2014/04/20

Todd Martin named CEO-designate of International Tennis Hall of Fame

 

(February 18, 2014) - Todd Martin, who was ranked world No. 4 on the ATP World Tour in the 1990s, has been named CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF) in Newport, R.I. He will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO.

Martin will begin working at the Hall of Fame as CEO-designate on April 1, 2014, with Stenning remaining as CEO through September 5, 2014. Stenning will then transition to working on special projects for the Hall of Fame, namely, the completion of significant expansion and renovation projects to the facility.”We are very pleased to welcome Todd Martin as the next chief executive officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. When we began our search for the next CEO, Todd was one of the people we went to for suggestions on candidates. 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 and he has been widely respected in his role as president of the ATP Players Council and as a member of the USTA Board of Directors.  He will be an asset to the organization, and we look forward to working with him on the continued growth of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum,” said ITHF Chairman of the Board Christopher E. Clouser. “I would also like to acknowledge that Mark Stenning has been the heart and soul of the Hall of Fame for 35 years, during which time he has elevated the organization to outstanding levels within the tennis industry and the local community. We are indebted to him for his leadership and service, and we appreciate that he will be working with Todd to ensure a successful transition.

Of his new appointment, Martin commented, “I’m tremendously excited to join the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to lead the organization’s staff, and to execute its mission. 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.”

Todd Martin

Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

Martin will be assuming the helm as the Hall of Fame is in the midst of a $15.7 million capital campaign. In spring 2014, the organization is scheduled to break ground on a major construction project which will result in the addition of three more indoor/outdoor hard courts and a significant new building for locker rooms, fitness facilities, and office and retail space. Also on the impending schedule is a complete renovation of the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will feature major technological updates and complete re-interpretation of the galleries.

“I’m particularly pleased to come on board at such an exciting time,” stated Martin. “The impending capital projects will represent a significant upgrade to the property and the offerings the Hall of Fame can make to its patrons and the tennis community overall. A particular goal of mine will be to enhance the Hall of Fame’s impact and presence on the international tennis community, and the new museum and facilities will be beneficial in reaching that goal. This is a perfect time to begin here, and I can’t wait for April 1.”

Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, Martin has remained highly involved in the tennis industry. He began serving a second term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2013, having previously served on the board from October 2011 through December 2012. He is currently the board liaison to the Youth Tennis Council. Previously, Martin was the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and was a member of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Team Events Committee.

In 2012, he launched Todd Martin Tennis, which focuses on junior tennis development. Also in recent years, Martin has done some coaching and spent time working with Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish.

In 1994, Martin founded the Todd Martin Development Fund (TMDF), which provides tennis, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth of mid-Michigan. TMDF currently operates as both a National Junior Tennis League and a USTA First Serve chapter.

On the ATP World Tour, Martin achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 4. He was a finalist at the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He was a mainstay on the U.S. Davis Cup team, playing every year from 1994 to 2002, and helping the U.S. capture the title in 1995. Martin won eight singles titles and four doubles titles.

Martin served as president of ATP Players Council for eight of the 14 years he played professionally. He was honored with the ATP World Tour Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994.

In addition to his role as CEO, Martin will serve as Tournament Director of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast and the only pro grass court tournament in the Americas. He will assume that position for the 2015 tournament. He will also have oversight of the annual Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities, and other major events including the Legends Ball, an annual gala hosted in New York City during the US Open, and a year-round calendar of public and private events in Newport.

Martin’s duties will also include oversight of the Hall of Fame Tennis Clubs, which include 13 grass courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a robust, year-round program of adult and junior tennis. Martin will oversee the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is the world’s most comprehensive museum dedicated to the history of the sport and its great champions and leaders, and the only sports hall of fame in the country that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

As the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, Martin will be tasked will oversight of significant fundraising programs and management of a $7 million annual budget. In addition, Martin will be responsible for management the Hall of Fame’s buildings and grounds, a 7-acre site built in 1880 which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Martin will report to a 69-person Board of Directors, comprised of tennis industry leaders, corporate executives, and philanthropists. He will manage a staff of 35 full-time employees.

Martin grew up in Lansing, Mich., where he was the state high school champion. He attended Northwestern University, playing varsity tennis for two seasons (1988-90). In his sophomore season, he led the Wildcats to a Big Ten championship and earned All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year honors, finishing the year ranked No. 2 in the nation.

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Andy Roddick and James Blake Join 2014 Powershares Series

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(October 15, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment announced the dates, venues and fields for the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit, highlighted by the debuts of Andy Roddick and James Blake, who will join the 12-city tour and play alongside tennis legends such as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

The PowerShares Series will kick off on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Kansas
City and will conclude March 21 in Surprise, Arizona. Players competing on the
2014 circuit are Roddick, Blake, Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Connors, Ivan Lendl,
Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis.
Each event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set
championship match.

An exclusive USTA member pre-sale offering a 15% discount for USTA members
begins today. Tickets and unique VIP fan experience packages will go on sale to
the general public next Tuesday, October 22. Tickets start at $25 and all ticket
and VIP information is available at www.PowerSharesSeries.com.

““We are excited to welcome Andy Roddick and James Blake as they
join our eighth year of Champions Series tennis and look forward to seeing them,
along with the other legendary players, compete and entertain crowds around the
United States this season,” “ said Jon Venison, Partner at InsideOut Sports &
Entertainment.

“I am looking forward to playing on the PowerShares circuit,” said Roddick.
“Having a chance to stay connected with tennis and compete on a limited basis
through events like these fits perfectly with my life these days.”

