Katrina M. Adams began serving a two-year term as First Vice President of the USTA in January 2013. Previously, she served one term as Vice President, 2011-12, and three consecutive two-year terms as a Director at Large, 2005-10. In the current term, Adams serves on the Budget Committee, the International Committee and the Compensation Committee. She is also on the board of directors of USTA Serves and is a member of the ITF’s Rules of Tennis Committee.
Adams previously served as board liaison to the sections as well as to USTA Serves and the USPTA. Prior to that, she was the board liaison to the Professional Tennis Council, and she has also served on the USTA Player Development Committee, 1999; the USTA Executive Committee, 1998-2000; and the USTA Grievance Committee, 2002-04.
In addition to her role as First Vice President, Adams works as a television analyst for Tennis Channel and other networks and serves as executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City. She is also a contributor to Tennis magazine and tennis.com, providing instructional articles and videos.
Adams played for 12 years on the WTA tour, where she was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She captured 20 career doubles titles. While a player, Adams served on the board of directors of the WTA as a player representative for four one-year terms and on the WTA’s Players Association for five two-year terms. She also served on the WTA’s Anti-Doping Committee, Players Committee, Executive Committee and Special Olympics Committee. She was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.
After her retirement from the professional tour, Adams served from 1999 to 2002 as a national coach for USTA Player Development, where she helped to develop some of the nation’s top players. She has also given back to the game through grass-roots participation in several nonprofit organizations nationwide, and she currently serves as a member of Women in Sports and Events (WISE).
Adams attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, majoring in communications, and helped the Wildcats to Big Ten championships in 1986. She was an NCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987 and, in 1987, became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion.
A Chicago native, Adams has been inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame, and she was also inducted into the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2005, the Chicago District Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
Adams currently lives in White Plains, N.Y., and Lakewood Ranch, Fla. She is a member of the USTA Eastern Section.