Nike Malibu Summer Tennis Camp - International Programs Malibu, California

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Spend your summer working on your tennis game, improving your English and making new friends at the NIKE Malibu Summer Tennis camp. Our new Sports and Language program offers international campers, aged 10-16, the chance to learn tennis and practice their English with some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country. Did we forget to say - it's a whole lot of fun, too!

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 29th session, Nike Tennis campers can add up to three weeks of ELS language camp prior to their Nike Tennis camp session. 

During the language program, campers will stay with the ELS youth camp located on the Pepperdine campus. They will have three morning lessons (each lesson is 50-minutes,) each day.  The language classes are followed by lunch and supervised on-campus activities which include sports, games and events with American teens.  Students will also participate in late afternoon and evening activities which include shopping, bowling and scavenger hunts.  Supervised full-day excursions on the weekends include a Los Angeles City Tour, trips to Six Flags magic Mountain - voted best roller coaster park in the world, and the ever popular Universal Studios Holloywood with its awe-inspiring rides, shows and a real working movie studio. Here to see quick video on the ELS program at Malibu:  

After their language program, campers will check in with the Nike Tennis camp which is also located on the Pepperdine campus.  This Nike Tennis Camp is one of the most popular tennis camps in the nation.  Directed by Adam Steinberg, this camp provides the ideal environment to learn from some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country.  Featuring 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.  

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Highlights Include

  • 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 with American children
  • Weekend excursions to local tourist attractions
  • Transportation to all activities and airport transfers
  • Every Camper receives a NIKE Tennis Camp t-shirt

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. 

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Adam Steinberg

• Tenth year as Head Men's Tennis Coach
• Led the team to their first ever National Championship Team Title in 2006
• 2006 NCAA Coach of the Year

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Upon his hiring as head coach prior to the 2002-03 season, Adam Steinberg told Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. John Watson that he could turn the men's tennis team into national champions. In just four seasons, Steinberg stayed true to his word.

Steinberg is now in his tenth year as head coach at Pepperdine. In 2010-11, Steinberg established himself as part of an elite group of coaches. His 2006 Waves won the national championship and in eight years he has an overall record of 176-61 (.743) along with eight West Coast Conference championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2006, he was named the National Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and he is a five-time WCC Coach of the Year.

During the 2007 season, his fifth, he moved into second place among Pepperdine's men's tennis coaches in career victories. He trails only Allen Fox's 367 wins, which came over the course of 17 seasons.

Each of his last six teams has finished in top 25 in the ITA national rankings, and all eight of his squads have ended up in the top 30.

His players at Pepperdine have been named All-Americans 13 times and have been All-WCC first team selections 21 times in singles and 12 times in doubles. A Pepperdine student-athlete has been named WCC Player of the Year in each of his eight seasons.

In 18 years as a head coach, which includes previous stops at St. John's and Alabama, his overall record is 306-140 (.686).

Steinberg's first two Pepperdine teams reached the NCAA Tournament's second round. He also produced two All-Americans in Diego Acuna and Calle Hansen in 2003, while in 2004, Pedro Rico earned the honors in singles as a sophomore.

In 2005, Steinberg led the Waves to the quarterfinals in College Station, Texas, and ended the season with a #8 final ranking. Rico and Scott Doerner earned their first All-America honors in doubles after ending the season ranked #2.

The 2006 championship began with the freshmen he brought in for the 2002-03 season. Steinberg developed those young players and recruited more talent to the squad over time, and the result was the program's first NCAA title.

After earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with its 16th consecutive West Coast Conference title, Pepperdine began its magnificent tournament run. The Waves picked up wins over Montana State and TCU in the first two rounds of action in Malibu, then traveled north to Stanford to continue their title hopes. Steinberg guided his team to wins over Florida in the Sweet 16 and defending national champion UCLA in the Elite Eight.

The Waves then avenged their only two losses during the regular season in the final two matches of the tournament. Pepperdine beat Texas in the semifinals after losing to the Longhorns in April. In the championship match, Andre Begemann's win at the fourth singles position clinched the Waves' 4-2 upset victory over previously undefeated Georgia. The Bulldogs had beaten the Waves 4-0 on Feb. 20 at the National Indoor Championships.

With a record of 36-2, it marked a NCAA record for most wins in a season by a championship team. Steinberg's #1 doubles team, Doerner and Begemann, were runner-up in the NCAA Doubles Championships and were named All-Americans. Doerner also earned All-America honors in singles after finishing the year ranked at #14.

Doerner, Rico, Ivor Lovrak and Kevin Borzenski ended their collegiate tennis careers as national champions with the Waves. Lovrak, a transfer in 2005, went an incredible 24-1 playing at the #3 singles position his senior year and was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the NCAA Tournament.

Because of Pepperdine's success, Steinberg was named the ITA National Coach of the Year after earning the ITA West Region Coach of the Year just weeks earlier. Steinberg also was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

The 2007 squad went 23-8 overall and Steinberg directed the squad to a second-round finish in the NCAA Tournament.

The 2008 Waves had another strong year, going 20-7 overall, winning the school's 18th consecutive WCC title, reaching the NCAA's Round of 16 and finishing with a #12 national ranking. Begemann and Bassam Beidas were named All-Americans after reaching the semifinals and the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament, respectively. Steinberg earned WCC co-Coach of the Year honors.

