Tennis at the 1912 Summer Olympics

At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden eight tennis events were contested divided over two tournaments; an indoor covered courts tournament, played on wood, held from May 5 until May 12 and an outdoor hard court tournament, played on clay, held from June 28 until July 5.[1]

Tennis at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Date5–12 May 1912 (indoor)
29 June–5 July 1912 (outdoor)
Edition5th
SurfaceWood (indoor)
Clay (outdoor)
LocationÖstermalm Tennis Pavilion, Östermalm
Champions
Men's outdoor singles
 Charles Winslow (RSA)
Women's outdoor singles
 Marguerite Broquedis (FRA)
Men's outdoor doubles
 Harold Kitson / Charles Winslow (RSA)
Mixed outdoor doubles
 Dorothea Köring / Heinrich Schomburgk (GER)
Men's indoor singles
 André Gobert (FRA)
Women's indoor singles
 Edith Hannam (GBR)
Men's indoor doubles
 Maurice Germot / André Gobert (FRA)
Mixed indoor doubles
 Edith Hannam / Charles Dixon (GBR)
← 1908 · Summer Olympics · 1920 →

Tennis on covered courts was agreed initially for the 1912 Games, with competitions run for gentlemen's singles and doubles, ladies' singles and mixed doubles.[2] The outdoor tournament was confirmed once the Östermalm Athletic Grounds were completed in late 1911, with the plans modified to have both indoor and outdoor tournaments.[3]

Six countries sent players for the covered court competitions, with representatives from Sweden, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Australasia and Bohemia appearing. Included in this lineup was Australasia's only competitor, the New Zealander Anthony Wilding, who was also the reigning Wimbledon gentlemen's champion.[4] The indoor knockout competition started on 5 May, and continued as expected until the semi final round where Wilding was beaten by Britain's Charles P. Dixon.[5] The British player met Frenchman André Gobert in the final, but Gobert was victorious over the Englishman in straight sets. Wilding took the bronze medal in a playoff against another British player, Arthur Lowe.[6]

The outdoors tennis competition saw seventy players enter from twelve nations. However, Great Britain did not enter any competitors as the dates of the outdoor competition clashed with the 1912 Wimbledon Championships despite attempts by the British authorities to convince the Olympic organizing committee to change the dates. Other noted tennis players including Anthony Wilding, André Gobert and Arthur Gore refused to compete at the Olympics and instead attended Wimbledon.[7] The gold and silver medals in the gentlemen's singles ended up being decided between two South Africans, with Charles Winslow and Harold Kitson playing each other. Winslow won the match and the gold medal, 7–5, 4–6, 10–8, 8–6.[8] The duo also competed as a pair in the gentlemen's doubles and took the gold medal, beating the Austrians Felix Pipes and Arthur Zborzil.[9] Marguerite Broquedis of France defeated Dorothea Koring of Germany in the ladies' singles for the gold medal.[10] In the mixed double Koring teamed up with Heinrich Schomburgk to win the gold, the duo defeating Sigrid Fick and Gunnar Setterwall of Sweden in the final.[11]

Medal summaryEdit

EventsEdit

OutdoorEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
Charles Winslow
  South Africa
Harold Kitson
  South Africa
Oscar Kreuzer
  Germany
Men's doubles
details
  South Africa (RSA)
Harold Kitson
Charles Winslow
  Austria (AUT)
Felix Pipes
Arthur Zborzil
  France (FRA)
Albert Canet
Édouard Mény de Marangue
Women's singles
details
Marguerite Broquedis
  France
Dorothea Köring
  Germany
Molla Bjurstedt
  Norway
Mixed doubles
details
  Germany (GER)
Dorothea Köring
Heinrich Schomburgk
  Sweden (SWE)
Sigrid Fick
Gunnar Setterwall
  France (FRA)
Marguerite Broquedis
Albert Canet

IndoorEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
André Gobert
  France
Charles Dixon
  Great Britain
Anthony Wilding
  Australasia
Men's doubles
details
  France (FRA)
Maurice Germot
André Gobert
  Sweden (SWE)
Carl Kempe
Gunnar Setterwall
  Great Britain (GBR)
Alfred Beamish
Charles Dixon
Women's singles
details
Edith Hannam
  Great Britain
Sofie Castenschiold
  Denmark
Mabel Parton
  Great Britain
Mixed doubles
details
  Great Britain (GBR)
Edith Hannam
Charles Dixon
  Great Britain (GBR)
Helen Aitchison
Herbert Roper Barrett
  Sweden (SWE)
Sigrid Fick
and Gunnar Setterwall

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  France (FRA)3025
2  Great Britain (GBR)2226
3  South Africa (RSA)2103
4  Germany (GER)1113
5  Sweden (SWE)0213
6  Austria (AUT)0101
  Denmark (DEN)0101
8  Australasia (ANZ)0011
  Norway (NOR)0011
Totals (9 nations)88824

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 82 tennis players (69 men and 13 women) from 14 nations (men from 14 nations - women from 6 nations) competed at the Stockholm Games:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tennis at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  2. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 616.
  3. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 617.
  4. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 618.
  5. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 620.
  6. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 621.
  7. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 630.
  8. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 633.
  9. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 634.
  10. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 636.
  11. ^ Official Report (1913): p. 637.

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