Known as "the Bounding Basque", he won five Grand Slam singles titles in the French, Australian, and British championships, failing to win only in the American championships. His first appearance was in the French Davis Cup team of 1921.
A member of François de la Rocque's Parti social français (PSF), he became 1st General Commissioner to Sports from August 1940 to April 1942 during Vichy France, leading the Révolution nationale's efforts in sports' policy.
Arrested by the Gestapo (November 1942), was deported to a concentration camp in Germany until 1945.
The Four Musketeers were inducted simultaneously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1976. In 1984, Borotra received a Distinguished Service award from the United States Sports Academy in recognition of his achievements.
On 17 July 1994, Jean Borotra, Founder and president of Honour of the CIFP (International Committee for Fair Play) passed away at the age of 95, after a short illness. He was buried at Arbonne.
The International Fair Play Committee, which recognises achievements annually, awards a Jean Borotra World Fair Play Trophy.