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Jeu De Paume at the 1908 London Summer Games

1908 Summer Games:


Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: May 18, 1908
Date Finished: May 23, 1908
Events: 1

Participants: 11 (11 men and 0 women) from 2 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Jay Gould (19 years, 259 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Charles Tatham (43 years, 286 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain (2 medals)


The 1908 Olympics is the only time that jeu de paume has been on the Olympic program. The sport is also known as court tennis, royal tennis, or real tennis, and is actually the original form of tennis. It is played indoors on a dédan, with a complicated scoring system. All of the 1908 entries were from the United States or Great Britain, although the sport was also popular in France in that era, but no Frenchman competed. The competition was held at the [Queen's Club] in West Kensington, London. It was a sporting club formed in 1886 which originally offered court tennis (jeu de paume), Eton Fives, rackets, lawn tennis, football, rugby, and athletics. The Queen’s Club hosted the jeu de paume, covered-court tennis (indoors), and rackets competition during the 1908 Olympics.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Singles USA Jay Gould GBR Eustace Miles GBR Neville Lytton