Umberto De Morpurgo
|Full name||Hubert Louis (Umberto Luigi) De Morpurgo|
|Country|| Austria-Hungary (-1920)
12 January 1896|
|Died||26 February 1961
|Turned pro||1914 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (1930, A. Wallis Myers)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||SF (1930)|
|WHCC||3R (1921, 1923)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (1924)|
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. Bill Tilden ranked him 10th in the world in 1924, and 6th in 1929.
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".
De Morpurgo used a terrific 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.
Hall of Fame
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