““It’s going to be exciting to start a new chapter of my tennis life playing on
the PowerShares Series circuit,”” said Blake. ““Having just retired from the ATP
tour, you’d think I have an advantage over some of the guys, but players like
Andy, Andre and Pete are so talented and competitive that is going to be a great
challenge for me to win some titles. I look forward to the challenge.””

The full 2014 PowerShares Series schedule with field of players are as follows:

Wednesday, February 5, Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Centre – Ivan Lendl, John
McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang

Thursday, February 6, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Arena – Ivan
Lendl, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Michael Chang

Thursday, February 13, Birmingham, Alabama, BJCC – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick,
Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

Friday, February 14, Indianapolis, Indiana, Bankers Life Fieldhouse – John
McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

Wednesday, February 19, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center – Andy Roddick, James
Blake, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

Thursday, February 20, Houston, Texas, Toyota Center – Andre Agassi, Jim
Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake

Tuesday, February 25, Salt Lake City, Utah, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete
Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, February 26, Sacramento, California, Sleep Train Arena – Pete
Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Thursday, February 27, Portland, Oregon, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John
McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, March 12, Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe,
Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander

Thursday, March 13, Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe,
Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander

Friday, March 21, Surprise, Arizona, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim
Courier, Todd Martin, Michael Chang

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Agassi Captures Home Town Victory in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – Andre Agassi won his second straight PowerShares Series event and thrilled his hometown fans with an 8-3 triumph over Jim Courier in the championship match of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships, Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

 

The victory moved Agassi into fourth place in the PowerShares Series rankings, as he now sits just 600 points behind top-ranked Jim Courier, after Courier gained 100 tonight with his semifinal win. Agassi is looking to make a late season surge into the top three of the point standings, in order to receive a share of the $1,000,000 PowerShares Series purse. Just two events remain on the 2012 schedule with stops in Denver and Anaheim upcoming at the end of November.

 

“It always means the world to me, to play here in Las Vegas in front of all the people that have supported me throughout my entire career,” said Agassi, who had his wife Stefanie and entire family on hand for the match tonight, along with many students from his Preparatory Academy. “I felt the enthusiasm of my supporters, and I really like the way I’m striking the ball right now.”

 

It was the second straight year that Agassi has taken home the title here in Las Vegas, defeating Pete Sampras in the finals of last year’s event at the Thomas and Mack Center.

 

In the evening’s first semifinal, Michael Chang and Jim Courier waged a fierce back and forth battle as both players held serve up until 6-5 when Courier broke to advance to the final with a 7-5 victory.

 

In the second semifinal Agassi handed John McEnroe his first semifinal loss in a PowerShares Series event since October 18 in Detroit, beating McEnroe in a highly charged and entertaining 7-5 set. McEnroe expressed his displeasure with a mid-match “moon over Vegas”, showing all of the fans his Bjorn Borg brand underwear.

 

After a short Thanksgiving holiday break, the 2012 PowerShares Series returns to action Thursday night, November 29 for the Jeep Championships, presented Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Denver, Colorado. Agassi will rejoin Chang, Courier and McEnroe when the action gets under way at 7:30 pm at the Pepsi Center.

By Dave Fannuchi

For news and stories regarding the entire 2012 PowerShares Series and ticket information for future events, log on to www.powersharesseries.com.

TONIGHT’S SCORES
Semifinal 1: Courier def. Chang, 7-5
Semifinal 2: Agassi def. McEnroe, 7-5
Final: Agassi def. Courier, 8-3

UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
1. Courier 1500
2. McEnroe 1200
3. Sampras 1100
4. Agassi 900
5. Rafter 800
6. Chang 500
7. Lendl 400
8. Martin 200
Wilander 200

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Agassi Beats McEnroe To Win San Jose PowerShares Series Event

By Matthew Laird, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(November 16, 2012) SAN JOSE – Friday night at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, local tennis fans were given a special experience by the tennis greats who came together to put on a trio of matches which managed to combine the quality of a competitive match with the levity of an exhibition. The competitors were a selection of the most notable American tennis players of the last thirty years. Despite their increasing distance from their days on the professional tour, Todd Martin, Jim Courier, and John McEnroe all managed to show flashes of the brilliance that had made them so successful in their younger days. But despite their best efforts, the night – and ultimately, the championship match – belonged to Andre Agassi.

 

This seems appropriate, in many ways. This stop on the PowerShares Series, the year-long, cross-country nostalgia tour of tennis veterans showing that they’ve still got the goods, was sponsored by one of Agassi’s new ventures: Bilt by Agassi and Reyes, a line of exercise equipment. I would not be shocked if Agassi wanted to win to make sure that he didn’t let down his long-time trainer, friend, confidant, bodyguard, and mentor. Winning would have seemed familiar at this stop, as well. The venue itself is also the home of the SAP Open, an indoor ATP event that takes place in February – at least for another year. While the tournament may be moving to South America after 2013, Agassi had managed to win the title here three times out of the six times he made it to the finals.

 

Agassi seemed to be able to turn back the clock during both of his matches, playing stunningly well in patches. Fans who attend these events come as much to see the players themselves as they come to see their flashes of brilliance, but Agassi hardly looked like a player who was six years removed from hobbling off the court after his last professional match, with back problems that were so severe that he could barely walk, much less play tennis. In both of his matches, against Courier and John McEnroe, Agassi was able to hit winners from positions that defied logic, time and time again. Whether he was off-balance or hitting the ball of his shoestrings, it hardly seemed to make a difference, Agassi still managed to send the ball zipping over the net and skidding off the sidelines. All his opponents could do was watch the ball go by.

