Full name: Hugo James Hardy, Jr.
Born: August 11, 1877 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 1936 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: Anglo-American Club, Berlin (GER)
Hugo Hardy was educated at Royal Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Berlin, and then from 1895-96 at Balliol College, Oxford. He obtained a jurist doctor in 1900 from Heidelberg. Hardy worked in the Germany Colonial Service, becoming District Commissioner for German East Africa from 1906-08. He later was a clerk in the German Imperial Colonial Office (1908) and the private secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, starting in 1911. He attended the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition on orders of the German government, which asked him to report on the Colonial Exhibitions. He was also responsible for organizing the German exhibitions.
In 1903 Hardy became a member of the German Committee for the Olympic Games, serving as treasurer from 1913-23. To support the German team effort, he donated 5,000 Deutschmarks of his own money. In St. Louis, his collection of East-African artefacts was awarded a Gold Medal. As a tennis player he reached the eighth-finals in 1904 in both the menâs singles and doubles. His wife was the former Louise Oppenheim, the granddaughter of Benoit Oppenheim, wealthy German banker and art collector.
Hardy died shortly after the 1936 Olympics, where he was a kind of chef de mission, under unknown circumstances. His family was Jewish, which may explain his death during the Nazi regime.
|1904 Summer||26||St. Louis||Tennis||Men's Singles||Germany||GER||9T|
|1904 Summer||26||St. Louis||Tennis||Men's Doubles||Germany/United States||GER||9T|
|1904 Summer||26||St. Louis||Tennis||Germany||GER||Round Three||Match #5||2||Wright (USA) 2, Hardy (GER) 0||0|
|1904 Summer||26||St. Louis||Tennis||Germany||GER||Round Two||Match #9||AC||Hardy (GER) walkover|
|1904 Summer||26||St. Louis||Tennis||Germany/United States||GER||Paul Gleeson||Round One||Match #6||2||USA-2 2, Germany/United States 0||0|