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René Lacoste

Full name: Jean René Lacoste
Nickname(s): Le Crocodile, L'Alligator
Gender: Male
Born: July 2, 1904 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: October 12, 1996 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

René Lacoste was named the world's #1 tennis player in 1926 and 1927, but nowadays he is probably better known for the Lacoste clothing brand, which started in 1929 with a tennis shirt bearing the logo of a crocodile (or alligator). This was taken from Lacoste's nickname, with various stories surrounding the origin of the name. Besides the shirt, Lacoste also revolutionized the tennis world by inventing the first steel racket in 1936. One the court, Lacoste was highly successful. Together with three other French players (Borotra, Cochet and Brugnon), dubbed the "Four Musketeers", he won the Davis Cup in 1927 and 1928. He took three singles titles at Roland Garros, and two at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. In addition, he won three Grand Slam doubles titles. In 1929, he married French golfer Simone de la Chaume. Their daughter, Catherine Lacoste, became the first (and as of 2008, only) golfer to win the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur in 1967.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis Men's Singles France FRA 5T
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles France-2 FRA 3 Bronze

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France FRA Quarter-Finals Match #4 2 1924-07-17 Richards (USA) 3, Lacoste (FRA) 2 2
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France FRA Round Four Match #7 1 Lacoste (FRA) 3, Spence (RSA) 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France FRA Round Three Match #13 1 1924-07-15 Lacoste (FRA) 3, Koželuh (TCH) 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France FRA Round Two Match #25 1 Lacoste (FRA) 3, Göncz (HUN) 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France FRA Round One Match #19 AC 1924-07-13 Lacoste (FRA) bye

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Final Round Match 3/4 1 1924-07-21 FRA-2 3, RSA 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1924-07-19 USA-2 3, FRA-2 2 2
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1924-07-18 FRA-2 3, IND-2 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Round Three Match #8 1 FRA-2 3, ARG-1 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Round Two Match #14 1 FRA-2 3, BEL-1 0 3
1924 Summer 19 Paris Tennis France-2 FRA Jean Borotra Round One Match #12 AC 1924-07-14 FRA-2 bye
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