Bio: Kenny West

Kenny was born and raised in Ozark, Alabama and he continues to reside there nine months out of the year working as an independent tennis instructor giving private lessons as well as running the 100% Tennis program.  During the summer months he is a freelance tennis professional, teaching and coaching the residents of Long Island, New York, particularly East Hampton.

Kenny attended Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama where he played varsity tennis.  He then went to Troy State University in Troy, Alabama on a tennis scholarship where he played on the collegiate tennis team for three years. His senior year he transferred to the University of Alabama Birmingham, also on a tennis scholarship.  In 1980 he made his way on to the professional circuit where he played six years.

While in college, he was presented with the opportunity to take a summer teaching position with world renowned tennis coach Dr. Alexander Mayer.  To his credit, Dr. Mayer’s sons both held successful careers in tennis.  Eugene Mayer held the #4 position in the world while his older brother Alex Sandy Mayer was the #7 player.  As a coach, Dr. Mayer took his sons to the highest level in professional tennis.  Seeing great promise in Kenny, he took him under his wing and guided his professional playing career as well as gave him the necessary tools to become a great coach.  Having a natural ability to teach, Kenny took to this concept eagerly and gained valuable insights from Dr. Mayer, which enables him to coach at any level today.

During Kenny’s time with Dr. Mayer, he served as a key developer in a successful training camp for nationally ranked tennis players.  Over the next several years, Dr. Mayer’s Camp Tennis gave him the opportunity to work with the very highest level of junior and professional players, which in turn boosted his coaching career.  He traveled all over the world coaching players such as nationally ranked Danny Nahirney, former NCAA runner up Jason Netter,  National Amateur Champion Paul Lennicx, and the world’s #8 women’s professional, Bonnie Gadusek, and is currently traveling and coaching Miss Whitney Jones WTA ranking 537.   When he was not coaching, he was serving as hitting partner for such greats as Vitas Gerulaitus and Gene and Sandy Mayer as well as playing competitive tennis. In the midst of Kenny’s own professional tennis career, he held many prestigious coaching positions and served as assistant head pro at such venues as the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.  This service was under tennis professional, Mr Vitas Gerulaitus, Sr.  Other positions include  tennis instructor at Point Set Indoor Tennis Club,  Oceanside ,  NY  where he instructed a German version of what is known in the US as Quick Start Tennis as well as assisted in one of the first wheelchair teaching programs.  Kenny went on to serve as assistant head pro at Las Colinas Country Club in Dallas, Texas, collegiate coach at LBW Junior College in Andalusia, Alabama and head pro at Green Hollow Tennis Club in East Hampton, New York.