Class of 2019
Memphis Best of Preps, Tennis, 1973
University of Memphis Sports Hall of Fame, 1996
Keith West is a native of Memphis who lives in Franklin, Tennessee. He was a multi-sport athlete in swimming, track, and cross-country who switched to tennis at age 14. He graduated early from high school to start playing for Memphis State University when he was 16 years old. He began playing regional and national junior tournaments after his college freshman year, and at age 17, he won the Tennessee Qualifier 18s, the Southern 18s Indoor singles and doubles, the Southern 18s Closed singles and doubles, and the Southern 18s Open doubles (and was a semi-finalist in the Southern 18s Open singles). He finished the year ranked #1 in Tennessee in singles, #1 in Southern in singles and doubles, and #24 in singles and #6 in doubles on the national level. At Memphis State, West played #1 doubles all four years, #2 singles his first two years, and #1 singles his last two years. His record for all four years was 125-41 and included titles in the Southern intercollegiate doubles for two consecutive years, and singles and doubles conference championships for all four years of college play. West was invited to play singles and doubles all four years in the NCAA championships. He won the singles division in the prestigious Milwaukee Collegiate Tennis Classic in its inaugural year (1975). After graduating from Memphis State, West served as assistant coach at Memphis State for a year and then joined the professional tour, where he reached the finals of three singles events and won two doubles events. In 1979, he and Pem Guerry played doubles together on the professional circuit. His ATP singles ranking reached 356 and he is listed in the USTA Pro Circuit Honor Roll. Since leaving the tour, West has continued to play adult league tennis and represents Tennessee in the USTA Southern Cup competition. West earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Memphis State and works in the computer industry, serving now as a Tech Fellow for FedEx.