The Denis-Lalanne Prize

– Roland-Garros Trophy –

Cristel Éditeur d’Art/Émilie Hautier

The Denis-Lalanne Prize is a French-speaking prize which rewards each year the best article written during the tennis tournament Roland-Garros. It bears the name of Denis Lalanne, famous reporter born in Pau in 1926 who came to the press through L’Éclair des Pyrénées. He then worked for Le Figaro for a year and then for L’Équipe for forty years. Jacques Chaban-Delmas, then Prime Minister, said: “There, Micheline. Today you have a good Lalanne in the tennis section”, way to remind that Denis Lalanne was not only the bard of Roland-Garros but also of rugby and golf.

Created in 2012 by the impulsion of Christophe Penot and Cristel Éditeur d’Art, the Denis-Lalanne Prize, supported by the French Tennis Federation, aims at marking the attachment of the Federation to the bards that write the history of the tournament and firmly bearing the standard of the French language shared by 400 million of French-speakers in the world.

Prestige and high-quality are two of the keywords of the Denis-Lalanne Prize, which gathers an exceptional judging panel in the unforgettable atmosphere of an authentic academy. This unequal reception is greeted by eminent personalities of the State, culture and press… The conscientious election of a winner… And then the trophy of the recipient: a work of art specially made by a great contemporary artiste, and attributed each year by the federal president in the unforgettable décor of Roland-Garros.