Martin joins TIA Board
September 11, 2014
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Former world No. 4 men’s tennis player Todd Martin, the new CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF), has joined the board of directors of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Martin takes over the TIA board role held for many years by Mark Stenning, who stepped down recently as CEO of the ITHF after 35 years with the organization.
“The Hall of Fame is an important partner in helping to build awareness of the sport and monumental to preserving the history surrounding the game,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “We look forward to working with Todd on the many efforts under way to ensure future growth of the game and the business of tennis.”
“I’m excited to join the TIA board as it works to promote this sport at every level and to encourage more people of all ages to play tennis,” Martin says. “I’m inspired by competitive businesses collaborating to achieve collective success. I look forward to working with the many tennis industry partners to continue to build growth in our sport.”
Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, Martin, who grew up in Lansing, Mich., and attended Northwestern University, has remained highly engaged in the tennis industry. He began a second term as a director at large on the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) board of directors in January 2013 and is currently the board liaison to the Youth Tennis Council. In 2012, he launched Todd Martin Tennis, which focuses on junior tennis development. In 1994, Martin founded the Todd Martin Development Fund, which provides tennis, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth in mid-Michigan.
A successful and popular ATP World Tour player, Martin achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 4. He was a finalist at the 1999 US Open and 1994 Australian Open and 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 tour singles titles and four doubles titles. For eight of his 14 years on the pro tour, Martin served as president of the ATP Players Council. He was honored with the ATP World Tour Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994.
The TIA is the non-profit trade association for tennis whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the sport. The organization, whose nearly two dozen board members come from all segments of the tennis industry, works closely with the USTA and all industry partners to develop initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of all industry businesses.