Mark Merklein Named to USTA National Coach

March 10, 2009 03:45 PM

No. 04-2006


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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 8, 2006 – The USTA today announced that Mark Merklein of Coral Springs, Fla., has been named USTA National Coach. Merklein joins the men’s coaching staff, and will work primarily with 16-year-olds and will be based at the USTA Player Development Headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla. Merklein replaces David DiLucia, who left the USTA to become Lindsay Davenport’s coach. Prior to joining the USTA, Mark served as assistant coach at the University of Florida and coached touring pro Jeff Morrison.

Merklein, 33, retired as a pro player in 2005 after a 12-year career that included four ATP doubles titles and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 35 in 2004. He reached the doubles quarterfinals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (w/ Mark Knowles). Prior to 2005, Merklein had held the all-time record for most victories on the USTA Pro Circuit with 25 (11 singles, 14 doubles). He was passed in November by Paul Goldstein. Merklein still holds the record for most USTA Pro Circuit singles titles without losing in a final (11-0).

In college, Merklein was a four-time All-American at the University of Florida (1990-94) and won both the NCAA singles and doubles titles, defeating Wayne Black of Southern California in the 1994 NCAA singles final and capturing the 1993 NCAA doubles title (w/David Blair). At the junior level, Merklein captured the 1988 USTA Boys’ 16s national title. In 1989, he won doubles titles at the Orange Bowl 18s and the USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Courts.

USTA Player Development is charged with providing American junior, collegiate and young professional players with the opportunities to reach their maximum potential.

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