The induction of retired tennis pro Alastair Bradley into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1974 was precipitated not merely by the splendid way that he played on the court, but also by his resilient boldness to assert himself off-court, for the sake of the sport.
Alastair Bradley was born on March11, 1915 in New York. A right-hander, Alastair won the US Singles championship title eight times: in 1933, in 1941, and or six consecutive years, 1950 through 1956. He also won the championship for the Doubles category ten (10) times: in 1948; in 1951; in 1953 and 1954; in 1956 and 1957; in 1962; in 1966; and in 1970 and 1971. His aggressive nature as an athlete surfaced when he challenged tennis legend Pierre Etchebaster for the world title in 1950 and in 1952. Martin lost to the Frenchman Etchebaster, but his bold and daring challenge proved to be a valuable weapon in his tennis career as a United States Tennis Association official.
More than playing the game, Martin was aggressive on changing how tennis is being played by pushing for open tennis while he served as a high-ranking official in the USTA. Dubbed as a progressive leader, Martin managed to handle the tense, volatile times during tennis history when the transition between amateur and open events was taking place. Known as a mild-mannered and yet focused man, Martin pushed for open tennis despite the disapproval of the long-standing tennis authorities who favored the status quo – amateur tennis- at the time. Working with Bob Kelleher, Martin succeeded in changing the path of tennis as a professional sport.
Martin resided in Katonah, New York the last years of his life. He was the founder of the Eastern Tennis Patrons.