Nike Tennis Camp at Furman University

Nike Tennis Camp at Furman University
Nike Tennis Camp at Furman University

This summer tennis camp for kids is a great way to take your game to the next level! A tennis camper favorite, players of all ages and abilities come to this beautiful campus, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, five miles south of Greenville, South Carolina.

Steeped in tradition, these youth summer tennis camp sessions are a great way to improve your game in a short period of time, providing players with a chance to play tennis up to 5 hours a day, make new friends, enjoy nightly group activities and great accommodations. Join the fun and get better this summer!

Highlights Include

  • Daily instruction from Kelly Jones, former ATP World #1 Doubles Player and professional coach, and his experienced staff
  • Safe, healthy and fun environment
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Kelly Jones
Camp Director

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones is entering his second season as Head Coach of the Furman men's tennis team.

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Jones, a native of San Diego, Calif., and is among the top developmental coaches in the United States.  Over the last decade, he has coached some of the best professional tennis players in the world, including Mardy Fish, currently the top-ranked American and No. 8 player in the world, and James Blake, who has been ranked as high as fourth world-wide.  His other players include two Top 20 performers, John Isner and Xavier Malisse, along with many other Top 100 performers.

Prior to his coaching career, Jones established himself among the top professional tennis players on the ATP.  In 1998, he reached the mixed doubles finals at Wimbledon, then won the ATP Tour Singapore singles championship in both 1989 and 1990.  Jones attained a #1 doubles ranking on the ATP Tour in October of 1992, then went on to reach the doubles finals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open that same year.  The 1994 World Team Tennis Player of the Year, he also won the doubles championship on the ATP Tour at St. Polten in 1997.

After retiring from professional tennis in 1998, Jones spent six years as a USTA National Coach scouting, recruiting, and developing the nation's best junior tennis players. 

During his collegiate career, Jones won NCAA doubles titles in 1984 and 1985, then led Pepperdine to the finals of the NCAA Championship the following year.  A four-time All-American, Jones dropped a 3-6, 6-3 7-6 match to Furman's Ned Caswell in the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament.  Prior to his junior year at Pepperdine, he also competed as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team. 

Jones is married to Tami Whitlinger-Jones, a former top WTA Tour tennis player.  The couple has a 13 year-old daughter, Makenna.

Furman University is one of the nation's premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges.  The University offers outstanding academics, opportunities for a broad range of talented students with a passion for learning, a robust visual and performing arts program, and competitive NCAA Division I athletics.  Our campus in Greenville, South Carolina, is nationally acclaimed for its beauty, and the residential student body of 2,700 is the ideal size to enhance scholarly activity, personal growth, and leadership development.

Camp Details

2015 Camp Information

This camp offers four weeks of Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) camp for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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Tennis Program

The objectives of our camp are to reach each camper's specific needs for development. Campers will work on drills which develop consistency, placement and accuracy, as well as conditioning exercises to build speed, quickness and endurance. Each session will include team play. All sessions stress the importance of a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.

Camp Program Offerings

In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering tournament training and high school sessions during certain weeks of camp.

Tournament Training Program

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.

High School Session

The high school session 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.

Overnight & Day Camp Sessions

Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday, the first day of camp.
    • Note: All sessions run Sunday-Thursday.
  • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
  • Day campers will leave that day at 6:30pm.
  • Extended day campers will leave that night at 9:30pm.
Check-Out
  • There is a short awards ceremony at 12:00pm on the last day of camp. Parents are invited to attend!
  • Check-out is immediately following the ceremony, on Thursday.

Check-In Locations

June sessions

Check in at Lakeside Housing (McBee Building)

July Sessions

Check in at South Housing (Poteat Dorms)

Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule

  • Day Camp runs from 8:30am-5:30pm each day (except first and last day, see above).
  • Extended Day Camp runs from 8:30am-9:00pm each day (except first and last day, see above).

Meals

Lunch and dinner will be provided for Extended Day campers each day. Lunch will be provided for Day campers each day.

Courts

Campers will utilize the 19 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts on campus.

Dorms

2015: Dorms TBD | 2014: Overnight campers will stay in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 to a room in the dorms (some triples may be available). There is A/C in the dorms! The rooms are assigned according to sex, age and roommate requests.