 

Before Agassi took the court, John McEnroe played an entertaining match against Todd Martin, a two-time grand slam finalist who nevertheless couldn’t compete with the seven-time grand slam champion and former world number one. Martin was a harbinger, of sorts, in that he was one of the first very tall players to have success on the tour. While now there are quite a few players at or above six and a half feet, Martin was among the first to show that it was possible for big men to move that well. Unfortunately for him, the challenge for these sorts of players has always been getting down low to handle slice, and that was exactly what McEnroe gave Martin, repeatedly. By preventing the match from turning into a hitting contest with low-bouncing slice shots and his incomparable touch at net, McEnroe was able to frustrate his opponent and take away the victory.

 

Of course, McEnroe found more than a few things to get frustrated with, himself. It’s hard to know precisely how sincere his outbursts are, at this point in his career, since he recognizes that many fans come to see him play hoping to see him yell at the umpire. And he obliged, during each of his matches, to stare down the line judges and impugn the umpire’s judgment, but compared to what he’s capable of producing, it was a fairly tame evening from the “SuperBrat.” Todd Martin actually managed to get one of the best reactions of the night, by re-enacting the path of the ball as it would have been displayed by Hawkeye’s instant replay technology, after a call on the baseline that he thought went against him.

 

While the first match had been played at a fairly slow pace, with the players diligently slicing the ball back and forth or moving their opponent around the court with well-positioned but conservatively-paced topspin shots, it quickly became clear that the second match was going to be a different animal entirely. Within the first few games, Agassi and Courier had each hit a handful of scorching winners, and the crowd was getting ready for the two baseline titans to go toe-to-toe. After Agassi dropped his opening serve somewhat tamely, he roared back in the next game by hitting the ball from sideline to sideline, consistently producing amounts of pace and precision with his shots that most top players today would have been jealous of.

 

After Agassi took a cleanly-struck, cross-court backhand from Courier on the rise, contacting the ball at approximately the level of his own shins and somehow managing to hit it straight up the line, over the highest part of the net, and in a totally unreachable position, Courier called out, “Are you going to keep getting lucky with that shot all night?” Agassi, who was clearly feeling so comfortable with his tennis that he had no problems with joking around before vaporizing another winner, responded, “I’ve been getting lucky with that shot for twenty years!” He actually sold himself a bit short, on that, since he’s been blasting backhands for closer to twenty-five.

 

While Agassi and Courier were both playing like heavy-weights and it was just that Agassi was able to land more punches, in the championship match between Agassi and McEnroe, it quickly became clear that the two were in different classes, this evening. McEnroe’s low-bouncing slice, which Todd Martin was unable to bend down low enough to handle, was perfectly situated for Agassi – who is just under six feet tall – to hit a clean winner. McEnroe’s troubles were only compounded by his difficulties on serve and his inability to get into the net to show off his volleys.

 

McEnroe did not play his best, certainly. Just a few weeks ago, the two had played in New York City, where McEnroe had home field advantage, and he had beaten Agassi handily. It’s hard to imagine how that match could have gone after seeing Agassi play the kind of tennis he played tonight, in which a McEnroe victory was never really a serious possibility, and in which he celebrated by raising his arms in the air and mugging for the crowd once he had won his first service game to at least get on the board after dropping the first four games to start the match.

 

It should go without saying for anyone with even a passing interest in tennis that McEnroe and Agassi are without question two of the most well-known tennis players of the modern era, and that they are also two of the most preternaturally gifted, as well. McEnroe was (and sometimes, still is) able to apply such deft touch and create such unexpected angles at net that comparisons to wizards and artists are not unusual. Agassi’s talents lie elsewhere, but are no less awe-inspiring when they are on full display. He seems to have an ability to see the court – his opponent, the ball, and his own options – more quickly and clearly than should be physically possible. His greatest contribution to the game was his ability to hit the ball “on the rise” or just after bouncing up off the court, before it reaches a level where most players would be comfortable with hitting it. He was among the first to be able to consistently step into the court and smack a winner with a ball that was still coming up, but hadn’t yet reached his knees.

 

While he may have been the first to use this strategy so effectively, he was hardly the last. This plan of attack, which was insanely difficult when Agassi started employing it more than two decades ago and as a matter of fact is still insanely difficult, is now fairly common on the tour. Nearly all of the top players are capable of hitting the ball this way. I couldn’t help thinking as I watched Agassi send another ball whizzing past McEnroe, hopelessly out of the reach of his racket, that I was watching a modern player take on a relic of the classic days of serve and volley tennis. And despite the fact that McEnroe is among the most talented people ever to rush the net, there’s not much that sort of player can do against the power and accuracy of a player like Andre Agassi, when he’s seeing the ball that clearly.

“I’m in a good place physically and mentally and I’m ready to do what it takes in the final events to take the season title,” said Agassi. “It’s a thrill to win the event here in San Jose and I’ll be ready for my home event in Las Vegas on Saturday.”

 

Matthew Laird was in San Jose covering the PowerShares event for Tennis Panorama News. He has written for tennis media outlets including Tennis X. Follow him on twitter @MatchPointAce.

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Martin to Replace Lendl PowerShares Sereis Event in San Jose

NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2012) — The PowerShares Series has announced that Todd Martin will replace an injured Ivan Lendl in the BILT Champions Showdown to be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Martin, a former Davis Cup Champion, will join John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Jim Courier in the four-man showdown event. Martin will take on McEnroe in the first semifinal while Agassi and Courier will square off in the second semifinal, with the winners meeting in the championship match.

