Tennis Professional Staff

All I’On Club teaching professionals are USPTA or PTR certified and offer private and group instruction.

Mehdi El-Kheddiwi
Director of Tennis / Director of High Performance Junior Development

Mehdi was born in Paris, France and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He played junior tennis at Ottawa’s famous Rideau Tennis and Squash Club. Mehdi was an active athlete, earning a starting position in every high school discipline he pursued, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, Olympic handball, badminton and track and field. After studying journalism in college he moved to Myrtle Beach to begin a successful career with the town’s daily newspaper. He left the newspaper to become the assistant tennis professional at Prestwick Tennis and Swim Club in Myrtle Beach and a few years later, its Director of Swim and Tennis. Mehdi will bring extensive knowledge and experience to I’On Club’s junior and adult development and can sum up his tennis philosophy in three words: Care, Impact, and Performance.

Chris Kiesel
Senior Teaching Professional

Chris Kiesel is originally from Louisville, KY. He spent ten years at Family Circle, and during five of those years he served as Director of the Advanced Junior Program for tournament players between the ages of 8-18. Most recently, Chris was the Assistant Coach of the Charleston Southern University Women’s Tennis Team.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master’s in Business Administration from The Citadel. He lives with his wife Katherine and their two little girls Nora and Hadley. Besides tennis, Chris enjoys fishing and cycling.

Private Lessons are available with one of our award winning tennis professionals.
To schedule a private tennis lesson, please call the I’On Club front desk at (843) 971-7834.