ELS Language and Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

ELS Language and Nike Malibu Tennis Camp
ELS Language and Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

Spend your summer working on your tennis game, improving your English and making new friends at the Nike Malibu Summer Tennis camp. Our Nike Sports and ELS Language program offers international campers, aged 10-16, the chance to practice both their tennis and English with some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country.

The Nike Malibu Summer Tennis Camp is pleased to continue its partnership with ELS Language Centers at the Pepperdine location offering campers the opportunity to add a language program to their Nike Tennis camp program.  Starting with the June 21st session, Nike Tennis campers can add up to three weeks of ELS language camp prior to their tennis camp session. or elect to do a combined two or three week morning language class married with Nike tennis instruction in the afternoon. 

This Nike Tennis Camp is one of the most popular tennis camps in the nation.  Directed by Marcello Ferreiro and Per Nilsson, this camp provides the ideal environment to learn from some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country.  Featuring up to 30 hours of tennis instruction and play per session, which include a combination of drills, match play, strategy sessions and video analysis, along with a flighted tournament each week, this tennis camp is perfect for the developing or accomplished player.  

Combine all of this with Pepperdine University's majestic location above the world famous Malibu Beach and Pacific Ocean, and you have a great summer experience that international campers will never forget.  International campers looking for a Tennis only program can choose from six weeks of tennis sessions. Click here for more details. 

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Highlights Include

  • Up to 30 hours of tennis instruction with a 6:1 player to coach ratio
  • 20 hours of language instruction per week
  • Competitive tournament play and daily drills
  • Training provided by nationally recognized university coaches
  • Fun evening camp activities
  • Weekend excursions to local tourist attractions
  • Transportation to all activities and airport transfers
  • Every Camper receives a NIKE Tennis Camp t-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Marcelo Ferreira

Marcelo Ferreira

Marcelo Ferreira enters his first season as head coach of the Pepperdine men's tennis team in 2014-15 after joining the coaching staff in 2013-14 as associate head coach. Prior to coming to Malibu, Ferreira spent five seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach before being promoted to the role of associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.

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"I am extremely thankful to Dr. Potts and President (Andrew) B"I am extreenton for their trust in my ability to lead this team and coach the fine young men who are a part of it," said Ferreira upon his promotion. "Adam Steinberg and all of the coaches before him were responsible for nurturing this program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the country. It is an honor and privilege to lead this team and I am committed to furthering its legacy."

And help further the success of Pepperdine tennis he did. In his first season with the Waves, Alex Sarkissian became just the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. In addition to earning ITA All-American status in singles, Sarkissian was also an All-American in doubles alongside Francis Alcantara. Unseeded, the duo reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.

Ferreira was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year during his tenure with the Red Raiders, first in 2010 and again in 2012. Texas Tech went 103-54 (.656) with Ferreira on the coaching staff, and made five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-12. In his six years on the sidelines - by far the most successful six-year span in program history - the team finished ranked in the ITA top-25 an unprecedented four times.

He helped recruit and develop perhaps two of the finest tennis players ever to come through Texas Tech - Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar. To date, Carvalho and Escobar are the program's only ITA All-Americans.

After graduating from Georgia College & State University in 2006, Ferreira remained in Milledgeville, Ga. for a year to serve as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs.

Ferreira got his coaching start in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, Brazil. His expertise was also lent to the Alphaville Tennis Club. After moving to the United States, Ferreira founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for foreign prospective tennis players. Not soon after, he became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, N.Y.

Ferreira graduated from GCSU in 2006 with a physical education degree. He was a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team and earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. He later went on to earn his master's degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management, from Texas Tech.

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Per Nilsson

Per Nilsson

Proven winner and championship-caliber coach Per Nilsson was chosen to lead the Pepperdine women's tennis team into a new era in the summer of 2014, succeeding 37-year head coach Gualberto Escudero. Nilsson spent seven seasons as the head men's coach at Mississippi State after a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Waves' men's squad. 

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During his first stop in Malibu, Nilsson helped lead the Pepperdine men to the 2006 NCAA championship.

"I am so excited for Per's return to Pepperdine to lead our women's tennis program," said Director of Athletics Steve Potts upon his hiring. "Per has enjoyed great success all along his coaching career and I am confident that he will be able to take our very successful program to even greater heights. Per's commitment to our Christian mission, to the academic well-being of our student-athletes and to competing for championships at the highest level make him a great fit for Pepperdine."

After leaving Pepperdine in 2007, Nilsson spent the last seven seasons coaching the men's squad at his alma mater, Mississippi State. There he compiled a record of 95-76 while going 36-42 in the tough Southeastern Conference. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back SEC West titles in 2011 and 2012 and brought MSU to four-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011-14.

