Denison University Nike Tennis Camp

Denison University Nike Tennis Camp
Denison University Nike Tennis Camp

Come join the fun at our summer tennis camp and get better at the Denison University Nike Tennis Camp! Our goal this summer is to provide our campers with a fun, healthy environment where they can hit tons of balls, take their game to the next level, while creating lasting friendships.

Nike Tennis Camp in Granville, OH

The Denison University Nike Summer Tennis Camp is a junior tennis summer camp for kids to come enjoy their summer while vastly improving their tennis game. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our tennis camps give players the opportunity improve their technique and be challenged by other players in their peer group. Campers will receive technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from head men's coach, Peter Burling, and his experienced staff
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis training with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Peter Burling
Camp Director

Peter Burling

Peter Burling is the Denison University head men’s and women’s tennis coach. With 35 years of coaching experience, Coach Burling and his staff teach a complete game program, designed to give each camper the opportunity to learn and master the skills needed to reach the next level of the game.

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Coaches are dedicated to introducing tennis to young players “the right way,” and to helping more advanced players take the next step in their development. 

Tennis coach Peter Burling enters his 23rd year as head of the men's tennis team and his 14th year leading the women's squad in 2012-13. Bringing a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to the tennis programs, Burling has helped the Big Red men's and women's programs rise among the elite programs in Division III tennis.


Seniors Sarah Short and Tom Cawood, and junior Alex Marcell all qualified for the NCAA Division III Individual Championship.  Cawood earned All-American status after a three-set victory in the opening round before bowing out in the round of 16.  Short and Marcell competed in the doubles draw, while Short also filled in as a late replacement in the women's singles bracket.

In 2011 Burling guided the women's tennis team to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals (Elite 8) for the seventh time out of the last eight seasons.  The Big Red women also won their 10th consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Championship.  On the men's side, the Big Red spent all seasons nationally ranked and achieved a big victory over No. 8 Carnegie Mellon in March.  The men went on to finish second in the conference and the doubles team of Matt McErlean and Tyler Cempre were invited to play in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship Tournament in May.

The 2010 seasons were also special one's for Burling as he guided the programs to a number of milestone victories.  On May 1 against Oberlin the men's team picked up victory No. 600 in the history of the program.  On April 10 versus Hope College, Burling reached the 300 career win mark on the men's side.  Overall, Burling boasts a career record of 556-212 (.724) with both the men's and women's squads, combined.

In 2010 the Denison University women's tennis program returned to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season after posting an 18-5 record and a No. 5 national ranking.  Additionally, the doubles team of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship for the third straight season.  This season has been a continuation of the women's program's rise to the upper echelon of Division III tennis.  Over the last nine years they have captured nine consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and they have gone 188-57 over that time frame.  They are also riding a nine-year winning streak in conference play.  DU's last loss in the NCAC came on April 21, 2001.  In all, they have gone 57-2 in conference play with Burling as the head coach.

A 10-time NCAC Coach of the Year, the 2004 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year and the 2005 USPTA National College Coach of the Year, 2010 marked Denison's ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.  The 2008 season marked a breakthrough year for the women's tennis program at Denison University.  The team posted a 22-4 record and finished a program-best, third place at the NCAA Division III Championships.  After making three previous trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals, the Big Red defeated Emory University to advance to the national semifinals for the first time.  In addition to their third place team finish, the doubles team of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb were the 2008 NCAA Division III runners-up in doubles play.

The men's team, which Burling has invested over two decades in, has also met a tremendous amount of success under his leadership. He has garnered the NCAC Coach of the Year award in 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2006. Burling has also been named NCAA Division III Midwest Region Coach of the Year and USPTA Midwest Coach of the Year.  Since taking over as the head coach in 1991, Burling has coached 10 All-Americans on the men's side and five NCAC Players of the Year.

In 2010 the Denison men's tennis team went 18-4 with a perfect 4-0 mark in NCAC West Division play.  They advanced to the NCAC Championship match for the sixth consecutive season and finished the year ranked ninth in the central region.  He has taken the men's team to seven NCAC Championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances.  He has amassed a career record of 304-124.

Burling, originally from Orleans, Massachusetts, has been a USPTA Level I Professional for 37 years and currently resides in Granville with his wife Patricia. He has two sons, Scott and Colin.

Camp Details

2016 Denison University Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of overnight, extended day, and day camp for ages 9-18 of all skill levels. We are also hosting one additional week of Tournament Training Camp for boys and girls and another week of High School Pre-Season Prep Tennis Camp for girls only.

