Harold Kitson

Harry Austin Kitson (17 June 1874 – 30 November 1951) was a male tennis player from South Africa who won a gold medal at the men's doubles event at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1]

Harold Kitson
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Kitson in 1912
Full nameHarold Austin Kitson
Country (sports)South Africa
Born(1874-06-17)17 June 1874
Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa[citation needed]
Died30 November 1951(1951-11-30) (aged 77)
Umkomaas, South Africa
Turned pro1903 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record0–2
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1905, 1908)
Other tournaments
WHCC2R (1912)
Olympic GamesSilver medal.svg Silver Medal (1912)
Career record0–0
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1905)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesGold medal.svg Gold Medal (1912)
Olympic medal record
Men's Tennis
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Doubles
Silver medal – second place 1912 Stockholm Singles

Tennis careerEdit

Kitson competed in the singles and doubles events at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. In the singles event he had a bye in the first round and lost in straight sets to George Caridia in the second round. In the doubles he was partnered by Victor Gauntlett and reached the quarterfinals where Clement Cazalet and Charles P. Dixon proved too strong.[2] Kitson was more successful at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm winning two medals. He won the gold medal in the men's doubles event together with Charles Lindhurst Winslow, defeating the Austrian team Arthur Zborzil / Fritz Pipes in the final. In the men's singles tournament he won a silver medal after losing in the final to his doubles partner in four sets.[3][4]

Kitson won the South African Championships in 1905, 1908, 1911 and 1913 and was runner–up in 1909 and 1910 to respectively Reginald Doherty and Anthony Wilding.


  1. ^ "Harold Kitson". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ Theodore Andrea Cook (1909). The Fourth Olympiad – The Official Report (of) The Olympic Games of 1908 (PDF). London: The British Olympic Association. pp. 218–220.
  3. ^ Erik Bergvall (1913). The Fifth Olympiad – The Official Report (of) The Olympic Games of 1912 (PDF). London: The Swedish Olympic Committee. pp. 628–639.
  4. ^ "Harold Kitson Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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