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Tennis at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Östermalm Sporting Grounds, Stockholm
Date Started: June 28, 1912
Date Finished: July 5, 1912
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RSA Charles Winslow
Silver: RSA Harry Kitson
Bronze: GER Oscar Kreuzer

Summary

With most of the top British and Commonwealth players absent, playing at Wimbledon, this tournament was not of the top rank. The top player in the world in 1912 was New Zealand’s Anthony “Tony” Wilding. Wilding was Wimbledon champion in 1910 and 1911, and won again in 1912, during the Olympic championship, and won his fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship in 1913. The only American who competed at Stockholm, Roosevelt Pell, was not of the top rank, his best finish ever at the United States’ championships coming in 1915, when he lost in the semi-finals.

In Wildings absence, the Olympic men’s singles final came down to two South Africans, Charles Winslow and Harry Kitson. Kitson had the better career record, winning the South African championship in 1905, 1908, 1911, and 1913, while Winslow would win that title only once, in 1914. But at Stockholm, Winslow held on to defeat Kitson and win the Olympic gold medal in four sets.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charles Winslow 23 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Harry Kitson 37 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Oscar Kreuzer 24 Germany GER Bronze
4 Ladislav Žemla 24 Bohemia BOH
5T Ludwig, Count von Salm-Hoogstraeten 27 Austria AUT
5T Otto von Müller 36 Germany GER
5T Luis Maria Heyden 18 Germany GER
5T Arthur Zborzil 26 Austria AUT
9T Heinrich Schomburgk 26 Germany GER
9T Charles Wennergren 23 Sweden SWE
9T Béla von Kehrling 21 Hungary HUN
9T Eric Tapscott 18 South Africa RSA
9T Vagn Ingerslev 27 Denmark DEN
9T Roosevelt Pell 33 United States USA
9T Josef Šebek 24 Bohemia BOH
9T Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston 19 Russia RUS
17T Frans Möller 25 Sweden SWE
17T Robert Spiess 21 Germany GER
17T Wollmar Boström 33 Sweden SWE
17T Leif Rovsing 24 Denmark DEN
17T Victor Hansen 22 Denmark DEN
17T Jenő von Zsigmondy 22 Hungary HUN
17T Jean-François Blanchy 25 France FRA
17T Axel Thayssen 27 Denmark DEN
17T Torsten Grönfors 23 Sweden SWE
17T Aurél von Kelemen 24 Hungary HUN
17T Albert Canet 34 France FRA
17T Noble Stibolt 21 Norway NOR
17T Karel Robětín 23 Bohemia BOH
17T Gunnar Setterwall 30 Sweden SWE
31T Hakon Leffler 25 Sweden SWE
31T Jaroslav Just 29 Bohemia BOH
31T Trygve Smith 31 Norway NOR
31T Richard Peterson 28 Norway NOR
31T Jaromír Zeman 25 Bohemia BOH
31T Ove Frederiksen 27 Denmark DEN
31T Bohuslav Hykš 22 Bohemia BOH
31T Fritz Felix Piepes 25 Austria AUT
31T Aage Madsen 28 Denmark DEN
31T Peter Frigast 22 Denmark DEN
31T Jørgen Arenholt 35 Denmark DEN
31T Édouard Mény de Marangue 29 France FRA
31T Leó von Baráth 20 Hungary HUN
31T Conrad Langaard 21 Norway NOR
31T Curt Benckert 24 Sweden SWE
31T Otto Blom 25 Netherlands NED
31T Herman Bjørklund 29 Norway NOR
48T Jiří Kodl 23 Bohemia BOH
48T Paul Lindpaintner 28 Germany GER