Hinsdale Central Foundation, Partnership in Lifelong Learning

Marty Riessen

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Marty Riessen

Inductee Year 2000
Marty Riessen
Someone once said that Hinsdale Tennis began with Marty Riessen and they would be right. In simple terms, Marty put Hinsdale and Illinois tennis on the map. By the time he had graduated, in 1960, Marty had won the State Tennis Singles Championship all 4 years! He never lost a single set in high school. In his senior year he won 49 out of 53 sets 6-0, 6-0, losing only 9 games total that season. He was an All-State Basketball player. He was the MVP in Tennis, Basketball and Cross-Country at Hinsdale Central. Following graduation, Marty attended Northwestern University where he was a 3-time Big Ten Singles & Doubles Champion and reached the Singles Finals of the NCAA 3 years in a row and the Doubles Semi-Finals twice. As a professional player he reached world singles ranking of #8, in 1972 and #9 the following year. Later he became a successful coach – guiding Tracy Austin to the U.S. Open Singles Championship. Marty also coached the last U. S. Olympic Tennis Team as well as the U.S. Tennis Federation Ladies team. He is a “Legends Player” at present – where he has played and beaten both Rod Laver & Ken Rosewall. Marty was inducted into the I.T.A. Hall of Fame in 1989. He is married to April and they have 2 daughters. Currently, he is splitting his time between Columbus, Ohio – where he heads up a Tennis Club and Santa Barbara, California.
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