Tony Trabert

Tennis Player
Born Aug 16, 1930

Marion Anthony Trabert (born August 16, 1930 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a retired American tennis champion and long-time tennis author, TV commentator, instructor, and motivational speaker. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, included Trabert in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on August 16, 1930.


1948 17 Years Old Previously, at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, he had been State Singles Champion three times and played guard on the 1948 basketball team that won the District Championship. … Read More


1951 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Trabert was a stand-out athlete in Tennis and Basketball at the University of Cincinnati, and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1951, he won the NCAA Championship Singles title. … Read More
1954 23 Years Old 1 More Event
An extremely athletic right-hander who mostly played a serve and volley game, Trabert won all five of the Grand Slam singles finals he appeared in. He won the French Championships in 1954 and 1955 (becoming the last American man to win that event until Michael Chang in 1989), the U.S. Championships in 1953 and 1955, and the Wimbledon title in 1955 without losing a set (a record shared with Don Budge, Chuck McKinley, and Björn Borg).
1955 24 Years Old Having reached the top amateur ranking in 1955, Trabert turned professional in the fall of that year. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, he was beaten on the head-to-head world pro tour by the reigning king of professional tennis Pancho Gonzales, 74-27.
1958 27 Years Old He was runner-up to Sedgman in the Wembley Pro in 1958.
1960 29 Years Old In the US Pro, he was runner-up to Alex Olmedo in 1960. … Read More


1970 39 Years Old In 1970, Trabert was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, and served as president from 2001-2011.


1976 45 Years Old He was also the US Davis team Captain from 1976 to 1980.
1977 46 Years Old Tony's captaincy is remembered by his frustration in dealing with the egos of younger players like John McEnroe, and for his racket-wielding expulsion of an apartheid protest demonstrator during a Davis Cup match against South Africa at the Newport Beach Tennis Club in California in April 1977. … Read More


1988 57 Years Old He published a book, Trabert on Tennis, in 1988 on his insight on the game, from a player's, coach's, and commentator's standpoint. … Read More
1989 58 Years Old …  Until Michael Chang won the French Open in 1989, Trabert was the last American to hoist the championship trophy.


2004 73 Years Old In 2004, Trabert announced his retirement from broadcasting while commentating at the Wimbledon Championships in London.
2014 83 Years Old On September 8, 2014, Trabert was inducted into the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Court of Champions prior to the US Open men’s singles final. … Read More
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