Henri Cochet "Ball Boy of Lyon"

December 14, 1901
April 01, 1987
Place of Birth:
Lyons, France
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

As his Davis Cup teammate and fellow member of the “Four Musketeers” René Lacoste once said, “Henri Cochet can beat everybody when his shots are working and be beaten by everybody when they are not.” As the record demonstrates, Cochet was on target with his game much more than he was off. He collected no fewer than seven majors in singles with his broad range of shots. Most strikingly, he was the first great half-volleyer in the sport.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
  • Doubles Champion 1927, 1930, 1932
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1928-29


  • Singles Champion 1927, 1929
  • Doubles Champion 1926, 1928

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1928
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1927

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1922-24, 1926-33