Umberto De Morpurgo

Umberto De Morpurgo

Umberto De Morpurgo
Full name Hubert Louis (Umberto Luigi) De Morpurgo
Country (sports) Austria-Hungary (-1920)
Italy (1920-)
Born (1896-01-12)12 January 1896
Trieste, Austria-Hungary
Died 26 February 1961(1961-02-26) (aged 65)
Geneva, Switzerland
Turned pro 1914 (amateur tour)
Retired 1939
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 8 (1930, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1930)
Wimbledon QF (1928)
Other tournaments
WHCC 3R (1921, 1923)
WCCC SF (1922)

Umberto De Morpurgo (12 January 1896 – 26 February 1961) was a male tennis player from Italy.

De Morpurgo was born in Trieste when it was part of Austria, but became an Italian citizen when the city changed hands after World War I. His world rankings were ninth in 1928, tenth in 1929, and eighth in 1930.[2] Bill Tilden ranked him 10th in the world in 1924,[3] and 6th in 1929.[4]


  • Tennis career 1
    • Olympics 1.1
    • Davis Cup 1.2
    • Playing style 1.3
  • Hall of Fame 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Tennis career

De Morpurgo was junior champion in Great Britain in 1911, and student champion in Paris in 1915. He was ranked as Italy’s top tennis player in 1927, and again in 1929 through 1931. Tennis magazine called him "the Tilden of his country".[5]

He was named Italian Commissioner of Tennis by Benito Mussolini in 1929.[5]


He won the bronze medal in the men's singles event at the 1924 Paris Olympics, defeating Jean Borotra of France.[5]

Davis Cup

De Morpurgo played on Italy's Davis Cup team each year from its inaugural year in 1922 through 1933.[5] He won 39 singles matches and lost 14, while in doubles he was 16-10.[6]

Playing style

De Morpurgo used a very fast serve on his first ball, and an exaggerated American Twist serve on the second serve which was of extreme contortion. His baseline game consisted of flat drives. He had an excellent net attack, owing to his great reach. His overhead, like his service, was hard but erratic.[7]

Hall of Fame

De Morpurgo, who was Jewish, was inducted as a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[8]

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ "Big Bill Tilden is Second Only to Henri Cochet", The Montreal Gazette, 27th November 1930.
  3. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (1924-11-17). "Sport: A World and". TIME. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ a b c d "Umberto Louis de Morpurgo". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. 2004. Archived from the original on January 11, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Player profile - Umberto DE MORPURGO (ITA)". Davis Cup. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ "The Art of Lawn Tennis - Chapter XV". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  8. ^ Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Joseph Siegman - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 

External links