The following piece was translated and adapted from the Wikipedia entry on Georg von Metaxa, which can be found here:
The von Metaxa family originally came from the Greek island of Cephalonia. Georg von Metaxa’s father, Stefan Ritter von Metaxa, was an aristocrat, doctor of law and district commissioner in Vienna-Hietzing; his mother, Marianne von Stainach, was born a countess. In his youth, Georg von Metaxa was expelled from several schools and spent his late childhood at the state educational establishment in Schondorf am Ammersee in Bavaria.
In addition to excelling at lawn tennis, Georg von Metaxa was considered a good football player and athlete. He turned down a request to play lawn tennis for Greece. As a lawn tennis player, he reached the final of the German Junior Championships in 1932, but lost to Henner Henkel. After graduating from high school, he began to study law in Vienna, but soon dropped out of university in order to devote all of his time to playing lawn tennis.
Between 1933 and 1937, the left-handed von Metaxa played sixteen matches for the Austrian Davis Cup team. In 1936, he reached the semi-finals of the European Zone with his partner Adam Baworowski. After Austria was annexed by Germany in March 1938, von Metaxa became a member of the German Davis Cup team.
Georg von Metaxa’s most successful year as a lawn tennis player was 1938. At the beginning of July, he reached the men’s double finals at Wimbledon together with Henner Henkel. They were defeated in four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, by the Americans Donald Budge and Gene Mako. Four weeks later von Metaxa and Henkel reached the inter-zone final in the Davis Cup after defeating the Yugoslavian team, 3-2. They were beaten 5-0 in the inter-zone final by the Australian team of John Bromwich and Adrian Quist.
Georg von Metaxa played Davis Cup for Germany until the beginning of World War Two; he represented Germany a total of nineteen times in this competition. He was later drafted into the German Army and, as a private, played a match against Sergeant Hans Nüsslein in December 1941. In December 1944, Georg von Metaxa was killed by American artillery fire near the town of Düren, close to Cologne, and was buried in the graveyard in the nearby town of Kerpen-Buir.
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