Robert Haillet was French number 1 twice, in 1956 and 1958, and champion of France (Le National) three times in 1955, 1956 and 1958. He was one of the mainstays of the Davis Cup France team between 1952-1960, playing 23 selections for 43 matches (30 wins).
In 1960, he reached the semifinal at Roland-Garros where he was beaten by the future winner, the Italian Nicola Pietrangeli. He had reached the quarterfinal of the tournament in 1957 and 1958. He played the qualifications of the US Open 1950. He won the Monte Carlo tournament in 1958 and 1959; he had been a finalist in the 1953 Marcel Poree Cup and the 1953 Monte Carlo Summer Tournament.
Haillet staged a remarkable comeback in his fourth round match against the No. 4 seeded Budge Patty at the 1958 French Championships. Patty was leading 7-5, 5-7, 8-10, 6-4 ,5–0, 40–0 in the fifth set but could not convert his 3 match points on his service, and Haillet won 11 points in a row, saved another 2 matchpoints to 5-3 on his serve that time before finally won seven consecutive games to win the final set 7–5. He lost in the semi-final against Luis Ayala 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 who will be beaten by Mervyn Rose in the final 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Haillet reached the semifinal of the French championships in 1960 (beating Neale Fraser before losing to Nicola Pietrangeli).
Haillet turned professional in mid 1960 when he joined the pro tour of Jack Kramer.
After his professional career, he coached the Davis Cup teams of France, Italy and Spain.
In 1964, he became commercial director at Adidas where he developed the "tennis shoe Robert Haillet", which from 1970 took the name Adidas "Stan Smith".
He is the father of professional tennis player Jean-Louis Haillet. In 2009, he found his first love Francine Larroque, like him native of Pau, now a surgeon in San Francisco. They get married and live in Nice.
He dies in Nice on September 26, 2011, the day of his 80 years following a surgical operation.
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