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Doubles, Men

Date6 – 11 July 1908
StatusOlympic
LocationAll-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Participants24 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

By 1908 there was no dominant doubles team in England or world tennis. The Doherty brothers, Reggie and Laurie, had been the top pair, winning eight Wimbledon titles from 1897-1905. But Laurie retired in 1906 because of health problems. However Reggie played on, partnering various players, and with George Hillyard, they won the 1908 Olympic doubles. In addition to his doubles titles with his brother, Reggie Doherty won the Wimbledon singles in 1897-1900. He played eight Davis Cup rubbers, losing only one match, and that against the top American of the era, Bill Larned.

George Hillyard was Secretary of the All-England Club for 17 years, 1907-1924, and was married to the great British female player, Blanche Bingley. At 44 years of age, he was beyond his prime at the 1908 Olympics. He had won the British covered court doubles in 1890-91 with Harry Scrivener and again in 1904-05 with Laurie Doherty. He was German singles champion in 1897 and 1900. He was also quite accomplished at cricket and golf. Together, Hillyard and Reggie Doherty also won the 1909 South African doubles, their only other title together.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBRGold
2Josiah Ritchie / James ParkeGBRSilver
3Clement Cazalet / Charles DixonGBRBronze
=4Walter Crawley / Kenneth PowellGBR
=4Victor Gauntlett / Harry KitsonRSA
=4Arthur Zborzil / Fritz Felix PiepesAUT
=7John Foulkes / Bobby PowellCAN
=7Christiaan, Jonkheer van Lennep / Roelof van LennepNED
=7Otto Froitzheim / Heinrich SchomburgkGER
=7Jenő Zsigmondy / Ede TóthHUN
=11Oskar Kreuzer / Friedrich-Wilhelm RaheGER
=11Bohuslav Hykš / David SlívaBOH
DNSMax Décugis / Maurice GermotFRA
DNSClaude Russell-Brown / Hedley SucklingCAN
DNSKároly Vitus / Jaroslav ŽemlaBOH
DNSL. Ivanka / Dezső LauberHUN
DNSLadislav Žemla / Zdeněk ŽemlaBOH
DNSGeorge Ball-Greene / Wilberforce EavesGBR
DNSRolf Kinzl / Kurt von WesselyAUT
DNSArthur Wentworth Gore / Roper BarrettGBR
DNSJosef Gruss / Josef Rössler-OřovskýBOH

Round One (6 July 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 John Foulkes / Bobby PowellCAN bye
Match #2 Walter Crawley / Kenneth PowellGBR bye
Match #3 Károly Vitus / Jaroslav ŽemlaBOH bye
Match #4 George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBR bye
Match #5 Christiaan, Jonkheer van Lennep / Roelof van LennepNED bye
Match #6 Charles Dixon / Clement CazaletGBR Rolf Kinzl / Kurt von WesselyAUT walkover
Match #7 Otto Froitzheim / Heinrich SchomburgkGER Oskar Kreuzer / Friedrich-Wilhelm RaheGER 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
Match #8 Victor Gauntlett / Harry KitsonRSA Bohuslav Hykš / David SlívaBOH 6-0, 6-4, 6-3
Match #9 L. Ivanka / Dezső LauberHUN Arthur Wentworth Gore / Roper BarrettGBR walkover
Match #10 Arthur Zborzil / Fritz Felix PiepesAUT Josef Gruss / Josef Rössler-OřovskýBOH walkover
Match #11 Ede Tóth / Jenő ZsigmondyHUN walkover
Match #12 James Parke / Josiah RitchieGBR walkover
Match #13 Claude Russell-Brown / Hedley SucklingCAN walkover
Match #14 Ladislav Žemla / Zdeněk ŽemlaBOH walkover
Match #15 George Ball-Greene / Wilberforce EavesGBR walkover
Match #16 Max Décugis / Maurice GermotFRA walkover

Round Two (7 July 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Walter Crawley / Kenneth PowellGBR John Foulkes / Bobby PowellCAN 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
Match #2 George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBR Károly Vitus / Jaroslav ŽemlaBOH walkover
Match #3 Charles Dixon / Clement CazaletGBR Christiaan, Jonkheer van Lennep / Roelof van LennepNED 6-4, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
Match #4 Victor Gauntlett / Harry KitsonRSA Otto Froitzheim / Heinrich SchomburgkGER 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3
Match #5 Arthur Zborzil / Fritz Felix PiepesAUT L. Ivanka / Dezső LauberHUN walkover
Match #6 Josiah Ritchie / James ParkeGBR Jenő Zsigmondy / Ede TóthHUN 6-1, 6-0, 6-3
Match #7 Claude Russell-Brown / Hedley SucklingCAN Ladislav Žemla / Zdeněk ŽemlaBOH walkover
Match #8 Max Décugis / Maurice GermotFRA George Ball-Greene / Wilberforce EavesGBR walkover

Quarter-Finals (9 July 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBR Walter Crawley / Kenneth PowellGBR 10-8, 6-1, 7-9, 7-5
Match #2 Charles Dixon / Clement CazaletGBR Victor Gauntlett / Harry KitsonRSA 6-2, 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Match #3 Josiah Ritchie / James ParkeGBR Arthur Zborzil / Fritz Felix PiepesAUT 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
Match #4 Max Décugis / Maurice GermotFRA Claude Russell-Brown / Hedley SucklingCAN walkover

Semi-Finals (10 July 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the final.

Match #1 George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBR Charles Dixon / Clement CazaletGBR 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 17-15, 6-4
Match #2 Josiah Ritchie / James ParkeGBR Max Décugis / Maurice GermotFRA walkover

Final Round (11 July 1908)

Match 1/2 George Hillyard / Reggie DohertyGBR Josiah Ritchie / James ParkeGBR 9-7, 7-5, 9-7