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, Michelle Dasso and her 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 tennis camp 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, Michelle Dasso, and her 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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Michelle Dasso

Michelle Dasso

Head coach Michelle Dasso enters her eighth season at the helm of the Illinois women's tennis program. Dasso became the seventh coach of the Fighting Illini after a tremendous playing and coaching career at the University of Notre Dame.

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In just seven short years, Dasso has made huge strides with the women's tennis program.

Dasso's 2011-12 squad produced three All-Big Ten honorees, the most in program history. Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin were named first-team, while Marisa Lambropoulos was named second-team. The Orange and Blue took down No. 9 Texas, marking Illinois' first win over a top-10 team since 2003, and finished the year 18-8 overall with a No. 21 ranking.

The 2010-11 Illini boasted two All-Big Ten honorees, including Rachael White (first team) and Amy Allin (second team).

In the previous season, the Illini were rewarded with their first top-25 finish in the final Campbell's/ITA rankings since 2004, after making their third straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Orange and Blue finished 15-10 overall, including nine wins over nationally ranked opponents and placed third in the Big Ten with an 8-2 mark. Dasso also showed her recruiting prowess, signing the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, which was the highest-ranked class in Illinois history.

In addition to her Illinois coaching duties, Dasso also served as coach for the fourth annual Master'U BNP Paribas for the second straight year. The international competition features the top collegiate players from around the world. Working alongside Boise State head coach Greg Patton, the duo guided the U.S. to a first-place finish with a 4-3 victory over France. It was the first-ever championship for the U.S. in only its second appearance in the tournament.

In 2008-09, the Illini advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003 with a 4-3 victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt, which also marked their first win over a top-20 opponent in five years. The squad took home Illinois' Outstanding Team GPA Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.475.

After battling through an injury plagued first season as head coach, Dasso turned the program around in 2007-08. In only her second year at the the helm, Dasso helped lead the Orange and Blue to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten and its first NCAA tournament appearance in four years.

Dasso is a native of Long Grove, Ill., and a 1997 graduate of Stevenson High School. She spent three years as an assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame (2003-06) women's tennis program under head coach Jay Louderback. Her primary responsibilities in South Bend, Ind., were recruiting, on-court coaching, budgeting, travel arrangement and managing the strength and conditioning program.

With the Fighting Irish, Dasso garnered ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors after leading Notre Dame to unprecedented success in 2005-06. Notre Dame finished 27-2 on the season and was ranked No. 2 in the country for eight weeks before falling in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. In the fall of 2005, she coached the doubles tandem of Catrina and Christian Thompson to the ITA All-American Championships doubles title, becoming the first Notre Dame women's tennis players to capture a collegiate grand slam tournament.

In only her third season with Notre Dame, Dasso made a name for herself as a recruiter. She helped recruit the 2006-07's Irish signing class that ranked No. 1 in the country by, while previously being involved in recruiting two All-Americans. In addition, the women's tennis team was annually in contention for the highest team GPA honors among all Notre Dame athletic teams.

As a player, Dasso is the most decorated women's tennis player in Notre Dame history. She grabbed the ITA's National Senior Player of the Year accolade in 2001, and is the program's first four-time All-American. She still tops the Irish record books in nearly every statistical category, including career singles victories (140), most wins at No. 1 singles (67), season singles victories (40) and combined season victories (74).

In 2001, she received the Francis Patrick O'Conner Award, presented annually by the University to one male and one female student-athlete who best displayed the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame.

After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration-marketing from Notre Dame in 2001, Dasso played professionally for two years, before returning to South Bend to join the Irish staff.

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Evan Clark

Evan Clark

Illinois women's tennis head coach Michelle Dasso announced the hiring of Evan Clark as the program's assistant coach on Friday, November 21st. Clark joins the Illini on December 1st after a two-year stretch as the head coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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"I am thrilled to add Evan to my staff for a number of reasons," said Michelle Dasso. "He has not only years of experience as an assistant and head coach but proven success at each program he has worked with. I am confident he will continue that trend and do the same here. I am honored to work with Evan and welcome his wife Katelynn and one year old son, Tripp, to the Fighting Illini family and community.

During the 2013-14 season at UNC Wilmington, Clark led the Seahawks to the program's first women's Colonial Athletic Association conference championship. Clark was named the CAA's Coach of the Year and had players named as both the CAA "Player of the Year" and "Freshman of the Year".

The University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate coached the team to a 31-11 record during his time at the helm of the program.

Prior to his time at UNC Wilmington, Clark served as the assistant coach for the University of Maryland's men's team from 2010-12. At Maryland Clark helped the Terrapins to their first NCAA tournament berth in program history. He also assisted the program to its highest ITA national ranking in the program's history (No. 38).

Clark also served as the Penn State University assistant women's coach prior to his time at Maryland. The Liberty, Missouri native also served as the assistant coach for the women's varsity team at his alma mater.

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 was also named first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference during the 2002-03 campaign. 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.

Clark and his wife, Katelynn, have a one-year-old son, Tripp.

"I am honored to be the new assistant coach at the University of Illinois and appreciate the opportunity Michelle has given me," shared Clark. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for the program she has built and I look forward to helping her continue to develop Illinois women's tennis into an elite program. My family and I are very excited to become part of the Illinois family."


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: 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. There is A/C in the dorms!

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

  • 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!

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  • 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.
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.
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.
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!

  • 5/5.
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

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.