General Marion Anthony (Tony)
Trabert
Male
United States of America
1930-08-16
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
2021-02-03
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States of America


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Trabert won three of the four major singles titles in 1955, including Wimbledon and the US Nationals without losing a set. He was ranked No. 1 in singles in 1953 and 1955.

Trabert also won five Grand Slam titles in men's doubles, including four with Vic Seixas. Trabert won all of his major titles as an amateur before he became a barnstorming professional and part of the long fight for open tennis.

"When I won Wimbledon I got a 10-pound certificate, which was worth $27 dollars at a sporting good store,'' Trabert said.

Trabert said his career highlight was helping the United States beat Australia in the 1954 Davis Cup final. As Davis Cup captain, he led his team to titles in 1978 and 1979.

Trabert was a broadcaster for more than 30 years, including for CBS at the U.S. Open. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970. In 2001, he began an 11-year stint as president of the Hall.

"He was not only a terrific example to us all on how to be a great champion, but also as a wise coach and mentor, a fair and effective leader, someone who gave back to the sport and an all-around terrific ambassador for tennis," current Hall of Fame president Stan Smith said.

Born on Aug. 16, 1930, Marion Anthony Trabert grew up in Cincinnati near public clay courts and took full advantage. In 1951, he won the NCAA singles championship for the University of Cincinnati and was also a starter on the basketball team.

From 1953 to 1955, Trabert won 38 singles titles and went 5-0 in major finals, each against a different opponent. A loss to Ken Rosewall in the Australian Championships semifinals prevented Trabert from completing a Grand Slam in 1955.

Trabert's first major title came at the US Nationals in 1953. He won his first French Open title in 1954, and a year later became the last American to win at Roland Garros until Michael Chang in 1989.

Trabert said the best players in his heyday rivaled those of the modern generation.

"The depth is much greater now than when I played,'' he said in a 2011 interview with a Cincinnati TV station. "There are more good players today. I'm not so sure the top players today are any better than the top players when we played. No one will ever know that. But you didn't have to beat as many good players to win a tournament when I was playing as they do now.''



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Archive statistics 1945 - 1963
53
539
409


Tournament wins 1962 - Johannesburg Pros (Professional)
1962 - South African Professional Championships (Professional)
1961 - Lemkus Professional (Professional)
1959 - French Professional Championship (Professional)
1957 - West Australian Pro Championships (Professional)
1956 - French Professional Championship (Professional)
1955 - Palm Beach Invitation (Amateur)
1955 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1955 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1955 - Dallas Invitation (Amateur)
1955 - Buffalo Indoor (Open)
1955 - Colombia International (Amateur)
1955 - Good Neighbor Tournament (Amateur)
1955 - Caribe Hilton Championships (Amateur)
1955 - Kent Championships (Open)
1955 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1955 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1955 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1955 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1955 - Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation (Amateur)
1955 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1955 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1955 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1955 - US Open (Grandslam)
1954 - Copenhagen (Amateur)
1954 - Buffalo Indoor (Open)
1954 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1954 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
1954 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1954 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1954 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1954 - South Australian Championships ()
1953 - Palm Springs (Amateur)
1953 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1953 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1953 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1953 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1953 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1953 - US Open (Grandslam)
1953 - Ojai Championships (Amateur)
1953 - Middle Atlantic Grass Courts (Amateur)
1953 - Newport Casino Tournament (Amateur)
1953 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1953 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1953 - La Jolla Tournament (Amateur)
1953 - Hotel de Coronado (Amateur)
1951 - Middle Atlantic Grass Courts (Amateur)
1951 - Intercollegiate Championships (Amateur)
1951 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1951 - Southampton Invitation (Long Island) (Amateur)
1951 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1949 - Michigan Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1949 - Queen City Championship (Amateur)


