Charleston Nike Tennis Camp

Charleston Nike Tennis Camp
Charleston Nike Tennis Camp

Now in the seventh season in Charleston, South Carolina, US Sports is excited to offer Nike Tennis Camp at The Citadel's Campus! Phil Whitesell along with Collegiate Tennis Coach Great, Chuck Kriese will be heading up the camp at the Earle Tennis Center, the headquarters for the Bulldog's Division-I tennis program. The Citadel is an internationally renowned institution, and will be a truly memorable place to experience tennis camp this summer 2015!

Nike Tennis Camp in Charleston, South Carolina

This junior tennis camp is designed for players of all levels looking to improve their game and have fun while doing it! These summer tennis camp sessions are an awesome way to improve your game quickly, as players are given a chance to play tennis up to 5 hours a day. Join us and make new friends while enjoying nightly group activities and great accommodations. "We base our camp on balance....good tennis and great fun! We encourage and teach our campers to truly understand stroke fundamentals and basic match play strategies. More than anything, we want our campers to enjoy this lifetime game long after they leave camp. Get ready to have fun and see your game improve!' - Coach Whitesell

Highlights Include

  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Daily tennis training from Tennis Professional Phil Whitesell, and his experienced staff
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Phil Whitesell
Camp Director

Phil Whitesell

Phil Whitesell is the returning Camp Director of the Nike Tennis Camp and former Women’s professional tennis coach on WTA Tour.  He most notably coached Brenda-Schultz McCarthy, a top 10 WTA tour and Meredith McGrath Semi-Finalist at Wimbledon.

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He is a three time NCAA Division I tennis team champion at The University of Southern Cal and currently coaches local Charleston juniors and adults at The Club at Hamlin Plantation.

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Camp Director, Coach Whitesell, carefully selects and trains his staff, which consists of teaching professionals and college players who are friendly, enthusiastic and committed to the...

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Camp Director, Coach Whitesell, carefully selects and trains his staff, which consists of teaching professionals and college players who are friendly, enthusiastic and committed to the tennis development and well-being of each camper.

Chuck Kriese

Chuck Kriese

Chuck Kriese, one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, is in his second season as the head coach at The Citadel. Kriese has been the senior director of coaching and...

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Chuck Kriese, one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, is in his second season as the head coach at The Citadel.

Kriese has been the senior director of coaching and competition at the prestigious Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., since March 2010 and has dedicated more than three decades to shaping successful tennis careers on the collegiate and international levels.

His reputation has made his Total Tennis Training camps and teaching programs popular destinations for young players looking to improve their games. He has conducted youth clinics and coaching seminars in 16 countries on four continents, emphasizing teaching, motivation, leadership and coaching techniques. He has been a regular teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. for his entire career.

In addition to his work on the court, Kriese has authored six books including “Coaching Tennis” which is considered one of the most comprehensive tennis and coaching books ever written. He has appeared on ESPN’s instructional series “Play Your Best Tennis”, hosts a weekly radio show on American Tennis and is a highly sought after lecturer.

Kriese also emphasizes values beyond tennis. He created “Serve it Back”, a three-tier mentoring program designed to help youngsters learn how to plan their own career in tennis and in life while learning to help others.

It has been estimated that over 14,000 junior players have trained under his programs, hundreds have received college scholarships and many have continued on as professional players and coaches. Forty-six of his former pupils have appeared in the ATP world rankings with nine cracking the top 100.

Kriese spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Clemson from 1975-2008. He is the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 685, led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the Elite Eight and produced 38 All-Americans. His accomplishments at Clemson earned him four national coach of the year honors.

In 2008 Kriese was appointed the technical director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he conducted coaching courses and trained many of the top players from that part of the world. He coached the highest-ranked player in Thai and Asian history and 2008 ITF junior world champion who became the first Asian player in history to win the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title. In 2009, Kriese coached her to the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles.

Kriese has also been the coach of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team. In all, he has been the coach of players who have won five grand slam junior titles and three other grand slam finalists.

Kriese’s career achievements have earned him honors surpassed by only a few in the history of college tennis. In 2012 he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983 and is enshrined in the hall at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech.

Kriese is married to the former Claire Williams, who is from the West Ashley area in Charleston, and they are the parents of three children.

Camp Details

2015 Charleston Nike Summer Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering one week of tennis overnight and day camp (9:00am-4:00pm), June 14-19, for ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Each day will include morning and afternoon tennis training sessions consisting of instruction, drills and match play. Demonstrations will divide each session into different segments.

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Camp Program Offerings

In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering tournament training and high school sessions during certain weeks of camp. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

2015 Programs by Week
Tournament Training Program

The tournament training program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.

High School Program

The high school session is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

10 and Under Tennis

In addition, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, featuring the USTA’s successful  new teaching format. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are  low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.


Day Campers
  • Day camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Check-In: 8:30am on Monday at The Citadel
  • Graduation: 9:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend!
  • Check Out: 4:00pm on Friday.
  • Meet each day at The Citadel.
Overnight Campers
  • 1:30 -2:00pm Sunday at the College of Charleston McConnell Dorms.
  • Graduation: 9:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend.
  • Check Out: 4:00pm on Friday.
  • Campers will be shuttled to The Citadel via a private bus service each day.


Day campers bring their own lunch each day. Meals are included for overnight campers.


Campers will play at The Citadel. In the event of rain, indoor facilities are available for activities. 


2015: Dorms TBD | 2014: Overnight campers will reside in the Dorms on The College of Charleston campus which offer stunning scenery and ideal weather for a fantastic tennis camp experience. Campers stay 2 per room in suites with 2 or 3 rooms/suite. There is A/C in the dorms! Fridges available in the rooms for campers. Campers are assigned by age and roommate requests.

Off-Court and Evening Activities

Overnight campers will also participate in a variety of supervised activities ranging from movie night, talent show, tour of College of Charleston campus, camp dance night and possibly a bowling night and ghost tour.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location 

Designated 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 Charleston Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp.  You can find information about available ground transportation options at

If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.

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. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.  

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Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Rise and Shine
  • 7:45am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:45am Campers to the courts for stretching/warm-up
  • 9:00am-Noon Drills, skill instruction, strategy, video, conditioning
  • Noon-1:00pm Catered Lunch
  • 1:30pm Mental Training
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Match Play/Team Tennis
  • 4:00pm Free time - swimming, back to dorms
  • 6;00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:00pm Campers back to their rooms. Lights out!

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Three Years and Going

We have enrolled our son for three straight years now and will continue to do so. Great camps.

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  • 5/5.
Positive Experience!

The staff were very helpful, friendly and great with the kids. It was a very positive experience for my daughter. Highly recommend!

  • 5/5.
Wanted More Time!

My son had a great time at this camp. He is planning on coming two weeks next year!!

  • 5/5.
Everyone is Great

I enjoyed my week in Charleston SC. Everyone involved was great! I had an awesome time, so much fun!

  • 4/5.
Taking Time To Help

I really enjoyed camp this summer. I thought the coaches were really nice and were willing to take time to help me get better. I also enjoyed the other activities as well.

  • 4/5.
Awesome coach!

Coach Phil is awesome, Nike is fortunate to have him on its team.

  • 4/5.
Loved it!

I loved this camp and I am planning on returning next year!

  • 5/5.

Phil Whitesell is fantastic!

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.