Episode NINE:

the fifth beatle – with todd martin



#009 – As the former World Number 4, Todd Martin was a proud member of the golden club of American ATP stars in his nation’s tennis heyday: the 1990s. The self-described “Fifth Beatle”  was in good company during that glorious era for the sport, as he sparred against compatriots Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang for what became that elusive Grand Slam title.

To many, he was the ‘nearly man’, but to himself, the eight ATP tournament titles, the near misses and the two Grand Slam Final losses made him the person he is today. Michigan-born Martin is today CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, where he also serves as Tournament Director of the post-Wimbledon Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open.

With this, and his own eponymous Youth Leadership Trust helping underprivileged kids through tennis, Martin has, in his own words, led “a charmed life”.

With all this already achieved in life, this 50-year-old and true gentleman of the sport has much more to accomplish in the years ahead.

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Links: ATP Tour, Tennis Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame Open, Davis Cup, Todd Martin, Todd Martin Youth Leadership Trust, Michigan, ITF, Northwestern University, Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish

Voiceovers provided by actor Henry Hereford (Crossbones, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and True Blood).