Nike Tennis Camp at University of Memphis

Nike Tennis Camp at University of Memphis
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Nike Tennis Camp at University of Memphis

Come join the fun this summer at the University of Memphis, one of Nike Tennis Camps' newest summer camp locations! This junior tennis program will offer a day camp option for boys and girls, ages 10-18. Run by the men's and women's tennis coaches, the camp will feature the latest tennis training techniques and a comprehensive instructional program.

Nike Tennis Camp in Memphis, TN

This is a tennis camp for kids to come and take their tennis game to the next level while making new friends and having lots of fun. Each camper will receive tennis instruction on the fundamentals of all major strokes and will enhance their skills through repetition, ball-feeding drills, live-ball situations and competitive match play. In addition, campers will be exposed to team competition and match play in singles and doubles.

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from both the head men and head women's tennis coaches and their expert staff
  • Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • 5-6 hours of tennis training daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Gain self-confidence through tennis success

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Paul Goebel
Camp Director

Paul Goebel

Heading into his 10th season as the head coach of the University of Memphis men's tennis program, Paul Goebel has elevated the Tigers' program to unprecedented heights.

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Already this season, the Tigers have established a number of program benchmarks. The doubles team of David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury started the spring dual season ranked No. 3 in the country, the highest-ever national ranking for a Tigers' doubles tandem. The duo became just the third Memphis doubles entry to qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American, where they strung together a run to the quarterfinals, the deepest a Memphis entry has ever gone in the draw. Less than two weeks later, the duo became the first Tigers in program history to defeat the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country when they upset the team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee, 8-4, in the semifinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in Knoxville. They went on to win the ITA Regional doubles crown, another program first, qualifying for the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, where they advanced to the Round of 16.

Memphis enters the 2014 spring dual season with some major team momentum as well. After making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, the Tigers won two matches in the 2013 NCAA tournament, making the program's first-ever appearance in the Round of 16 and finishing the season ranked No. 20 in the country, the program's highest-ever team ranking.

Individually, the Tigers captured a program-best 10 conference post season honors, including sophomore Connor Glennon earning the Conference USA Player of the Year award and Goebel earning his second conference coach of the year honor. Juniors David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury were named first team, all-conference in doubles, while Glennon and junior Cedric De Zutter earned second team all-conference doubles honors. In singles play, Glennon was named first team, while Salisbury and junior Johnny Grimal were named second team in singles play. Salisbury also grabbed an academic honor, being voted to the conference's all-academic team.

Since taking over as the program's head coach after spending the previous five seasons as the assistant coach, Goebel has guided Tigers to 18 all-conference honors, including Glennon's Player of the Year honor in 2013 and freshman of the year honor in 2012 and Amrit Narasimhan's Newcomer of the Year honor in 2007.

A program that ranked No. 73 in the country at the end of Goebel's first season at the helm, the Tigers spent the entire 2013 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings, capturing their first-ever C-USA tournament crown. After starting the 2011-12 season not among the national rankings, Memphis broke into the national rankings the second week of the season and has remained there since, a streak of 32 straight polls heading in to the 2013-14 season.

Of the six Tigers in program history to earn first-team, all-conference honors, Goebel has been the head coach of the program for five of them. He coached Jorge Vazquez to a 2009 first-team honor. Johnny Grimal and David O'Leary were named first team singles honorees in 2012, and were joined by Connor Glennon. Glennon then became the first Tiger in school history to earn repeat first-team all-conference honors with his award in 2013. The one other Tiger that earned first-team, all-conference honors that preceded Goebel's taking over the team is former Tiger, and current Lady Tigers head coach, Lee Taylor Walker. Goebel was an assistant for the Tigers while Walker was earning his first team honor and eventually earning a spot on the C-USA All-Decade Team in 2005.

Goebel has also raised the level of expectations off the court. Two of his men's tennis teams have earned C-USA Sport Academic Awards (honoring the highest team GPA among each conference sport), in 2010-11 and 2005-06. Of the 30 C-USA commissioner's academic medalists, 18 of them have come since Goebel took over the program.

The Tigers have earned ITA All-Academic Team honors in six of the last seven seasons. Juniors Cedric De Zutter and Joe Salisbury were named ITA Scholar Athletes in 2013. It was the second ITA academic honor for Salisbury and the third for De Zutter. Current Tiger David O'Hare is also a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete. In school history, Tigers have received 31 ITA Scholar-Athlete awards, 24 of them coached by Goebel.

