Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp

Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp
Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp

The Nike Tennis Camp at Michigan State University offers top notch tennis training and supervised competitive play for boys and girls of all skill levels. With overnight and day camp options, this summer tennis camp in the Midwest has it all!

Our junior tennis camp in East Lansing, MI delivers a superb tennis program, including collegiate style drilling, supervised match play, fitness sessions and sports psychology talks.

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from Michigan State head men's tennis coach Gene Orlando
  • 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Gene Orlando
Camp Director

Gene Orlando

Gene Orlando has guided the Spartans as the men's head tennis coach for 26 seasons. A former Ball State University star and 'Hall of Fame' honoree, Coach Orlando expresses a great passion for teaching, a love for the game and great care for each individual camper.

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Gene Orlando looks to continue the legacy of strength and excellence that happens both on the court and in the classroom. All four of MSU's NCAA Championship singles qualifiers have played under Orlando. Additionally, two sets of doubles pairings have competed on the national stage under Orlando.

During the 2011-12 season, Orlando helped the Spartans tie for the most wins in program history with an 18-11 record, while posting their winningest Big Ten conference record at 7-6. The Spartans finished with an impressive 13-2 record at home. The team notched notable victories over conference opponents, Indiana and Northwestern, while also advancing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament past Purdue. Sophomore Aaron Pfister earned First-Team All-Big Ten Conference honors. For the fifth-straight year and a record eighth time the team was also honored with the Athletic Director's Award for achieving the highest cumulative GPA after the fall 2011 semester at MSU.

In 2008-09, Orlando led the Spartans to 12 dual wins and an 11-6 home record. Meanwhile, the doubles tandem of seniors Nick Rinks and Adam Monich earned an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships for the second-straight year. Five Spartans also earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Honors; Alex Forger, Brendan Kinkopf, Scott Rasmussen, Clark Richardson and John Stratton.

In 2006-07, Orlando mentored a young Spartan squad featuring just one senior to 11 dual wins. Furthermore, junior Nick Rinks climbed into the national rankings and advanced to the NCAA Championships, marking the fifth time a Spartan singles player made it to the national tournament.

Orlando surpassed his 200-career win during the 2005-06 season, the head coach's 15th year mentoring the Green and White. The team's 7-18 record also pushed him past 175 wins at MSU. In 2004-05, Orlando and MSU posted a 12-12 (4-6 Big Ten) mark.

The 2003-04 campaign marked the 90th season in program history, and and it was one of the best in school history. The Spartans racked up 17 victories, which tied the most for a Michigan State squad since 1963. Furthermore, MSU was ranked in every ITA poll during the season. During the campAaign, Orlando recorded the biggest win of his career, leading the Spartans to a 4-3 win over 2003 NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt on Feb. 14.

Every year, Orlando's goals include qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as a team and having players qualify individually, yet academics have also become a trademark of the program. Last year, five of Orlando's players received Academic All-Big Ten honors for having a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. In the last six seasons, the accolade has been given out 26 times to Spartan netters. Under Orlando's guidance, there have been a total of 48 selections to the Academic All-Big Ten team with Aaron Murray receiving the honor four times and Brad Dancer, Jayson Bedford, Mark Findling, Ken Kigongo, Adam Hourani, Cameron Marshall, Jimmy McGuire and Eric Simonton, three times. Murray, Findling and Hourani are the only Spartans to ever garner Academic All-America status. These honors speak highly of the well-rounded program that Michigan State and Orlando are working to attain.

Orlando came to MSU from Bowling Green, where he spent three seasons guiding the Falcons. He played collegiate tennis at Ball State Unviersity in Muncie, Ind., helping the Cardinals to four MAC championships during his career.

Orlando won conference titles his junior and senior seasons. His overall record was 91-40 in singles and 98-24 in doubles. Orlando was ranked as high as 21st nationally in doubles and made an NCAA apperance his senior season.

He was also honored as the MAC Scholar of the Year in 1987, and spent one year as a graduate assistant for Ball State, which went on to win another MAC crown. In September 1997, Orlando was inducted into the Ball State Unversity Athletics Hall of Fame.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, on Aug. 23, 1965, Orlando earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Ball State in 1987. His family includes his wife, Janice, daughters Magalene Elizabeth and Gabrielle Marie, and son Vincent Alden.

Camp Details

We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:30pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and Tournament Training programs offered all weeks.  

2017 Camp Dates

  • June 25-29 
  • July 9-13 
  • July 16-20
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Program Offerings

All sessions are open to players of all ability levels, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.

All Skills Program

The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. 

Tournament Training Program

This is a special tournament training component designed for tournament level or ranked players looking to improve their match play and strategy in a competitive environment.


  • All Campers:  First day between 3:00pm-4:00pm. Campers should come dressed to play as we will head to courts after a camp meeting at 4:15pm.
  • Day campers will depart that evening at 8:00pm.
  • Graduation: Last day at 4:00pm at the Outdoor Tennis Center. Parents encouraged to attend!
  • Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.