“I am excited to have the chance to compete in San Jose,” said Martin. “I really enjoy the PowerShares Series and hopefully – just like last season in Minneapolis – I can step in and win one of these events.”

Lendl is suffering from a shoulder injury that will prevent him from competing in San Jose. “I was really looking forward to returning to play in Northern California,” said Lendl. “I have some great memories from playing there at Barry Mackay’s events. I am sure this will be another great night on the PowerShares Series tour and I hope to return to play there in 2013.”

The 2012 PowerShares Series is in action Friday night in Tampa, Florida with the Champions Challenge at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and will continue in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday night with the Champions Shootout at the Gwinnett Center. of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

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Courier Edges McEnroe to win Opening Event of 2012 PowerShares Series

Jim Courier (Photo by Beth Wilson fro Tennis Panorama News)

SURPRISE, AZ (Oct. 13, 2012) – In the opening event of the 2012 PowerShares Series, Jim Courier battled back to take the championship match over John McEnroe, 8-7 (1) in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex on Saturday night.

 

Trailing 7-5 in the final match, Courier was able to break as McEnroe served for the title and force a deciding tiebreaker in the 8-game pro set final. From there Courier took control and dominated to secure the victory 7-1 in the tiebreaker.

 

“For the first event of the season, the quality of tennis played tonight was outstanding,” said Courier, who finished second in the 2011 Champions Series standings. “Once I was able to break John and get back into the match, I was able to take control. I felt like we both returned to where we left off last year, when we played so well coming down the stretch. It’s a great feeling to win the first tournament this year and get off to such a strong start in the race.”

 

For the victory, Courier earns 400 points and takes the early lead in the 2012 PowerShares Series standings, while McEnroe earns 200 points.

 

In the evening’s first semifinal, Courier sprinted out to a 5-2 lead but ran into a resilient Todd Martin, who clawed his way back to even the match at 5-5, eventually sending it into a deciding tiebreaker. Courier reasserted control in the breaker using a solid first serve and powerful forehand to grab the first spot in the final, winning by a score of 7-6 (5).

 

In the evening’s second semifinal, McEnroe played nearly flawless serve and volley tennis throughout to dispatch Michael Chang, by a score of 6-2.

 

Chang and Martin each earned 100 points in the standings for their performance in Surprise.

 

Last year in Surprise, Pete Sampras outlasted Courier 8-7 (4) in the championship match of the CTCA Championships, to win his third event, on his way to capturing the overall season-long standings title.

 

The 2012 PowerShares Series returns to action on Wednesday night, October 17 in Chicago, Illinois when McEnroe, Courier, Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl take the court to compete in the PowerShares QQQ Challenge, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The action starts at 7:30 pm at the United Center.

 

For news and stories regarding the entire 2012 PowerShares Series and ticket information for future events, log on to www.powersharesseries.com.

SCORES
Semifinal 1: Courier def. Martin, 7-6 (5)
Semifinal 2: McEnroe def. Chang, 6-2
Final: Courier def. McEnroe, 8-7 (1)

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David A. Haggerty Nominated as USTA Chairman of the Board and President

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, NY, October 9, 2012 – The USTA Nominating Committee has announced the nomination of David A. Haggerty as USTA Chairman of the Board and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2013. Haggerty has served on the USTA Board of Directors for six years and is currently completing a two-year term as First Vice President. He is a member of the Budget, International, Major Construction Oversight and Compensation committees, and represents the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee and the ITF Women’s Circuit Committee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for USTA Serves.

 

Prior to his appointment as President, Haggerty served as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Executive committees. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Budget Committee. Haggerty also served for six years on the Board of Directors of the USTA Middle States Section including two years as Vice President and he served nationally as Chair of the USTA Section Marketing and Public Relations Committee, 2005-06 and Strategic Planning in 2009-2010. Haggerty served a two-year term as President of the Tennis Industry Association from January 2007 to January 2009, and has served on the TIA’s Executive Committee for more than 20 years.

 

Haggerty is the former Chairman of Head USA, a position he held until his retirement in March 2010. He began his career in tennis in 1980, when he was hired by Prince as Product Manager for accessories. In his 14 years at Prince, Haggerty worked his way up to General Manager before taking a position at Dunlop as President of Racquet Sports. He moved to Head in 1998, where he served as General Manager and President of Head/Penn Racquet Sports before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Head’s U.S. businesses.

 

He currently serves as an External Director on the board of directors for Kepner-Tregoe, a global management consulting company that focuses on improving the business performance of clients worldwide using proven management methods. He has been nominated as a Board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame beginning in 2013.

 

Haggerty began playing tennis at age 6, was a nationally-ranked junior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa., and was the No.1 singles player and captain for three of his four years at The George Washington University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Still an active player, Haggerty in 2004-05 was nationally-ranked in singles and doubles in the 45-and-over age division.

 

Haggerty has been inducted into the Pennsbury High School Athletic, The George Washington University Athletic, USTA Middle States and Mercer County Tennis Halls of Fame. He was named the 2008 Person of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry magazine.

 

Haggerty has five children and lives in Pennington, N.J. He resides in the USTA Middle States Section.

In addition to the Haggerty nomination, the following individuals have been nominated as the slate of new Officers and Directors of the USTA Board:

 

Katrina M. Adams, of White Plains, N.Y., and USTA Eastern, is currently a Vice President on the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated as First Vice President. In addition to her role on the board, Adams works a television analyst for Tennis Channel, and is event-contracted at Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network. She also serves as Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City. Adams played on the WTA Tour for 12 years and achieved a career-high doubles ranking of No. 8 in 1989. In 2008, she was inducted into the Chicago District Tennis Association Hall of Fame. She was a USTA National Coach and served on the WTA Tour’s Executive Committee, Anti-Doping Committee, Player’s Committee, and Special Olympics Committee. She serves as a member of the Budget Committee and also is a member of the Board of Directors of USTA Serves.

