Todd Martin


Todd Martin

Infobox Tennis player
playername = Todd Martin


country =
residence = Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA
datebirth = July 8, 1968 [http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/466.html]
placebirth = Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
height = height|ft=6|in=6
weight = convert|206|lb|kg st|abbr=on|lk=on
turnedpro = 1990
retired = 2004
plays = Right
careerprizemoney = US$ $8,254,455
singlesrecord = 411–234
singlestitles = 8
highestsinglesranking = 4 (September 13, 1999)
AustralianOpenresult = F (1994)
FrenchOpenresult = 4th (1991)
Wimbledonresult = SF (1994, 1996)
USOpenresult = F (1999)
doublesrecord = 100–85
doublestitles = 5
highestdoublesranking = 30 (April 26, 1996)Last Updated= n/a

Todd Christopher Martin (born July 8 1970, in Hinsdale, Illinois) a native of East Lansing, Michigan, is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

Career

Martin played tennis for Northwestern University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, for two years before turning professional in 1990. He won his first top-level singles title in 1993 at Coral Springs, Florida.

1994 proved to be a breakout year for Martin. At the year's first Grand Slam tournament, he reached the men's singles final at the Australian Open, where he lost in straight sets to World No. 1 Pete Sampras 7–6, 6–4, 6–4. At Wimbledon, he made it to the semifinals before falling to the eventual champion Sampras - the set that Martin took from Sampras in the match was the only set that Sampras lost during the entire tournament. [ [http://tenniscorner.net/index.php?corner=m&action=activity&playerid=SAP001&season=1994&type=singles Tennis Corner: Pete Sampras: 1994 Singles Activitiy ] ] Martin's third Grand Slam semifinal of 1994 came at the US Open, where he again fell to the eventual champion, this time being Andre Agassi. He also captured singles titles at Queen's Club and the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, the latter of which was the first of back to back titles.

Martin was a member of the US team which won the Davis Cup in 1995 (beating Russia 3–2 in the final). He also reached the final of the 1995 Grand Slam Cup, where he lost in straight sets to Goran Ivanišević 7–6, 6–3, 6–4. He reached the Wimbledon semi-finals again in 1996, but eventually lost 10–8 in the fifth set against MaliVai Washington, after holding a 5–1 lead in the final set and serving for the match twice. Martin would later reflect on the outcome and admit that he choked during the crucial moments of the match. [ [http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/tennis/articles/2004/09/01/long_haul_ends_for_martin Long haul ends for Martin - The Boston Globe ] ] He missed most of the 1997 season due to injury, but came back strongly in 1998 when he won two singles titles in Barcelona and Stockholm.

In 1999, Martin had a solid year, reaching the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and reached his second Grand Slam final in 1999 at the US Open. Along the way, Martin had a memorable battle with Greg Rusedski in the fourth round, in which Rusedski held numerous advantages, including a two sets to love lead, serving for the match in the third set, and a 4–1 advantage in the fifth. Yet Martin was able to prevail, winning 5–7, 0–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4. Martin won 20 of the final 21 points of the match despite playing with a heavily bandaged leg and dealing with dehydration (he needed intravenous fluids after the match). [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/1999/us_open/news/1999/09/08/martin_victory CNN/SI - 1999 US Open - Tennis - Martin rallies for five-set victory - Wednesday September 08, 1999 10:56 AM ] ] In the final, he faced Andre Agassi in a very high-quality five-set contest, which Agassi eventually won 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 6–3, 6–2. Martin also won another singles title in Sydney that year, and reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 4.

In 2000, Martin again turned in a strong performance at the U.S. Open, reaching the semifinals before falling to the eventual champion, Marat Safin, in straight sets 6–3, 7–6, 7–6. As with the previous year's tournament, Martin made another grueling comeback from a two set deficit in the fourth round, this time against Carlos Moya 6–7, 6–7, 6–1, 7–6, 6–2.

Martin was named the ATP's Most Improved Player in 1993, and won its Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994. He was President of ATP Players Council for 1995–97 and 1998–99.

From 1996 to 2002, Martin retained the services of Dean Goldfine as coach.

During his career Martin won eight singles and five doubles titles, and earned prize money totalling US$8,254,455. He retired from the professional tour in 2004.

Currently, Martin coaches Mardy Fish part-time and is a contributor to ESPN.com. He also plays on the Outback Champions Series tennis event for senior players. [ [http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=15812&bannerregion= Tennis Week - Home ] ] Martin finished 2006 ranked third and 2007 ranked first in the Outback Series.

Grand Slam singles finals

Runner-ups (2)

A = did not participate in the tournament

enior tour titles

*2006: Champions Cup Boston - defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 (tiebreaker)
*2007: Gibson Guitars Champions Cup - defeated McEnroe 7-5, 7-5
*2008: The Oliver Group Champions Cup - defeated McEnroe 6-3, 6-1

References

External links

*ATP|id=M442
*ITF male profile|number=10000869
*DavisCupplayerlink|id=10000869


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