Duke University Nike Tennis Camp Durham, North Carolina
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The Nike Tennis Camp at Duke University is a summer camp for young athletes to take their tennis game to the next level. Our junior tennis camps combine technical instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.
Rich in pride and history, Duke University provides the ideal environment to receive tennis instruction from some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country and play with peers from all over the U.S. Come work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit tons of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by other players in their peer group. Come individually or come with your teammates. Your days will be filled with tennis and fun!
- Instruction from top collegiate coaches and players
- 6:1 camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- 5-6 hours of tennis daily with a focus on stroke technique, point play and strategy
- Fun evening activities for overnight campers including movie night, pizza night and field games
Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring Duke Chapel, the beautiful campus of Duke University boasts outstanding facilities.The campus facilities include twelve outdoor courts and six indoor courts to be used in case of rain.Meet your coaching staff
• Led the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Championship title in 2009
• 2001 and 2003 ACC Coach of the Year
One of the winningest women's tennis coaches in the nation, Jamie Ashworth has led the Blue Devils to new heights. Since becoming the head coach in 1997, he has led the program to 13 20-win seasons and 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his guidance in 2009, the Blue Devils reached the pinnacle of success as they captured the program's first NCAA Championship. Over the past 17 years at the helm of the program, he has led Duke to a 367-83 (.815) overall record and a 124-23 (.843) ACC mark, while advancing to the NCAA Semifinals eight times, NCAA Championship match twice and notching ACC Tournament Championships on eight occasions.
In 2012, Ashworth led Duke to a 29-3 (.906) record overall to become the ACC's all-time wins leader. Duke finished 11-0 in the ACC to become the first team in ACC history to have a perfect 11-0 record and win the ACC tournament in the same season. The team's 29 wins tied the 2009 national championship team for the second most in a season, while the Blue Devils also tied the 2009 team for the second-longest winning streak in program history with 18 straight victories. The 2012 campaign was the fifth straight 20-win season for the program, and the eighth time that the Blue Devils reached the 25-win plateau during Ashworth's tenure. The Blue Devils reached the NCAA semifinals for the eighth time in program history, and finished the season listed No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's final team rankings for the second consecutive year. The Blue Devils ended the season with six players ranked in the final ITA poll, four players named to the All-ACC team, and freshman Beatrice Capra honored as ACC Player of the Year.
The 2011 season saw Ashworth lead the program to its third straight quarterfinal appearance and the 16th overall in the NCAA Championships. The Blue Devils finished the season ranked No. 3, and had all six singles players and four teams of doubles in the final ITA rankings. Nadine Fahoum, Rachel Kahan, Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka were All-ACC selections. Kahan was named ACC Freshman of the Year, while Nze and Zsilinszka each concluded their college careers with four consecutive All-ACC honors.
In 2010, Ashworth reached another milestone in his career as he garnered his 300th career victory when the Blue Devils blanked ACC foe NC State 7-0 on Feb. 25, 2010. Duke had yet another successful season in 2010, posting a 22-8 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the ninth time under Ashworth and for the third time since 2006.
Just a week after capturing the team title, Ashworth helped mentor Blue Devil freshman Mallory Cecil to the NCAA Individual Singles Championship and a No. 1 national ranking. Under his watch, Cecil, Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka all captured All-America honors for singles, while Cecil was named the ITA Player of the Year. Duke was equally impressive in the classroom in 2008-09, landing an ACC-best five players on the All-ACC Academic team.
In addition to the NCAA title, the Blue Devils captured a share of the ACC regular season title and won the ACC Tournament Championship in thrilling fashion. Five Blue Devils earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament and seven players were ranked in the final ITA national poll.
Ashworth has coached 23 different All-ACC selections and 21 different All-America honorees, two national champions and four collegiate grand slam champions during his stint with the Blue Devils. That list that includes four-time All-America and 1998 NCAA singles national champion, Vanessa Webb, who is Duke tennis’ only Honda Award winner and Olympian. Four of Duke’s ACC Rookie of the Year honorees has come under his tenure, as well as two ITA National Rookies of the Year. Ashworth was named both ACC Coach of the Year and Wilson/ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (2001, 2003).