 

Donald L. Tisdel, of Lake Oswego, Ore., and USTA Pacific Northwest, is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the USTA Board of Directors and has been nominated for a first term as Vice President. He is Chair of the Budget Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Investment Committees, and also is a member of the Board of Directors of USTA Serves. He currently serves as the Senior Operating Partner of Northwest Capital Appreciation, Inc., a private equity firm he co-founded. Under Tisdel’s direction, Northwest Capital formed two private equity partnerships that control four diverse companies with aggregate revenues exceeding $5 billion and a work force of approximately 2,300 employees. Tisdel has been an active tournament player for more than 60 years and continues to compete in two separate age-bracket categories.

 

Thomas S. Ho, of Houston, Tex., and USTA Texas, who previously served on the USTA Board of Directors as Director at Large from 2009-2010, has been nominated as Vice President. At 15 years of age, Ho was the youngest men’s player ever to compete at the US Open. After a nine-year career, he was forced to retire in 1997 due to chronic back injuries. Ho achieved a career-high ranking of No. 85 in singles and No. 13 in doubles. He won four doubles titles during his career. He reached the third round in singles at the US Open in 1992, and in doubles reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 1995. Following his playing career, Ho worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and a financial advisor at UBS Wealth Management. He then worked as a Senior Associate at Korn/Ferry International, before taking his current position as an Associate Principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Houston office as a member of the Financial Services and Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group practices.

 

Patrick J. Galbraith, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and USTA Pacific Northwest, is nominated for a first term as Secretary-Treasurer and is completing his third term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. He served his first term as Vice Chair of the Budget Committee and a second term as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. A professional tennis player from 1989 until 2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship. He ended 1993 as part of the No. 1-ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell, and went on to win the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is currently Vice President – Investments for UBS Financial Service, Inc.

 

Alexander Boyd Andrews IV, of Raleigh, N.C., and USTA Southern, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Andrews oversees development, acquisitions, strategic planning, construction and financing of eco-friendly commercial and residential projects throughout North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. Before entering the real estate field, Alexander played on the World Professional Tennis Tour (ATP) for five years. Andy won over nineteen professional titles and reached the semifinals in doubles of the US Open and the doubles finals of the Australian Open. He was a USTA Southern section Delegate at Large, Secretary of the Board of Directors USTA Southern Section and a current member of the USTA Junior Competition and the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committees.

 

Joan E. Baker, of Shorewood, Minn., and USTA Northern, is nominated for her first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Baker was the founder and President of Advantage Benefits, Inc., an employee benefits company working with small to medium-sized companies to create maximum benefits for employees while containing cost. She is managing partner of R and J Baker LLLP, a family investment partnership. She is a long-time player and tennis volunteer on both a local and national level. She has served as the Chair of the USTA National Nominating Committee, and currently serves as Council Chair to the Youth Growth Counsel. Baker has served on numerous USTA National committees including two terms on the USTA Strategic Planning Committee. She also served as Vice Chair of the President’s Committee, Delegates Committee and Finance, Audit and Evaluations Committee. She also was a member of the USTA Northern Section Board of Directors before serving as Treasurer in 2001-02, President in 2003-04, and Section Delegate in 2005-06.

 

Raymond Benton, of Washington, D.C., and USTA Mid-Atlantic, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Benton was involved with a number of grass-roots initiatives before becoming the first National Executive Director of the National Junior Tennis League, where he led the organization’s growth from three to 50 chapters. Benton’s career in professional sports began as a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Dell, Craighill, Fentress and Benton. The firm evolved into ProServ, one of the leading sports marketing companies in the world. In 2008, Benton became the CEO of the Tennis Center at College Park, home of the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), a USTA Regional Training Center.

 

Mark D. Ein, of Washington, D.C., and USTA Mid-Atlantic, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has successfully built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries. Ein is the Co-Chairman and Principal Shareholder of Kastle Systems, LLC, a provider of commercial office building managed security systems. In addition, he is the Vice-Chairman of Two Harbors Investment Corporation, a NYSE-listed (TWO) residential mortgage REIT. He currently serves on the board of MACH S.a.r.L, a financial clearinghouse for the mobile industry, and is Chairman of the Board of VSGi, a provider of videoconferencing solutions. Mr. Ein is also the founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, a World TeamTennis (WTT) franchise.

 

Andrew A. Valdez, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and USTA Intermountain, is nominated for his second term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. The Honorable Valdez currently presides over the Utah State Juvenile Court, where he has been a juvenile court judge for 16 years. He is a member of the USTA Intermountain Board of Directors Executive Committee, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Valdez also authored a memoir, “No One Makes It Alone,” that chronicles how the sport of tennis and acts of kindness enabled him to overcome the poverty and struggles of his childhood.

 

Jeff Williams, of New York, N.Y., and USTA Eastern, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Williams serves as the Group Publisher for the Tennis Media Company, whose properties include Tennis Magazine, Tennis.com and Tennis 15/30, a new digital communication platform created in 2012. He also is the owner/publisher/editor of Racquet Sports Industry. He is president of the USTA Eastern Board of Directors and has served on that board since 2009. Williams served on the USTA Nominating Committee from 2007–2010, as well as on the USTA Publications Committee from 2003-2006, and currently is a member of the Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since 1990.

