Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's singles

The men's singles was one of two tennis events on the Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The sixteen entrants were seeded into a single-elimination tournament, with only thirteen or fifteen of the players actually competing. They represented six nations.

Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis
VenueNeo Phaliron Velodrome
Athens Lawn Tennis Club
DatesApril 8 (first round)
April 9 (quarterfinals)
April 10 (semifinals)
April 11 (final)
Competitors13 from 6 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) John Pius Boland
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Dionysios Kasdaglis
 Greece
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Momčilo Tapavica
 Hungary
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Konstantinos Paspatis
 Greece
1900 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the first appearance of the men's singles tennis. The event has been held at every Summer Olympics where tennis has been on the program: from 1896 to 1924 and then from 1988 to the current program. Demonstration events were held in 1968 and 1984.

None of the leading players of the time, such as Wimbledon champion Harold Mahony, U.S champion Robert Wrenn, William Larned or Wilfred Baddeley, participated.[1][2]

Competition formatEdit

Under ancient Greek single-elimination tournament rules, there were no brackets as under modern single-elimination rules; instead, all participants in a round were paired off with one bye if a round had an odd number of participants left. This format could result in a semifinals round with only 3 competitors (as happened in both the 1896 wrestling and doubles tennis events, which started with 5 wrestlers/pairs: the first round had two matches, with one wrestler/pair having a bye, and the second round had only one match, with another wrestler/pair having a bye; a modern tournament would have had one match in the first round with three byes, leading to two semifinals). The organizers avoided this problem in the singles tennis by dividing the players into four groups, with each group playing a single elimination tournament and the winner of each group advancing to the semifinals.[2]

No bronze medal match was held; both semifinal losers are now considered bronze medal winners (the current medal system was not used at the time).

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Wednesday, 8 April 1896 Wednesday, 27 March 1896 Round 1
Thursday, 9 April 1896 Thursday, 28 March 1896 Round 1 continued
Quarterfinals
Friday, 10 April 1896 Friday, 29 March 1896 Quarterfinals continued
Semifinals
Saturday, 11 April 1896 Saturday, 30 March 1896 Final

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

The International Society of Olympic Historians gives only thirteen players; according to them Frank and George Marshall did not participate.

 
First RoundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
                      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  K Akratopoulos (GRE)
 
 
 
  D Kasdaglis (GRE)
 
  Dionysios Kasdaglis (GRE)
 
 
 
  J. Defert (FRA)
 
  D Kasdaglis (GRE)
 
 
 
  M Tapavica (HUN)  
 
  Momčilo Tapavica (HUN)
 
 
 
  Dimitris Frangopoulos (GRE)
 
  M Tapavica (HUN)
 
 
 
 
 
  George Marshall (GBR)
 
 
 
  Frank Marshall (GBR)
 
  D Kasdaglis (GRE)  31
 
 
 
  JP Boland (GBR)  66
 
  Evangelos Rallis (GRE)
 
 
 
  Demetrios Petrokokkinos (GRE)
 
  E Rallis (GRE)
 
 
 
  JP Boland (GBR)
 
  John Boland (GBR)626
 
 
 
  Friedrich Traun (GER)062
 
  JP Boland (GBR)
 
 
 
  K Paspatis (GRE)  
 
  Konstantinos Paspatis (GRE)
 
 
 
  George Robertson (GBR)
 
  K Paspatis (GRE)
 
 
 
  A Akratopoulos (GRE)
 
  Aristidis Akratopoulos (GRE)
 
 
  Edwin Flack (AUS)
 

Results summaryEdit

Rank Player Nation Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  John Pius Boland   Great Britain   Traun (GER)
W 6–0, 2–6, 6–2
  Rallis (GRE)
W
  Paspatis (GRE)
W
  Kasdaglis (GRE)
W 6–3, 6–1
  Dionysios Kasdaglis   Greece   Defert (FRA)
W
  K Akratopoulos (GRE)
W
  Tapavica (HUN)
W
  Boland (GRE)
L 6–3, 6–1
  Konstantinos Paspatis   Greece   Robertson (GBR)
W
  A Akratopoulos (GRE)
W
  Boland (GBR)
L
Did not advance
Momčilo Tapavica   Hungary   Frangopoulos (GRE)
W
  G Marshall (GBR)
W
  Kasdaglis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
5 Aristidis Akratopoulos   Greece   Flack (AUS)
W
  Paspatis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Konstantinos Akratopoulos   Greece Bye   Kasdaglis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Evangelos Rallis   Greece   Petrokokkinos (GRE)
W
  Boland (GBR)
L
Did not advance
8 J. Defert   France   Kasdaglis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Edwin Flack   Australia   A Akratopoulos (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Dimitris Frangopoulos   Greece   Tapavica (HUN)
L
Did not advance
George S. Robertson   Great Britain   Paspatis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Friedrich Traun   Germany   Boland (GBR)
L 6–0, 2–6, 6–2
Did not advance
Demetrios Petrokokkinos   Greece   Rallis (GRE)
L
Did not advance
Frank Marshall   Great Britain   G Marshall (GBR)
L DNS
Did not advance
George Marshall   Great Britain   F Marshall (GBR)
L DNS
Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Singles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 December 2020.