A 1994 speech communication graduate of Maryland, Ashworth was a four-year letterwinner for the Terrapins and served as a captain of the team his junior and senior years. He recently served on the ITA Board of Directors for the fifth year and just finished his sixth year on the Division I Women’s Tennis Operating Committee.
A native of Amherst, N.H., Ashworth resides with his wife Caylan in Durham.
• In his fifth season as Duke University Head Men's Tennis Coach
• Former Duke player with two-time All-America and three-time All-ACC honors
• Competed on the ATP Tour and coached at the Stan Smith Billy Stearns Tennis Academy
Ramsey Smith is in his fifth season as the Duke men's tennis head coach. He was announced as the 11th head coach in Duke men's tennis history in June, 2008.
Smith, a former Duke men's tennis standout, was on the Blue Devils' coaching staff for three seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach prior to accepting the head coaching position. He started back at his alma mater in the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach. After just two seasons he was promoted to associate head coach for the 2007-08 campaign.
In two seasons at the helm of the Duke program, Smith has compiled a 36-18 overall record and 16-6 ACC ledger. He has taken the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons, winning the first round match each year. Under his watch Duke has had one ITA National Doubles Team of the Year, one ITA National Rookie of the Year, two All-Americas, one ACC Player of the Year, one ACC Rookie of the Year, three All-ACC selections and seven named to the ACC All-Academic team.
In 2009-10 Smith was named the ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year after leading Duke to its best season since 2006 when he first came to Duke as an assistant coach. The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 and made the finals of the ACC Tournament for the first time since winning the title in 2006. Overall Duke finished the season with a 20-9 record and was second in the ACC with a 9-2 record. It marked the highest win total and top conference mark since the 2006 campaign. Smith coach Henrique Cunha to one of the best seasons in school history earning ITA National Rookie of the Year and ACC Player of the Year while earning the No. 1 seed in both singles and doubles at the NCAA Championships. Cunha made the semifinals in singles and teamed with Reid Carleton to earn All-America status by reaching the quarterfinals in doubles. The duo was named the ITA National Doubles Team of the Year after ranking No. 1 in each of the final five polls.
In his first season as the Blue Devils' head coach, Smith guided Duke to a 16-9 record and 7-4 mark in the ACC. The first-year head coach turned things around for the program, posting a .640 winning percentage after the team went 11-14 (.440) in 2007-08, its first losing season since 1970. The Blue Devils advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year ranked No. 23 nationally. Kiril Dimitrov was named to the All-ACC squad.
Smith has excelled on the recruiting front in his two seasons, bringing in Cunha in his first season, who earned National Rookie of the Year and signing the No. 1 rated recruiting class in 2010-11 according to Tennisrecruiting.net.
During his three seasons as an assistant coach, Smith helped lead Duke to a 49-31 overall record and 23-10 mark in the ACC. Under his tutelage the Blue Devils produced five All-Americas, eight All-ACC selections and one ACC Tournament MVP in just three seasons.
The 2007-08 team featured a young group with just three upperclassmen. They went 11-14 overall and 6-5 in the ACC. The team played nine matches that ended in a 4-3 final with seven losses in those contests. Duke advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they would knock off No. 23 Arizona State, 4-2, in the first round. They then suffered a 4-2 loss at No. 12 North Carolina in the second round contest. David Goulet and Reid Carleton were selected to the All-ACC team.
In 2006-07, the Blue Devils compiled a 16-10 overall record and 8-3 ledger to finish third in the ACC. Duke won their first match in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over UMBC before losing a tight 4-3 match to No. 17 Alabama in the second round. Joey Atas and David Goulet claimed All-America honors for the Blue Devils while Atas, Peter Rodrigues and Kiril Dimitrov were picked to the All-ACC squad.
In 2005-06, the Blue Devils went 22-7 and ended the year tied for first in the ACC with a 9-2 record. Led by five seniors, Duke was ranked in the top-10 the entire season and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the polls twice. Duke won the 2006 ACC Tournament Championship with a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 9 Virginia after trailing 3-0 in the match. The Blue Devils won two matches in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the round of 16. Three Blue Devils were selected to the All-ACC squad, including Stephen Amritraj, Peter Rodrigues and Ludovic Walter. Walter would also earn All-America recognition along with Stokke and Joey Atas. Stokke also earned the USTA Sportsmanship Award, the ITA Mideast Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award and the ITA National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award.