 

Todd Martin, of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., and USTA Florida, is nominated for his first full term as Elite Athlete and Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. He currently is completing his role in this same position after being appointed to the USTA Board of Directors in October 2011. He is the Board Liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and a member of the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Committee. A former professional player, Martin achieved a career-best No. 4 in the world and reached the final of the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open. In his career, Martin won eight singles titles and five doubles titles, and was President of the ATP Players Council for eight of the 14 years he played professionally. Martin also was a mainstay of the U.S. Davis Cup team, and helped the team win the Davis Cup championship in 1995. He also represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.

 

Chanda Rubin, of Lafayette, La., and USTA Southern, is nominated for her second term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. She is the Board Liaison to the Player Development Council and a member of the Budget Committee. Rubin, a former professional tennis player who reached a career high ranking of No. 5 in the world, competed on the U.S. Olympic Team, the U.S. Pan-American Team and on the U.S. Fed Cup team. She won seven WTA Tour singles titles and 10 doubles titles, including the 1996 Australian Open Doubles title with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. She was a trustee of the Southern Tennis Patron’s Foundation, and a 2009 inductee into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

Brian Vahaly, of Washington, D.C., and USTA Mid-Atlantic, is nominated for his first term as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. He is currently CEO of HADPRO, LLC – a portfolio company of the private equity fund, McLean Capital in Washington, D.C. He is one of three elite athletes on the USTA Board of Directors, having played professionally for seven years, reaching a career-high ATP World Tour ranking of No. 64 in 2003 and winning 10 singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit. A member of the 1997 U.S. National Team, Vahaly was an All-American at the University of Virginia in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was runner-up at the NCAA singles champion as a senior, leaving the school as the Cavaliers’ all-time winningest player graduating with a double major of finance and marketing. In 2003, he founded the Brian Vahaly Brighter Future Foundation, dedicated to promoting community service through tennis.

 

Current USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen will remain on the USTA Board of Directors and will serve as Immediate Past President during the 2013-14 term.

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Davis Cup: Looking Back at US vs France in 2002 at Roland Garros

Tennis Panorama News will be covering the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie this weekend between the United States and France being held at the Monte Carlo Country Club. We’re taking a look back at  past ties between the two countries.

 

2002 US Davis Cup Team (L-R Todd Martin, James Blake, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick and Captain Patrick McEnroe)

By Guillaume Willecoq

 

2002, Davis Cup semifinals in Roland-Garros  (September 20-22) : France d. USA 3/2.

The French Tennis Federation pays tribute to the Musketeers hosting the tie in Roland-Garros. In the beginning, the French stadium was built in 1928 to receive the United States after the Musketeers won their first Davis Cup in Philadelphia. Seventy-five years later, France and USA face each other again at Roland-Garros.

 

The players:

France: The team built by Guy Forget is the current champion, and the captain brings the best line up possible: Sébastien Grosjean, 9th, as the leader, followed by Arnaud Clément, 42nd. The doubles team is a young Michaël Llodra with the almost veteran Fabrice Santoro. On clay, French players are the favorites of this tie.

 

USA: Since his arrival at the head of the US team, in 2000, Patrick McEnroe makes the choice of bringing new blood to the team. For this tie against France, he lines up three young guns: Andy Roddick (11th), James Blake (27th) and Mardy Fish (88th). The last guy is Todd Martin (still 51th), veteran of the glorious 90’s for the US tennis. The view from France – Roddick and Blake are a scary duo, with loads of potential! In seven matches, Roddick is still undefeated in Davis Cup.…

 

The tie :

Clément d. Roddick 4/6 7/6 7/6 6/1

Grosjean d. Blake 6/4 6/1 6/7 7/5

Blake - Martin d. Santoro – Llodra 2/6 7/6 2/6 6/4 6/4

Grosjean b. Roddick 6/4 3/6 6/3 6/4

Blake b. Clément 6/4 6/3

 

The quotes :

Sébastien Grosjean : “Before, I was struggling to give my best in Davis cup. I wanted to do too well for all the team and I didn”t play my best tennis. This time, I think this tie between France and USA was my best performance. I tried to play for myself on court, and only after I shared my joy with the rest of the team. It helps me to focus on myself on the court.”

Andy Roddick: “It hurts me. I’ve lived so many things not very funny this week, new sensations for me, and I will have to learn from it. Now, I think I will be better prepared to play difficult matches in Davis Cup… But the atmosphere here was absolutely fantastic. I hope some day I will live that with the US team !”

Arnaud Clément: “There is nothing more exciting than playing this match against Andy. I knew that if could run well, I would neutralize him on the baseline, and eventually drive him nuts !”

James Blake: ”It”s the biggest deception of my life. Really, losing a match in Davis Cup breaks your heart, particularly because I had my chances. I never felt so bad, but now I’m going home and try to forget. I look forward to do something well in this team in the future. It’s when I lose like this that I really want to go back to work harder. I’m going to do the gym.…It will look less painful than before.” 

Fabrice Santoro: “I would say that those kind of matches are the ones I enjoy the most. I really had fun during this doubles, even if we lost. You enter the Central of Roland-Garros, your team leads 2/0, the Central is packed from the start… There is something in the air!”

