June 3, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Former Northwestern standout Katrina Adams has earned election to the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Mason School of Business on the College of William and Mary campus. Adams is joined in the Class of 2014 by Stacy Margolin (Potter), Cecelia Martinez, Bob Meyers, Jeff Moore and Lindsay Morse (Bennett).
The Illinois High School Association singles champion in 1983 and 1984, Adams was an ITA All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1986 and 1987 in both singles and doubles at Northwestern. She captured the NCAA doubles championship with Diane Donnelly in 1987. The duo didn't lose a set at the NCAA tournament, finishing the season with a 24-match win streak, a 36-2 record and a two-year mark of 72-5. Adams was the ITA Freshman of the Year in 1986.
Adams and Donnelly hold the NU doubles records for wins in a season (26 in '86), consecutive matches won (21 in '87), consecutive sets won (28 in '87), best winning percentage (1.000, 21-0 in '87) and fewest sets lost (2 in '87).
Adams left Northwestern in January 1988 to turn pro. During her rookie year, she made it to the Round of 16 in singles at Wimbledon (her best Grand Slam singles result) before losing to Chris Evert in three sets. In 1989, she was ranked eighth in the world in doubles, and during her 12-year career, she won 20 doubles titles.
Adams was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
She has been a television commentator for the Tennis Channel since 2003, and is also an executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis League. She began serving a two-year term as First Vice President of the USTA in January 2013 and will become Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA in January 2015.
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