Max Decugis

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Max Decugis
Max Decugis standing near a tent in 1913
Full nameMaxime Omer Mathieu Decugis
Country (sports) France
Born(1882-09-24)24 September 1882
Paris, France
Died6 September 1978(1978-09-06) (aged 95)
Biot, France
Turned pro1900 (amateur)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record241–64 (79.02%)
Career titles41[1]
Highest rankingNo. 10 (1913, A. Wallis Myers)
Grand Slam singles results
French Open1R (1925)
WimbledonSF (1911, 1912)
US Open1R (1925)
Other tournaments
WHCCSF (1913, 1914)
WCCCF (1919)
Career record0–0
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonW (1911)
Other doubles tournaments
WHCCW (1914)
WCCCW (1913)
Mixed doubles
Other mixed doubles tournaments
WHCCW (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921)
WCCCW (1913, 1919)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1904)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Representing a Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris Men's doubles
Representing  France
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Mixed doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1920 Antwerp Men's doubles
Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens Singles
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens Mixed doubles

Maxime Omer Mathieu Decugis or Décugis (French pronunciation: [maksim dɔkyʒiz, - de-]; 24 September 1882 – 6 September 1978) was a French tennis player. He won the French Championships eight times (a French club members-only tournament before 1925). He also won three Olympic medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics and the 1920 Antwerp Olympics,[2] with a gold medal in the mixed doubles partnering Suzanne Lenglen.[3][4][5]


Decugis' father was a merchant at Les Halles, the company's name was Omer Décugis et fils,[6] however the accent mark on the é is missing from Max Decugis' birth certificate, and appears inconsistently in later English-speaking sources such as the Ayres' Almanacks edited by Arthur Wallis Myers, but apparently never in any French-speaking sources. The origin of the family name Décugis, spelled with accented é in an 1842 source, is "from Cuges-les-Pins."[7]

In 1905 he married Marie Flameng, the daughter of painter François Flameng, in Paris.[8] After the death of Marie in 1969, Max married Suzanne Louise Duval in October.


Max Decugis playing at the Margitsziget court in Budapest, Hungary in 1908

Decugis won the French Championships in 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, and 1914 (also 14 times in doubles and seven times in mixed). The interruption of World War I denied Decugis the opportunity to defend his 1914 title. Decugis was also a four-time runner-up, having lost the final in 1902, 1906, 1920, and 1923. He won the International German Championship in 1901 and 1902.

In major tournaments, Decugis reached the semifinals of both the 1911 and 1912 Wimbledon Championships and the 1913 and 1914 World Hard Court Championships (WHCC) and the final of the World Covered Court Championship (WCCC) in 1919. He won the mixed doubles title at the WHCC on four occasions (1912, 1913, 1914, 1921) and at the WCCC on two (1913, 1919).

In May 1910, Decugis twice defeated Anthony Wilding at Wiesbaden, first in the final of the Wiesbaden Cup in four sets, followed by a victory in the final of the Wiesbaden Championship in three straight sets.

A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph ranked Decugis as world No. 10 in both 1913 and 1914.[9]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1911 Wimbledon Grass France André Gobert United Kingdom Major Ritchie
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
9–7, 5–7, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Loss 1912 Wimbledon Grass France André Gobert United Kingdom Charles P. Dixon
United Kingdom Herbert Roper-Barrett
6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 5–7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Maxime Omer (Max) Decugis: Stats". Tennis Archives. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Max Decugis". Olympedia. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ Photo with Lenglen
  4. ^ Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement Page 97 Bill Mallon, Jeroen Heijmans – 2011 "Max Décugis was the winner of a record six Olympic medals (four gold, one silver, one bronze) for lawn tennis between … Although the Olympic tournaments during that era attracted many of the world's top players, Décugis's greatest ."
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Max Décugis". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2014. Full name: Maxime Omer Mathieu "Max" Omer-Décugis
  6. ^ Journal des tribunaux de commerce Volume 38 Auguste François Teulet, Eugène Camberlin, Paul Camberlin – 1889 OMER DÉCUGIS et fils et Cie – M. Omer Décugis et fils et Cie, qui exploitent aux Halles centrales une importante maison de commission, ont acheté dans le courant de l'année 1882, pour l'annexer à leur maison,"
  7. ^ Étienne Michel Masse Mémoire historique et statistique sur le canton de la Ciotat Page 147 1842 "L'expression chemin carré ne doit pas être rendue par chemin charretier; il n'y avait pas de charrette en ces temps-là; nous avons même lu plusieurs procès- (1 ) Le nom de famille Décugis si commun dans nos contrées n'est que celui de Cuges à l'ablatif latin avec la préposition de; De Cugis, venant de Cuges, sorti de Cuges."
  8. ^ QuelleTaille (29 September 2020). "Taille Max Decugis". Quelle taille font-ils? 📏. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  9. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.

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