Michaël Llodra : “This loss against the Americans in doubles really hurt me a lot. The press said it was my fault if we lost, that maybe I shouldn’t have play, that I lacked experience. I took everything in the face and it took me sometime to get over it. But I bounced back… Since 2003, I was never out the team. It”s Davis Cup! There is a lot of pressure. It has made me stronger. “

 

Todd Martin – The End: Does he know? Probably. This France/USA tie is the last selection of the long career of Todd Martin. The American, who won the Davis Cup in 1995, is here to bring his experience for his young fellows. I did the perfect job during the doubles, with James Blake. The veteran made a strong impression about his knowledge and tennis culture in his news conferences, citing Decugis, Lacoste and Cochet as legends of the French tennis.

 

After that :

In December, in Bercy, the French will lose the final against the Russians. The end of a great period for that team: Guy Forget gets his first critics about the selection of young Paul-Henri Mathieu for the last rubber; the French captain splits with Fabrice Santoro a few months later; and, little by little, Escudé, Grosjean and Clément step down from the team during the following campaigns, to let young Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and then Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take over. Three time finalist in four years between 1999 and 2002, it will take 8 years for the French team to reach another final.

On the other hand, this tie starts a new chapter for the US team. Roddick and Blake take the lead of the group, joined by Bob and Mike Bryans in 2003. They will be the hard core team for almost ten years, occasionally joined by Mardy Fish. They will reach the final in 2004, and most of all win the title in 2007.

Tennis Panorama News is covering the Davis Cup between the United States and France this week taking place at the Monte Carlo Country Club from April 6-8.  Look out for updates here and on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

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Martin Replaces Tarango on USTA Board of Directors

Todd Martin has been named a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors replacing Jeff Tarango, who resigned from the Board following the 2011 US Open so that he could devote more time to his family and his career.  Martin will serve on the 15-member board through 2012.

 

Martin is one of three elite athletes on the USTA Board of Directors, along with Patrick J. Galbraith and Chanda Rubin. Martin will serve as the Board Liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and on the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Team Events Committee, and he will continue his role as Honorary Chairman of the Sportsmanship Committee.

 

Martin retired from professional tennis following the 2004 US Open – his 15th consecutive appearance at the event.  He reached the finals of the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open, reached a career high of No. 4 in the world in 1999 and posted a 411-234 singles record during his career. He was on the U.S. Davis Cup team, playing every year from 1994 to 2002, posting a 16-14 record (11-8 singles, 5-6 doubles) in 18 ties and helping the U.S. capture the title in 1995.  He also represented the U.S. in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.  He majored in Linguistics at Northwestern University, where he played varsity tennis for two years (1988-89 and 1989-1990) and finished the 1990 season ranked No. 2 in the country.  He founded an NJTL chapter in his hometown of Lansing, Mich.

 

Martin resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with his wife Amy, their two sons Jack and Cash, and their daughter Gwen, and is a member of the USTA Florida Section.

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Game, Set, Rock! Tennis to Feature McEnroe, Evert and Navratilova Exhibition

CHARLESTON, SC (January 20, 2011) – The Family Circle Cup and InsideOut Sports + Entertainment  announce the return of  Game, Set, Rock! Tennis. Amplified presented by Dove, an evening of music and tennis entertainment featuring John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Todd Martin, beginning at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 9, 2011.  McEnroe will defend his Game, Set, Rock! singles title during this tennis exhibition, which will feature singles and mixed doubles action.  Marking the tournament’s 39th consecutive year, the Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 2-10, 2011 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston, South Carolina.

“We’re bringing in some of the biggest names in tennis to once again provide our fans with an evening of fun and excitement on finals weekend,” said Bob Moran, General Manager, Charleston Tennis, LLC.  “Building off last year’s success, we felt it appropriate to bring back two of our greatest champions with Chris and Martina, while at the same time providing our fans with two superstars of men’s tennis in John and Todd.”

Tickets for this special night of tennis will be available as a stand-alone ticketed session beginning at 10:00am on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (800) 745-3000, local Publix outlets.  Tickets will also be available after the public on-sale date at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office, weekdays, from Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Box Level seating will be available for $50, Terrace Level for $35, and Grandstand for $20.

“InsideOut is proud to again partner with the Family Circle Cup to bring world class tennis entertainment to Charleston,” said Jon Venison, Founding Partner of InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

John McEnroe burst onto the international tennis scene prior to becoming a student at Stanford University.  In 1977, McEnroe broke through from the qualifying rounds to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. He turned pro the following year after one year in college.  McEnroe won 17 Grand Slam titles – seven in singles (3 Wimbledon, 4 U.S. Open): 10 in doubles (5 Wimbledon, 4 U.S. Open, 1 French Open).  He played on U.S. Davis Cup teams a record 13 years, helping to win the cup for his country five times (1978, ‘79, ‘81, ‘82, ‘92).  McEnroe finished the year as No. 1 player in the world four different times (1981-84), becoming the youngest man ever to achieve the No. 1 ranking.  In 1980, he played a match that many consider to be the best in the history of tennis – a five-set marathon loss to Borg in the Wimbledon final. The next year, McEnroe reversed that result, beating Borg at Wimbledon, and again at the U.S. Open.  He notched 155 career titles: 77 in singles, 78 in doubles.

McEnroe has been very successful on the Champions Series (CS) since 2005.  Today, in addition to competing on the CS, the 50-year-old tennis legend works as a TV Commentator and owns an art gallery.

“I had a lot of fun at this event last year, and I’m glad to be able to return and defend my title” commented John McEnroe.  “I’m excited to compete with this group of stars because I know we will play some highly competitive tennis.”

