tennis professional named
Director of Tennis for the ITHoF
by Rich Neher
John Austin is a former ATP Touring Professional
and Coach born in Long Beach, California, and a past champion
in mixed doubles at Wimbledon. He joins the International Tennis
Hall of Fame's Hall of Fame Tennis Club staff in Newport, Rhode
Island at an exciting time for the organization. The club is
in the midst of a major renovation and expansion, including a
new indoor tennis facility and the addition of outdoor hard courts
and improved amenities, slated for a late Spring 2015 opening.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame
announced today that John Austin will be joining the Hall of
Fame Tennis Club as the Director of Tennis on April 1, 2015.
Austin will draw on his extensive tennis background ranging from
ATP Touring Professional to ATP Coach to Director of Tennis at
some of the most prestigious resorts on the West Coast.
"I am very excited to be a part of
the legendary Hall of Fame Tennis Club. I have a deep passion
for the game and a strong appreciation for the history of this
great sport. I am looking forward to being part of the club's
future, especially with the renovations and programming which
are sure to be an integral part of the club in the years to come,"
Austin joins the Hall of Fame Tennis Club
at an exciting time, as the tennis facility is currently undergoing
a major renovation and expansion project. The project will result
in an all-new indoor facility with three hard courts, and the
addition of three new indoor/outdoor courts. The club also offers
13 grass courts and 1 clay court. The indoor facility will open
in late Spring 2015, the grass courts will open for the season
in late May, and the new indoor/outdoor courts will open by late
Summer 2015 to complete the project.
In his new role, Austin will oversee all
tennis programming at the Hall of Fame Tennis Club, a year-round
facility that has a highly active membership of adult and junior
players and is also open to the public for drop in play. The
club offers an extensive tennis instruction program, social play,
USTA leagues, and, in his new role, Austin will continue to build
and grow the club's tennis programming.
"We are thrilled to welcome John
Austin to lead the tennis staff at the Hall of Fame Tennis Club,"
said International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin. "He
has built successful and engaging tennis programs at some of
the most popular clubs in the country, and we are eager to bring
his expertise to our club to create a world-class experience
for our members and guests."
Austin competed on the ATP World Tour
for six years, achieving a ranking of world No. 40. In 1980,
he partnered with his sister, Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, to
win a career-defining Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship. The
pair also reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final in 1981.
During his playing career, Austin achieved
victories over then No. 1 John McEnroe, former French Open champion
Yannick Noah, Andres Gomes, Wojtek Fibak, and Tim and Tom Gullikson.
Prior to entering the professional ranks, Austin was a member
of the victorious 1976 UCLA NCAA championship team and he was
a 1978 NCAA doubles champion. He also reached the NCAA doubles
final in 1977.
Upon his retirement from the professional
tour, Austin became a coach for players including Pete Sampras,
Michael Chang, Jim Grabb, Chuck Adams, Robbie Weiss, Alexandra
Stevenson, and Amy Frazier to name a few. While pursuing his
teaching career, Austin remained passionate about his own tennis,
attaining two No. 1 USTA national rankings in the Men's 40 Singles
in 1997 and Men's 35 Doubles in 2002.
Over the last 15 years, Austin has spent
his time on court as the Director of Tennis at Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess, La Quinta Resort, City of Surprise, Arizona, and the
Richmond County Country Club on Staten Island. He has skillfully
developed unique adult and junior tennis programming, enhanced
member experiences at the club level, and has inspired enthusiasm
for the sport with tennis players at each facility.
The Hall of Fame Tennis Club facility
dates back to 1880 and was the original site of the U.S. National
Lawn Tennis Championships, the event that evolved to be today's
US Open. Over the past 130+ years, the courts have welcomed some
of the world's best players competing in ATP and WTA events,
Davis Cups, and many other notable tennis events.
About the International Tennis Hall of
Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame &
Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the
history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development,
providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining
tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport
of tennis- enshrinement into the International Tennis Hall of
Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA
on a 7-acre property that features an extensive museum chronicling
the history of the sport and honoring the 240 Hall of Famers;
13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are
open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis
facility; and an historic 295-seat theatre. Annually in July,
the venue hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the
Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event.