The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced today the appointment of Katrina Adams as its Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. Adams, who has served as the USTA’s First Vice President since 2013, becomes the first African-American and the first former professional tennis player to lead the organization. Her two-year term will begin on January 1, 2015.
“Katrina joins a prestigious group of “firsts” – a group that we applaud and admire. It takes guts, smarts, teamwork and perseverance to get to the top – all qualities Katrina learned from honing her game both on and off the court. I am fortunate to have worked with Katrina at the USTA Foundation and know first-hand that she is dedicated to making sure underserved youth, particularly girls participate in sports to receive the educational, health and leadership benefits that all sports offer, expressed Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “All of us at the Women's Sports Foundation look forward to working closely with Katrina as she represents the kind of leadership we encourage all females to emulate.”
In addition to her role as First Vice President, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need to Talk,” and serves as a television analyst for Tennis Channel. She also is a contributor to Tennis Magazine and tennis.com, providing instruction articles and videos, and serves as the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City
Adams played for 12 years on the WTA tour, where she was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She captured 20 career doubles titles. While a player, Adams served on the board of directors of the WTA as a player representative for four one-year terms and on the WTA’s Players Association for five two-year terms. She also served on the WTA’s Anti-Doping Committee, Players Committee, Executive Committee and Special Olympics Committee. She was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.
Adams attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, majoring in communications, and helped the Wildcats to Big Ten championships in 1986. She was an NCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.