René Lacoste

1904 - 1996

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Jean René Lacoste (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ ʁəne lakɔst]; 2 July 1904 – 12 October 1996) was a French tennis player and businessman. He was nicknamed "the Crocodile" because of how he dealt with his opponents; he is also known worldwide as the creator of the Lacoste tennis shirt, which he introduced in 1929.Lacoste was one of The Four Musketeers with Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, and Henri Cochet, French tennis stars who dominated the game in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles at the French, American, and British championships and was an eminent baseline player and tactician of the pre-war period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Lacoste has received more than 825,717 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. René Lacoste is the 2nd most popular tennis player (up from 5th in 2019), the 601st most popular biography from France (up from 615th in 2019) and the most popular French Tennis Player.

René Lacoste is most famous for inventing the tennis shirt, which he called the "tennis shirt."

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Among tennis players, René Lacoste ranks 2 out of 1,148Before him are Björn Borg. After him are Novak Djokovic, Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Fred Perry, Roger Federer, Suzanne Lenglen, Ilie Năstase, Ivan Lendl, Martina Navratilova, and Jimmy Connors.

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Among people born in 1904, René Lacoste ranks 19Before him are Graham Greene, George Gamow, Pavel Cherenkov, Alexei Kosygin, Karl Brandt, and Kurt Georg Kiesinger. After him are Harry Martinson, John Hicks, Wendell Meredith Stanley, Gregory Bateson, Hans Albert Einstein, and Joan Crawford. Among people deceased in 1996, René Lacoste ranks 12Before him are Thomas Kuhn, Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ella Fitzgerald, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, and Joseph Brodsky. After him are Frank Whittle, Dzhokhar Dudayev, Paul Erdős, Gene Kelly, Sergiu Celibidache, and Adolf Galland.

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Among people born in France, René Lacoste ranks 601 out of 5,234Before him are Louis Blériot (1872), René Guénon (1886), Mireille Darc (1938), Jean-de-Dieu Soult (1769), Louis de Montfort (1673), and Peter IV of Aragon (1319). After him are Roger I of Sicily (1031), Claude Louis Berthollet (1748), Elisa Bonaparte (1777), Pasquale Paoli (1725), Paul Claudel (1868), and Charles-Henri Sanson (1739).


Among tennis players born in France, René Lacoste ranks 1After him are Suzanne Lenglen (1899), Jean Borotra (1898), Yannick Noah (1960), Henri Cochet (1901), Jacques Brugnon (1895), Max Decugis (1882), Maurice Germot (1882), Amélie Mauresmo (1979), André Gobert (1890), Simonne Mathieu (1908), and Julie Vlasto (1903).