Farewell Hubert de Gaullier des Bordes
At this chaotic and difficult end of the year for everyone, the Real Tennis world wanted to pay belated tribute to Hubert de Gaullier des Bordes.
Hubert died last February at the grand age of 87. For many years he was one of the pillars of the Cercle du jeu de Fontainebleau, of which he was both a member of honour and a founding member.
Fighter pilot in the French Navy, sailor first and foremost, he was also passionate about Real Tennis. Along with FranÃ§oise, his wife, he never failed to entertain members of overseas clubs passing through Fontainebleau. His frame of mind was equalled only his modesty following an exemplary military career, especially in the prestigious 12 F squadron flying his Corsair and his Crusader. He suffered the dreadful loss of his son in the Mount Sainte-Odile disaster. They are now together once more
Our thoughts are with FranÃ§oise and her children and grandchildren.
Words taken from: Cercle du Jeu de Paume de Fontainebleau
Photographs: ©Michael Freeman