This week, Canadian Tennis Hall-of-Famer Andrée Martin will be celebrating a birthday. To toast her birth, her dedication to the sport, and to kick off a new series we would like to call, ‘Hall-of-Fame Highlights’, we’re serving up 10 of our favourite facts about Martin and her illustrious career:
- She was ranked in the Top 10 women in Canada for 12 consecutive years, including No. 1 in 1970.
- In 1965, she was named Athlete of the Year in Quebec.
- When female athletes finally started to gain some much-deserved media attention, Martin was coined one of “Canada’s Best Women Athletes of the Day” in Homemaker’s Magazine in the late 1970’s.
- Post appointment, she went onto represent Canada in the Fed Cup for eight consecutive years (1968-1975)!
- She was one of only two Canadians accepted to compete at Wimbledon in 1971, the other was Jane O’Hara.
- She was named captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team in 1975.
- She was the first Canadian woman to be offered a scholarship to a U.S. university.
- She made very good use of that U.S. university scholarship and received a Bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Mississippi State College for Women.
- After a few years of being a physical education practitioner, she furthered her studies and became a Level 4 certified tennis coach.
- As if her playing career wasn’t enough to leave us feeling inspired, she added provincial and national coach to her resumé and went on to become the director of junior development at Tennis Quebec for 20 years. We’re also proud to have her as a member of the Tennis Canada Board of Directors!
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