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
1st, gold medalist(s) John Pius Boland
 Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dionysios Kasdaglis
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Momčilo Tapavica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Konstantinos Paspatis
1900 →
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)
 Dimitris Frangopoulos (GRE)
 Demetrios Petrokokkinos (GRE)
 George S. Robertson (GBR)
 Friedrich Traun (GER)


First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
 A Akratopoulos (GRE)
 E Flack (AUS)  A Akratopoulos (GRE)
 K Paspatis (GRE)  K Paspatis (GRE)
 G Robertson (GBR)  K Paspatis (GRE)
 E Rallis (GRE)  J Boland (GBR)
 D Petrokokkinos (GRE)  E Rallis (GRE)
 J Boland (GBR)  J Boland (GBR)
 F Traun (GER)  J Boland (GBR) 6 6
 M Tapavica (HUN)  D Kasdaglis (GRE) 3 1
 D Frangopoulos (GRE)  M Tapavica (HUN)
 M Tapavica (HUN)
 D Kasdaglis (GRE)  D Kasdaglis (GRE)
 J Defert (FRA)  D Kasdaglis (GRE)
 K Akratopoulos (GRE)


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