Biography of Famous Tennis Player and Athlete Rene Lacoste

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Rene Lacoste

Until 1927, the Davis Cup had been won only by the U.S., Australia, and Great Britain. In that year it was captured for the 1st time by a non-English speaking nation, France. And the turning point came when a 23-year-old new-comer stood up to the acknowledged master of the game and beat him.

Rene Lacoste had played in the U.S. championships as early as 1923 but had not left an indelible impression. In the interim, however, he had written a book. Like a major-league pitcher in baseball, Lacoste's "book" was about his opponents--their strengths, their weaknesses, and how to play on them.

Next to Bill Tilden's name he had written the admonition to keep the ball in the center when going to the net. He knew enough to avoid the vicious Tilden backhand.

When Lacoste met Tilden in Davis Cup play at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia in 1927, the U.S. was leading 2-1. Tilden was in top form and seemed unbeatable. But Lacoste was a stone wall.

Everything that Big Bill could fire at the Frenchman came methodically back, as though the American were hitting balls against the side of a building. Gradually, Tilden's powers diminished. Lacoste, parrying every shot like a tennis machine, won the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. His victory turned the tide and the Frenchmen took the silver cup home with them.

This ended America's domination of the Cup and began a French reign that saw Lacoste and his fellow "Musketeers," Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra, and Toto Brugnon, conquer the Cup and Wimbledon for 6 straight years and take the U.S. title for 3.

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