Hall of Fame
The Western Michigan Tennis Association's Hall of Fame is being established in 2019.
The inaugural class was inducted on April 28, 2019.
Allen B. Stowe
Allen B. Stowe was a legendary tennis coach at Kalamazoo College. His teams enjoyed a streak of 123 consecutive dual meet victories in the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association, and his Hornets did not lose an MIAA match in 21 seasons. Stowe was a key factor in bringing the USTA Boys’ 16 and 18 Nationals to Kalamazoo in 1943 and in the construction of the stadium that bears his name. Stowe, who served as president of the Western Tennis Association (Midwest Section), directed the USTA Nationals from 1943 until his death in 1957. The Dr. Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship Award was introduced in 1958 for players in the USTA 18-Under Singles Championship. He was also inducted into the Michigan Sports, Kalamazoo College Athletic, and the USTA/Midwest Hall of Fame.
George Acker served as professor and head tennis coach at Kalamazoo College for 35 years. While at Kalamazoo, his teams won 35 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, 7 NCAA Team Championships and compiled a 537-231-2 record. He coached 38 All-Americans, was named Division III Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1991, and was the 1980’s Coach of the Decade. Additionally, he conducted the Kalamazoo City Tennis Program for 8 years, the George Acker Tennis School for 13 years and the Kalamazoo College Tennis Camp for 25 years. He is a member of the Northern Illinois University, Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches, and USTA/Midwest Hall of Fame. He served as President of the Western Michigan Tennis Association for 10 years . The Acker Family was named the USTA/Midwest and USTA Family of the Year in 1973.
David Markin, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, served as president of the Western Tennis Association (Midwest Section) and the United States Tennis Association. Markin served as the Referee for the USTA Boys’ 16 and 18 National Championships from 1976-2007. He was the chairman of more than half a dozen national committees including the USTA Junior Tennis Council, the U.S. Davis Cup Committee, the U.S. Open Committee and the U.S. Open Project. Markin, the 1982 USTA Community Service Award recipient, was also a nationally ranked age group player who won several sectional age group championships.
Tournament Director of the USTA Boys’ 16 and 18 National Championships for 27 years, Rolla Anderson was actively involved with tennis through the USTA and the NCAA. He was a Western Tennis Association (Midwest Section) president and member of the USTA Executive Committee. He formed the Junior Tennis Council and the Educational Research Committee, instituted the quota system for determining entries to junior championships and was the chairman of the NCAA Tennis Committee. His family was recognized as the USTA Family of the Year. Anderson received the USTA National Merit Award and is a member of the Collegiate Tennis, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Midwest Section Halls of Fame.
Rick Ferman, formerly of Lansing, Michigan, is a tennis teacher, entrepreneur, volunteer, leader, executive, and player who has succeeded in a variety of roles in tennis over many decades. His teaching focused on junior competitive tennis athletes supporting over 150 students who went on to play Intercollegiate tennis including 3 All-Americans. As a tennis entrepreneur, Rick was Managing Partner of Court One Athletic Clubs and operated award-winning (1991 USTA National Member Organization of the Year) clubs for 25 years, and he found the innovative Con petire Tennis School. Rick was instrumental is bringing the first USTA/Midwest Closed (formerly the USTA/Western Closed) for Boys & Girls to the Western Michigan District in Okemos, Michigan and served as the tournament director for many years. His visionary approach involved growing tennis in the Greater Lansing area by supporting the Schools, Park and Recreation and Community tennis when the clubs opened in 1971 and his influence is still strong, through the Court One Athletic Clubs, in supporting tennis throughout the WMTA District in these areas even today.
Rick served as a volunteer leader at every level of tennis from his hometown to the USTA National Board of Directors as Vice President. Rick was also the President of the Western Michigan District from 1982-1983 and later, the Western Tennis Association (Midwest Section). He was Chairman of the USTA Player Development, Section Presidents, and Delegates Assembly Committees. He played a significant role in four tennis non-profit organizations at the local, section, and national levels all providing opportunities to the under-served. Rick was the USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for seven years (1996-2003).
He played college tennis for Michigan State University, won several USTA section singles and doubles championships, was a National Public Parks Champion, and most meaningfully, he and his son R.D. garnered the USTA Senior Father-Son #1 USTA National Ranking for 2010.
Todd Martin competed on the ATP Tour for 14 years. He reached a career high singles ranking of No. 4 in 1999 and a career high doubles ranking of No. 30 in 1996. Martin captured eight singles titles and five doubles titles during his career, and celebrated his 400th career win on the ATP circuit in 2003. He reached the finals of the 1999 U.S. Open and 1994 Australian Open. Martin was the recipient of the ATP’s Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994. He served as President of the ATP Player Council for eight years.
Martin competed as a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team every year between 1994 and 2002. He was a key member of the 1995 U.S. Davis Cup championship team partnering with Pete Sampras for a doubles victory against the Russian team.
Todd moved to East Lansing, Michigan at the age of 10 and excelled under long-time coach and mentor Rick Ferman, Managing Partner at Court One Athletic Clubs, throughout his junior and professional career. He played #1 singles at East Lansing High School where he won the State Championship at #1 Singles in 1987. During his collegiate career, Martin won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Singles title, and received ITA All-American honors in 1990. He was named First Team All-American at Northwestern University in Evanston, Il Martin was ranked No. 1 by the ITA during 1990, named the Big 10 Player of the Year in 1990, and the Midwest Regional Rookie Player of the Year in 1989.
Off the tennis court, Martin has given back to the sport through various organizations. He co-founded the Todd Martin Development Fund in Lansing in 1994 with his long-time coach and mentor Rick Ferman and father Dale Martin. Its goal is to provide Lansing youngsters with a healthy alternative activity while developing their tennis skills to the fullest through the funding and support of various activities including low-cost, accessible programs. Programming includes a USTA/NJTL Chapter and Leadership Development Program. Martin also serves as a member of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Board of Directors. He previously served as a special advisor to the USTA High Performance program. In 2014 Martin was named CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
Victor Amaya, a graduate of Holland High School and residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, competed on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour for 11 years. He finished 1980 ranked a career high No. 15 in singles and 1983 ranked a career high No. 16 in doubles. Amaya captured six ATP doubles titles and three singles titles during his career which included a singles title in 1980 against Ivan Lendl in Washington, D.C. His other two singles titles were in 1977 in Australia against Brian Teacher and 1979 in England against Mark Edmonson. Amaya’s six doubles titles included 1980 in France and Tokyo, 1981 in Tokyo, 1982 in Cleveland and Monterrey, and 1983 in Cincinnati.
Amaya won the 1980 French Open Doubles title with partner Hank Pfister, and 1983 ATP tournaments in Cincinnati with partner Tim Gullikson. He reached the 1982 US Open Doubles Finals and in 1979 Australian Open Doubles Semifinals with partner Hank Pfister.
Amaya competed against former professional players including Guillermo Vilas, Eliot Teltscher, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Vitas Gerulaitis, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Marty Riessen and Jimmy Connors.
During his professional tennis career, Amaya served two terms on the ATP Board of Directors. After his career he was the Director of the Michigan Athletic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
During his collegiate career, Amaya was a member of the University of Michigan tennis team where he was a three time All-American. He was a two time winner of the Big Ten singles and doubles championships in 1973 and 1974. As a junior player, Amaya won the Michigan Class A High School Tennis Championships and the USTA 18 and Under National Junior singles title in the early 1970s.