Mark is currently the Executive Director of International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). The iTPA is the worldwide education and certification organization for trainers, coaches and specialists in tennis-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention.
Dr. Kovacs previously directed the Sport Science/Strength & Conditioning & Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association. He has also served as the Director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute and is still currently a consultant to Gatorade, Pepsico and the USTA.
Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama.
Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a certified tennis coach. Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences.
He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance, Tennis Anatomy, Dynamic Stretching and was the youngest recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award and currently serves as the chair of the ITF Health Benefits of Tennis Taskforce.
He has also trained over two dozen top professional players including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Robby Ginepri and Madison Keys.