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Tennis at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Athens Lawn Tennis Club, Athina; Neo Faliro Velodrome, Peiraias
Date Started: April 8, 1896
Date Finished: April 11, 1896
Format: Qualifying pools advanced to single-elimination semi-finals.

Gold: GBR John Pius Boland
Silver: GRE Demetrius Casdagli
Bronze: GRE Konstantinos Paspatis
HUN Momcsilló Tapavicza


This tournament was essentially a single-elimination event, although the Greek organizers split the 15-person draw into four "groups", A, B, G, and D (α, β, γ, δ), with the winner of each group advancing to the semi-finals. The groups were played by a single-elimination system. The reason for four groups was to guarantee four semi-finalists, a situation which did not occur in wrestling nor in the men's doubles. A player who withdrew would then affect only the matches within the group. According to the ancient Greek system for elimination tournaments, a new draw was made for each round with all the remaining participants. If there was an odd number remaining someone would receive a bye.

The detailed results of the early matches are not known, with the exception of when [John Pius Boland] defeated [Fritz Traun], 3 sets to 2. John Pius Boland was a student at Christ's College, Oxford in 1894 when he invited a Greek friend, Konstantinos Manos to speak at the Oxford Union. Manos invited Boland to spend the 1896 Easter holiday in Greece during the Olympics. Boland then entered the tennis tournament, although he was not a well-known tournament player. Boland, an Irishman, later became a member of the British parliament for South Kerry from 1900 to 1918.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Pius Boland 25 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Demetrius Casdagli 23 Greece GRE Silver
3T Momcsilló Tapavicza 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Konstantinos Paspatis 17 Greece GRE Bronze
5T Aristidis Akratopoulos Greece GRE
5T Evangelos Rallis Greece GRE
5T Kostas Akratopoulos Greece GRE
8T D. Frangopoulos Greece GRE
8T J. Defert France FRA
8T Fritz Traun 20 Germany GER
8T Dimitrios Petrokokkinos 17 Greece GRE
8T George Stuart Robertson 23 Great Britain GBR
8T Teddy Flack 22 Australia AUS