Keith Diepraam

Induction Year: 2009

 

Keith Diepraam (born 1942) took up tennis at the age of 15, kicking off a long career as a player and professional. Diepraam represented South Africa in Davis Cup competition for four consecutive years and was ranked No.14 in the world. He was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in both singles and doubles in 1965. 

Diepraam moved to Texas in 1973 when he took a teaching job in Midland. In 1980 he moved to Houston to take a position at the Sugar Creek Country Club where he worked until his retirement in 2009.

Diepraam earned the USTA No. 1 national ranking in singles and doubles in the 35s, 40s and 45s age divisions. He achieved the World No. 1 ranking in 1988 in the 45 and over age division. Diepraam was named head coach of South Africa’s Olympic tennis team for the 1992 Barcelona games, where South Africa earned a Silver Medal.