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Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams is an on-air analyst for Tennis Channel.  Since joining the network in 2003, she has offered commentary during Fed Cup competition and a wide variety of WTA and major tournaments. 

A professional tennis player from 1988 to 1999, Adams captured 20 WTA Tour doubles titles and one ITF singles crown during her career.  Her career-high world rankings included No. 8 in doubles and No. 67 in singles in 1989.

Adams segued into both broadcasting and coaching following her days as a player.  Her television career began as a commentator for BET's coverage of the United Negro College Fund Celebrity Golf and Tennis Challenge from 1998-2001.  She also provided analysis on the international feeds of the 1999 Pilot Pen and Lipton Championships and ESPN's coverage of the 1999 Bausch and Lomb Championships.  Further, she has been interviewed for such programs as ESPN Sports Century and Lifetime's Intimate Portrait.  In the coaching arena, from 1999–2002, Adams served as a national tennis coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), coaching and mentoring junior and professional tennis players in all aspects of their careers.  During that time, she also served as a member of the USTA Player Development Committee (1999) and the USTA Executive Committee (1998-99). In 2005, Adams was elected to the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large. After three consecutive two-year terms, she began serving as Vice President of the USTA in 2011.   

Off the courts, Adams has helped provide strategic direction for the WTA Tour and professional women players worldwide, serving four one-year terms as a player representative on the WTA Tour Board of Directors and participating in the integration of the WTA Tour, ITF and Players Association.  She also served five two-year terms on the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors, in the posts of vice president and treasurer, serving as chairperson of the Anti-Doping Committee, and receiving the WTA Tour Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Born and raised in Chicago, Adams started playing tennis at the age of six, in the public parks and recreation program sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Boys Club.  She earned an athletic scholarship to Northwestern University, where she studied communications and became the 1986 ITCA Rookie of the Year and 1987 NCAA doubles champion en route to garnering two-time NCAA All-America honors.  In 1998, she was inducted into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame.  She currently lives in Bradenton, Fla.