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René Lacoste, Rennaissance Man

International tennis champion, ingenious inventor and the man who inspired a whole new lifestyle. Discover the many faces of René Lacoste.
Portrait of René Lacoste. © Underwood & Underwood - Lacoste Archives / © Studio Piaz

Determined Champion

How René Lacoste followed his dream and forged his career.

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Will of Steel

René Lacoste was not predestined for a sporting career. Yet aged 18, he made the crucial decision to focus entirely on his passion for tennis, training tirelessly to hone his strength, precision and concentration. Willing himself to be “as perfect as possible”. Never defeated, he transformed every loss into a win for his technique. An approach that proved effective: he won seven major singles tournaments, and played on the French team who took the Davis Cup in 1927 and 1928.

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Foolproof Technique

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US Championship in Forest Hills, 1927. © Lacoste Family Archives. Catherine Lacoste Collection

The creator of the polo

How René Lacoste revolutionized fashion and the tennis lifestyle in the 1920s.

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Stroke of Genius

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The Start of the Sporting Lifestyle

1933, René Lacoste, captain of the French team, advises Jacques Brugnon and Jean Borotra. © All rights reserved

The man behind the metal racket

How René Lacoste brought his ideas vividly to life.

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A 360° Thinker

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The restless inventor

René Lacoste invented the tennis ball launcher machine in 1927. © Keystone

Want to find out more?

Everything you always wanted to know about Lacoste but were afraid to ask.
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Once Upon a Crocodile

Discover his story