Tournaments French Professional Championship - 1963 Cannes Pro Championships - 1963 Johannesburg Pros - 1963 Wembley Professional Championships - 1963 US Pro Grasscourt Championships - 1963 Portschach Pros - 1963 Rhodesian Professional Championships - 1963 Kitzbühel Pros - 1963 French Professional Championship - 1962 Cannes Pro Championships - 1962 Johannesburg Pros - 1962 Wembley Professional Championships - 1962 Kramer Cup - 1962 Geneva Professional Gold Trophy - 1962 Scheveningen Pros - 1962 Cava Dei Tirreni Professionals - 1962 Swedish Professional Championships - 1962 South African Professional Championships - 1962 Rhodesian Professional Championships - 1962 Zurich Professional Championship - 1962 London Indoor Professionals - 1961 London Indoor Professionals Consolation - 1961 Professional Clay Courts - 1961 Kramer Cup - 1961 Lemkus Professional - 1961 Scandinavian Professional Championships - 1961 Viareggio Pros - 1961 French Professional Championship - 1960 World Professional Tournament - 1960 World Professional Indoors - 1960 Japan Professional Championships - 1960 Australian Professionals - 1960 French Professional - Consolation - 1960 London Indoor Professionals - 1960 London Indoor Professionals Consolation - 1960 Pro Masters - 1959 French Professional Championship - 1959 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1959 Slazenger Professional - 1959 London Professional Championships - 1959 Perth Professional Championships - 1959 Brisbane Professional Championships - 1959 Victorian Professional Championships - 1959 South Australia Pros - 1959 O'Keefe Professional - 1959 Kramer Tournament of Champions - 1959 French Professional Championship - 1958 World Professional Tournament - 1958 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1958 Wembley Professional Championships - 1958 Slazenger Professional - 1958 Pro Masters - 1957 World Professional Tournament - 1957 Australian Professionals - 1957 West Australian Pro Championships - 1957 French Professional Championship - 1956 World Professional Tournament - 1956 Trophy of Champions - 1956 London Professional Championships - 1956 Geneva Pro - 1956 Australian Open - 1955 Wimbledon - 1955 Roland Garros - 1955 US Open - 1955 Pacific Coast Championship - 1955 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1955 Southern California Championship - 1955 Cincinnati - 1955 US Clay Courts - 1955 Western States Championships - 1955 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1955 US International Indoor Championships - 1955 River Oaks Tournament - 1955 Kent Championships - 1955 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1955 Wiesbaden Championships - 1955 Palm Beach Invitation - 1955 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1955 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1955 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1955 Buffalo Indoor - 1955 Colombia International - 1955 Dallas Invitation - 1955 Pittsburgh Golf Club Invitation - 1955 Australian Open - 1954 Wimbledon - 1954 South Australian Championships - 1954 Roland Garros - 1954 US Open - 1954 Victorian Championships - 1954 New South Wales Championships - 1954 Colorado Championship - 1954 Nassau Bowl - 1954 Pacific Coast Championship - 1954 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1954 US Clay Courts - 1954 Copenhagen - 1954 Italian International Championships - 1954 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1954 US International Indoor Championships - 1954 River Oaks Tournament - 1954 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1954 Conde de Godo - 1954 Pan American Championships - 1954 Buffalo Indoor - 1954 Priory Club - 1954 US vs. Denmark Exhibition - 1954 Bastad - 1954 Dallas Invitation - 1954 TV National Round Robin - 1954 US Open - 1953 Victorian Championships - 1953 New South Wales Championships - 1953 California State Championship - 1953 Nassau Bowl - 1953 Newport Casino Tournament - 1953 Pacific Coast Championship - 1953 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1953 Southern California Championship - 1953 Cincinnati - 1953 US Clay Courts - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 Hotel de Coronado - 1953 La Jolla Tournament - 1953 Palm Springs - 1953 Pan American Championships - 1953 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1953 Thunderbird Invitation - 1953 Ojai Championships - 1953 US Hard Courts - 1953 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1953 Greenbrier Autumn Tournament - 1953 Roland Garros - 1952 Belgian International Championships - 1952 US Open - 1951 Victorian Championships - 1951 New South Wales Championships - 1951 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1951 Cincinnati - 1951 US Clay Courts - 1951 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1951 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1951 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1951 Intercollegiate Championships - 1951 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1951 Middle Atlantic Grass Courts - 1951 Wimbledon - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1950 Roland Garros - 1950 US Open - 1950 Nice - 1950 Paris International Championships - 1950 Bermuda Championships - 1950 Pacific Coast Championship - 1950 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1950 US Clay Courts - 1950 Western States Championships - 1950 Queens Club Tournament - 1950 Italian International Championships - 1950 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1950 US International Indoor Championships - 1950 Dixie Championships - 1950 US vs. France Exhibition - 1950 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1950 U.S. vs. Germany Exhibition - 1950 Caribbean Championships - 1950 US vs. Denmark Exhibition - 1950 US Hard Courts - 1950 US Open - 1949 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1949 Sugar Bowl - 1949 Tennessee Valley Invitation - 1949 Cincinnati - 1949 Western States Championships - 1949 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1949 Michigan Indoor Championships - 1949 Queen City Championship - 1949 US Open - 1948 US Clay Courts - 1948 Western States Championships - 1948 Cincinnati - 1947 Cincinnati - 1945

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