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Keith Piper - aka Mr Bitcoin
  Off the court, Keith is fondly known as Mr. Bitcoin amongst the Veteran members of the club because of his well known passionate interest in crypto-currency. 

On the court, he is regarded as Mr. Steady, because of the incredible consistency of his tennis game. If you're absolutely needing to clinch a match and it all depends upon one single service game - then most of us would want Keith to be the one serving. 

He is  recognised for his mental toughness and his ability to focus on what needs to get done. He refuses to get distracted by whatever may be going on externally and has that enviable capacity to concentrate on the task at hand. Very much an astute tactical player, opponents never know when one of his crafty, merciless drop shots will be employed (and what's more, without any obvious "tells").

Keith's professional life included many years in senior executive roles and running a successful national business ….. Is it any wonder that over the years when having been nominated as team captain, he enjoys making those executive team decisions.

An ex-VFA football player and senior coach,  Keith is familiar with needing to perform on the big stage. He has maintained a high standard of fitness over many years and sets the benchmark for many of his veteran tennis mates. Keith is an embodiment of the old adage that age does not need to be a barrier to continued good health and vitality.  

His grittiness and resilience was demonstrated in the way he battled to overcome a debilitating knee injury some years back.  Discipline and hard work were the formula for his returning to play a high standard of tennis.  

A sharp wit, a quick sense of humour together with an ever self-confident demeanor - all combine to make him an accomplished orator. As someone who has no hesitation about being called to stand up in the spotlight, it is no surprise that Keith was a singer in his younger days - describing himself as the mature version of heart-throb crooner, Michael Buble. 

Also known to enjoy himself on the dance floor, a woman once told him that he danced liked "Fred" ….. Accepting this as a well deserved compliment, Keith smiled in his most charming manner and enquired "You mean Fred Astaire?" - "No" she replied flatly, "Fred Flintstone".  

Seeing possibilities when others see obstacles
The philosophy that guides Keith's approach to life seems to be one founded upon being open to the inevitability of change, having a zest and thirst for continuous learning and fearlessly exploring new opportunities whenever they emerge. 

A great club-man and loyal friend, Keith will always look out for his mates and never hesitates to offer help in any way he can. He is a core part of the DNA of veterans tennis at the club. 

So if you're an over-50 tennis player, come down and join us for a hit at East Croydon Tennis Club and meet some of our other colourful characters such as Hughie, Peter, Richie, Jerry, Colin, Cookie, Lutz, Terry, Chris, Brian and Macca (a.k.a Miami)


And also check out the profile of our long-serving legend of a Club Secretary, Steve Baldry