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Martin named Tennis Hall of Fame CEO

February 18, 2014 02:12 PM
Todd Martin, shown here during the AEGON Masters in 2010, will take over as the next CEO of the Tennis Hall of Fame in September.

By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com

Former US Open finalist and world No. 4 Todd Martin was a member of one of the greatest generations of American tennis players, competing alongside Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. As a player, he served as president of the ATP Players Council, and since retiring he has been a coach, the head of his own junior academy and a member of the USTA Board of Directors.

Now, Martin will bring his unique perspective on the game to a new role, as the CEO-designate for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

“When we began our search for the next CEO, Todd was one of the people we went to for suggestions on candidates,” said Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Christopher E. Clouser. “Through discussions with him, it became apparent that he, in fact, should be on the short list. Not only was Todd a great player – one of the very best in the world – but he is also a tremendous leader.”

Martin, 43, will begin working at the Hall of Fame as CEO-designate on April 1 and will take over as CEO on Sept. 5. He succeeds Mark Stenning, who has worked for the Hall of Fame for 35 years, including the last 14 as CEO.

“I’m tremendously excited to join the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to lead the organization's staff and to execute its mission,” Martin said. “It is an honor to be charged with preserving the rich history of our sport and to celebrate the people who have created its greatest moments. I look forward to working with the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and staff and many tennis industry partners.”  

Martin was one of the top players of his day. He won eight tour singles titles and reached finals at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open. He also played on the U.S. Davis Cup team each year from 1994 to 2002, helping lead the U.S. to the Davis Cup title in 1995, and he was honored with the ATP World Tour Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994.

Martin retired in 2004 but has remained active in tennis. He has at different times coached Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish, and in 2012 he shifted to grooming future champions by launching Todd Martin Tennis, which focuses on junior development.

In 1994, he founded the Todd Martin Development Fund to provide tennis education and leadership programs for at-risk youth in mid-Michigan. Martin became a member of the USTA Board of Directors in October 2011.

Information from the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was used in compiling this story.



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