de Morpurgo was Italy’s
number one ranked tennis player in 1927 and in
1929 through 1931. He was ranked in the World’s Top Ten
1930—ninth in 1928, tenth in 1929, and
eighth in 1930. American tennis icon
Bill Tilden ranked him sixth in the
World in 1929.
At the 1924 Olympic Games, de
Morpurgo defeated France’s Jean Borotra,
the reigning Wimbledon Singles
Champion, to win the bronze medal. He
was a member of Italy’s first-ever Davis
Cup team in 1922 and played on every
Italian Davis Cup team through 1933.
The American Tennis magazine labeled Baron de Morpurgo “the Tilden
of his country.” In 1929, the Baron was
named Italian Commissioner of Tennis
by Benito Mussolini.