Tennis at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's doubles

The men's doubles was an event on the tennis at the 1900 Summer Olympics program in Paris from 6 to 11 July. Sixteen players from 3 nations competed as eight pairs, including two mixed teams.[1] The event was won by brothers Laurence Doherty and Reginald Doherty, defeating Max Décugis of France and Basil Spalding de Garmendia of the United States in the final. With no bronze medal match, bronzes went to two teams: the French pair of Guy de la Chapelle and André Prévost and the British pair of Harold Mahony
Arthur Norris.

Men's doubles tennis
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Paris 1900- Tennis -DOHERTY and DOHERTY (GBR) - MAHONY and NORRIS A.B.J. (GBR-IRL).jpg
Semifinal match between the Doherty brothers and Mahony/Norris
VenueIle de Puteaux
Dates6–11 July
Competitors8 teams (16 players) from 3 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Laurence Doherty
Reginald Doherty
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Max Décugis
Basil Spalding de Garmendia
 Mixed team
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Guy de la Chapelle
André Prévost
 France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Harold Mahony
Arthur Norris
 Great Britain
← 1896
1904 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the second appearance of the men's doubles 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. A demonstration event was held in 1968.

The Doherty brothers of Great Britain were heavily favored. Reginald Doherty had just won his fourth straight The Championships, Wimbledon singles title. Laurence Doherty would later win five (1902–1906). There were some significant other players, including Max Decugis (who would win 8 French championships after the Games) and Harold Mahony (who had won Wimbledon in 1896 and the European championship in 1899), but none of the pairs opposing the Doherty brothers were considered to have a chance.[1]

The United States and France each made their debut in the event. Great Britain made its second appearance.

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with no bronze medal match (both semifinal losers tied for third). All matches before the final were best-of-three sets; the final was best-of-five sets. Tiebreaks had not been invented yet.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
Friday, 6 July 1900
Saturday, 7 July 1900
Sunday, 8 July 1900
Monday, 9 July 1900
Tuesday, 10 July 1900
Wednesday, 11 July 1900
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

DrawEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (Gold medal match)
                 
  Max Decugis (FRA)
  Basil de Garmendia (USA)
6 7
  Charles Sands (USA)
  Archibald Warden (GBR)
3 5
  Max Decugis (FRA)
  Basil de Garmendia (USA)
6 6
  Guy de la Chapelle (FRA)
  André Prévost (FRA)
2 4
  Guy de la Chapelle (FRA)
  André Prévost (FRA)
6 7 6
  Elie de Lastours (FRA)
  Guy Lejeune (FRA)
3 9 2
  Max Decugis (FRA)
  Basil de Garmendia (USA)
1 1 0
  Laurence Doherty (GBR)
  Reginald Doherty (GBR)
6 6 6
  Harold Mahony (GBR)
  Arthur Norris (GBR)
6 6 6
  Étienne Durand (FRA)
  Adrien Fauchier-Magnan (FRA)
8 1 3
  Harold Mahony (GBR)
  Arthur Norris (GBR)
4 1
  Laurence Doherty (GBR)
  Reginald Doherty (GBR)
6 6
  Laurence Doherty (GBR)
  Reginald Doherty (GBR)
6 6
  Pierre Lebréton (FRA)
  Paul Lecaron (FRA)
2 3

Results summaryEdit

Rank Players Nation Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  Laurence Doherty
Reginald Doherty
  Great Britain   P Lebréton (FRA)
  P Lecaron (FRA)
W 6–2, 6–3
  H Mahony (GBR)
  A Norris (GBR)
W 6–4, 6–1
  M Decugis (FRA)
  B Spalding de Garmendia (USA)
W 6–1, 6–1, 6–0
  Max Decugis
Basil Spalding de Garmendia
  Mixed team   C Sands (USA)
  A Warden (GBR)
W 6–3, 7–5
  G de la Chapelle (FRA)
  A Prévost (FRA)
W 6–2, 6–4
  L Doherty (GBR)
  R Doherty (GBR)
L 6–1, 6–1, 6–0
  Guy de la Chapelle
André Prévost
  France   E de Lastours (FRA)
  G Lejeune (FRA)
W 6–3, 7–9, 6–2
  M Decugis (FRA)
  B Spalding de Garmendia (USA)
L 6–2, 6–4
Did not advance
Harold Mahony
Arthur Norris
  Great Britain   É Durand (FRA)
  A Fauchier-Magnan (FRA)
W 6–8, 6–1, 6–3
  L Doherty (GBR)
  R Doherty (GBR)
L 6–4, 6–1
Did not advance
5 Étienne Durand
Adrien Fauchier-Magnan
  France   H Mahony (GBR)
  A Norris (GBR)
L 6–8, 6–1, 6–3
Did not advance
Élie, Count de Lastours
Guy Lejeune
  France   G de la Chapelle (FRA)
  A Prévost (FRA)
L 6–3, 7–9, 6–2
Did not advance
Pierre Lebréton
Paul Lecaron
  France   L Doherty (GBR)
  R Doherty (GBR)
L 6–2, 6–3
Did not advance
Charles Sands
Archibald Warden
  Mixed team   M Decugis (FRA)
  B Spalding de Garmendia (USA)
L 6–3, 7–5
Did not advance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Doubles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 23 December 2020.