Steinberg was again WCC Coach of the Year in 2009 as the Waves went 20-10 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a #18 final ranking. Omar Altmann was an All-American in singles after making it to the NCAA Round of 16, and he and Beidas won the award in doubles after reaching the NCAA quarterfinals.

The 2010 season was another fine one as Pepperdine went 17-11 overall, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and had a final ranking of #21. Steinberg was named WCC Coach of the Year for the fifth time and Beidas earned All-American honors for the third straight year.

Steinberg came to Pepperdine from Alabama, where he was the head coach from 1998-2002 and posted a record of 69-57 (.548). Steinberg took the Crimson Tide to their first-ever NCAA appearance in his first season. The 1999 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and he guided Francisco Rodriguez to All-American status and a #5 national ranking, the school's highest-ranked player ever. In his final season, 2002, Alabama posted a 15-8 record and tied for second place in the SEC West Division. The Tide notched wins over #8 Kentucky and #12 Auburn before earning a #18 ranking in the year's final national poll.

Looking to further his coaching career, Steinberg was at Northwestern for two seasons as an assistant coach under Paul Torricelli. During Steinberg's second season (1997), the Wildcats won the Big Ten title, competed in the NCAA Tournament and had a final national ranking of #25.

Just two years removed from his playing days, Steinberg was named the head coach at St. John's University, and he served as head coach there from 1991-95. In his five years with the Red Storm, Steinberg compiled an impressive dual-match record of 61-22 (.735) and led the program to a Big East title in 1991. St. John's captured second-place finishes in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was an assistant coach at St. John's for the 1989-90 season.

A native New Yorker, Steinberg played his college tennis at Penn State, where he served as team captain his senior year. He stayed on at Penn State for the 1988-89 season in order to serve as a student assistant for the Nittany Lions while completing his bachelor's degree in marketing.

He and his wife, Casey, reside in Malibu. They have a daughter, Mia.


Nick Carless

Nick Carless will run the adult weekend camps.  He begins his sixth season at Pepperdine in 2011-12, and his fifth as a full-time assistant coach. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's tennis team that won the NCAA championship in 2006, and then returned to Malibu in September 2007.

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ELS Language Check-in

June 29 or July 6th.  Campers will be met at the airport by ELS staff.  

Nike Tennis Check-in & Check-out

Sunday Check-in: July 6th, 13th, 20th or 27th  - Campers check-in between 1:00-3:00pm at the dorms on the Pepperdine University Campus. (Campers will be escorted to Nike Tennis camp check-in by ELS staff.)

Camp Check-out: Friday July 11th, 18th, 25th of August 1st, 2014.  Camp graduation ends at 3:30PM.  International campers will be taken to LAX after graduation in time for flight departure. 

Program Overview

For the past 22 years, ELS has been perfecting the language camp experience in one of their most popular programs – the Malibu Youth Camp! 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. 

Campers may mix and match the number of language and tennis sessions they want, but the language programs must start on either June 29 or July 6th.  We recommend a minimum of two weeks of language with the ELS Malibu Camp - just because we know it is so fun!  Each Nike Tennis session starts on a Sunday (check-in from 1-3PM) and ends on a Friday afternoon at 3:30PM. The last overnight Nike Tennis session starts on July 27, 2014.

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 supervised on-campus activities which include sports, games and events with American teens.  Students will also participate in late afternoon and evening activities which include shopping, bowling, and scavenger hunts. Supervised full-day excursions include a Los Angeles City Tour, trips to Six Flags Magic Mountain® – voted best roller coaster park in the world, and the ever popular Universal Studios Hollywood® with its awe-inspiring rides, shows, and a real working movie studio.  For a detailed informational package on the ELS program, including the daily schedule, please click here.

Our Nike Tennis Camp are open to kids 8-18 of all skill levels, however, we are also offer three specialized sessions in 2014.   

  • High School Training: July 20 (The high school session is specifically designed for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up their team ladder or those trying to make a high school team.)
  • Tournament Training Camp: July 27 (The tournament training program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.)

Our Nike Tennis camp program begins at 8:00am each day for all campers and will consist of morning drills and instruction and afternoon match play.  Camp instruction ends at 4:45pm, except on check-in and check-out days. In addition, to tennis instruction, a flighted tournament will be held each session with a trophy presentation.(See below.)

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 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. 

ELS will be responsible for airport transfers on the way to camp.  Nike Sport Camp will handle the transfers on the departure.  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. Travel forms can also be accessed at using your registered email. You can also send an email to with any questions/concerns.
Designated Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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 29 (the first day of our first session), nor may campers stay past Friday, August 1 (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 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.  For a sample schedule, please click here.  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 27.  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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Stretching and warm-up
  • 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!

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), activities and supplemental health insurance.
  • Registration Packet: A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in spring 2014.
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Parent of Camper

  • 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!

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Enthusiastic Camper

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

Parent of Camper

  • 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.

Parent of Camper

  • 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.

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Attention to Detail

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

Parent of Camper

  • 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.

Nike Malibu Summer Tennis Camp - International Programs Adam Steinberg, Camp Director 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, California 90263


Nike Malibu Summer Tennis Camp - International Programs
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Camp Schedule & Fees

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