Nilsson takes over for Escudero, who has been at the helm for 37 seasons beginning in 1977-78. He stepped down at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, but will remain on staff as the associate head coach. Nilsson inherits a team that has made 27 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and captured the West Coast Conference championship for the 24th time in 2014 while earning a final national ITA ranking of #24.

In his seven seasons in Starkville, Miss., Nilsson's squads produced four ITA All-Americans and 17 All-SEC selections.

His eye for recruiting and developing young talent is evident as a Mississippi State player garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors in three of the last four seasons. In 2013, Romain Bogaerts not only took the conference's top rookie award, he was also honored as the ITA National Freshman of the Year.

Nilsson first brought the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship in 2011, their first appearance since 2005, and MSU advanced to the second round. After reaching the second round again in 2012, Nilsson's young 2013 team eclipsed expectations and advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Mississippi State made their fourth-consecutive appearance at the tournament in 2014 and reached the second round.

Nilsson has racked up the honors for himself as well throughout his time at MSU, including an SEC Coach of the Year honor in 2011 and two ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2013.

In the classroom, Nilsson's teams have been just as dominant. MSU has been named an ITA All-Academic team for the past five seasons, producing 40 Academic All-SEC selections and 29 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections. Nilsson has also had two players named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Nilsson was an assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's tennis team from 2003-07 under head coach Adam Steinberg, where the Waves went 119-38 in those five seasons.

Easily highlighting his resume while in Malibu was the 2006 campaign when Pepperdine claimed its first-ever national championship. Nilsson was very involved in Pepperdine's recruiting efforts leading up to that season, which saw the Waves post a 36-2 record and hand Georgia its only loss of the season in the NCAA title match at Palo Alto, Calif.

Leading up to that crowning season, Pepperdine improved from #27 in the country in 2004 to #8 nationally in 2005, a year in which Nilsson was named the ITA's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The Waves advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals that campaign, ending at 24-3.

Nilsson played collegiately at Mississippi State from 1992-94 and helped the Bulldogs earn three consecutive top-10 finishes in the rankings. MSU reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship in 1992 and 1993 before reaching the semifinals in 1994.

Serving as team captain during his senior year, Nilsson is ranked #6 on the Bulldogs' all-time career victory list in both singles and doubles.

Nilsson was a student assistant coach at Mississippi State during the 1994-95 season before working as a tennis professional at the Capital City Country Club and St. Marlo Country Club. From 1998-2000, he was the Director of Tennis at Appalachee Farms.

A native of Lund, Sweden, Nilsson was a high school exchange student at Jackson (Miss.) Academy and was the 1990 Mississippi Academy singles champion. He is married to the former Beth Vennerstrom.

Camp Details


The Nike Tennis and ELS Language camp are held on the same campus of Pepperdine University, and as such it makes it easy to bridge these two programs together.  Because this is a combined language and sport program, ELS and Nike Sport camp staff will oversee camper transition between the two programs. 

There are two sport and language options offered. The first offers two or three weeks of ELS language camp followed by one or two weeks of Nike Tennis camp. Designed as 4 or 5 week program, this is an excellent option that marries the best of language instruction with fun filled afternoons/weekends exploring Los Angeles capped off with additional weeks of Nike Tennis camp. In this manner, students enjoy the full complement of each program without sacrificing any elements. During the ELS language camp, students will live and be supervised by ELS staff on the Pepperdine campus. During the Nike Tennis session, campers will live and be supervised by Nike Tennis Camp staff.  Both programs are held at Pepperdine University and both camp staff will oversee transition from one program to the next. Click here for more details on this program/schedule. 

The second option allows campers to participate in morning ELS classes, but participate in Nike Tennis instruction in the afternoon. Evening activities are pre-planned and will be enjoyed with the Nike Tennis camp. This is designed for the international tennis player who really wants to improve his or her English and tennis game. Campers will live and be supervised by Nike Tennis staff throughout their program.  Weekend activities will provide campers with the opportunity to explore LA attractions such as Disneyland and other beach side activities.

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Students attending the language program will have 15 lessons (each lesson is 50-minute) per week in the mornings.  The language classes are followed by lunch and depending on which option you choose, ELS supervised afternoon and evening activities which include shopping, bowling, and scavenger hunts, or Nike Tennis instruction by Nike Camp staff. In addition, to tennis instruction, a flighted tournament will be held each session with a trophy presentation.

