Tennis at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's singles

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Men's singles tennis
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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Singles final in 1896 Olympic tennis
Venue Neo Phaliron Velodrome
Athens Lawn Tennis Club
Dates April 8 (first round)
April 9 (quarterfinals)
April 10 (semifinals)
April 11 (final)
Competitors 13 from 6 nations
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Bronze medal 
Tennis at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Singles   men
Doubles men

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 of the players actually competing. They represented six nations. 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.


Place Athlete
1  John Pius Boland (GBR)
2  Dionysios Kasdaglis (GRE)
3  Momčilo Tapavica (HUN)
 Konstantinos Paspatis (GRE)
5  Aristidis Akratopoulos (GRE)
 Konstantinos Akratopoulos (GRE)
 Evangelos Rallis (GRE)
8  J. Defert (FRA)
 Edwin Flack (AUS)
 D. Frangopoulos (GRE)
 Demetrios Petrokokkinos (GRE)
 George S. Robertson (GBR)
 Friedrich Traun (GER)


First Round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals
 Greece A. Akratopoulos  
 United Kingdom Flack (AUS)      Greece A. Akratopoulos  
 Greece Paspatis      Greece Paspatis  
 United Kingdom Robertson        Greece Paspatis  
 Greece Rallis        United Kingdom Boland  
 Greece Petrokokkinos      Greece Rallis
 United Kingdom Boland      United Kingdom Boland  
 Germany Traun        United Kingdom Boland 6 6
 Hungary Tapavica        Greece Kasdaglis 3 1
 Greece Frangopoulos      Hungary Tapavica  
       Hungary Tapavica
 Greece Kasdaglis        Greece Kasdaglis  
 France Defert      Greece Kasdaglis
     Greece K. Akratopoulos  


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