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Learn how my hard work and hard fought experience led to becoming "The Family Tennis Pro"

1955-1969
OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

At four years of age my Mother dropped me off at a park to play with other Children and never returned. I was Adopted at that moment in the park in 1959. I was physically and mentally abused by my adoptive parents until the age of 14, then I took a stand . I loved being outdoors and playing sports all day. I started playing Tennis at age 8 and knew by the very first ball I hit tennis was going to be my Future. Also ,I was very much in Love with Football which all of my young friends said I was going to be great at one day.

YOUTH TENNIS

DOUBLES STRATEGY

SERVE TECHNIQUE

PRO FOREHAND

1969 -1977
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

So I was on a Mission to be the Best I could be lifting ,running , and hitting Tennis Balls all day and kicking. I punted footballs in my back yard which was 75 yards long. I made Varsity my Freshman Year and started the first game and then my career took off. I had the Pa. record as the longest punt until 2 years ago. It was 73 yards. My Athletic Coach came to me my Senior Year and said The Boyertown YMCA needed a Tennis Coach for the Adult evening School Tues and Thurs Night. Twenty people attended my class that evening and at that moment I knew my teaching career had begun. I loved it. I went to College on a Football Scholarship and also played Tennis . After my College Career the Phila Eagles took a look at me and I was able to tryout in Veterans Stadium. Ultimately, they said I was too small to be a Punter in the NFL .

1977-1983
IN THE ARMY NOW

After the Eagles I decided to serve my Country ,I joined the US Army . The Vietnam War was still going on and after 3 Months of being in the Service it was over . I came back and my Battalion was playing a Softball Game and watching the Game was a 4 Star General , He called me in is Office and said, "Private Keeler I'm cutting Orders for you to try out for All Army Softball Team." I went beat out the Second Baseman which has been there 3 years and became Captain of the Team ,Then I was selected to be Captain and play on the All Armed Forces Team which Traveled the World . When I wasn't representing the Softball Team they put me in Charge of the Officers Tennis Facility in Ft Sill and was also a Tennis Pro. I played 3 Years on the All Armed Forces Softball Team and ran the Officers Tennis Facility talk about Timing . I served 3 years Active and 3 years in active Honorable Discharge, Grade Sergeant.

ALL AGES

SPORTSMANSHIP

JUNIOR TENNIS

LOB SHOTS

1983 -1997
BECOMING THE BEST

I started my own Semi- Pro Football Team called The Chestmont Bandits. We were National Champs 10 years after I started the team where I played and coached. While all this was going on I became a Licensed Tennis Professional and was Head Pro at a Club. I was teaching tennis during the week and playing football on the weekends. I’m a Goal setter so I wanted to be the best so I taught under the Top 3 in the World . Nick Bollettieri ,the late Dennis Van der Meer, and late Vic Braden . I Was named New Member/ Director /Tennis Pro for the Number 1 Indoor facility in the USA Mid-Town Tennis Club Chicago . Then I was Named the Number 1 Pro for TCA which had 42 clubs across the Country. I went to Virginia Beach, Va. for 14 years and and produced 5 USTA 4.0, 4.5, Mens and Womens teams that were national champs 5 out of 8 years . I have 5 Gold Balls . While I was there I had my own TV show on Fox Sportswrap for 10 years every Tues at 10:45pm. I did one of the first Shows airing on The Tennis Channel there in Virginia. I have taught at Every Number 1 Tennis Facility in the Country , Played Semi Pro Football,and have Been on TV for over 20 years.

HAVE FUN

TOP TIPS

ANY SKILL LEVEL

FEEL THE CHANGE

1997 - TODAY
LESSONS, LIFE & LOVE

I love every Second of my life .
I am now happily married and have a beautiful wife and stepdaughter. I live in paradise in sunny Naples,Florida. I am surrounded by my members and students of whom I love dearly. I invite you to take a lesson with me the next time you are in SW Florida.
In Closing, please enjoy the teaching videos. I hope they inspire you to reach for the best on and off the court.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children and the Wounded Warrior Project.
GET IN THE GAME,
The Family Tennis Pro
Wayne Keeler

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