Todd Martin named next CEO of Tennis Hall of Fame

Todd Martin, a former top-five player, won eight singles titles and four doubles titles in his career.
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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Former top-five player Todd Martin will serve as the next chief executive of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as it undertakes a major renovation and expansion, the Newport, R.I.-based facility announced Tuesday.

Martin achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 4 and was a finalist at the 1999 U.S. Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He played on the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1994 to 2002, and helped the U.S. win the title in 1995. Martin won eight singles titles and four doubles titles.

''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,'' he said in a statement.

Martin will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization, including 14 years as CEO. He will begin working at the Hall of on April 1, with Stenning remaining as CEO through Sept. 5.

The Hall of Fame is expected to break ground this spring on a major construction project that will bring new courts and facilities, a completely renovated museum and improved amenities.

Board Chairman Christopher Clouser said Tuesday that when the non-profit organization began its search for the next CEO, Martin was among those consulted for suggestions on candidates.

''Through discussions with him it became apparent that he, in fact, should be on the short list,'' Clouser said in a statement. ''Not only was Todd a great player -- one of the very best in the world - but he is also a tremendous leader.''

Clouser said Stenning has been the ''heart and soul'' of the Hall of Fame for 35 years and that he helped raise the organization's stature within the industry and the community. After his retirement as CEO, Stenning will continue to work on special projects for the Hall, including its overhaul.

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