April 23, 1997
East Lansing Native and Tennis Pro Todd Martin to Speak at Banquet
Former Big Ten Player of the Year and current tennis pro Todd Martin will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Big Ten Tennis banquet held in the Marriott Ballroom in downtown East Lansing. the banquet will celebrate 1997 Big Ten honorees and welcome the 11 teams competing in this weekend's Big Ten Tennis Championship hosted by Michigan State University, April 24-27.
The banquet is sold out, but media are encouraged to come hear Martin's remarks about his Big Ten experience and how it has influenced him throughout his professional career. Martin is scheduled to appear at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Todd Martin, a former East Lansing High School athlete, left Northwestern University following his sophomore year to join the pro tout prior to the U.S. Open in 1990. While at Northwestern he became the Wildcats' first tennis player to earn first-team All-America honors since 1962-63 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the spring of his final collegiate season. He has been ranked as high as fifth on the ATP tour (1994) since turning pro seven years ago and currently stands as the highest ranked former collegian on the tour. In 1996 he was a semifinalist at Wimbledon for the second time in his career (the first in 1994). In 1994, he advanced to the Australian open finals in addition to the U.S. Open semifinals. He has also represented the U.S. in the Davis Cup for the past three years. Tournament crowns to his credit include the Peters NSW Open in Sydney, Australia (1996) and Kroger/St. Jude International (1995 and 1994).
His contributions to the East Lansing community include the Todd Martin Development Fund, a program created to give at-risk children the opportunity to get off the streets and play tennis. The program also provides scholarship money to those who show promise in the sport.