Mark Keil is entering his first season as a volunteer assistant coach on the Bruin tennis staff. Keil brings a wealth of experience to the UCLA program after playing 10 years on the ATP Tour. He has focused his attention on coaching after retiring from competitive tennis in 2000.
One of Keil's finest moments on tour came in the form of a 6-2, 7-6(2) victory over Pete Sampras on the grass courts at the Queen's Club in 1991. Sampras was ranked eighth in the world at that time. Keil, who played in the main draw at Wimbledon two weeks later, reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 167 that same year. Also an accomplished doubles player, Keil reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 32 in 1995. He has doubles wins over Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten and Mark Philippoussis. He won five ATP Tour doubles titles in his career.
Keil turned pro following his junior year at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He played No. 1 singles and doubles while at USF.
Prior to college, Keil was the 1985 New Mexico State Singles Champion. He won a gold medal in doubles at the U.S. Olympic Festival and played in the USTA Boys' 16s & 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Keil has served as a touring coach for former college standouts Anne Mall (UCLA) and Jeff Salzenstein (Stanford). He has also been a national junior coach for the Hong Kong Tennis Association.
Keil was born in Mountain View, Calif. and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister Kathrin played on the women's tennis team at UCLA from 1981-82, helping the Bruins capture the AIAW title in 1981.