|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States|
July 8, 1970 |
Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (September 13, 1999)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1994)|
|French Open||4R (1991)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1994, 1996)|
|US Open||F (1999)|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (April 26, 1996)|
|Last updated on: August 15, 2012.|
Todd Martin (born July 8, 1970) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. He reached the Men's Singles final at the 1994 Australian Open and the 1999 US Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 4.
Martin was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and played tennis for two years at Northwestern University before turning professional in 1990. His parents lived in Lansing, Michigan, where Martin went to nearby East Lansing High School. At Northwestern, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He won his first top-level singles title in 1993 at Coral Springs, Florida. Martin traveled with good friend David Helfer for much of the '92 season. Helfer went on to play at Kalamazoo College.
Coached by Robert Van't Hof, 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, 6-7, 4-6, 4-6. 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. Martin's third Grand Slam semifinal of 1994 came at the US Open, where he again fell to the eventual champion, this time 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 back-to-back titles.
Martin was a member of the US team that 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, 6-7, 3-6, 4-6. He reached the Wimbledon semifinals 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. 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, 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). 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, 3-6, 6-7, 6-7. 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 Moyà, 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.
During his career Martin won eight singles and five doubles titles, and earned prize money totaling US$8,254,455. He retired from the professional tour in 2004.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 2 (0–2)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1994||Australian Open||Hard||Pete Sampras||6–7(4–7), 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1999||US Open||Hard||Andre Agassi||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 2–6|
Masters Series finals
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1993||Canada (Montreal)||Hard||Mikael Pernfors||6–2, 2–6, 5–7|
Singles: 20 (8–12)
- Wins (8)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||February 15, 1993||Memphis, Tennessee, USA||Hard (i)||Jim Courier||7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||1.||May 17, 1993||Coral Springs, Florida, USA||Clay||David Wheaton||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||July 26, 1993||Washington D.C., USA||Hard||Amos Mansdorf||6–7(3–7), 5–7|
|Runner-up||3.||August 2, 1993||Montreal, Canada||Hard||Mikael Pernfors||6–2, 2–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||4.||October 18, 1993||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet||Ivan Lendl||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||January 31, 1994||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Pete Sampras||6–7(4–7), 4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||February 14, 1994||Memphis, Tennessee, USA||Hard||Brad Gilbert||6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||6.||May 2, 1994||Atlanta, Georgia, USA||Clay||Michael Chang||7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 0–6|
|Runner-up||7.||May 9, 1994||Pinehurst, USA||Clay||Jared Palmer||4–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Winner||3.||June 13, 1994||London (Queen's Club), UK||Grass||Pete Sampras||7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–4)|
|Winner||4.||February 20, 1995||Memphis, Tennessee, USA||Hard||Paul Haarhuis||7–6(7–2), 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||December 18, 1995||Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany||Carpet||Goran Ivanišević||6–7(4–7), 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||January 15, 1996||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Goran Ivanišević||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||9.||February 26, 1996||Memphis, Tennessee, USA||Hard (i)||Pete Sampras||4–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Runner-up||10.||November 4, 1996||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Thomas Enqvist||5–7, 4–6, 6–7(0–7)|
|Winner||6.||April 20, 1998||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Alberto Berasategui||6–2, 1–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||November 16, 1998||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard||Thomas Johansson||6–3, 6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||January 18, 1999||Sydney, Australia||Hard||Àlex Corretja||6–3, 7–6(7–5)|
|Runner-up||11.||April 12, 1999||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Albert Costa||6–7(4–7), 6–2, 3–6|
|Runner-up||12.||September 12, 1999||US Open, New York City, USA||Hard||Andre Agassi||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 2–6|
Singles performance timeline
|Tournament||1989||1990||1991||1992||1993||1994||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||Career SR||Career Win-Loss|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||F||4R||3R||A||2R||QF||2R||QF||3R||A||3R||0 / 10||25–10|
|French Open||A||A||4R||A||1R||3R||3R||3R||A||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 11||11–11|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||QF||SF||4R||SF||A||4R||QF||2R||4R||2R||3R||2R||0 / 12||33–12|
|U.S. Open||A||1R||3R||3R||3R||SF||4R||3R||2R||2R||F||SF||2R||1R||4R||1R||0 / 15||33–15|
|Grand Slam SR||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 2||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 1||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 48||N/A|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||NME||A||A||A||3R||3R||QF||3R||A||2R||QF||A||A||SF||1R||1R||0 / 9||15–9|
|Miami||NME||A||A||A||2R||2R||2R||4R||A||3R||A||A||1R||2R||QF||4R||0 / 9||13–9|
|Monte Carlo||NME||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|Rome||NME||A||A||A||A||A||2R||3R||A||2R||A||1R||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 6||4–6|
|Hamburg||NME||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||1R||A||A||0 / 3||2–3|
|Canada||NME||A||A||2R||F||2R||3R||SF||A||2R||QF||1R||3R||3R||A||A||0 / 10||18–10|
|Cincinnati||NME||A||A||2R||1R||A||3R||2R||A||3R||2R||QF||2R||1R||3R||A||0 / 10||13–10|
|Madrid (Stuttgart)||NME||A||A||A||3R||3R||2R||3R||QF||3R||QF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7||11–7|
|Paris||NME||A||A||A||3R||3R||3R||3R||1R||SF||2R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7||8–7|
|Masters Series SR||N/A||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 6||0 / 5||0 / 7||0 / 8||0 / 2||0 / 8||0 / 5||0 / 4||0 / 5||0 / 5||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 63||N/A|
|Year End Ranking||257||269||134||87||13||10||18||12||81||16||7||55||57||47||68||145||N/A|
A = did not participate in the tournament
Senior 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
Martin spent a brief time coaching Mardy Fish.
From late August 2009 until April 12, 2010, Martin was part of the coaching team of Novak Djokovic, at that time the number 3 player on the ATP list. The idea on Djokovic's part was for Martin to be the supplemental, part-time coach working alongside existing full-time coach Marián Vajda who continued in the role. Due to Djokovic's shoulder pain problems, the player wanted to try a different serve motion which was one of Martin's primary tasks. The results weren't satisfactory as the player ended up with a cumbersome serve and a loss of confidence that followed a string of sub-par results such as the quarterfinal exit to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2010 Australian Open. Additionally, long-time coach Vajda and newly added Martin never got on thus the setup was soon dismantled as Djokovic and Martin parted ways and Vajda went back to being the only coach.
Martin is also a contributor to ESPN.com.
- Long haul ends for Martin - The Boston Globe
- CNN/SI - 1999 US Open - Tennis - Martin rallies for five-set victory - Wednesday September 08, 1999 10:56 AM
- Tennis Week - Home
- Martin-Djokovic doomed from the outset;tennis.com blog, April 2010
- Novak Djokovic splits from coach Todd Martin;BBC, April 12, 2010
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- Todd Martin at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Todd Martin at the International Tennis Federation
- Todd Martin at the Davis Cup
|ATP Most Improved Player