A real cosmopolite, Hubert De Morpurgo was born in Triest, which was part of Austria at the time. Although his mother was English, he had a Czech passport. He studied at Oxford, lived in Paris, but travelled the world playing tennis.
He was \"recruited\" to play for Italy by Giorgio De Stefani(/ioc/show_member/224), who became an IOC member in 1951. Now styled Umberto, he became Italy\'s top player of the decade, powered by a formidable kick serve, and played in the country\'s Davis Cup squad until 1933, captaining it from 1922-1931. He reached the Wimbledon quarters in 1928 and the French semi-finals in 1930, losing to Henri Cochet. Morpugo won the Italian mixed doubles with [Lili Álvarez] in 1930, and reached the 1925 Wimbledon mixed doubles final with Liz Ryan.
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