Smith also started the Royal Blue Club while he was an assistant coach for Duke, which is a Duke tennis fan club that gives special promotions for men's and women's tennis matches. Smith has also helped the Blue Devils raise money for new indoor and outdoor courts and scoreboards as well as a new video system with cameras on all six indoor and outdoor courts.
A native of Hilton Head, S.C., Smith lettered four seasons at Duke from 1998-2001 and now ranks second all-time in school history with 119 career singles victories. He helped the Blue Devils to four-year records of 96-11 overall and an undefeated 32-0 in conference regular season action. From 1998-2001 Duke claimed four ACC Championships, four Top 10 national rankings and three NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances. Smith finished his career with a 119-37 singles record and 103-47 doubles ledger. A staple in the ITA singles and doubles rankings, Smith was ranked as high as No. 5 in singles in 2001 and No. 5 in doubles in 2000 with Doug Root. He was ranked in the top-10 in singles for four consecutive rankings during his senior season.
Smith was a two-time All-America earning the honor in 2000 and 2001. He was named All-ACC three times in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Smith was named the ACC Tournament MVP in the 2000 and 2001 ACC Championship victories. In addition, he was a two-time recipient of the Tennis Magazine/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.
After receiving his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Duke in 2001, Smith played one year of professional tennis. He posted an ATP world ranking of 603 in singles and 723 in doubles before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury in September of 2002. He reached the semifinals at Futures Tournaments in Malibu, Calif., Chetumal, Mexico, and Little Rock, Ark.
Following his professional career, Smith worked with the Stan Smith Billy Stearns Tennis Academy, where he served as a coach, camp organizer and academy secretary for three years. He also spent three summers (2003-05) as a full-time fly fishing guide with Alaska West Sportfishing.
Smith successfully completed the USTA High Performance Coaching Program in Carson, Calif. in 2007 and is a USPTA certified Teaching Professional.
Born September 4, 1978, Ramsey is married to the former Kathy Sell, a three-time All-ACC performer for the Duke women's tennis team and four-year letterwinner (1998-2001). Ramsey and Kathy currently reside in Durham.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRDK)
This year we are offering three weeks of camp for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Campers can choose between overnight and day camp (8:30am-4:30pm) options. In addition, there is a special high school only session during the week of July 6-10 for ages 13-18. Lunch is included for day campers.
Throughout the week, the focus shifts between the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis. Mornings focus on the technique while afternoons are geared towards match-play situations.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
• Overnight Campers: 1:30-2:45pm at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center on the first day of camp.
• Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
• Day Campers check in 2:00-2:45pm and will stay until 5:00pm on the first day.
• Graduation: 11:30am at the tennis courts on the last day of camp. Parents are encouraged to attend!
• Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony around 12:00 noon.
Day Camper Schedule & Information
• Day campers should be dropped off daily at 8:30am and picked up at 4:30pm (except first and last day, see above).
• Meals: Lunch is included for all Day campers.
The campus facilities include twelve outdoor courts and six indoor courts to be used in case of rain.
Evening activities may include Swimming, Movie and Pizza night, karaoke night, short court tennis night, ultimate Frisbee night.
Weekend Stayovers: Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.
Designated Airport: Raleigh-Durham
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) and take a taxi (usually about $35) from the airport to Cameron Indoor Stadium/Sheffield Tennis Center. Visit www.rdu.com for alternative shuttle information.
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.
Medical Staff: There is a trainer available on site.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up and breakfast
- 8:30am Stretching / Warm-ups
- 8:45am Coaches presentation
- 9:00am Drill groups
- 11:45am Lunch
- 1:15pm Warm-up / Coaches' Presentation
- 1:30pm Point play, matches and games
- 4:30pm Afternoon session ends, campers go to dorm
- 5:15pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Campers to rooms
- 10:30pm Lights Out