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SUBJECT: TONY TRABERT
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August 29, 1955
The world's leading amateur player and star of the U.S. Davis Cup team says: 'I have confidence in my own ability. I have confidence that I can produce under pressure in the clutch'
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August 29, 1955

Subject: Tony Trabert

The world's leading amateur player and star of the U.S. Davis Cup team says: 'I have confidence in my own ability. I have confidence that I can produce under pressure in the clutch'

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"I did something in that match that I've never tried to convince anyone was right. I quit. Sure, I stayed on the court till it was over, but my way of saying, 'I've had enough, I pass' was that I simply didn't try any more.

"The one mistake I think I've made in my tennis career was quitting that match. I'd never quit before, haven't since and would never do it again.

"My big winning streak this season has a few people moaning that I'm all ripe for an upset. Well, I don't feel that way at all. I feel the more you can win, the better off you are because you make other players respect you. And a lot of the players will get so they don't feel they can beat you because you've won so many times. When you have a winning streak going for you, I think it puts the pressure on the other players rather than on you. Now I approach each tournament and each individual match as though it was the last and most important one I'm going to play."

There was a knock on the door and Bill Talbert walked in. "You ready for lunch, Trabe?" he asked.

"Can't make it," Trabert said. "I've got to meet a news-reel guy, see the doc about my shoulder and then go on a radio show."

The two young men from Cincinnati walked toward the door. Trabert, still showing just the right amount of confidence, had one parting word. "If you want my opinion on the subject, I think we'll retain the Davis Cup this weekend. Furthermore, I think we'll do what we did last year: clinch it in the first two days."

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