ST. CLOUD - Former professional tennis player David Wheaton was in town this (Thursday) morning. He was the keynote speaker at the 37th Annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast.

Wheaton played on the pro tennis tour for 13 years from 1988 until 2001.

It was sort of the golden age of American tennis at least with guys like Pete Sampras and Andre Aggassi and Jim Courier and Michael Change, all multiple grand slam winners. And then also coming into an era when we came on tour where you got guys like Boris Becker and Stephan Edberg and Ivan Lendl. And even John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners were still playing. So it was quite an intersection of various generations.

Wheaton was ranked as high as number 12 in the world.

Since retiring from tennis, Wheaton has spent his time as a broadcaster for christian radio, and he's written two books about his faith.

I've done two books, "University of Destruction" which is geared toward students facing the faith crisis when they go off to college, and how to be strong in their faith when they're there. My more recent book is "My Boy Ben" which is the yellow lab I had when I was on the pro tennis tour.

The Mayors Prayer Breakfast was held at the River's Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud.

David Wheaton and family, submitted photo