John Been claimed the State Singles Championship at Shawnee High School, during a strong junior career that saw him climb to No. 28 in boys 18 singles and No. 6 in doubles.  He paired with tennis icon Barry MacKay in the boys 18 doubles.

John was one of many players who benefited from working with legendary tennis coach Paul Duffield.

After his success in the junior ranks, John rolled up more wins on the college court, playing tennis at the University of Houston.  He captured three conference singles titles and four conference doubles titles.

Later, John won several national doubles titles with partner Richard Schuette, and won the National Public Parks doubles title three times with Ollie Gresham, another member of the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.

John has owned his own insurance business in Houston for the last 45 years, and his tennis playing has extended into the seniors divisions.