Tony Trabert
American tennis player
Tony Trabert
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.
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Wimbledon Men's Champions
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Murray's run to Wimbledon final brings to mind other recent droughts in the world of sports
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Andy Murray snapped one drought for Britain just by reaching the Wimbledon final, becoming the first man from the host country to get that far since Bunny Austin did it 74 years ago. Murray — and all of Britain — are hoping, of course, he can beat Roger Federer on Sunday to give the locals their first homegrown male champion since Fred Perry in 1936. The world of sports is filled with other examples of lengthy gaps between successes: TENNIS — U.S. men at the French Open: For more than three decades after Tony Trabert's title at Roland Garros in 1955, American men such as Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors failed to conquer the red clay in Paris. But in 1989, 17-year-old Michael Chang lost the first two sets of his fourth-round match against No. 1-ranked Ivan Lendl, then came all the way back to win 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, on his way to becoming the youngest male champion at any Grand Slam tournament (a record that still stands). ...
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Woman who says Tennis Hall of Fame inductee abused her welcomes inquiry, wants charges brought
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The man she accuses of raping her when she was his 9-year-old protege has no place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a South African woman said Wednesday. Suellen Sheehan, now 43 and a businesswoman in Johannesburg, said it took years to overcome feelings of shame, guilt and fear she would not be believed. She and other accusers came forward last year to ask the Hall of Fame to remove Bob Hewitt from its ranks. The Newport, Rhode Island-based Hall said on Tuesday it had hired an attorney to investigate the allegations against Hewitt, an Australian-born former doubles champion who now lives in the southeastern South African town of Addo. The investigation could result in the first expulsion from the Hall. A man who answered Hewitt's mobile phone Wednesday said Hewitt was unavailable for comment. Sheehan said it was difficult to speak out, but once she did, it helped her heal. "To say his name now is ...
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Tennis Hall of Fame in RI hires lawyer to investigate sex-abuse claims against inductee Hewitt
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The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport has hired an attorney to investigate allegations that former doubles champion Bob Hewitt sexually abused girls he coached, an inquiry that could result in his expulsion or suspension from the Hall. The Hall of Fame's chief executive officer, Mark Stenning, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a lawyer with the Boston firm Hinckley Allen Snyder is interviewing people who say they were abused by Hewitt, who played in the 1960s and 1970s and was inducted into the Hall in 1992. The lawyer, Michael Connolly, will prepare a report for the Hall's 24-member executive committee to help determine whether the Hall should seek to expel or suspend Hewitt or take no action, Stenning said. No one has ever been expelled or suspended from the Hall, about 30 miles south of the state capital, Providence. Stenning said the Hall's bylaws were changed in April to allow for it, but he declined to go into the ...
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Argentina stuns Serbia in Davis Cup - World Tennis Magazine
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Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, is succeeding 1970 Hall of Famer Tony Trabert, who has served as Hall of Fame president since 2001. Trabert has been named a Life Trustee of the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to
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3 Out Of 4 Slams - 10sBalls
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Tony Trabert. An NCAA tennis champion and starter on the University of Cincinnati basketball team went on to become a CBS analyst after tennis. In his glory year he won the French, Wimbledon, & US Championships. In 1956 he turned professional ending
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Word is Bjorn - Oxford American
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"Umm, I don't know what that was," says Tony Trabert from the CBS booth. Neither does Pat Summerall, one headset over, a chin-tuck minimalist who is letting the game breathe in a sport that always seems to be holding its breath
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AP Sportlight - Kitsap Sun
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1955 — Tony Trabert wins the US Lawn Tennis Association championships with a victory over Ken Rosewall. Doris Hart wins the women's title. 1966 — Australia's Fred Stolle beats countryman John Newcombe to win the US Lawn Tennis Association
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Capriati and Bollettieri Among Nominees for Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Long Island Tennis Magazine
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... I'm very pleased to announce that they have been nominated to receive our sport's highest honor, induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame," said Tony Trabert, International Tennis Hall of Fame President and 1970 Hall of Fame Inductee
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Hall of Fame to review Hewitt allegations - Boston Globe
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Hall of Fame president Tony Trabert said a panel of senior staffers has begun looking into the matter. “Our basic attitude at the moment is that [Hewitt] has not been indicted and is innocent until proven guilty, but we're certainly concerned about it
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Tipsarevic finds right recipe for his beat ranking - Wall Street Journal
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Gonzalez was long thought of as the top one or two among the pros he toured with in the 50s and 60s — Budge, Pancho Segura, Tony Trabert and Lew Hoad, among them. "Imagine today if you took the top eight pros in the world and they had to play each
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Zvonareva Advances (But It Takes a While) - New York Times (blog)
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Because of the ruthless speed with which won early-round matches, five-time Grand Slam champion Tony Trabert once joked that Steffi Graf played “as if double-parked.” Nearly two decades later, No. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva played her third round match at
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How the Serve Went Over the Top
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Imagine, in your mind's eye, Serena Williams serving, facing break point. She toes the line, bounces the ball and takes a deep breath. She draws the racket back almost languidly, coils her body and vaults skyward, her legs driving the racket head at blinding speed as she clobbers an ace up the T at 120 miles an hour. The best server in the history
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I was a tennis slave...Lew Hoad - Ubi Tennis
