The official partnership between Roland-Garros and the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) started in 1973. The French Tennis Federation had its bank account at the Auteuil branch of the BNP and its Chairman Philippe Chatrier wanted to build loggia over the centre court at Roland-Garros. The bank agreed to finance the works. In return, the famous banners at the end of the courts bear the name of the BNP. A BNP automatic teller machine was also installed, the first one being mobile.
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Roland-Garros, one of the four tournaments of the Grand Slam, increased its reputation and received world media coverage. BNP, then BNP Paribas in 2000, pursued its partnership loyally. In 2015, the group was the “official sponsor” for the 42nd year. But the connection with tennis has gone deeper and now extends to amateur tennis, disabled sports and tournaments for youngsters.