France’s legendary ″Four Musketeers″ tennis champions of the 1920s and ’30s, was buried Wednesday after a funeral service in the Basque village where he lived.

Among about 600 mourners was 90-year-old Rene Lacoste, famed for his alligator-emblem sportswear and now the sole survivor of the foursome. Jacques Brunon died in 1978, and Henri Cochet in 1987.

″Up above, he’s probably playing doubles now with the Good Lord,″ said the village priest, Mattin Carrere, during a service conducted in Basque and French.

Borotra, who died Sunday at age 95, won the Wimbledon men’s singles in 1924 and 1926, lost three times to other musketeers, and won the doubles in 1925.

He captured the French Open single’s crown in 1931 and the doubles title three times, and won the Australian Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 1928.

Borotra held the record for the third-highest number of appearances in the Davis Cup finals, with nine, and played in the tournament a record 17 years. His squads won the cup from 1927 through 1932. They lost the finals in 1925, 1926 and 1933.

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