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Spesso è ricordato per l'epica partita di finale contro lo statunitense Tony Trabert del 1953 dal punteggio di 13–11, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5; Lew aveva 19 anni. Il 1956 fu l'anno d'oro per Hoad: vinse tre quarti del Grand Slam perdendo in finale da Ken
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Trabert keeps tabs on tennis and Cincinnati - Cincinnati.com
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Tony Trabert may not be able to charge the net like he used to, but his passion for tennis remains the same at nearly 81 years old. Trabert, a 10-time Grand Slam champion after his upbringing at Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati
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George Christy Talks About Michal Bone, Dudley Danoff, Hedva Advani, Kathy May ... - The Beverly Hills Courier
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“I was fortunate to have great coaches, starting with Carl Earn, Pancho Segura and Tony Trabert. Carl began teaching me when I was five years old, Pancho taught me at age 12. Besides teaching me a great offensive lob, Pancho told me plenty of hilarious
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Women's Update: Toronto Canada - 10sBalls
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He could banter with Tony Trabert or Tory Fretz or bud Collins or bill Tilden. The Girls were all awesome. Anita , Kathy, Alicia , Amanda, Tommie , I must be missing one or two of them. Also Anita given an option of hitting past you or thru you usually
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The Hall of Fame Awaits - University of Cincinnati Official Athletic Site (blog)
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In basketball we have Oscar Robertson; baseball Sandy Koufax and in tennis Tony Trabert. But with all the players that have graced the Bearcat gridiron and gone on to play at the elite level, none are in the hall. As this program continues to gain
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Trabert
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 83
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Trabert currently resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife of thirty years, Vicki, and their grandchildren. Together, they have five kids (two of his and three of hers) and twelve grandchildren. Forty years after his matches with Gonzales, Trabert told interviewer Joe McCauley "that Gonzales' serve was the telling factor on their tour — it was so good that it earned him many cheap points. Trabert felt that, while he had the better ground-strokes, he could not match Pancho's big, fluent service."
  • 2004
    Age 73
    In 2004, Trabert announced his retirement from broadcasting while commentating at the Wimbledon Championships in London.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 58
    Until Michael Chang won the French Open in 1989, Trabert was the last American to hoist the championship trophy.
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  • 1988
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Trabert opened a tennis camp "Trabert Tennis Camp" in Ojai, then Pebble Beach, for ages 8–18 with his son, Mike Trabert, where he mentored for decades, then passed the torch to his son and grandchildren.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a tennis author and a motivation speaker.
  • 1976
    Age 45
    He was also the US Davis team Captain from 1976 to 1980.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    In 1970, Trabert was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, and served as president from 2001-2011.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    In the US Pro, he was runner-up to Alex Olmedo in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, the USTA originated the Trabert Cup for Men's 40 and over International Competition. After retiring from the game, Trabert enjoyed a 33-year career (1971-2004) as a tennis and golf analyst for CBS covering such events as the US Open (tennis). During many of those years he teamed with Pat Summerall and was the lead expert commentator at the US Open. The popularity of their broadcasts helped propel the US Open into an annual financial success for CBS and the U.S. Tennis Association.
  • 1958
    Age 27
    He was runner-up to Sedgman in the Wembley Pro in 1958.
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  • 1956
    Age 25
    However, he beat Gonzales in 5 sets for the 1956 French Pro title, and beat Frank Sedgman for the same title in 1959.
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    In 1956, he was beaten on the head-to-head world pro tour by the reigning king of professional tennis Pancho Gonzales, 74-27.
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  • 1955
    Age 24
    Having reached the top amateur ranking in 1955, Trabert turned professional in the fall of that year.
    More Details Hide Details Trabert has been noted explaining: “When I won Wimbledon as an amateur, I got a 10-pound certificate, which was worth $27 redeemable merchandise at Lilly White’s Sporting Goods store in London. legend Jack Kramer offered me a guarantee of $75,000 against a percentage of the gate to play on his tour." With a wife and two kids to support, the decision was clear.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    Trabert, along with Vic Seixas, was an American Davis Cup team mainstay during the early 1950s, during which time the Americans reached the finals 5 times, winning the cup in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details It was one of only two victories over the dominant Australian teams during the decade (the other being in 1958).
    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).
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  • 1951
    Age 20
    In 1951, Trabert posted his first win over Talbert in the final of Cincinnati's international tennis tournament (now known as the Cincinnati Masters).
    More Details Hide Details Both were enshrined into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002 and Barry MacKay was enshrined in 2003. Trabert's record in 1955 was one of the greatest ever by an American tennis player. He won the three most prestigious tournaments in amateur tennis - the French, Wimbledon, and American Championships - en route to being ranked world no. 1 among the amateurs for that year. In the midst of his amateur career, Trabert's game was interrupted by time spent in the Navy, but this did not stop him. Only Grand Slam winners Don Budge and Rod Laver, and in 2010 Rafael Nadal, have ever achieved the same feat. Trabert's own chance at a Grand Slam was stopped with a loss to Ken Rosewall in the semifinals at the Australian Championships. Trabert won 18 tournaments in 1955, compiling a match record of 106 wins to 7 losses.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played doubles with Bob Mault and was coached by George Menefee, who became the head trainer for the LA Rams. Trabert was also a starter on the basketball team at the University of Cincinnati.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A native of Cincinnati, Trabert grew up two houses down from a public park. It had clay courts that helped hone his groundstrokes. By age 11, Trabert was winning junior tournaments and eventually became the world’s No. 1 amateur at age 25. He turned pro after winning the ’55 U.S. Championships because he had a wife and two kids to support. Trabert honed his tennis skills on the courts of the Cincinnati Tennis Club with the help of another member of that club, fellow International Tennis Hall of Famer Billy Talbert. Talbert became Trabert's mentor.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on August 16, 1930.
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