General Georg Felix
von Metaxa
Male
Austria
1914-10-07
Wien, Austria
1944-12-12
Arnoldsweiler, Germany


About

The following piece was translated and adapted from the Wikipedia entry on Georg von Metaxa, which can be found here:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_von_Metaxa

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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Archive statistics 1932 - 1941
9
198
109


Tournament wins 1937 - Bavarian International Championships (ATP World Tour 250 series)
1937 - Luzern (Amateur)
1937 - Austrian National Championships ()
1937 - Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's (Amateur)
1937 - Salzburg championships (Amateur)
1936 - Varese (Amateur)
1936 - Como (Amateur)
1933 - Wien (Vienna) (Amateur)
1933 - Graz (Amateur)


Tournaments German National Championships - 1941 Ostmark Championships - 1941 Wien (Vienna) - 1940 Wiesbaden Championships - 1940 Wimbledon - 1939 Monte Carlo - 1939 Beaulieu - 1939 Cannes Championships - 1939 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1939 German International Covered Court Championships - 1939 German International Championships - 1939 Juan-Les-Pins - 1939 U.S. vs. Germany Exhibition - 1939 Pörtschach Championships - 1939 Hanover International - 1939 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1939 Wimbledon - 1938 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1938 Riviera Championships - 1938 German International Championships - 1938 Championships of Berlin - 1938 Wiesbaden Championships - 1938 German National Championships - 1938 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1938 Wimbledon - 1937 Monte Carlo - 1937 Roland Garros - 1937 Swiss International Championships - 1937 Austrian International Championships - 1937 Cannes Championships - 1937 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1937 Riviera Championships - 1937 Nice - 1937 Paris International Championships - 1937 German International Covered Court Championships - 1937 German International Championships - 1937 Merano - 1937 Luzern - 1937 Bavarian International Championships - 1937 Graz - 1937 Pörtschach Championships - 1937 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1937 Austrian National Championships - 1937 St. Moritz Covered Courts - 1937 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1937 Salzburg championships - 1937 Wimbledon - 1936 Roland Garros - 1936 Austrian International Championships - 1936 Irish Championships - 1936 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1936 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1936 All India Championships - 1936 Merano - 1936 Western India Championships - 1936 Southern India Championships - 1936 Baden-Baden - 1936 Pörtschach Championships - 1936 Varese - 1936 Como - 1936 Sopot - 1936 Milano International - 1936 United Provinces Tournament - 1936 Salzburg championships - 1936 Wiesbaden Second Meeting - 1936 Lahore - 1936 Wimbledon - 1935 Roland Garros - 1935 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1935 Netherlands International Championships - 1935 Merano - 1935 Zürich Baur du Lac LTC - 1935 East India - 1935 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1935 Graz - 1935 Pörtschach Championships - 1935 Wimbledon - 1934 Roland Garros - 1934 Austrian International Championships - 1934 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1934 German International Covered Court Championships - 1934 Netherlands International Championships - 1934 Merano - 1934 Polish International Championships - 1934 Danish Covered Courts - 1934 Napoli - 1934 Graz - 1934 Pörtschach Championships - 1934 Austrian National Championships - 1934 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1934 Voghera - 1934 Yugoslavian International Championships - 1933 Wien (Vienna) - 1933 Polish International Championships - 1933 Graz - 1933 Tyrol Championships - 1933 Locarno International - 1933 Bad Ischl - 1932

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