Not held in other Games

Jeu De Paume at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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 Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 18 – 23 May 1908 11 2
11 (11/0) 2 (2/0)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Jay GouldUSA Eustace MilesGBR Neville LyttonGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 1 0 0 1
Great Britain GBR 0 1 1 2