The touring professional in the world of big-time tennis occupies rarified air. He or she is one of a relatively few out of the thousands of weekend and local tournament players who make it as a ranked touring professional. Most top-notch college professionals enjoy their time swinging for their school as they work toward their degree and success in the business world.
Chip Humphries was one such player who played for UCLA and eventually served a vital role as team manager.
Justin Gimelstob had a stellar junior's career, winning an NCAA doubles championship at UCLA. He went on to a successful pro career, especially in doubles where he won 11 doubles championships and competed in the U.S. Open 12 times. Always a gifted student and eloquent spokesperson for his sport, Justin had a successful broadcasting career and today is a philanthropist through the Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund, the head of his family’s insurance and financial services firm and, most importantly, a dedicated Dad to his six-year-old son.
Looking on as a proud mentor to Chip, Justin, and so many others is Coach Billy Martin, the nationally respected head tennis coach at UCLA. The program’s all-time leader in head-coaching wins, Coach Martin enters his 28th year guiding the UCLA men’s tennis program in 2020-21. It also marks his 38th year on staff, as he also served as an assistant coach for 10 years before taking over for the Hall of Fame coach Glenn Bassett in 1994. He became just the third active head coach to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Perhaps the most amazing accomplishment in Coach Martin’s career is his ability to contend for a championship every year, as there have been only three times he has had a team finish out of the top five at the season-ending NCAA Championships. To this very day, he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport, capturing the 1973 and 1974 singles titles at Junior Wimbledon, the Junior U.S. Open, and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Although Coach Martin played just one season at UCLA before turning pro, the 1975 season was a special one, as he guided the team to a perfect 19-0 dual-match record en route to an NCAA team championship during his freshman year. After capturing the 1975 NCAA singles championship, he turned professional and enjoyed a fine career. He reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1977 and was selected Rookie of the Year in his first professional season. Coach Martin has always emphasized academics as well as athletic achievement, setting an example for success in the business world, having attained his BA and MBA degrees. As a result, most of his players graduate. He is the co-founder, with his mentor Coach Bassett, of the Bassett-Martin Tennis Camp.