US Tennis Association taps Martin Blackman to replace Patrick McEnroe as player development GM

Martin Blackman will succeed Patrick McEnroe as the U.S. Tennis Association's general manager of player development.

The USTA plans to formally announce the appointment Monday, when it has scheduled a conference call with USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams and COO and Executive Director Gordon Smith.

Blackman is a former player who trained as a junior alongside Andre Agassi and Jim Courier with coach Nick Bollettieri, won the USTA boys' 16s national title, and was a member of two NCAA championship teams at Stanford. As a pro from 1989-95, Blackman reached a career-best ranking of 158th.

McEnroe's departure after 6 1/2 years in the post was announced in September.