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Tennis at the Olympics

Tennis has a long history at the Olympic Games. Tennis was played at the Olympics until 1924, then reinstituted in 1988. There is currently a men's and women's singles and doubles tournament, and since London 2012 there has also been a mixed doubles event.

Tennis was a demonstration sport in Mexico City in 1968, however the crowds and interest in the competition were small. Tennis was also played at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics as a demonstration sport - the first time professional athletes were officially allowed to compete in any Olympic sport. This time fans bought out every seat at the tennis venue.

An early version of tennis, jeu de paume, was an official medal sport in 1908. There was a demonstration of jeu de paume in 1924 (called real tennis at the time).

Olympic Tennis Trivia

Arthur Gore TennisArthur Gore, 1908 Olympic Games
singles and doubles champion

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