Henri Jean Cochet
(14 December 1901 – 2 April 1987) was a champion tennis
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player, one of the famous "Four Musketeers" from France
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who dominated tennis in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Born in Villeurbanne
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, Rhône, Cochet won eight Grand Slam
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singles titles in the French, American, and British championships, failing to win only in Australia. He also won the World Hard Court Championship
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(the official clay court championship of the world) in 1922 and the World Covered Court Championship
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(the official indoor court championship of the world) in 1922 & 1923. He was the World No. 1 player for three consecutive years, 1928 through 1930.
He is the only male player who failed to defend all 8 of his Grand Slam Singles titles.
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, the long-time tennis promoter, and a great player himself, in his 1979 autobiography included Cochet in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.
The Four Musketeers were inducted simultaneously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
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, Rhode Island
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in 1976. Cochet died at age 85 in Paris
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Grand Slam tournament record
- Singles champion: 1922§, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
- Singles runner-up: 1933
- Men's Doubles champion: 1927, 1930, 1932
- Men's Doubles runner-up: 1925
- Mixed Doubles champion: 1928, 1929
- Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1930
- Singles champion: 1927, 1929
- Singles runner-up: 1928
- Men's Doubles champion: 1926, 1928
- Men's Doubles runner-up: 1927, 1931
- Singles champion: 1928
- Singles runner-up 1932
- Mixed Doubles champion: 1927
§: the 1922 French Championship was a non-international event is not considered a slam