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Tennis at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Date Started: July 6, 1908
Date Finished: July 11, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GBR Josiah Ritchie
Silver: GER Otto Froitzheim
Bronze: GBR Wilberforce Eaves


The outdoor version of men's singles attracted a meagre field, lacking the top British, American, and Australian players. The best British player of the era was Arthur "Wentworth" Gore, but he competed only in the covered court events. The top American player was Bill Larned, and the top Australasians were Norman Brookes (AUS) and Tony Wilding (NZL), but they did not compete.

In their absence, Josiah Ritchie won the gold medal, taking the final in four sets over the German, Otto Froitzheim. Ritchie was a good player but never the top player in the world. His other titles in his career include: 1903-1906 and 1908 German singles, 1909 and 1914 British covered court singles, 1907 Irish singles, 1902, 1904, 1906, and 1909 London singles, 1908 and 1910 Wimbledon doubles (with Tony Wilding), 1907-07 British covered court doubles (with Tony Wilding), and the 1904 and 1906 German doubles.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Josiah Ritchie 37 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Otto Froitzheim 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Wilberforce Eaves 40 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 John Richardson 34 South Africa RSA
5T Charles Brown Canada CAN
5T George Caridia 39 Great Britain GBR
5T Charles Dixon 35 Great Britain GBR
5T Maurice Germot 25 France FRA
9T Walter Crawley 28 Great Britain GBR
9T Bohuslav Hykš 18 Bohemia BOH
9T Fritz von Bissing 21 Germany GER
9T James Parke 26 Great Britain GBR
9T Bobby Powell 27 Canada CAN
9T John Foulkes 35 Canada CAN
9T David Slíva Bohemia BOH
16T Heinrich Schomburgk 22 Germany GER
16T Victor Gauntlett South Africa RSA
16T Dezső Lauber 28 Hungary HUN
16T Jenő von Zsigmondy 18 Hungary HUN
16T Arthur Zborzil 22 Austria AUT
16T Ede Tóth 24 Hungary HUN
16T Oskar Kreuzer 20 Germany GER
16T Ladislav Žemla 20 Bohemia BOH
16T Harry Kitson 33 South Africa RSA
16T Roelof van Lennep 31 Netherlands NED
26T Friedrich-Wilhelm Rahe 20 Germany GER
26T Rolf Kinzl 29 Austria AUT
26T Josef Gruss 23 Bohemia BOH
26T Fritz Felix Piepes 21 Austria AUT
26T Kenneth Powell 23 Great Britain GBR
26T Christiaan, Jonkheer van Lennep 21 Netherlands NED