A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Goebel came to Memphis after a stellar career at Middle Tennessee, where he was part of the school's first All-America doubles team, which earned him a place in the MTSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Goebel became the second men's tennis player to be inducted into the Middle Tennessee Hall of Fame. A member of the MTSU team from 1990-1994, Goebel served as the team's captain from 1992-1994 and was a four-time, all-conference player. He was also named the student-athlete of the year in 1994.

Following his collegiate playing career, Goebel served as a student assistant coach in 1995 at Middle Tennessee, while also playing professionally. He graduated from MTSU in 1995.

Goebel moved to Memphis and became a tennis professional at The Racquet Club of Memphis beginning in 1996. At The Racquet Club, Goebel taught top national and southern-ranked juniors and has coached in a variety of area training centers, zonals and national team events. In 1999, Goebel was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the "Men's 25 and Over" age group.

He sits on various NCAA tennis committees and has won two conference coach of the year awards (2012, 2013).

He and his wife, Shelly, have four children.

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Chris Doerr

Chris Doerr

Chris Doerr joined the University of Memphis men's tennis staff as a volunteer assistant coach in August of 2012 and was hired as the program's assistant coach in July of 2013.

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The former Mississippi State netter was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and was named the SEC Player of the Week one time in his junior season. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State for the 2010-11 season.

Chris Doerr served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2012-13 with Memphis and takes over as the program's assistant coach in 2013-14.

"Chris was a big part of everything we accomplished in 2013," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "He has played high level college tennis and understands what it takes to compete at the elite level we are trying to elevate to. He relates well to our players and understands the challenges they face in competing at this level. He will also be a big asset for us in international recruiting since he knows everything recruits are considering when deciding to come to the United States to play college tennis. He had other opportunities after spending last season with us as a volunteer assistant coach, and we are excited to have an opportunity to keep Chris here in Memphis with the Tigers."

Doerr spent 2012-13 with the Tigers as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Memphis finish as the No. 20 ranked men's tennis team in the country in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) season-ending rankings, the highest-ever ranking for a Tiger men's tennis team. With Doerr's assistance, Memphis captured its first-ever Conference USA championship in 2013 and garnered nine post-season honors, including sophomore Connor Glennon's Player of the Year Award, Goebel's coach of the year award and with the doubles team of Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare finishing on a nine-match winning streak and ending the year as the No. 39 ranked doubles team in the country.

Hailing from Bromley, England, Doerr has ranked as high as number 11 in the English National Rankings and as high as #480 in the ITF Rankings. Back in England, he was a member of the State Championship Team for four years and was a state champion in singles and doubles and won a divisional title as the captain for the state team.

He graduated from Mississippi State in 2010 with a degree in communications. He and his wife, Rachel McLemore Doerr, married in August of 2012, and reside in Memphis with their dog Lily.

Hayden Perez

Hayden Perez

Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams which have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five...

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Hayden Perez, a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year who has been on the coaching staff of teams which have made NCAA Championship appearances each of the past five years, has been named the women's tennis coach at the University of Memphis.

Tom Bowen, Memphis' Director of Athletes, made the announcement on Tuesday.

"We are excited to add a coach of Hayden Perez's caliber to our staff," Bowen said. "Hayden is highly regarded as a recruiter and is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks. He has been a part of several nationally-ranked programs and we expect our women's tennis program will continue to thrive under his leadership."

Perez was the associate head coach at Texas Tech University in 2014 after eight years at Nebraska where he also served as associate head coach.

"I would like to thank Memphis Athletics Director Tom Bowen and the entire search committee for selecting me as the next head coach of women's tennis at the University of Memphis," Perez said. "Their professionalism throughout the process was appreciated and they gave me a great insight to what it will be like to work for Memphis Athletics.

"I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Tiger family and grateful for the opportunity. I look forward to working with men's coachPaul Goebel and anticipate building a great working relationship with him as we strive for excellence with both programs."

In his one season at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders advanced to the NCAA Championship for a third straight year. Three members of the 2014 Texas Tech squad were named First-Team All-Big 12.

