The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College

The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College
The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College

The Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College is one of the most successful summer tennis camps in the United States. This summer camp is designed for tennis players of all levels looking to improve their game and have fun while doing it! Come join the fun on the courts and elevate your game!

Since 1994, Amherst has been the “flagship” for tennis specialty camp programs throughout the country. Amherst’s “state of the art” tennis program uses the latest teaching techniques including detailed stroke breakdown, "live" drilling, coached match play, strategy sessions, and weekly team tournaments. This popular overnight tennis camp location attracts campers from all over the world and there is a Day and Extended Day option available as well. Come as a team or come individually, this is a great way to gear up for your high school team season!

Click the link for information about the Nike Tennis Tournament Training Camp at Amherst College.

Multi-Week or Sport and Language Camp Experience!
International or domestic campers seeking a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual tennis camp sessions at this location with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs! New this year, we are also offering a two-week tennis and language program.  Click the link for more information about the Nike Tennis and Language camp at Amherst College.  The camp dates are from July 6-July 18. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction, coaching & training from Professionals, National Championship Coaches, College Players, and Skilled teachers.
  • 10 & Under Tennis (Quick Start) Mini Camp Option (selected weeks)
  • SAT/ACT Prep option offered during the High School Only week
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction, match play, fitness training with a maximum 6:1 student/teacher ratio... (much of tennis has even lower ratio)
  • "Night on the Town" (Campers & staff eat at local Amherst restaurants.)
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers including a movie night, team skits, a camp dance, pool party and "Night on the Town"
  • Comprehensive post camp player evaluation
  • Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2014 Camp Information

(Camp Code: TNXRAC)
Amherst offers eight weeks of camp with Overnight, Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) and Day (9:00am-5:00pm) options. Most sessions are geared towards players of all ages and ability levels with certain sessions offering tournament training and high school programs. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

College Tour Program for High School Players (2 weeks)
2014 Dates: July 20 - August 1
This year we are offering an excited way for high school (ages 13-18) players to experience two separate beautiful college campuses, while working on their tennis game and making new friends. Campers will check-in and spend the first week at Williams College and then be transported by bus after the first week to Amherst College, where they will spend the duration of their time. Campers may also choose to sign up for each week separartely and not stay over during the weekend.

Tournament Training Program:
Click the link for information about the Nike Tennis Tournament Training Camp at Amherst College.

High School Program:
In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering a high school program during certain weeks of camp. The high school program is provided for players ages 13-18 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team. Make sure to note that you would like to participate in these programs when you register.

Tennis and Language Program:

This is a special two-week session (July 6- July 18) which combines a 1/2 day language and 1/2 Nike tennis session daily M-F. Click on the link for information about the Nike Tennis and Language Camp at Amherst College

10 and Under Tennis: 
In addition to the sessions listed above, we will also be offering three 3-day long (Tues-Thurs) sessions of 10 & Under Half Day (9:00am-12:00 noon) camp for kids ages 5-10 who are just learning the sport. We provide a positive introduction to tennis fundamentals and low key match play situations for younger campers.  10 and Under Tennis is tennis sized right for kids.  Designed around the same concepts as other youth sports such as soccer and baseball, 10 and Under Tennis is played with slower-moving/lower-bouncing balls and shorter, lighter racquets on smaller courts. Balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns.  Racquets are sized to smaller hands for better grip and control. Courts are smaller and easier to cover so that kids can focus on developing tactical and technical skills—with more success and less frustration. Full-sized courts can be reconfigured to accommodate up to six 36’ courts—so instead of waiting in line, kids can spend their time playing, learning and having fun.

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Overnight, Extended Day & Day Camp Sessions:
   • Overnight campers check in on Sunday from 1:00-2:00pm at the Moore Dormitory (2014).
   • Day and Extended Day campers check in from 1:30-2:00pm. Signs will be posted directing you where to go.
   • Day and Extended Day Campers will depart the first day at 9:00pm after dinner and evening activities.
Half Day/10 & Under Camp sessions:
   • All campers check in on Tuesday at 9:00am at the courts.
   • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.

Overnight, Extended Day & Day Camp Sessions:
   • Graduation: All campers: 12:00 noon Friday at the Moore Dormitory (2014). Parents are invited to attend!
   • Check-out: Check-out immediately follows Graduation. No lunch on Friday.  
**Please Note: The June 29-July 3rd Session runs Sunday through Thursday due to the 4th of July Holiday. Campers will check out late on Thursday, Graduation being held at 4:30pm.

Half Day/10 & Under Camp sessions:
   • All campers check out at 12:00 noon Thursday at the courts.

Extended Day, Day and Half Day Camper Schedule & Information
• On Check-in day, Day campers stay and Extended Day campers stay until 9:00pm.
• Monday through Thursday Day campers come from 9:00am-5:00pm and Extended Day campers come from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
• Check-out is immediately after Graduation at 12:00pm on Friday for Day, Extended Day and Overnight campers.
• Half Day Campers attend Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:00 noon.
• Meals: Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Half Day campers leave before lunch.

Campers will play on the 28 hard and clay courts on campus. Indoor courts are also available on campus in the event of rain.

Campers reside in the ideally situated Moore dormitories equipped with TV lounges and WiFi (2014). The entire camp resident staff, including the Director, live in the dormitory with the campers, providing safety and security 24 hours a day. Roommates: 2 per room (some triples may be available) based on requests and then by age and gender. There is no A/C in the dorms, but they don't get too hot. Campers may bring fans.