Logistics and Travel: The Nike Tennis and ELS Language program are held on the same campus of Pepperdine University, and as such it makes it easy to bridge these two programs together.  Because this is a combined language and sport program, ELS and Nike Sport camp staff will oversee camper transition between the two programs.  During the ELS language program, students will reside with ELS staff on the Pepperdine campus. During the Nike Sports Program, campers will stay with Nike Staff on the Pepperdine campus. 

All airport transfers are included in your tuition.  Campers are asked to arrive on the start date of camp and depart on the last date of camp.  Please contact us at 1-800-645-3226 to provide us with your camper’s flight information, or complete the travel form located in your camp registration package. You can also send an email to international@ussportscamps.com with any questions/concerns.The designated camp airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Arrival day/time is Sunday 10-3PM.  Camp starts at 2PM.  Departure day/time is Friday 5-9PM.  Camp ends at 3:30PM. 

  • Early arrivals & late departures: There is a $125 fee per day to accommodate campers arriving early or staying beyond the final day of  their registered session. This fee includes housing and meals. Please note that our camp staff cannot receive early campers prior to Sunday, June 21 (the first day of our first session), nor may campers stay past Friday, July 31 (the final day of our last session). You should be aware that the airlines may charge an additional fee for unaccompanied minors (usually ages 14 or below). Check with the appropriate airlines as fees and regulations vary.
  • Meals: 3-meals a day are provided except for the check-in and check-out days.  Meals are served in the newly renovated Tyler Campus Center Cafeteria which has a stunning ocean view. This all-you-can-eat cafeteria includes a salad bar, soup and corn bread bar, beverage station, dessert station, and daily hot entree.
  • Daily and Evening activities: During the language program there are a variety of pre-planned afternoon and evening activities. Click here for a sample schedule.  During the tennis program, evening activities may consist of a talent and game show night as well as a barbeque at Scenic Alumni park. Campers also have acces to the Pepperdine pool in the afternoons after tennis.
  • Weekend Stayover: Weekend stayovers are included in all programs. Campers choosing to stay for an extra weekend after their camp program may do so for an additional fee of $350 for the weekend.  Please note that this option is not available on the last session beginning July 26.  This fee includes room and board. 

Local Accommodations for Parents

For parents who are traveling with their kids from out of town and need a place to stay near camp, we recommend the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills. Please call 818-707-1220 or Click Here to reserve your room.

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.

*This program, while located at Pepperdine University, is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Pepperdine University.

Other Details

  • Safety: 24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Tennis Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
  • Medical Staff: Trainer on call at all time
  • Rain Plan - In the slight chance of rain we watch and analyse movies primarily tennis videos of college and pro matches.
  • Instruction: 6:1 camper to coach ratio during tennis instruction.  Language class size is 15 students.  Supervision ratio during evening and all activities is 10:1 student to staff ratio.
  • Recommended Spending Money: $100 per week
  • Housing: Suite-style dorms on campus. Campers stay 4 to a suite. Genders separated by floor.
  • All-inclusive tuition: Covers language instruction, sport instruction, housing, meals, roundtrip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and activities.


Students/Campers stay and take all language classes at Pepperdine University, located in Malibu, CA.  All campers/students stay in the dorms on campus and play tennis at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with its 16 beautiful courts. During the language program, students stay with the ELS program, during the Nike Tennis program, campers will stay with the Nike Tennis Camp program. Both are located within a short walk from each other and both ELS and Nike Tennis Camp staff supervise and oversee students/campers at all times during the programs duration. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Stretching and warm-up or ELS language classes until lunch
  • 8:45am Demonstrations, drills, and group instruction
  • 11:45am Lunch
  • 1:15pm Match play, drills, 1-on-1 time with coaches, optional free time/swimming
  • 5:15pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Free time
  • 7:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:00pm Campers to dorms and lights out!

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Inspired to Play

Our daughter, Casey, had an amazing experience! She is a good athlete who now can’t wait to get back on the courts to keep hitting tennis balls. She wants to go back to the camp next summer for as many weeks as our schedule will allow. The staff did an amazing job providing enough instruction with the right amount of FUN! Thank you!

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  • 5/5.
Enthusiastic Camper

Camp was extraordinary – I was so sad when it was over!

  • 5/5.
Personal Thanks

I personally wanted to thank Adam Steinberg for all the effort to make this camp experience memorable and for the love of the game brought from this camp.

  • 5/5.
Above and Beyond

Great Camp! My son was the only weekend stay over that weekend and the camp went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience. Thanks for the great summer opportunity – he will be back again next year.

  • 5/5.
Attention to Detail

Thanks for the care that is shown to the campers, in regard to safety, instruction and enjoyment.

  • 5/5.
Highlight of the summer!

It was my son's highlight of the summer. He enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends who also play tennis.

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.