During his eight seasons at Nebraska, Perez was named the ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year three times (2007, 2010 and 2012). He helped the Huskers climb in the national rankings from 56 in 2009 to an impressive 16th to conclude the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While in Lincoln, he helped Nebraska make five NCAA appearances in eight seasons including a Sweet Sixteen showing in 2013.

Nebraska captured the 2013 Big Ten regular season title in 2013. In eight seasons with the program, the Huskers went 152-58.

Perez has helped develop three All-Americans including 2013 NCAA Singles Finalist Mary Weatherholt who was named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year.

Prior to joining the Nebraska staff, Perez spent one season (2004-05) at Florida State, where he helped guide the Seminoles to a No. 43 ITA ranking and an appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Perez also served stints at Wyoming and Air Force and was the Director of Player Development for the Intermountain Section of the United State Tennis Association in Denver, Colo., where he was responsible for all aspects of junior competition including rankings, endorsement opportunities and scheduling.

As a player, Perez earned MVP honors twice and advanced to the finals of the Midwest Region Championships in 1996 while playing at Cameron University. He was ranked as high as No. 17 in singles play and earned a top-five national ranking in Men's Open Doubles by the U.S. Tennis Association. Perez also played at Collin County (Texas) Community College, where he helped the team to an NJCAA national team championship in 1995 when he won the doubles national title and earned first-team All-America honors. Perez earned a No. 1 national ranking in doubles and was ranked in the top-30 in singles play at the junior college level.

Perez graduated from Cameron University in 1999 with a business administration degree. He is married to the former Gretchen McGeough and they have two sons, Tristen (five) and Tanner (two).

Ryan Haymond

Ryan Haymond

Haymond joins the staff with over 13 years of coaching experience. Most recently, Haymond has served as the Director of Tennis at the Germantown Country Club for the past two years. Prior...

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Haymond joins the staff with over 13 years of coaching experience. Most recently, Haymond has served as the Director of Tennis at the Germantown Country Club for the past two years. Prior to that, he was the Director of Junior Tennis at the Memphis Country Club from 2008-12. Haymond has also worked as the Director of Men's Tennis at Barton Creek Resort and Country Club, the Berry Creek Country Club and Westwood Country Club, all in Austin. In 2006, Haymond was selected by the Texas Tennis Association as the Boys' and Girls' 14s Zonals Coach.

Ryan played collegiately at the University of Texas from 2000-04 where he finished in the top ten in all-time doubles victories in school history.

Haymond, who was ranked No. 1 in the Men's 30s Doubles national poll in 2011, has won three gold balls in his career, including winning the USTA Men's National 30 Hard Court Doubles Championship in 2011. In 2004, Haymond earned his first ATP point on the tour, an accomplishment he is most proud of in his playing career.

Haymond is married to the former Lizzy Moser of Memphis and the couple has a two-year-old boy named Dex.

Camp Details

2015 University of Memphis Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks (June 1-5 & June 8-12) of Day Only (9:00am-3:30pm) tennis camp for kids ages 10-18 of all skill 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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  • Check-in: All Campers arrive on Monday at 8:30am at the University of Memphis tennis courts.
  • Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
  • Graduation: Full Day Campers: 3:30pm on Friday at the tennis courts. Parents are invited to attend!
  • Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.

Day Camper Schedule

  • Monday: Campers check-in at 8:30am and depart at 3:30pm.
  • Tuesday-Thursday: Campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 3:30pm.
  • Friday: All Campers arrive at 9:00am. Campers have a Graduation at 3:30pm and will depart at 4:00pm.


Campers bring their lunch each day. 

Off-Court Activities

We offer fun off-court activities such as swimming, ping pong, and basketball.


Campers will play on the University of Memphis’ 14 outdoor hard courts.

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: TNXDMB

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am-9:10am Warm-Up
  • 9:10am-9:25am Intro/Agilities/Stretching
  • 9:25am-10:45am Stroke Fundamentals and/or situational point development rotations
  • 10:45am-11:45am Competitive Games while working on fundamentals and/or strategy
  • 11:45am-Noon Competitive Group Game
  • Noon-1:00pm Lunch for full day campers, fully supervised
  • 1:00pm-1:15pm Warm-up/Agilities/Stretching
  • 1:15pm-2:30pm Stroke Fundamentals or situational point development rotations
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Singles/Doubles Tournament Play with Coaching, group games

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