René Lacoste "The Crocodile"

July 02, 1904
October 12, 1996
Place of Birth:
Paris, France
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Of the Four Musketeers from France, Lacoste-nicknamed “The Crocodile”-was arguably the one with the most probing mind, the player who had the fewest weaknesses from the baseline, the competitor who worked the hardest and gave the most of himself. A studious tactician, he broke down his rivals with an unshakable methodology and clearness of purpose, flourishing in the late 1920s. Lauded for his dogged combative spirit, he recognized that he could not afford to leave any stone unturned in pursuit of his loftiest goals. 

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1925, 1927, 1929
  • Doubles Champion 1925, 1929


  • Singles Champion 1925
  • Doubles Champion 1925

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1926-27

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1923-28