René Lacoste

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJean René•Lacoste
Used nameRené•Lacoste
Nick/petnamesLe Crocodile, L'Alligator
Born2 July 1904 in Paris Xe, Paris (FRA)
Died12 October 1996 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques (FRA)
NOC France
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


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 2015, only) golfer to win the U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur in 1967.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis FRA René Lacoste
Singles, Men (Olympic) =5
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Jean Borotra 3 Bronze