Jacques Brugnon

Jacques Brugnon

Class of 1976

Master Player

Career Achievements

Top Ranking     
World No. 9 (1927)

Grand Slam Results
16-time major champion, 7-time finalist

Olympics
Silver medal in Men’s Doubles at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games (with Henri Cochet)

Davis Cup
Member of the French Davis Cup Team 1921, 1923-1927, 1930-1934
Member of the French Championship Davis Cup Team 1927, 1930-1932
Overall Record: 26-11
Singles Record: 4-2
Doubles Record: 22-9

Citizenship: FRA Born: May 11, 1895 in Paris, France Died: March 20, 1978 Played: Right-handed

During the late 1920s and into the early 1930s, if you faced Jacques “Toto” Brugnon in an Australian, French, or Wimbledon Championship doubles final, you’d be on the losing side more often than not.

Part of the famed “Four Musketeers” that included René Lacoste, Jean Borotra, and Henri Cochet, the doubles master won 16 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles competition. Brugnon paired with Borotra and Cochet in 10 major wins. He captured six French doubles titles (1922, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934). Three came with Cochet (1927, 1930, 1932); the 1928 and 1934 victories alongside Borotra, and 1922 was with Marcel Dupont . The 1927 triumph may have been bittersweet – a 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 marathon win over Borotra and Lacoste. Brugnon advanced to the French finals in 1925, 1926, and 1929. Adding to his thorough doubles domination of the French Championships, he and the splendid Suzanne Lenglen won the 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, and 1926 mixed doubles titles.

Turning his attention to Wimbledon, the 5-foot-9 attacking dynamo proved why he was the perfect partner – steady, reliable, masterful – in pressure situations. He captured the 1926, 1928, 1932, and 1933 doubles championships, two each with Cochet (1926, 1928) and Borotra (1932, 1933). The victories with Cochet were routine; the last pair with Borotra took work. The 1932 title needed five grueling sets over the British tandem of Pat Hughes and Fred Perry, 6-0, 4-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Japan’s duo of Ryosuki Nunoi and Jiro Satoh pushed the Frenchmen to four sets (4-6, 6-6, 6-3, 7-5) in the 1933 final. Brugnon added Wimbledon finalist appearances in 1927, 1931, and 1934.  His Australian title came with Borotra in 1928, creating a dizzying legacy of success – 19 trips to a major doubles final.

Singles wasn’t Brugnon’s forte, but he did advance to three U.S. National Men’s Singles Championships quarterfinals (1926-28), two French National Singles quarterfinals (1928, 1929), and his best showing was a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon in 1926, losing to American Howard Kinsey in five sets. He broke into the world Top 10 in 1926.

Brugnon spent more than a decade as a member of the French Davis Cup Team (1921, 1923-27, 1930-34) winning 22 of 31 doubles matches and played a part in four championships (1927, 1930, 1931, 1932). The 1927 victory was the first in history for France, ending the U.S. dominance of seven consecutive titles (1920-1926) titles and was the first of six straight championships for France (1927-1932).

Playing on his native soil in Paris, Brugnon teamed with Cochet to win an Olympic Silver Medal at the 1924 Olympic Games.

Grand Slam

Grand Slam Best Results

Titles

11 Doubles | 5 Mixed Doubles

Singles
French Championships: QF 1928, 1929
Wimbledon: SF 1926
U.S. Championships: QF 1926, 1927, 1928

Doubles
Australian Championships: W 1928
French Championships: W 1922, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934 
Wimbledon: W 1926, 1928, 1932, 1933
U.S. Nationals: SF 1928

Mixed Doubles
Australian Championships: SF 1928
French Championships: W 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926
Wimbledon: SF 1932
U.S. Nationals: SF 1927