Daily Program Schedule

Day Campers should be dropped off everyday (except check-in on the first day of camp) by 8:20am at the Outdoor Tennis Center.  Pick-up time is at 4:30pm. All campers will depart after graduation on the last day. 


Lunch is provided each day for all day campers.


MSU features a massive 28-court outdoor complex lit for night play. Camp will be held on the outdoor courts. If rain occurs, campers will have access to MSU indoor practice facility for conditioning activities and will make up court time in the evening.


2017: TBA  |  2016: Campers reside in the University's comfortable residence halls (East Wilson Hall). There is no A/C in the dorms rooms (camper can bring fans), but there is A/C in the dining hall. Campers stay 2 per room and roommates can be requested in advance. Some triples are available, but not guaranteed.

Evening Activities

At the end of a day filled with tennis, campers may participate in exciting off-court activities such as basketball, bowling, swimming, movies, field sports, Minor League Baseball game, a trip to the mall and a camp dance.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location

Designated Airport

Lansing Capital City Airport


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 Lansing Capital City Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp by going online at www.flylansing.com/taxi_and_limo_service.aspx and reserving a spot on a recommended shuttle from the airport.  All shuttles leave right outside the airport terminals.

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 an athletic trainer on site.

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: TNXRMS

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am 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
  • 4:30pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
  • 4:40pm 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.

The camp was a great experience and an excellent way to practice the sport of tennis. With 20 beautiful courts, many experienced instructors, and free water and Gatorade to work with, this camp was more than worth it. Getting to experience staying on a college campus and sleeping in dorm rooms was a plus to the camp as well. Overall, it was a blast.

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  • 5/5.

Dear Mr. Orlando,

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting you, but I wanted to say thank you not only for this video clip of my son, Alex, but for the invaluable training he received. I can't emphasize how very happy I am that my son was able to go to this tennis training camp. Alex loves tennis and luckily made the high school tennis team. Now he has more skills as he improves and tries to make varsity for next year. smile Feeling blessed that my son had this amazing opportunity!

  • 4/5.

Ryan had a great time and I was very impressed by the level of responsiveness from Coach Orlando and others involved in the program.

  • 4/5.

It was fantastic and I made so many new friends and improved greatly. I'm so glad I went

  • 4/5.

Great Week - my daughter had a ball!

  • 3/5.

Coaches were excellent, fun, positive role models

  • 5/5.

My son enjoys this camp so much. The MSU staff are very professional and the kids at the camp have so much fun! The coaches are so enthusiastic and always motivated and positive. We give this camp an A+

  • 5/5.

I had an absolute blast and met a lot of new people. I wish I could've stayed there for a longer period of time. I can't wait to go again next year.

  • 4/5.

I've come to this camp for the last three years, and each year provided me with new insight and great experiences. Thanks for the tennis and thanks for the memories.

  • 4/5.

Lillie had a great time at camp and will be back next year, possibly for 2 weeks. One request... I never received the video from the first day of camp. If possible, could you please send it to jborzenski@gmail.com (email on file). Thank you to all of the coaches and staff!!

  • 5/5.
What a blast!

I had a blast! Played a ton of tennis and met some life-long friends! What more can you ask for?

  • 4/5.
Inspirational Instructors

Again, Coach Orlando and his staff were inspiring, helpful, talented, enthusiastic, and fun which contributed to Matt’s great week at camp. Thank you!

  • 5/5.
Awesome Experience

The Michigan State Tennis Camp was an awesome experience! The quality of the coaches, drills, and night-time activities was truly incredible. Not only will I be highly recommending this camp to my friends -- but next year, I intend on spending two weeks at the MSU Nike Tennis Camp.

  • 5/5.
Week of Fun

I had a great time both with the tennis and socially! Simone Jardim is the most amazing person!! I learned a lot from her and she made my week so much more fun!

  • 5/5.
Optimistic Overseers

We were VERY pleased with the program and our son’s enthusiasm for the game greatly increased. He has high school team tryouts this week and we are optimistic the he will make the team. Thank you!

  • 5/5.
Outstanding Camp!

The camp was an outstanding experience for my son, Andrei. Everything was very well organized, the drills very well conducted and the atmosphere was great too. Attended several other camps in the past - this one was by far the best. Strongly recommend it to any developing junior.

  • 4/5.
I felt welcomed!

The entire camp staff made me feel welcome. It was like a family - very friendly, supportive, encouraging. My stay at the camp improved my self-confidence in game.

  • 4/5.
Excellent! Outstanding!

Excellent camp - outstanding instructors!

  • 5/5.
Fantastic Coaches!

The MSU coaches were fantastic!! They were attentive, accessible and encouraging. I can't say enough about how great they were throughout the whole week!

  • 4/5.

Great camp, loved everything!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $765.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30AM - 4:30PM $445.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $765.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30AM - 4:30PM $445.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $765.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30AM - 4:30PM $445.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.