Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois

Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois
Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois

Nike Tennis Camps return to the University of Illinois for Summer 2016! Come join Head Women's Coach, Evan Clark and his experienced collegiate staff for an unforgettable summer tennis camp experience in Champaign. With two weeks of overnight and day tennis camp for kids ages 9-18 and of all ability levels, there is a camp option for everyone!

Nike Tennis Camp in Champaign, IL

The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois is a camp for young athletes to come and vastly improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Overnight campers stay on campus in air-conditioned dorms and play daily at the Atkins Tennis Center, home to the Illini men’s and women’s tennis teams and the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Our goal this summer 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. Immerse yourself in tennis instruction, new friends and off court fun activities for a week. Your day is filled with tennis and fun!

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from U of I Head Women's Coach, Evan Clark, and his outstanding collegiate staff
  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis training including drilling and match play with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Play daily at the Atkins Tennis Center and Khan Outdoor Complex
  • Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt and merit based Nike prizes
  • Fun, off-court, evening activities for overnight campers
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Meet Camp Coaches

Evan Clark
Camp Director

Evan Clark

In June of 2016, Evan Clark was named head coach of the Illinois women's tennis team. Clark served as the program's interim coach throughout the 2015-16 season and had been with the Fighting Illini since December 2014 in an assistant role.

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"I am extremely grateful to Josh Whitman and search committee chair Ryan Squire for allowing me this opportunity and trusting me to lead the Fighting Illini women's tennis program moving forward," Clark said. "We will continue to work hard to develop our student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in all aspects of their life. We all understand that Illinois is a very special place and I am excited to build a program here of which everyone can be proud. I look forward to taking the progress that was made last year and building the program into a national contender annually."

During the 2015-16 campaign, Clark oversaw the Fighting Illini turn in their most productive season since 2012. The team posted a 15-9 overall record that included an 8-3 reading in Big Ten action for fourth place and advancement to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals. Illinois turned in a collective 41-8 record on the doubles courts across the dual season under the interim guidance of Clark.

In the two seasons that Clark has been with the Illini program, the teams have compiled an overall dual record of 29-19, including a 14-8 mark in Big Ten action. With Clark on the staff, the Illini also have turned in a seven-match winning streak during back-to-back seasons for just the fourth time in program history.

"Evan provided outstanding leadership for our program this past season, and we are excited to transition him to the permanent position of head women's tennis coach," Whitman said. "He has done a tremendous coaching job with a young roster, setting the stage for more success in the years to come. Evan has an aggressive vision for the program and is the right person to be leading Fighting Illini women's tennis in its pursuit of championships."

Clark and the University of Illinois have inked a four-year agreement, keeping the Liberty, Missouri, native with the Orange and Blue through the 2020 season. Officially at the helm of the program, Clark marks the eighth head coach in Illinois women's tennis program history.

Prior to Illinois, Clark served as the head coach of the UNC Wilmington women's team for two seasons and helped the Seahawks to the program's first Colonial Athletic Association conference championship. Clark was named the CAA's Coach of the Year and had players named both the CAA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Under the direction of Clark, UNCW posted a combined record of 31-11.

The University of Missouri - Kansas City graduate has also spent time with the Maryland men's team, Penn State women's team and UMKC women's team after earning his degree in 2006.

With a perfect 31-0 record, Clark took home the 2002 Missouri High School 4A State Singles Championship and was voted the Kansas City Star Tennis Male Athlete of the Year. He went on to be named First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference following his collegiate debut season. Clark served as captain of the UM-Kansas City men's tennis team from 2002-04. During the 2004-05 season, Clark wrapped up his collegiate career as a member of the Arkansas men's tennis program before returning to UMKC to earn his degree in psychology.

Accompanying Clark off the courts is his wife, Katelynn, as well as their son, Tripp and daughter, Harper.

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Camp staff is made up of current and former University of Illinois tennis players.

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Camp staff is made up of current and former University of Illinois tennis players.