Chris Evert, one of the most loved and respected players in the history of the game, owns 154 singles titles (ranks second in the Open Era) including 18 majors, which ties her with Martina Navratilova for fourth on the all-time list.  She has notched the highest winning percentage in pro tennis history (.900), the best record on clay of any player for any single surface with a 125-match win streak set from August 1973-May 1979, and holds the Open Era record for most consecutive Grand Slam semifinals or better with 34, from the 1971 US Open through 1983 Roland Garros.  Evert reached the semifinals or better in 52 of her last 56 majors.

This former World No. 1 was never ranked below No. 4 from 1972-1989, and won at least one major per year for 13 year (1974-86).  Evert won her 1,000th career singles match during 1984 Australian Open, becoming first player, male or female, to reach that landmark, and ended her career second in total career match wins with 1,309.

Evert has enjoyed incredible success at the US Open, reaching the semifinals or better in 17 of 20 appearances.  She made her first appearance at only 16 years old, and proceeded to win 101 matches, more than any other player, male or female.

She was also a member of the US Fed Cup Team throughout several periods of her career (1977-82, 86-87, 89), as well as the US Wightman Cup Team (1971-73, 75-82, 84-85) and the US Olympic Team in 1988.

In addition to eight Family Circle Cup singles titles (1974-78, 81, 84-85) and two doubles titles (1977, 86), Evert holds many of this tournament’s most prestigious records.  Beginning with a title in her first appearance at this event, and ending with the Cup’s best win/loss record (50-3), her dominance set marks for most singles titles (8), most consecutive singles titles (5), most singles finals played (9), most singles matches played (53), most matches won (50), most consecutive matches won (32), most consecutive sets won (64), most years seeded No. 1 (9), fewest games lost in a tournament (12), and fewest games in a singles final (13).  Evert was also awarded the 1995 Family Circle Player Who Makes A Difference Award.

“I’ve always enjoyed competing at the Family Circle Cup throughout my career, and it will be very nice to be able to play at the tournament’s new home on Daniel Island,” said Chris Evert.  “I won some of my most cherished titles at this event, so it will surely bring back fond memories when I step onto the court in April.”

Martina Navratilova, one of the most successful female players in the game, owns 167 singles titles, more than any man or woman in history, including 18 majors, which ties her with Evert for fourth on the all-time list.  This former World No. 1 also holds 177 doubles titles, WTA Tour record, and 10 mixed doubles titles, all 10 occurring at majors.  Her final major doubles title was earned at the 2006 US Open, in the final match of her career, marking her 354th professional title.    Navratilova is tied with Billie Jean King for the all-time record with 20 Wimbledon titles.  She is the first man or woman in the Open Era to have notched the Super Slam, winning singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at all four majors.  Navratilova has won at least one WTA Tour event a year for 21 consecutive years, and also won singles and doubles titles at same event 84 times, leading all players.

She was ranked No.1 for a total of 331 weeks, second only to Steffi Graf.  With Pam Shriver, Navratilova holds a record of 109 consecutive doubles matches won (April 24, 1983 to July 6, 1985).

Born in the Czech Republic, she competed on the Czech Fed Cup Team in 1975.  She became a US Citizen on July 21, 1981, and then competed for the US Fed Cup Team (1982-86, 1989, 1995, 2003-04), US Wightman Cup Team (1983). and US Olympic Team 2004.

Navratilova was inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000, named Female Athlete of the Decade (80s) by The National Sports Review, UPI and AP, named WTA Tour Player of the Year a record-tying seven times (1978-79, 1982-86, tied w/Graf).

In addition to four Family Circle Cup singles titles (1982-83, 88, 90), all paired with doubles championships, as well as three additional doubles titles (1978-79, 89), Navratilova also holds many records at this event.  She ranks third in most singles matches played (45),  and has set the mark for most consecutive doubles finals (3), most appearances in doubles finals (8), and most 3-set matches (15).  Navratilova also went on to notch a series of accolades due to her longevity on the WTA Tour, becoming the oldest Cup champion in 1990 (33 years, 5 months), and the oldest singles participant in 2005 (48 years, 6 months).

“The Family Circle Cup burst onto the scene as a truly groundbreaking tournament in the early seventies, setting the bar for professional women’s tennis, and it continues to be a very well-respected event on Tour,” said Martina Navratilova.  “I’m really looking forward to playing in Charleston.”

Todd Martin played tennis for two years at Northwestern University before turning professional in 1990, and burst onto the pro tennis scene as a young American in 1991 where he reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.  In 1993, he captured his first of eight ATP singles title at Coral Springs.  Martin notched a wide array of notable results throughout his career highlighted by his performances as a member of the winning US Davis Cup team in 1995, as well as finals appearances at two majors, the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open.  He became World No. 4 player after his 1999 success, the highest ranking of his career.  Posting a 411-234 singles record, Martin accumulated career earnings of $8,254,455.  He currently competed on the Champions Series, and resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

“Anytime you bring together a group of fun and engaging personalities like the players assembled for this exhibition match, the fans are sure to bring home memories to last a lifetime,” said Todd Martin.

Family Circle Cup ticket packages and individual session tickets are available now.  Fans can visit FamilyCircleCup.com for continuous updates on ticket information and player commitments as the tournament approaches.

The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the Family Circle Cup, is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Meredith Corporation that also hosts a variety of additional events including concerts, festivals, tennis tournaments and other activities throughout the year.  Charleston, South Carolina bested 81 U.S. cities in being voted the Best Tennis Town in America in the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) 2010 contest.  The Family Circle Cup receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally by over 25 countries, featuring over 140 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching 4.33 million viewers worldwide.  With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts lighted for night play, Pro Shop, and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage.  For tickets or more info, call (843) 856-7900 or visit familycirclecup.com.

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