Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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At the 1896 Summer Olympics, two tennis events were contested, both for men. They were begun on 8 April and continued on 9 April, 10 April, and 11 April.[1] 13 competitors from six nations, including seven Greeks, took part in the tennis competition. Many of the doubles teams were of mixed nationality, including all three medalist pairs. 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. To strengthen the field the organization added sportsmen from other Olympic events including weightlifter Momčilo Tapavica, hammer thrower George S. Robertson and 800-metres runners Edwin Flack and Friedrich Traun.[2]

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and runners-up bronze medals. Athletes coming third received no award.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
 John Pius Boland
Great Britain (GBR)
 Dionysios Kasdaglis
Greece (GRE)
 Konstantinos Paspatis
Greece (GRE)
 Momčilo Tapavica
Hungary (HUN)
Men's doubles
Mixed team
 John Pius Boland (GBR) and
 Friedrich Traun (GER)
Mixed team
 Demetrios Petrokokkinos (GRE) and
 Dionysios Kasdaglis (GRE)
Mixed team
 Edwin Flack (AUS) and
 George S. Robertson (GBR)

The doubles team of Kasdaglis and Petrokokkinos appears in the IOC results database as a mixed team. Kasdaglis is listed as Greek in the database for the singles event. Petrokokkinos, not having won a singles medal, is not identified with any nation in the IOC database; however, all sources which do give a nationality for Petrokokkinos give it as Greek. Kasdaglis, a Greek national residing in Alexandria, is listed as Egyptian in some sources.

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 13 tennis players from 6 nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal table[edit]

Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Mixed team 1 1 1 3
2 Great Britain 1 0 0 1
3 Greece 0 1 1 2
4 Hungary 0 0 1 1

Competitors from Australia and Germany won medals only as a part of a mixed team in the doubles event.


  1. ^ Dates given are in the Gregorian calendar. Greece still used the Julian calendar at the time. According to that calendar, the tennis competition began on 27 March and closed on 30 March.
  2. ^ Gillmeister, Heiner (1998). Tennis : A Cultural History (Repr. ed.). London: Leicester University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0718501952. 


  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill; & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.