About the Author

Marty Devlin grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His athletic career spanned several sports and decades. He played on a national championship American Legion team, and played and coached professional baseball. He was also a self-taught tennis player who earned a world ranking in senior tennis, a ski patrol member, All-American diver, and All-City quarterback. Among his many “paid to play” roles, as Marty puts it, were college athletic director, college intramural program founder and director, and international tennis ball machine clinician. Devlin is revered for his contagious enthusiasm and his impact on countless lives through his coaching, motivational speaking, and positive approach to life. “Hi, I’m Marty Devlin and I’m high on life” is the introduction that thousands of people have heard at his world-famous tennis clinics.

Devlin received his undergraduate and masters’ degrees in Health and Physical Education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). He lives with his wife Mary Ellen in West Trenton. Marty has three children and six grandchildren. Devlin continues to play and teach tennis at “The Swamp,” the court he built himself at his home, where he continues to motivate and inspire people.

Marty Devlin