Adams is the first African American and first former professional player to lead the national organization. She is also the youngest person to assume the position. The former Wildcat standout served a two-year term as first vice president of the USTA before taking on her new role.
In November, Adams was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. She is a 1997 inductee of the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame.
Adams put together an exemplary career during her time at Northwestern. She was an NCAA All-American and helped the Wildcats to Big Ten titles in 1986 and 1987. She was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in both singles and doubles and was named the ITA Freshman of the Year in 1986. She won a doubles national championship with Diane Donnelly in 1987.
Adams left Northwestern in 1988 to turn pro and advanced to the Round of 16 in singles at Wimbledon during her rookie year. She reached as high as eighth in the world in doubles rankings and won 20 doubles titles during her 12-year career.
Along with her position at the USTA, Adams is currently a television commentator for the Tennis Channel, a position she has held since 2003. She also serves as an executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis League.
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