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Tennis at the 1924 Paris Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 21, 1924
Events: 5

Participants: 124 (89 men and 35 women) from 27 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Helen Wills (18 years, 281 days)
Oldest Participant: IND Sydney Jacob (44 years, 260 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Vinnie Richards (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (6 medals)

Overview

Tennis was contested at every Olympics from 1896-1924, but the sport was removed from the Olympic Program after the Paris Olympics. It would return as a demonstration sport in [1968](/games/sportgames?sportid=TEN&year=1968) and [1984](/games/sportgames?sportid=TEN&year=1984), and then return to the Olympic Program as a full-medal sport in 1988. The sport was discontinued after 1924 because of disputes between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) over amateur rules. In addition, the ruling bodies of tennis, then centered in London, were concerned that the Olympic tournament might begin to overshadow Wimbledon.

The 1924 competition consisted of the standard five events of men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Five nations won medals, but the United States players won all five events, while France won four medals, with three silvers and a bronze. The events were held at the [Stade Tennis de Colombes] in Colombes, slightly north of Paris.

Medalists