Soon, René Lacoste was dressing friends and family in the polo shirt during international matches. Well ahead of his time, he designed the modern wardrobe: light, adaptable and highly desirable. The Lacoste fundamentals were firmly established.
His mantra? Never give up. René Lacoste had a million ideas to improve his game and make practice more comfortable – and it’s these that made him such a unique player. From the start, he sculpted the handle of his racket and covered it with surgical tape to get a better grip. Then he came up with a lighter and easier to handle racket: the metal racket.
The more he practiced, the more his ideas sparked. He continued to innovate, filing more than thirty patents over his lifetime. Among his famous inventions: a machine that fires tennis balls with calibrated force to help a player practice alone. Inventions that improved his game as well as that of all the generations of tennis players that followed.