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Jay Gould

Full name: Jay Gould, II
Gender: Male
Born: September 1, 1888 in Mamaroneck, New York, United States
Died: January 26, 1935 in Margaretville, New York, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Jeu De Paume

Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of John Beresford.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


As the grandson of the railroad multimillionaire and robber baron, Jay Gould, Jay Gould, II was able to add virtually unlimited financial resources to his considerable natural ability and he developed into the finest court tennis player in the world. In 1900 a private court was built at the family’s palatial residence at Lakewood, New Jersey and apart from retaining Frank Forester as his personal professional until 1915, Jay Gould also engaged many other professionals to provide both tutoring and competition. When only 17, Gould won the U.S. Amateur Championship and held the title until his retirement from singles play in 1926. He was also the first amateur ever to win the World Championship (in 1914) and in 1908 Jay Gould won the Olympic jeu de paume competition without the loss of a set. Gould was equally outstanding as a doubles player, winning eight U.S. titles with W. T. H. Huhn and a further six titles with Joseph Wear, the 1904 Olympic tennis bronze medalist. Throughout his career, Gould lost only once in both singles and doubles. Gould was also a very capable squash racquets player. Gould never had to work, but did manage the family fortune and real estate interests from offices in New York City – into which he had a court tennis dedans built.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 19 London Jeu De Paume Men's Singles United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 19 London Jeu De Paume United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-05-23 Gould (USA) 3, Miles (GBR) 0 3
1908 Summer 19 London Jeu De Paume United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-05-21 Gould (USA) 3, Page (GBR) 0 3
1908 Summer 19 London Jeu De Paume United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1908-05-20 Gould (USA) 3, Pennell (GBR) 0 3
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