Billy Martin

Billy Martin
(Inducted In: 2012)

Billy Martin Inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996 and the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2009, Billy Martin’s playing career is full of highlights. To this very day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. Billy Martin grew up in the Chicago area and won the USTA National Championships for Boys 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s. He also won the Illinois High School State Singles Championship in 1971, his freshman year. Billy captured the 1973 and 1974 singles titles at Junior Wimbledon, the Junior US Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him “Junior Player of the Century”. As a UCLA freshman, he guided the 1975 team to one of its best seasons, posting a perfect 19-0 dual-match record en route to an NCAA team championship. After capturing the 1975 NCAA singles championship, Martin competed on the ATP tour as a professional and reached a career high singles ranking of No. 32. He reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1977 and was selected Rookie of the Year in his first professional season. Martin served as assistant coach at UCLA for 10 years, and head coach for the past 18 years. He was named the Intercollegiate National Coach of the Year in 1996. Billy Martin led UCLA to the school’s 16th NCAA men’s tennis title in 2005. During his 18 seasons as head coach, his team finished every year in the top five at the NCAA Championships.

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