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Camp Program Offerings

Tournament Training Camp

We are hosting a Tournament Training session geared towards tournament level and ranked players, ages 9-18, looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.

High School Prep Camp

We are hosting a Preseason High School Training session for girls ages 13-18 who are currently on their high school team and want to move up the ladder, or those planning on making their high school team.


  • Overnight Campers: Sunday at 1:00-2:00pm, EXCEPT for the June 25th session when camp starts on Saturday.
  • Day & Extended Day Campers: Sunday at 2:00-2:30pm, EXCEPT for the June 25th session when camp starts on Saturday.
  • Check in is at Lamson Lodge (next to the “left” side of the tennis courts). Signs will be posted directing you where to go.
  • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
  • Day Campers will depart that evening at 6:30pm.
  • Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 7:30pm.
  • Graduation: Last day of camp at 4:30pm at the tennis courts for all campers. Please plan to be at the courts by no later than 4:00pm. Parents are invited to attend!
  • Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.

Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule

  • Day Camp Hours: 8:45am-4:30pm (except first day, see above.)
  • Extended Day Camp Hours: 8:45am-9:00pm (except first and last day, see above)

***PLEASE NOTE: All sessions run Sunday-Friday, EXCEPT for the June 25th session which runs Saturday-Thursday. 


Lunch & dinner are included for Extended Day campers. Lunch is included for Day campers.


Denison University’s varsity tennis courts feature 12 outdoor courts, six of which have full lighting. Indoor facilities are available in cases of inclement weather. The outdoor courts, along with the indoor facility in the Mitchell Center, has been host to the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championship and various NCAA Division III men's and women's regional championships.


2016: Campers will reside in the Dorms on campus. Each camper has his/her own room in a suite of four rooms. There is A/C in the dorms for the June 25-30th week. All other sessions might have air conditioning but cannot be guaranteed at this time. 

Evening Activities

Evening activities may include a trip to the mall, movie night, sports psychology night, a talent show and more!

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 Columbus Airport for ground transportation please visit 

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.

Rain Plan

In the chance of rain we will do a variety of fitness activities along with indoor tennis.

Medical Staff

There is a nurse or trainer on call at all times

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.    

Camp Code: TNXRDU 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:45am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
  • 8:45am Tennis Instruction
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
  • 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
  • 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
  • 2:45pm Break
  • 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
  • 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
  • 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, Swimming
  • 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

I had a great time during my week at camp and I can't wait to do it next summer. John and all of the coaches were amazing, knowledgeable, encouraging and I learned a lot. I feel so much more confident about my skills. I also really liked staying on campus and all the stuff we did besides tennis. Great, great experience!

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  • 5/5.

Best camp around ! Exceptional leadership and well rounded program .

  • 4/5.

First time at this camp and overall very good. Good coach to player ratio. Facilities top notch and esp liked the dorms players stayed in. Only negative was not enough variety in the food served. Had a good relationship with the director and coaches. Will consider coming back again.

  • 5/5.
Ready to Recommend

The camp was just fantastic. I loved every aspect of it from the beautiful campus to the upbeat staff to the educational drills and talks. I would definitely recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skill at the game and/or making new friendships with people that one has a common love for the game with.

  • 4/5.
Three Thank Yous

Thank you, thank you, thank you. A terrific week to share with friends - during our summer break.

  • 4/5.
Camp Is For Everyone!

Jessica looks forward to going to camp again next year. She had a fantastic time, and made new friends. A great camp for tennis players of all levels!

  • 4/5.
Growing Love

Great, friendly staff. My son really grew in his love of tennis. Thanks.

  • 5/5.
Everything about it was great!

The nike tennis camp at denison university this year was a great experience. It greatly improved my game and my overall intrest and passion for the sport of tennis. The staff this year was great and they were all very good mentors and great people too. I very much enjoyed getting to know the staff. I am looking forward to return to camp next year.

  • 4/5.
Sisters will be back!

My sister and I loved the camp. We leaned a lot. We look forward to returning next year! Thanks for everything.

  • 4/5.

I loved this tennis camp! I had a blast and learned a lot!

  • 5/5.
Vast Improvement!

This was such a vast improvement for me!! I can't believe how calm and relaxed I am on the court now thank you!!!

  • 5/5.
Great camp!

Great camp. The camp offered for high school girls only was just what a player needs to get ready for tryouts!

  • 4/5.
Great experience

I had a great experience during the camp. Was nervous about going into it, not sure if I was going to make friends or not and ended up making many friends with whom I have been in continuous contact with. Definitely going back next year. The activites on the side made it easy to ease out of tennis in the evenings.

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

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