Camp Details

2016 University of Illinois Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year, the University of Illinois is offering two weeks of general overnight tennis camp and day camp (8:30am-4:00pm) for ages 9-18 and all ability levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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Camp Program Offerings

In addition to the general camp sessions, we will include a special tournament training component during the first session and a high school program during the second session.

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 program is provided for players ages 13-18 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.


  • Overnight Campers check-in 1:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
  • Day Campers check-in at 1:30pm on Sunday at the tennis courts.
  • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
  • Day Campers will depart that evening at 9:00pm.
  • All campers check-out 11:30am on Thursday. 
  • A graduation ceremony will precede checkout.  All parents are invited to come!

Day Camp Program

  • Sunday: Day campers check-in at 1:30pm and depart at 9:00pm
  • Monday-Wednesday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:00pm.
  • Thursday: All campers check-out at 11:30am immediately following graduation.


Lunch is provided for all day campers.


Campers play daily at the nationally recognized Atkins Tennis Center and Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, featuring 6 indoor and 20 lighted outdoor tennis courts.  Home of the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championship, this facility is outstanding.


2016: There will be A/C in the dorms for 2016! |  Dorms TBD | 2015: Overnight Campers will stay on campus and eat in the dining facilities. Campers will sleep 2 per room (no triples available) and are assigned by age, gender and roommate requests. 

Evening Activities

Evening activities may include Movie night, Tournament Night, and Swimming.

Weekend Stayovers

There are no weekend stayovers offered at this location.


University of Illinois is within three hours driving distance from Chicago or St. Louis and is also accessible by air. The O’Hare & Midway bus service provides transportation between major Chicago airports and the University of Illinois campus.

Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly directly to the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, which enjoys daily jet service from Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and St. Louis and schedule a public shuttle from the airport to camp.  For info on shuttles, visit the airport’s ground transportation website at .

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.

Rain Plan

In the case of rain we have indoor courts available for use as needed, and we will also cross train.

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: TNXRUI

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
  • 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
  • 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis
  • 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

Camper Reviews

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  • 5/5.

My 9 year old son, Jack, was "blown away" by how fun his experience was. He had just turned 9 and was away from home for the first time being an overnight camper. The staff did an amazing job chaperoning Jack and had great non-tennis activities to make his experience even more fun. Jack greatly improved his tennis game, but most importantly he advanced himself socially.

  • 4/5.

Wonderful experience and I can't wait to do it again!

  • 5/5.

This camp was the BEST! U of I's tennis facility was top notch, bug the best part were all the coaches. So much fun!!!

  • 3/5.

Roberta made great friends and learned a lot.

  • 4/5.
A Welcomed Challenge

I really enjoyed giong to this camp. It was very challengin, but I am glad it was.The conditioning, drills and matches all helped improve my game.

  • 5/5.
Phenomenal Camp!

My 9 & 10 year old went and we thought the facilities and instruction were phenomenal. They loved it and were unphased by 5 hours of daily tennis, didn't even want to come home. Thank you for such a great experience. Super organized!

  • 4/5.
Positive Instruction

I thought the entire staff was very motivating for my high school aged daughter. She said that they made playing tennis and the drills fun. One of her coaches Evan helped her with specific areas of weakness in a very positive manner.

  • 5/5.
Lifelong Friends!

My daughter had the best time at U of I Nike camp. She came back a stronger player physically and mentally! She loved the coaches and made life long friends! She will definitely be going back next year!

  • 5/5.
Superb Staff!

The staff was superb! From greeting my child on Day 1 and seeing to my child's needs at the camp, it was outstanding service.

  • 4/5.
Great Experience

The University of Illinois Nike Tennis Camp has been a great experience for me both times I went. I will be back next year for sure!

  • 4/5.
I'll be back

Loved camp and am definitely coming back next year!

  • 5/5.
Facilities amazing!

Really great group of people running the camp and facilities were second to none at U of Illinois!

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.