All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Half Day campers leave before lunch. Meals will be served at the award winning Valentine cafeteria. This air conditioned venue serves an excellent “all you can eat” variety of health hot and cold meals. Highlights include:
· Full service salad bar including fresh fruits and vegetables
· Large variety pizza bar
· Dessert bar including ice cream “soft serve”, cookies and cakes
· Drinks include juice, milk, soda, athletic drinks, coffee and tea

Off Court Activities
At Nike/Amherst, we take social activities serious. Activities include: Supervised trips to Amherst town center with its fun shops & restaurants, movie night at the local mall, pool and pizza party night, camp dance featuring professional DJ, team skits and “ice breaker” activities.
        * We are also offering the SAT Prep as a alternative to evening activities on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the Amherst HIGH SCHOOL WEEKS (ONLY). The SAT prep will run about 2-2.5 hours a night and be held on campus. This program will only be offered during the high school week. It will be taught by a certified SAT prep teacher from Yale. There is no cost to participate; it will take the place of an evening activity.

Weekend Stayovers
Multiple week campers that elect to stay over the weekend will participate in organized “off campus” trips including fun parks, mini golf, bowling and the mall. Campers are supervised by camp staff throughout the entire weekend.  Cost: $200/weekend

Designated Airport: Logan Airport

Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Logan Airport. Airport transfers to Amherst College can be arranged through World Sports Camp by calling Adam Shand at 401-608-2605 or by emailing Round trip: $490. One-way $245. If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a shuttle company employee, let them know ahead of time. There is no additional charge for unaccompanied minors.

Registration Packet
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. PLEASE NOTE: Our health and release forms require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

More Details


Amherst College, nestled in the small New England town of Amherst, is located in central Massachusetts. It is approximately 90 miles west of Boston and 165 miles north of New York City. While attending Nike/Amherst, campers will play on the 28 hard and clay courts situated on campus. Indoor courts are also available on campus in the event of rain. The camp has use of the Amherst College athletic fields, swimming pools and gymnasiums for off court training and activities.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:45am Wake up by Camp Staff
  • 8:00am Breakfast at Valentine
  • 8:55am Meet at courts, warm up, stretch, morning demo, stroke breakdown and court assignments
  • 9:20am Instruction, drills technique development
  • 11:55am Morning wrap up, review, mail call
  • 12:10pm Lunch, supervised town trip
  • 1:30pm Meet at courts, warm up, stretch, strategy session, match play, sport activity
  • 4:55pm Afternoon review, wrap up
  • 5:10pm Dinner, free time
  • 7:00pm Evening activity
  • 9:30pm Free Time
  • 9:45pm Lights out campers under the age of 11
  • 10:30pm Lights out for all campers.

Meet Camp Coaches

Mike Gardner
Camp Director

Mike Gardner

In his 26th year as a Nike Tennis Camp Director, Mike Gardner brings years of experience and dedication to junior tennis development.

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USPTA Level 1 Certified, Coach Gardner’s experience includes:

• 2012 and 2013 Massachusetts Division 1 State Championship Coach.
• 30 plus years Professional Junior Training Coach.
• Director of Nike/Amherst since its inception in 1994.
• Trained hundreds of top New England and National level players.
• Many of Coach Gardner’s students have earned Division 1 College Scholarships.
• State Championship High School Coach.
• Tennis Director, Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster, MA

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Chris Garner

Chris Garner

Head Men's Coach at Amherst Former All-American at University of Georgia Chris Garner-Tennis Director. Coach Garner, a former All American from the University of Georgia as...

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  • Head Men's Coach at Amherst
  • Former All-American at University of Georgia

Chris Garner-Tennis Director. Coach Garner, a former All American from the University of Georgia as well as a former world class player, is currently the Men’s Tennis Coach at Amherst College. Under Coach Garner, Amherst College Men’s Tennis won the National Championship in 2011 and reached the NCAA finals in 2009. Coach Garner has successfully coached college tennis at The Ohio State University, and The University of Colorado. As a junior player, Coach Garner was ranked as high as no. 1 in the U.S. Coach Garner brings a “world class” level of training to the Nike National Training Program at Mt. Holyoke.

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Happy Camper

Thank you very much for the experience! I enjoyed every minute of it. The staff was incredible, they were very nice and had so much passion for tennis. I made new friends and I will definitely come back next summer!

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  • 5/5.
Eager to Return

My girls had a fantastic time! Didn’t want to come home and have asked to come again this summer and stay longer next summer too. Your staff has done a fantastic job of instructing, motivating, and still letting the kids have fun. We love the camp and will be returning again very soon.

  • 5/5.
Pleased and Proud Parent

My son had a great time at camp this summer. Next summer he will be going for 2 weeks and we will be sending his younger brother. We thought it was a great learning experience as well as a great group of tennis pros working with the kids. Jordan seems to be much more focused on the game and driven hard to try and make the Varsity tennis team.

  • 5/5.
Best Camp Ever!

Best camp ever! Lots of tennis (6-7 hours daily) with great instructors. Plenty of free time to hang with friends (I came to camp alone and made great connections that will last). Adding the swimming, movies, etc. was just right. I'll be back. Wish I could come for the high school week, but I already committed elsewhere.

  • 4/5.
Experience of a lifetime!

Thank you Coach Gardner for the great experience of a lifetime!

  • 5/5.
Year to Come!

My son had a WONDERFUL time at camp... he is back for a second week... I know that Nike camp will be a part of his experience for years to come. Thank you for all your hard work.

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