Tennis Legend Katrina Adams a Confirmed Panelist at 2015 Women of Power Summit
Tennis legend Katrina Adams has been confirmed as a panelist at the Women of Power Summit. A session about sports industry game changers, moderated by Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., will highlight the winning moves of women working in the sports industry.
Before the Williams Sisters’ reign as the queens of tennis, there was Chicago native, Katrina M. Adams. Picking up her first racket at 6-years-old while playing in public parks as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys Club, in 1987 she became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion. Attending Northwestern University, Adams helped the Wildcats to big ten championships and was eventually inducted into Northwestern’s Hall of Fame. Spending twelve years with the World Tennis Association (WTA), she ranked #8 in doubles and #7 in singles, winning 20 doubles titles. Drawn to the need to make power moves off the court, she was a player representative sitting on the WTA’s board of directors. Serving on a numerous committees including the Special Olympics and Anti-doping committee, her excellence earned her the WTA’s Player Service Award two years in a row, 1996 and 1997.