Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp East Lansing, Michigan

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Join the fun this summer and get better! The Nike Tennis Camp at Michigan State University is a summer camp for young athletes to enjoy great tennis in a fun environment. This is a challenging camp and you will be surprised by what you can do when you are pushed and challenged. If you want to improve this is the camp for you!

Come enjoy your summer working on your tennis game while making friends and having a blast! Our goal at this junior tennis camp is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Our camps combine technical instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and fun evening activities. In addition to tennis instruction, the camp will feature fitness, sport psychology and video analysis.

 Dartfish video analysis offered at this camp!  See details tab for more info.

Highlights Include

  • Daily instruction from Michigan State head coaches Gene Orlando and Simone Jardim
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers

The beautiful Michigan State University (MSU) campus has one of the best collegiate tennis facilities in the country. Set in the friendly college town of East Lansing, 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.

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Gene Orlando

Coach Orlando has guided the Spartans as head men's tennis coach for over 20 years. A former Ball State University star and 'Hall of Fame' honoree, Coach Orlando expresses a great passion for teaching, a love of the game and great care for each individual camper.

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Now in his 21st season at the helm of the Michigan State men's tennis program, 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 Director

Simone Jardim

Coach Jardim is in her sixth year as head coach for the Michigan State women's tennis program. Jardim brings an impressive and sought-after resume to MSU after serving as an assistant coach at both the College of William and Mary and Fresno State.

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Simone Jardim enters her sixth season as the women's tennis head coach at Michigan State. Jardim brings an impressive and sought-after resume to MSU after serving as an assistant coach at both the College of William and Mary and Fresno State University.
Jardim began her coaching career as an interim assistant coach at her alma mater, Fresno State, in 2004. She was later added to the staff as a full-time assistant coach under Simon Thibodeau prior to the 2005 season. During her three years as an assistant, Fresno State compiled a 58-20 record, winning three WAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament bids. In two of her three seasons, 2004 and 2006, the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. During her first season, the Bulldogs totaled the second-highest win total in school history (22), while finishing the year ranked No. 13 nationally. In Jardim's final season as an assistant at Fresno State, the Bulldogs finished the year ranked No. 20 after compiling a 20-7 record.
Also during her tenure as an assistant at Fresno State, Jardim helped guide a singles player and a doubles pair to an NCAA title match. In 2004, Jelena Pandzic advanced to the championship in singles. Two years later, Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter garnered a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championship final.
In January of 2008, Jardim arrived at William and Mary as an assistant coach to Kevin Epley. Her success continued with the Tribe tennis program as the team compiled a 16-8 overall record. William and Mary advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, Jardim once again coached a doubles pair to the NCAA Tournament as Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic advanced to the quarterfinal match against UCLA's Tracey Lin and Riza Zalameda, who would then go on to win the NCAA Doubles Championship. Upon the departure of Epley at the end of the 2008 season, Jardim was once again named interim head coach.
Jardim spent two seasons as a player at Fresno State after transferring from Auburn. Jardim put together an impressive run in a Bulldog uniform, posting a singles record of 52-16 and a doubles mark of 59-14; she earned All-America honors twice in doubles play. Jardim teamed with Kim Niggemeyer to form the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for a time in 2001. The pair played in the NCAA Tournament in both 2001 and 2002, finishing both campaigns ranked top 10 nationally. Jardim was a second-team All-WAC selection in singles and a first-team honoree in doubles during both of her seasons with the Bulldogs.
Fresno State was 38-11 during her two seasons of competition and finished the 2001 campaign ranked No. 14 nationally, while completing 2002 at No. 25. The Bulldogs won a WAC Championship in 2002 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during both of Jardim's seasons. During the 2000-01 season, Fresno State was ranked as high as No. 8 in the country, which is still a program best.
A native of Santa Maria, Brazil, Jardim graduated from Fresno State in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications and journalism with an emphasis in public relations. She is married to Chad Edwards.

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2014 Camp Information

Program
(Camp Code: TNXRMS)
This year we are offering four weeks of junior overnight and day (8:30am-4:30pm) camp for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Separate Tournament Training groups will be offered during all of the weeks geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness. Lunch is included for all Day Campers.

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

Dartfish video analysis will be used during the camp to analyze and improve your strokes.  See your strokes compared to a top playing professional!  Your Dartfish Mediabook will be posted to a private player locker on Dartfish.tv and reviewed with you by the staff at camp (click here for an example).  You will receive a printout showing key positions with corrective comments.  After camp, these Dartfish interactive analyses are available for purchase.  For $30, the package includes:

  • Stroke Analysis:  your Dartfish Mediabook contains videos of your strokes, plus side-by-side comparison with a pro, along with comments.  
  • Pro Stroke Library: one month access to Pro Stroke Library, featuring hundreds of strokes in both real and high speed.
  • Camp highlights video*: This video of camp activities and friends all set to music will be something  everyone will want to have and keep forever. (*Only offered at participating locations.)

NOTE: Regardless of whether you purchase the post-camp package, all campers will be filmed at camp, see their mediabook, and go home with a printout.  

Check-in
• All Campers:  First day at 3:00 at East Holden Hall (2014). Campers should come dressed to play as we will head to courts after check in.
Day campers will depart that evening at 8:00pm.

Check-Out
• Graduation:  Last day at 4:00 pm 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 8:20 am 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.

Courts
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.

Dorms
Campers reside in the University's comfortable residence halls (East Holden 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

Travel
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.

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
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Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
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!

Past Camper

  • 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.

Past Camper

  • 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!

Parents of Camper

  • 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!

Parent of Camper

  • 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.

Past Camper

  • 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.

Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp

http://www.ussportscamps.com/images/made/assets/camps/tennis/michigan/Michigan_State_Tennis_2010_OutdoorCourts_100_62.jpg Gene Orlando, Camp Director 3571 E Mt. Hope East Lansing, Michigan 48910


1-800-645-3226

Michigan State Nike Tennis Camp
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Camp Schedule & Fees

2015 camp dates and prices coming soon. Please bookmark this page or call 1-800-645-3226.

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