Sport: The Road to the Pros

All the up-and-coming tennis amateur needs is a taste for the right clothes, a talent for cocktail-party chatter and a superior knack for belting tennis balls. It is no trick at all to parlay such gifts into a year-round, expenses-paid vacation—wives and kids included. But many young players are not satisfied with such mild rewards. After he won the U.S. singles title in the summer of 1953, crew-cut Tournament Traveler Tony Trabert announced his intentions: for another season or so he would make a name for himself in amateur tennis; then he would be open to offers from the pros.

Tony married...

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