Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
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Nike Tennis Camps returns to the University of Illinois for Summer 2014! 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 camp for kids ages 9-18 and of all ability levels, there is a camp option for everyone!
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 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, new friends and off court fun activities for a week. Your day is filled with tennis and fun!
- Daily instruction from U of I Head Women's Coach, Michelle Dasso, and her outstanding collegiate staff
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction 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
The University of Illinois is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis, an easy drive for those in the midwest! Campers play daily at the nationally recognized Atkins Tennis Center and Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, featuring six indoor and 20 lighted outdoor tennis courts. Home of the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championship, this facility is outstanding.Meet your coaching staff
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.Read Full Bio
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 tennisrecruiting.net, 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.
Ric Mortera joined the Illini staff as assistant coach in July 2013 after serving as assistant coach at Purdue, where he helped lead the 2012-13 Boilermakers to the second round of the NCAA Tennis Championships for only the second time in Purdue history.
During his season at Purdue, Mortera helped the Boilermakers reach No. 14 in the ITA rankings, marking the team's highest ranking in program history. He also helped lead the squad to 18 wins, matching an all-time high at Purdue, and was instrumental in Purdue's first NCAA Doubles Championship berth since 2000, coaching Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt to the Boilermakers' fourth doubles tournament appearance in school history.
Prior to Purdue, Mortera spent two years as Illinois' volunteer assistant coach, helping the team reach No. 18 in the national rankings. With his guidance, five Illini earned All-Big Ten recognition, while six players earned ITA rankings in singles or doubles.
While working at Illinois, Mortera also worked on the Women's Tennis Association Tour, coaching former United States Fed Cup player Alexa Glatch and 2009 Orange Bowl champion Julia Boserup. He helped Glatch reach the main draw of both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon and helped improve her ranking from No. 302 to No. 139 in the world. He also helped Boserup achieve a career-high ranking of No. 174.
Mortera was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Oregon, where he reached No. 45 in the ITA rankings his senior year and led the squad in dual singles wins as a sophomore. He graduated from Oregon in 2010 with degrees in both economics and political science.
As a junior tennis player, Mortera was consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally, reaching as high as No. 6, and was the top-ranked player from the Pacific Northwest.
Camp staff is made up of current and former University of Illinois tennis players.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRUI)
This year, the University of Illinois is offering two weeks of general overnight and day camp (8:30am-4:00pm) for ages 9-18 and all ability levels.
Tournament Training and High School Sessions:
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. 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 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.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
• Overnight Campers: Between 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
• Day Campers: 1:30pm on Sunday
• 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
• Day Camper Hours: 8:30am-4:00pm (except first and last day, see above)
• Lunch is provided for all day campers.
Campers play at the Atkins Tennis Center and Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, featuring 6 indoor and 20 lighted outdoor tennis courts.
Overnight Campers will stay on campus in the Florida Avenue Residence Hall (2014) 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 (2014)!
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 http://www.flypia.com/parking.php .
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.
In the case of rain we have indoor courts available for use as needed, and we will also cross train.
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.
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