Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

Nike Malibu Tennis Camp
Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

The Nike Malibu Tennis Camp is held on the spectacular campus of Pepperdine University, 30 miles from Los Angeles. This renowned summer tennis camp provides the ideal environment to learn from some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country and play with peers from all over the U.S.

The summer camp combines a beautiful, safe location, with a staff consisting of college coaches, college players and qualified instructors. The camp will include 30 hours of tennis instruction and play, an afternoon at the beach and an end of the week tournament with trophies. 

Highlights Include

  • Daily instruction from Pepperdine University Head Coaches Marcelo Ferreira and Per Nilsson
  • 30 hours of tennis instruction with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Drilling, match play and fun on-court games
  • Fun off-court activities for overnight campers including a trip to the beach and talent show
  • Each camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and other great prizes

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2015 CAMP INFORMATION

This year we are offering 6 weeks of overnight (ages 9-18 only) and day (8:00am-5:00pm) camp and a 7th week of Day Camp only (8:00am-5:00pm) from Aug 3-7.  All sessions are open to kids ages 8-18 of all skill levels, but two sessions will have a special group for high school players (ages 13-18) and two sessions will have a special group for tournament level players.  

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

In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering Tournament Training and High School programs during certain weeks of camp. Make sure to note that you would like to participate in these programs when you register.

  • 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.

  • The High School program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

* We can also provide low compression balls for younger campers when requested as we use small courts and the low comprsion balls for all campers as a training technique for touch and volleys. 

RESIDENT VS DAY OPTIONS

  • Day Camp (ages 8-18): Includes all tennis activities, dinner on check-in day, and lunch the five following days. Day campers will leave after all tennis activities at 4:45 pm from the tennis courts. (Except on day of check-in of overnight sessions, when Day campers leave at 8:15pm)

  • Overnight Camp (ages 9-18): Includes all tennis and and night activities, all meals from dinner on check-in day through lunch on check-out day, and double room occupancy in the dorms.

INTERNATIONAL CAMPER OPTIONS
International campers seeking a Sport and Language program can find a list of camp sessions and a detailed description of our new programs by Clicking Here. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!

CHECK IN/OUT

  • Check-In:
    • All Campers check-in on Sunday between 1:00-3:00pm at the dorms, except during the Aug 3-7 session, when they check in on Monday at 8:00am.
    • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in
    • ​Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 8:15pm.

  • Check-Out:
    ​• Awards Ceremony takes place on Friday at 3:00.  Parents are encouraged to attend!
    • Check-out is on Friday at 3:30pm after Awards Ceremony.

COURTS
Campers play at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with its 16 outdoor courts.

DORMS
Campers will be housed in the Pepperdine University dorms on campus.  There are 4 rooms per suite with 2 campers in each room. Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. There is no A/C in the dorms, campers may bring fans. 

MEALS
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.

EVENING ACTIVITIES
Evening activities may consist of a talent and game show night as well as a barbeque at Scenic Alumni park. Campers will get a chance to swim each day and will take a trip to the beach one afternoon in the middle of the week!  

WEEKEND STAYOVER
Campers attending consecutive weeks can stay in the dorms with 24-hour supervision for an additional charge of $250/weekend. This fee includes room and board. Allow for additional spending money for Saturday activities. Some example weekend activities are a trip to the beach, sightseeing in Santa Monica, extra tennis with coaches, movie theater, and shopping. Weekend stayovers are not available after July 31.

DESIGNATED AIRPORT
Los Angeles International (LAX)

AIRPORT PICK-UP
Please contact us if your child needs to be picked up and dropped at the airport.  We can provide transportation only to and from the Los Angeles International Airport with Prime Time Shuttle. Please make arrangements to arrive at the LAX airport between 11:00am-1:00pm on Sunday and depart from LAX on Friday between 6:00-8:00pm.  (There will be a few different shuttles sent to the airport between these times.)

A staff member will meet your child at the baggage claim area, take them to the shuttle and ride in the shuttle with the camper to camp.  There is an additional charge of $70 each way for the shuttle service. 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.

Please contact us at 1-800-645-3226 to provide us with your camper’s flight information, or fax in the airport transportation form to 415-479-6061.  Please make sure that this is done at least two weeks prior to camp to guarantee transportation.

MEDICAL STAFF
We have a medical trainer on call at all times.

RAIN PLAN
In the slight chance of rain we watch and analyse movies primarily tennis videos of college and pro matches.

LOCAL ACCOMODATIONS 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 during the junior camp sessions. 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.

PEPPERDINE FACULTY DISCOUNT
If you are an employee of Pepperdine University, please give us a call to register as there is a 20% discount for all staff/employees.  

CAMP CODE: TNXRPU

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Breakfast for Overnight Campers
  • 8:30am Day Campers Arrive
  • 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
  • 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis
  • 5:00pm Day Campers Depart. Overnight Campers: Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Meet Camp Coaches

Marcelo Ferreira
Co-Director

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) Benton 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
Co-Director

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.

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 the staff for all the efforts to make this camp experience memorable and for the love of the game brought from this camp. 

  • 5/5.
Fantastic Director and Coaches

Camp director and coaches we're fantastic! My kids had an experience they will never forget and the skills learned will help them in the coming year of tennis tournaments.

  • 4/5.
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.

  • 5/5.
Terrific Staff

Excellent tennis camp for kids!!! Caleb was great working with the kids. He helped our son get through a tough day of being home sick. The staff was terrific and showed a lot of enthusiasm. We will definitely sign our son up for this camp next year. Thank you!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight campers must be at least 9 years old
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
Availability: Open

Overnight (age 9+ only) $1,145.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day Camp Only
Day 8:00AM - 5:00PM $595.00
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.