Gerry Berkheimer, USPTA Director of Tennis at Vero Fitness

TEACHER

  • 27 Years as Tennis Director at Vero Fitness.

  • 29 Years as Tennis Director at Clubs & Resorts in Florida, Texas, & Michigan.

  • 7 Seasons as Head Pro at Indoor Facilities in Indiana & Kentucky.

  • 18 Summers as Tennis Director at Summer Junior Camps in Maine & New York.

  • 5 Years Coaching Division 1 Tennis at the University of Kentucky.

  • Worked with over 15 Top 300 Players in the world over 35 years & 1 top 30 player-Susan Sloane.

  • USPTA ranking-#1-Elite Pro for 31 Years.

  • Speaker at the USPTA Convention 2003.

  • USTA Clinician with Nick Bolletieri, Vic Braden, & Dennis Van de Meer.

  • Trained over 20,000 children & 8,000 adults in 48 years.

  • Creator of the popular  "Fast Doubles" Game.

  • 2021: 5 out of 6  of his Junior Excellence Players were in the #1 high school positions in the area, & 1 player at #2.

 

PLAYER

  • 58 Years as a Tennis Player.

  • #1-Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee-1969-1973

  • #1-Carson-Newman College-Jefferson City, Tennessee-1973-1977

  • Collegiate All-American in Singles & Doubles.

  • 1 & ½ Years on the Satellite Pro Circuit.

  • #2-Florida 25’s Singles-1986.

  • National Finalist 35’s Singles in St. Louis-1990

  • #1 Open Division Singles in Kentucky-1990 & 1991

  • Won the 1st King Of The Hill Open Division Tournament at Timber Ridge in 1996.

  • Won USPTA Doubles at Sawgrass-2002, Ibis-2003, and Ormond Beach-2003

  • Ranked #1 in Florida 45’s in 2002.

  • Played Local Vero Beach Tennis Club Exhibitions from 1992-2014.

  • Won 339 Playing Trophies & Awards.

 

OTHER FACTS

  • Owner of Berkheimer’s Tennis Services from 1987-2005-Managing, Consulting, & Pro Placement.

  • Have run over 250 Tournaments including one for $5,000 & one for $8,000.

  • National T.V. debut with Vic Braden & 3 ½ year old tennis prodigy in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1981.

  • Wrote 19 National & Sectional Tennis Articles.

  • Ran 9 12-hour Tennis Marathons and 2-24 hour Tennis Marathons for Charity & yes, he was in them both the entire time!

  • Holds a Triple Doctorate in Tennis-Managing, Teaching, &  Playing.

  • Instructed Inmates at a Medium Security Prison in Lexington, Kentucky-1990

  • Taught a Blind Music Studio Owner to hit Tennis strokes in Lexington, Kentucky-1991

  • A Proud 32.5 Gallon Blood Donor.

  •  Started a Crisis Center my Junior Year in High School & worked it through college. 1972-1977.

  • 3 Years with Foster Care in Lexington, Kentucky. 1989-1991. Had one F.C. child for a year.

  • 18 Years with Youth Guidance mentoring kids in Vero Beach, Florida. 1997-2015

USTA pros and cons

 

Gerry’s Tennis Philosophy