Tony Trabert was known as an exceptional athlete even in his younger years. He excelled in basketball but pursued tennis as his main sport. He was born on August 16, 1930 in Cincinnati where he spent his years growing up. He attended college at the University of Cincinnati and won the US Intercollegiate singles title in 1951.
Trabert will always be known for his golden year – 1955. 1955 was one of the finest seasons in tennis because of the outstanding performance of Trabert. During that year, Trabert was ranked number 1 after winning three Grand Slam titles in one calendar year namely Wimbledon, French, and the US Open. In 1955 alone, Trabert won 35 titles with 12 doubles titles together with Vic Seixas.
Trabert also stood out in the French Championships which is an acclaimed tournament where Americans were believed to have a difficult time winning. Trabert proved this wrong by winning five titles in the French Championships including two singles in 1954 and 1955 and three doubles titles in 1950, 1954 and 1955.
Trabert never missed his appearances and participation in the US Davis Cup team when called for. He was a mainstay player for the US team for five years. He returned to the Davis Cup in 1976 as the US Captain and led the team to victory in the years 1978 and 1979.
Trabert gained a reputation of being one of the two Americans who were able to win a singles championship on all four surfaces namely grass, indoor, clay, and hard court. He was known for his powerful backhand, strong volley and exceptional groundstrokes.
Trabert was an exceptional player, having accomplished a rare feat in tennis which is never losing a set. He never lost a set when he won the US Singles at Forest Hills twice in 1953 and 1955 and the Wimbledon in 1955.
Trabert remained in the US and World Top Ten for four years in 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. He was number 1 in 1953 and 1955 before he turned pro. When he retired, he became a tennis teaching pro and a known television commentator on tennis. Trabert was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the year 1970.