A former professional tennis player was arrested Thursday after he allegedly admitted to investigators that he inappropriately touched a teenager he was training.
Mario E. Martinez-Guzman, 51, a native of Bolivia who now lives in suburban Boca Raton, faces a charge of sexual assault. The tennis pro was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail late Friday in lieu of $300,000 bail.
The alleged victim reported that her tennis coach inappropriately touched her when she was between the ages of 15 and 17, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies said. She is now 21. The inappropriate touching often happened while she was stretching, according to a sheriff’s probable-cause affidavit.
She also reported that Martinez-Guzman performed oral sex on her “several times” while at a tennis facility at 11200 Park Access Road at South County Regional Park.
The woman told deputies that she began training with Martinez-Guzman at age 15. Her father told deputies that he too trained with Martinez-Guzman and has known him for “decades.”
On a controlled call with deputies listening, Martinez-Guzman admitted to the sexual acts and acknowledged that he could be arrested.
Martinez played professionally under the name Mario Martinez and won three singles title in the early 1980s, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals website.
His highest ranking was 35th in 1983. He was the Bolivian champion at 14 years old and was a member of the Bolivian Davis Cup team.