The true story of ‘The Crocodile’ started in 1927.
Here, we tell it through the words of the tennis player who made it a style icon throughout the world: "I was nicknamed 'the Alligator' by the American press, after I made a bet with the Captain of the French Davis Cup Team concerning a suitcase made from crocodile skin. He promised to buy it for me if I won a very important match for our team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey! So my friend Robert George drew a 'crocodile', which I then had embroidered on the blazer I wore on the courts."
Words and music by a young René Lacoste, three times winner of the home tournament.
Of course, we could recount the deeds of today’s heroes. But that would not give due credit to one of the most fascinating tennis tournaments of all time.
It will be up to future generations to talk about the deeds of today’s heroes, perhaps comparing them with what happened way back in 1976, when our predecessors fell in love with Adriano Panatta’s high backhand volley and his epic victory at Roland Garros.