Meet our Tennis Director

Gerry Berkheimer, USPTA Director of Tennis at Vero Fitness


  1. 24 years as Tennis Director at the Vero Fitness.
  2. 29 years as Tennis Director at clubs and resorts in Florida, Texas, and Michigan.
  3. 7 seasons as Head Pro at indoor facilities in Indiana and Kentucky.
  4. 18 summers as Tennis Director at summer junior camps in Maine and New York.
  5. 5 years coaching Division 1 tennis at the University of Kentucky.
  6. Worked with over 15 top 300 players in the world across 35 years and 1 top 30 player-Susan Sloane.
  7. USPTA ranking-#1-Elite Pro for 31 years.
  8. Speaker at the USPTA convention 2003.
  9. USTA clinician with Nick Bolletieri, Vic Braden, and Dennis Van de Meer.
  10. Over 28,000 kids and 13,000 adults trained in 42 years.



  1. 55 years as a player.
  2. #1-Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee-1969-1973
  3. #1-Carson-Newman College-JeffersonCity, Tennessee-1973-1977
  4. Collegiate All-American in singles and doubles.
  5. 1 & ½ years on the Satellite Pro Circuit.
  6. #2-Florida 25’s singles-1986.
  7. National Finalist 35’s singles in St. Louis-1990
  8. #1 Open Division singles in Kentucky-1990 & 1991
  9. Won the 1st King of the Hill Open Division tournament at Timber Ridge in 1996.
  10. Won USPTA Doubles at Sawgrass-2002, Ibis-2003, and Ormond Beach-2003
  11. Ranked #1 in Florida 45’s in 2002.
  12. Played local Vero Beach Tennis Club Exhibitions from 1992-2014.
  13. Won 339 playing trophies and awards.




  1. Owner of Berkheimer’s Tennis Services from 1987-2005-Managing, Consulting, and Pro Placement.
  2. Have run over 250 tournaments including one for $5,000 and one for $8,000.
  3. National T.V. debut with Vic Braden and 3 ½ year old tennis prodigy in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1981.
  4. Wrote 19 National and Sectional tennis articles.
  5. Ran 9 12-hour Tennis Marathons and 2-24 hour Tennis Marathons for Charity…..and, yes, I was in them both the entire time……:)
  6. Hold Triple Doctorate in Tennis-Managing, Teaching, and Playing.
  7. Instructed inmates at a medium security prison in Lexington, Kentucky-1990
  8. Taught a blind music studio owner to hit tennis strokes in Lexington, Kentucky-1991
  9. A 30.2 gallon blood donor.
  10.  Started a Crisis Center my junior year in high school and worked it through college. 1972-1977.
  11. 3 years with Foster Care in Lexington, Kentucky. 1989-1991. Had one F.C. child for a year.
  12. 18 years with Youth Guidance mentoring kids in Vero Beach, Florida. 1997-2015

USTA pros and cons


Gerry’s Tennis Philosophy

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I'm interested in a variety of physical activities. But this is the first gym I've found that has all inclusive classes, with added perks of lockers, and clean/well maintained showers. I'm super excited to try the spin classes, yoga classes, and Zumba. But also super stoked they offer HIIT boxing too because that's another interest! David was super informed of prices and classes. He explained to me the inclusivity of the club along with any other questions I had. Wendy was the team member who actually signed me up though and gave me a wonderful tour of the place. 58000 sq ft!! WOW! 😮 I can't wait to go regularly...Definitely Recommend!read more

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Ruth Collier

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Nick Eme

DeeDee’s GTS classes are my favorite!! I wish there were more. Such a great instructor, and the classes are just amazing. I haven’t been to a gym for 8 years. I love how I feel when I leave her more

Holly Smith

Beautiful facility with everything you could ever need!

Colby Bechtold

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Bill Waters

The Jungle Club Sports Complex offers a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. The management and staff strive to accommodate each and every member that walks through the door. This club supports the community by participating in many local charity events and shows so much love to its members by hosting member appreciation socials multiple times throughout the year. This facility truly cares for the health and wellness of each and every member, it is a wonderful club to be a part more

Abby Barnhart Oliver

Incredible facility, great people.

Dan Whiteford

Better question... what's there not to love?

Natalija Markovic

Amazing place !!! Has everything you can think of.

Megan Cirillo Greco

Great facility and location.

Danny Greco

The complex is very large and the equipment is solid. Staff is very friendly and Bill welcomed us, answered all of our questions and gave us a nice tour. My wife and I are very happy to be members of this sports more

Luis Enrique Amaro

I was a member at Jungle Club for many years. I chose to be a member because there was a extensive range of classes and the facilities were amazing. It certainly is a complex and is offering something for everyone. The staff are absolutely lovely and very helpful. I was also the Aquatics Director there for a short period which was a fantastic experience. Building the swimming lessons was great fun and the management staff were wonderful to work with. When ever I had ideas they were very open to hearing them. Katie and Eric + family are such lovely people and I miss them very much. I would most definitely recommend The Jungle more

Helen Hughes


Colette Capobianco

1st time there from a friend invite to try the #HIIT class it was great! sore today but in a good way..hope to join in the near future.

