During Charlie's stay in Biarritz in 1931, he played a "match" against three French tennis champions:
After a tennis match in which Cochet, Lacoste, and Martin Plaa played, the audience asked for a game between Chaplin and the champions. Charlie soon complied, and since he was sure to lose, he chose to make a joke of it: he slipped deliberately, ran after balls out of bounds, turned several times around himself and gesticulated so comically with his racket that the audience couldn't help splitting their sides. This was one of the most successful and original matches the champions ever played. (May Reeves, The Intimate Charlie Chaplin)
|Chaplin poses between Henri Cochet (on his right) and Martin Plaa.|
|With Rene Lacoste.|
*Georgia never heard from Charlie during the entire 18 months he was away from Hollywood. This neglect would mark the end of their relationship upon his return and they wouldn't see each other again for another ten years.