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Olympic Racquets or Rackets

Racquets (also known as Rackets) was an early form of the game now known as racquetball. It once appeared on the Olympic program, in 1908. The competition was dominated by Great Britain, who won all three medals in both singles and doubles. A related sport, Squash, will make its debut at the Olympic Games in 2028.

olympic Games Rackets in 1908Vane Pennell from the UK
from: The Official Sport of the Olympic Games of 1908



In the final, Evan Noel won on a walk over, after Henry Leaf had to withdraw due to an injury to his hand sustained during the doubles competition.

  1. Evan Noel GBR
  2. Henry Leaf GBR
  3. John Jacob Astor GBR
  4. Henry Brougham GBR


In the final, Pennell and Astor beat Bury and Browning 6-15, 15-7, 16-15, 15-6, 15-7.

  1. Vane Pennell / John Jacob Astor GBR
  2. Edmund Bury / Cecil Browning GBR
  3. Evan Noel / Henry Leaf GBR

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