Peggy Ann Hamblin Connolly

Friendly staff. Very clean. Tons of equipment and space. Loving their JCX program. Highly recommend it!

Thomas Lonergan

One word for the Jungle Club- AWESOME- For anyone who wants a great place to get in the shape the Jungle club has it all - great cardio machines, fitness machines, free weights, two pools (one 25 meter lap pool), tennis courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts & tons of fitness classes including yoga, spin, GTS and new JCX... The staff is super friendly and very helpful. The personal trainers will take time to show you proper technique on lifting or using the machines. I highly recommend stopping by and taking a tour and you see why I enjoy it so more

Frank Hoover

My daughter loves it they are very kind and caring place for kids

Antoisha Henderson

I'm greeted warmly each time I come and find it hard to be bored with their variety of equipment and classes. I highly recommend a few personal training sessions to make to most of yourself!read more

Carrie Anne Cousino

I am new to Vero Beach, & the Jungle Club has everything I am excited to experience!

Terri Fitzpatrick

It's a very inviting place to work out and considering it's my first gym experience I give it an A plus and I love working out with my new personal trainer Alexia she's fantasticread more

Cameron Wingate

So today I feel real bad about not being able to spin tonight and Thursday night. But I just remembered that spinning on Saturday with Joe with make up for these two nights. Thank you Joeread more

Javaune Daley

My son (he's not on Facebook) has been a member of this gym on and off since 2008 and cannot rave enough about how great it is. Professional owners and staff, a top of line facility and equipment, and above all, a modern and stimulating environment for any workout. He loves the pool too and he can't wait to rejoin once he's back in town. Now that I think about it, I might have to join myself!read more

Pilar Gonzalez Nugent

Awesome environment, awesome trainers, awesome classes!!!!

Shalee Mallory

Love the place. Go there when I'm in Vero. Has everything I need.

Tom Decker

It doesn't get any better! Awesome family owned local business that's been legendary in Vero Beach for years.

Steve Rennick

Took my first water Zumba class last Thursday. ...Love it The instructor was sooo much fun and she made sure you understood the moves ,the pool was about 83-84 degrees. Can't wait for this Thursday 10:30read more

Mary McNamara

Best gym I've ever seen. It meets every fitness need out there.

Jeff Bromer

Best gym in Vero Beach!!! Great staff, great facility, and a dedicated childcare wing called KidsFit with caring workers who do a wonderful job watching over your little ones! There's even a video monitor in the main gym area so you can watch your kids play while you exercise. I rarely have to wait on a machine (there are multiples of almost everything) and members are friendly and well behaved. Highly recommend!!!read more

Jason Tannery

Came from St Pete just to play sand volleyball. Great courts, free parking, fun people, good play! Highly recommend.

Prem Persaud

One of the best gym I have ever train at. The staff and even cleaning crew are super sweet..most important they treat London and I very well..thank you, everybody..

Sandra Bendien

It is a wonderful facility, but now that's the weather is changing PUT THE COVER ON THE POOL AT NIGHT AND USE THE HEATER!!!!! Today was quote chilly.

Sheryl Jones

Love the aqua aerobics class! However someone seriously needs to regulate the temperature of the pool. Many unhappy people the last three days!

Pinzi Heinig

Great staff!! Very friendly You can never get bored thereMight as well find a blowup bed to just sleep there!!

Dustin Donegan

I love the new facility for Pickleball is a fantastic contribution to the community.

Stacy Cook

PICKLEBALL is the fastest growing sport in America and it's now available at The Jungle Club. Great for the Children to !!! PARENTS REMEMBER: " THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER " @ The Jungle Clubread more

Chuck Ohanlon

Knowledgable staff to help you achieve better results. There are also a wide variety of services to accommodate most customers.

Pam Kauranen DiRocco

The Jungle Club is an amazing health and fitness facility that offers everything you need to excel in your fitness journey. The moment you walk in the door you know this is where you belong!!!read more

Elaine Mercado

I LOVE working at the Jungle Club! In the (almost) 5 years I have been here I have met some pretty amazing people and kids! I'm also blessed to work with such awesome people that I can call more

Kasey Campbell

Jungle Club is not just a club to become more fit and to meet new people, its a place to learn and become a better person. The atmosphere in Jungle Club is second to none. The classes and training programs the facility offers are top of the line and one couldn't ask for better instructors and personal trainers to teach those programs. I give the Jungle Club 5 Stars and challenge you to find a better place in the area. Be Jungle Strong!read more

Danielle Kirk

Love working here! Great people!

Billy Dayton

I love the atmosphere , Staff very dedicated to helping you if needed they have such a large variety of equipment and the layout is wonderful you always have room to get around and not feel cramped more

Thomas Fitzgerald

My family has been members for over 10 years, love it so much I decided to join the Jungle Club team and bring my business M.R. SkinCare to the facility:)

Megan Tenbus Roth

Greatest place! Been going since 3rd grade and wouldn't have it any other way!

Hollie Billero Buldo

Great day at the Club!!! Denise Thank you for great ab class!! Miss the Jungle Club Family! Thank you for a great day!

Linda Bowden