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Charles Voigt

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Adolph•Voigt
Used nameCharles•Voigt
Nick/petnamesThe Baron
Born2 May 1869 in San José, California (USA)
Died1929 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsTennis Club de Puteaux, Puteaux (FRA) / Royal Homburger Golfclub 1899 e.V, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe (GER)
NOC(s) United States


Charles Voigt was born in San José, California but spent much of his time in Europe, based at times in Berlin and Rotterdam. He was responsible for organizing the major international tennis tournament in Hamburg each year and was also a member of the “German Committee to Participate at the First Olympic Games 1896 at Athens.” He was considered an enthusiastic devotee of the game and seemed more cosmopolitan than American. Voight has a minor connection to the origins of the Davis Cup. He saw a young man at the 1896 tournament in Niagara-on-the-Lake. When he asked who it was, Voight was told that he was the young millionaire, Dwight Davis, of St Louis. Voight then suggested, in passing, that if he was a young tennis millionaire, he should do something for the game, and perhaps put up a large prize, or cup. Voight also entered the 1900 Olympic golf tournament but did not start.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Tennis Singles, Men Olympic =8 Representing United States    

Research notes


Charles A. Voigt, formerly of Berlin, but now residing in Rotterdam. Voigt devotes a wonderful amount of enthusiasm and hard work to the success of the big international meeting at Homburg each August, being advance agent, honorary secretary, host to the foreign visitors, chief scorer, and “Lord High Everything Else,” as Gilbert puts it in the “Mikado,” except referee. H. S. Scrivener, a well-known veteran English expert, filled this position last summer, and some Britisher is always selected to act as handicapper and referee each year. Voigt is without exception the most enthusiastic devotee of lawn tennis that it has been my good fortune to meet, and the sport owes much to his devotion. Although an American by nationality, Voigt is more of a cosmopolitan than a Yankee, and he has made a close study of the game and its environments in all parts of the world. During the season of 1896 he was in this country on business, and attended half a dozen of our biggest tournaments, becoming very popular among the American players. He is one of the most picturesque and interesting men I have ever known. Combined with the face of a German, the accent of an Englishman, the manners of a Frenchman, and the good-fellowship of an American, he has the experience of a cosmopolitan and the tongue of a linguist. The “Baron,” as we familiarly called him over here, enthused considerably over American tennis players while on this side of the Atlantic, and his appreciation has had much to do with the respect more recently shown in England for American skill at the game.

Created: Hilary Evans at January 28, 2013 10:08, Last edited: Hilary Evans at January 28, 2013 10:09