Tennis Player, Businessman. Born Jean Rene Lacoste. He was a French tennis player and he is also known worldwide as the creator of the Lacoste tennis shirt, which he introduced in 1929. He also created the first tubular steel tennis racket, before that tennis rackets were made of wood. As In the space of just four years, he would become one of the most famous tennis players in France's history. He won the French Open at the age of 20 in 1925. As a member of the French team, he won the Davis Cup in 1927 and 1928. He was the World No. 1 player for both 1926 and 1927. His career came to abrupt end, in 1929, and at the age of just 24, Lacoste was forced to hang up his racket due to a respiratory disease. In 1933 he launched the state-of-the-art polo shirt, complete with a crocodile logo embroidered on it, and so the "Lacoste" brand was born. Aged 57, he was still refusing to rest on his laurels, and had another trick up his sleeve. In 1961, he unveiled the metal tennis racket -- an idea he had been working on for 30 years. By using metal instead of wood, the racket would be more resilient, and just as importantly, the ball could be hit with far more power.
Bio by: Babe