Lacoste, René (le crocodile)

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Lacoste, René (le crocodile) Gender: M
Lacoste, Jean René
born on 2 July 1904 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone PMT m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 09°51' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°57 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 20°30'

René (le crocodile) Lacoste
photo: Unknown, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


French tennis champion, one of the most highly regarded defensive players the world has ever seen and perhaps tennis' greatest ground stroker. He was winner of the Wimbledon singles title in 1925 and 1928 and winner of seven other major singles titles in his career, including the U.S. Open twice and the French open three times. He dominated the Davis Cup in 1927 and held it for five more years.

He was also known for manufacturing tennis shirts with his signature alligator logo over the pocket, a reflection of his nickname, "Le Crocodile," a moniker that reflected his perseverance and tenacity. He was the last survivor of "The Four Musketeers" of French Tennis that included Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra and Jacques Brugnon. Lacoste didn't start playing tennis until he was 16, and his playing career ended with a respiratory ailment when he was 25, but not before he had been acclaimed as having perhaps the greatest ground stroke in tennis.

In addition to his tennis excellence, he was also an inventor. He developed one of the first ball-lobbing machines in 1925, and perfected the metal-framed, open-throat tennis racket in 1964. His nickname, "Le Crocodile" came about because he'd admired a crocodile suitcase in a store window, and his Davis Cup coach said he'd buy it for him if he won an upcoming match. Lacoste never got the bag, but the nickname stuck since some sportswriters thought it described his tennis style. He was the author of " Lacoste on Tennis," 1928.

He married Simone Thion de la Chaume, the first French winner of golf's British Open. They had three sons, one of whom, Bernard, took over the sportswear business in 1964, and a daughter, Catherine, who was a U.S. open golf champion in 1967.

He died of heart failure on 12 October 1996 at his home in St. Jean-de-Luz, France, four days after surgery on a broken leg. He had been ailing for years with prostate cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Brugnon, Toto (born 11 May 1895)


  • Work : Prize 1925 (Singles tennis title at Wimbledon)
  • Work : Prize 1927 (Winner of the Davis Cup)
  • Work : Prize 1928 (Men's Singles champion)
  • Work : Gain social status 1964 (Invented the open-throated tennis racquet)
  • Death by Disease 12 October 1996 (Heart failure and prostate cancer, age 92)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'tennis' pdf file, p. 37.

Sane data in Gauquelin Vol 1/2062 (5:00 AM Paris time)


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Heart failure, terminal)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Three sons and one daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (One in business, one in sports)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 92)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Known as "Le Crocodile")
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (Produced sports clothes)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (LaCoste logo apparel)
  • Vocation : Sports : Tennis (Champion and pro)
  • Vocation : Writers : How To .... (LaCoste on Tennis)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Inventor of Ball-lob machine, tennis racket type)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession