USTA hires Blackman to head player development

150410_florida02Boca Raton’s Martin Blackman has been named the general manager of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development. He will oversee the USTA’s Player Development staff and partner with the U.S. tennis community to identify and develop the next generation of world-class American tennis players.

“The USTA is lucky to have secured an individual with as well-rounded a background as Martin Blackman,” said USTA Chairman, President and CEO Katrina Adams. “I have known Martin for many years and I am confident that he is the right person at the right time to continue to lead USTA Player Development in the right direction moving forward.”

Blackman, who will report to USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith, succeeds Patrick McEnroe, who held the position since 2008.

Former player, coach
Blackman has a diverse and extensive background as a coach and a player, beginning with his days as a junior, when he trained with legendary coach Nick Bollettieri, alongside Andre Agassi and Jim Courier.

Blackman, who won the USTA Boys’ 16s National Championship in 1986 and reached the Boys’ 18s final two years later, went on to become a member of two NCAA Championship teams at Stanford University. He continued his play at the Association of Tennis Professionals level from 1989 to 1995, reaching a career-high of No. 158.

Blackman then became the head men’s tennis coach at American University in 1998. During his tenure at American, Blackman was named conference Coach of the Year three times, leading American to three conference titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and its first-ever national ranking.

In 2004, Blackman was hired as director of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., and began to help build it into one of the premier junior training centers in America.

Diversity leader
He was hired by the USTA in 2009 as senior director of talent identification and development, a role that saw him oversee the implementation of the Regional Training Center program, serve as a co-leader of the Coaching Education Department and be USTA Player Development’s leader for Diversity and Inclusion.

Blackman left the USTA in late 2011 to found his own tennis academy, the Blackman Tennis Academy, in Boca Raton. After only its second year of full-time programming, Blackman’s Academy sent all eight of its graduating students to college on tennis scholarships.

He holds an economics degree from George Washington University.

Blackman lives in Boca Raton with his wife and their four children.

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