Tony Trabert, a five-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No.1 player who went on to successful careers as a US Davis Cup captain, broadcaster and executive, has died at the age of 90.
The tennis great's death on Wednesday night at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, was confirmed by his daughter, Brooke Trabert Dabkowski.
Trabert won three of the four major singles titles in an incredibly successful 1955 campaign, 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 alongside Vic Seixas, with whom he won the Australian Championships in 1955.
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.
In 1955, he was defeated by Ken Rosewall in the Australian Championships semi-finals, which prevented him from completing a calendar grand slam.
The Australian event remained the only slam singles crown that he never won.
Later, as US Davis Cup captain, Trabert led his team to titles in 1978 and 1979.
He was also a broadcaster for more than 30 years, including for CBS at the US Open.
Trabert was inducted into the International 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," Hall of Fame President Stan Smith said.
Born on August 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 his major finals, each against a different opponent.
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.