Tennis at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The lawn tennis events of the 1920 Olympics were contested on newly laid courts just outside the Beerschot Stadium, which housed the track & field events. The courts, made of crushed brick that resembled the modern day terre battue, or red clay, were said to be in poor condition and the proximity of the track & field spectators caused many matches to be interrupted by cheering from the adjacent stadium. The 1920 Olympic tennis events were weakened by the absence of the Americans – no U.S. player competed. The U.S. Championships at Forest Hills were held at the same time as the Olympic event, and the American players elected to compete in their national championships.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Singles, Men Olympic 16 – 23 August 1920 41 14
Doubles, Men Olympic 16 – 24 August 1920 44 11
Singles, Women Olympic 16 – 24 August 1920 18 7
Doubles, Women Olympic 17 – 24 August 1920 18 5
Doubles, Mixed Olympic 17 – 24 August 1920 32 7
75 (52/23) 14 (14/8)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles, Men Louis RaymondRSA Ichiya KumagaeJPN Charles WinslowRSA
Doubles, Men Great Britain 2GBR JapanJPN France 3FRA
Singles, Women Suzanne LenglenFRA Dorothy HolmanGBR Kitty McKaneGBR
Doubles, Women Great Britain 1GBR Great Britain 2GBR FranceFRA
Doubles, Mixed France 3FRA Great Britain 3GBR CzechoslovakiaTCH

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 2 3 1 6
France FRA 2 0 2 4
South Africa RSA 1 0 1 2
Japan JPN 0 2 0 2
Czechoslovakia TCH 0 0 1 1