International Tennis Hall of Fame Mourns the Loss of 1973 Hall of Famer Alastair Martin
NEWPORT, R.I. -
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has announced the passing of Hall of Famer Alastair Martin. Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1973, Martin passed away this morning at his home in Katonah, N.Y. He was 94 years old. Martin made immense contributions to the sport both on and off the court.
He served as president and chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame from February 1977 – March 1979. Martin was vice president of the United States Tennis Association in 1967 and 1968, during which time he worked closely with President Bob Kelleher toward the adoption of open tennis. He then went on to serve as president of the United States Tennis Association in 1969 and 1970, leading the organization during the critical transition period between the amateur and open eras. In addition, Martin was founder of the Eastern Tennis Association.
Considered one of the finest of all Court Tennis players, Martin was an eight-time U.S. amateur champion, also earning the doubles title ten times. In 1950 and 1952, he challenged fellow Hall of Famer Pierre Etchebaster for the world title.
Martin was also a skilled lawn tennis player. He competed in the U.S. Championships at Forest Hills on several occasions before and after World War II.
About the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.
Anne Marie McLaughlin