Evening Activities

Daily camp and evening activities are supervised activities. Some of the evening activities include a movie night, pizza night, fun park night, miniature golfing and swimming. 

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayover is ONLY available for the two nights of camp between Week 2 and Week 3 of camp.  The price is $125 per night.

Designated Airport

Greenville-Spartenburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina.

Travel

If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Greenville Airport.  If you are coming to camp by plane/train and would like us to pick you up, please contact Kelly Jones for pick up 864-294-2445. (There will be a small charge for this service.) 

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: TNXRFM

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:15am Wake-up, breakfast at the Furman University dining court
  • 9:00am-12:15pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
  • 12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch and rest
  • 2:00pm-5:15pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner and getting ready for evening activities
  • 7:45-9:30 Evening Activity (movie night, pizza night, fun park night, miniature golfing)
  • 10:00pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Recommend Furman All the Way!

I am completing this survey as the parent of a camper. We have attended other tennis camps in the past, but your program is exceptional when compared to the others and I would absolutely recommend Furman in the future. Please keep up the great work! 

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  • 5/5.
Growing Experience!

The coaches conversations with and in front of my son regarding your college tennis program and the various school experiences has GREATLY impacted our son and his enthusiasm/dedication to the sport. He has returned more alive and more mature than when he left. Thank you!!

  • 5/5.
Wish for Longer Stay

I wanted to stay an extra week but my parents wouldn't let me. They said I could stay 2 weeks next year! Food was really good and I liked the afternoon games and drills that we played.

  • 5/5.
Best Year Ever!

My sons have been to this camp for several years now and love it. They said this was the best year ever! Great job.

  • 5/5.
Wants to Come Back!

I just wanted to drop you a short note, thanking you for the opportunity to get my daughter the added confidence she wants.  As soon as we picked her up she stated that she wants to go back again next year!

  • 5/5.
Improvement All Around

Just a flat out great experience. Andy Jung, his tennis coach, says my son improved in both attitude and play. 

  • 5/5.
Bringing All My Friends

I had only been playing a couple of months before I came. This camp helped me learn a lot of new skills and ways to improve. It was a perfect amount of tennis, and prefect amount of free time. Because of this camp, I never want to quit playing tennis. I'm definitely coming next year, and bringing all of my friends who play tennis!! Thanks for making this camp so great!

  • 5/5.
Kudos to the Coach

Coach Scarpa is unbelievable, so personal and encouraging to the kids. His staff was fantastic. Really can’t think of anything to improve except roller skating was not a hit – but what pleases everyone, especially kids right? Thanks for the great camp and please pass along special thanks to Coach Scarpa – he was seriously my son’s favorite part of camp. 

  • 5/5.
Camper's Favorite Place

My daughter has attended Addidas and Nike Camps in the past. This seemed to be one of her favorites. The coach was heavily involved and gave lots of instruction throughout the week. It was a great learning experience and beautiful campus. 

  • 4/5.
The Best!

Furman was bar none the best camp my daughter has ever attended. 

  • 5/5.
What a great camp!

This was the fouth time Gabrielle was at this camp and while her tennis game has improved, she has met the best friends and had the best weeks of her life. The staff were fantastic and made playing tennis in 100 degree weather fun. What a great camp this is!!!!She is sure to return.

  • 5/5.
Above the Rest

The Nike Furman camp is head and shoulders above any tennis camp that I have ever attended.

  • 5/5.
Amazing camp!

Camp was amazing. The staff genuinely showed interest in all of the campers and took the time to get to know each and every one! My daughter's tennis game improved so much during the week and gave her a new fire for the sport and the boost of confidence she needed! We were especially impressed with Coach Kelly and how hands-on he was. His staff was amazing and made it so fun!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $775.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $395.00
Availability: Open

Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $545.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $775.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $395.00
Availability: Open

Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $545.00
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 $775.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $395.00
Availability: Open

Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $545.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $775.00
Availability: Open

Day 8:30am-5:30pm $395.00
Availability: Open

Extended Day 8:30am-9:00pm $545.00
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.