Former tennis pro to head Hall of Fame after Stenning’s departure
RETIRED PROFESSIONAL TENNIS player Todd Martin, above, will succeed Mark L. Stenning as CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum when Stenning steps down in September. Martin said he hopes to "enhance the Hall of Fame's impact and presence on the international tennis community."
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NEWPORT – Todd Martin, a tennis pro who ranked globally in the 1990s, has been selected to succeed Mark L. Stenning as CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.
Martin, who was ranked No. 4 on the ATP World Tour in the 1990s, will serve as CEO-designate starting April 1, until Stenning steps down Sept. 5 after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO, the nonprofit said in a press release.
In September, Stenning will transition to working on special projects for the Hall of Fame, including the completion of significant expansion and renovation projects.
Christopher E. Clouser, the organization’s chairman of the board, said Martin is not only a great player but a leader in the sport and “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.”
Martin 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 helped the U.S. capture the title in 1995. Martin won eight singles titles and four doubles titles.
Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, Martin has remained highly engaged in the tennis industry. He began serving a second term as a director at large on the United States Tennis Association board of directors in January 2013, having previously served on the board since October 2011.
In 2012, he launched Todd Martin Tennis, which focuses on junior tennis development.
“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,” Martin said in a statement.
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.
A complete renovation of the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will feature major technological updates and complete reinterpretation of the galleries, is also planned.
Clouser noted that the nonprofit is “indebted” to Stenning for his leadership, service and willingness to work with Martin to ensure a smooth transition.
“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,” Clouser said.