Rene Lacoste, a member of the legendary Four Musketeers of French tennis, as well as the inventor of the metal racquet and the man behind a line of sportswear that became a status symbol, While the polo shirts made him famous later in life, the embroidered reptile harked back to his days as a tennis star in the 20’s, when he was called ”le Crocodile” because of his durability on the court.
The relatively unathletic Lacoste, who perfected a baseline game more out of necessity than choice, was a three-time singles champion at the French Open, where he claimed his nation’s most cherished title in 1925, 1927 and 1929. He was Wimbledon’s singles champion in 1925 and 1928, and he captured back-to-back championships at the United States Open in 1926 and 1927.
Jean Rene Lacoste was born in Paris on July 2, 1904. He did not take up the game…
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