Nike Tennis Camp at University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee
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 day and half day camp options for boys and girls, age 6-18. Run by the men's and women's tennis coaches, the camp will feature the latest teaching techniques and a comprehensive instructional program.
This is a camp for young athletes to come and take their tennis game to the next level while making new friends and having lots of fun. Each camper will receive 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.
- Daily 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 daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Gain self-confidence through tennis success
Campers will play on the University of Memphis’ 14 outdoor hard courtsMeet your coaching staff
Lee Taylor Walker
- 2013 Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year
The 2013-14 campaign marks Lee Taylor Walker's seventh season as head coach of the University of Memphis women's tennis program.Read Full Bio
The 2013 Wilson/ITA Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year has made significant improvements to the program in his six years at Memphis. Walker guided the Lady Tigers to unprecedented success in the 2012-13 season with the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament and a win in the first round of the tournament. Memphis entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional before defeating the No. 2 seed Florida State in dominant fashion, 4-1, to advance to the second round. Memphis finished its historic season at 18-7 and a national ranking of No. 32 after a 4-0 loss to No. 9 Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 18 wins for the 2013 team tied for the fifth-most wins in a single season in program history.
Memphis achieved a program-high ranking of No. 22 on Feb. 26 after a 5-2 win over No. 16 Virginia, beating the highest-ranked opponent in program history. The Lady Tigers posted six wins over ranked teams during the season with three victories over teams in the top 25 (Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida State).
Lee Taylor Walker guided Memphis to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.
Memphis also received much recognition in Conference USA as six Lady Tigers earned C-USA accolades, tying a conference record. Skylar Kuykendall was named C-USA Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Lady Tiger to earn the honor. The Lady Tigers also earned regional accolades as Courtney Collins was named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Senior of the Year and Tiffany Welcher was honored with the region's Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.
Walker helped Collins advance to her second-straight NCAA Singles Championships and a season-ending ranking of No. 50. Collins also finished the season No. 79 in doubles with Kelly Gray while the duo of Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner ranked No. 64 at the end of the season. Regionally, all eight Lady Tigers were recognized in either the singles or doubles rankings at the end of the season.
In 2012, the U of M spent all but one week during the spring season in the ITA rankings, reaching a then program-best No. 51 on Mar. 20. Walker guided Collins to become the program's first participant in the NCAA Women's Singles Championships after ending the regular season ranked No. 31.
In all, five Lady Tigers earned rankings in 2011-12, with Mikesz, Welcher, Mariya Slupska and Alyssa Hibberd joining Collins in the polls. Collins' 2012 ITA Ohio Valley Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and All-C-USA First Team selection highlighted the 17 postseason awards earned by those five athletes and Kelly Gray.
The Lady Tigers have steadily improved in the rankings and wins column under Walker's direction. Heading into the 2012 season, Walker's squad boasted a program-best five nationally-ranked netters: No. 51 Stefanie Mikesz, No. 60 Courtney Collins, No. 98 Mariya Slupska in singles, and 41st-ranked duo Alyssa Hibberd and Tiffany Welcher.
In 2011, Walker guided Collins to All-Conference USA First Team honors and Slupska to C-USA Newcomer of the Year, both being first-ever selections for the program.
In 2010, Walker coached senior Ashley Murdock to her third-consecutive All-Conference USA Second Team selection and Collins to her first All-C-USA nod. In 2008-09, Walker's second season, the Lady Tigers went 10-13, including wins over conference foes Southern Miss and UAB.
Walker has coached eight Lady Tigers to all-conference honors in his six seasons as head coach.
In his first season as head coach, Walker led the Lady Tigers to a 9-13 mark. In the fall of 2008, Walker coached Murdock and Marjorie Ondeck to the semifinals of the 2008 ITA Southeast Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C. Murdock and Ondeck defeated doubles tandems from No. 13 Clemson, No. 17 North Carolina and No. 25 Tennessee on their way to the semifinals.
Walker, a native of Jackson, Tenn., played for Memphis from 2001-04, teaming with current assistant coach Ben Stapp in his first season. The duo became the highest-ranked doubles tandem in school history, ranking No. 12 in the country at the end of the 2001 fall season. Walker was also a nationally-ranked singles player, climbing as high as No. 48 in the country. He won 54 singles matches, playing primarily at the No. 1 and 2 positions during his three-year Tigers career. He was 64-29 in doubles. He was the school's first Conference USA first team honoree and also was named to the C-USA Men's Tennis All-Decade Team (1995-2005).
Off the court, Walker was named the recipient of the 2004 ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award, which he received as part of U.S. Open festivities.
Walker received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Memphis, graduating in December of 2006 with a Master's Degree in human movement sciences. After graduating, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the men's program and spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant for the Lady Tigers prior to being named the head coach of the program in 2007.
Walker is married to former Lady Tigers soccer player Erin May Ferris. He has one brother, Matt, who is a tennis coach in Bradenton, Fla. Walker is the son of Susan and Dr. Danny Walker, who was a quarterback at Vanderbilt and UT Martin.
Heading in to 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.Read Full Bio
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.
Former Tiger Ben Stapp begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Memphis women's tennis program.Read Full Bio
At Memphis, Stapp was a three-time all-Conference USA singles selection while playing for the nationally-ranked Tigers from 2000-03. Stapp teamed with Lee Taylor Walker in doubles in 2002 and 2003, where the duo reached as high as No. 12 in the country in Jan. 2003.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Stapp finished his career No. 1 with 78 career doubles wins at Memphis and No. 2 with 60 career singles victories. Stapp graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science.
Ben Stapp was a three-time all-conference selection while playing for the Tigers from 2000-03.
"I am very fortunate to have available here in Memphis a great friend and coach who can step right into the assistant coaching position," Walker said. "Ben was and is an outstanding player, as I know from first-hand experience with him carrying the load of our college doubles success. He was a great balance to my game style and personality on court, and I know he will be a great balance to me coaching together as well. He is an excellent coach and most of our team already has a great relationship with him from us all being at the Racquet Club together. He's experienced every level of the sport and I'm excited to learn from him as we both get started."
After his time at Memphis, Stapp began playing on the USTA Futures and Challengers circuit where he reached as high as the 700s in the ATP doubles rankings. In singles, Stapp defeated several top-300 players and some ranked in the top 100. Stapp has served as the director of the 10 and under tennis program at The Racquet Club of Memphis since fall 2010 and represents Memphis on the Tennessee committee for the program.
Stapp previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's tennis team during the 2010-11 season, helping the Lady Tigers to a 16-10 record. In 2011, Memphis captured its first C-USA First Team Singles selection in program history with sophomore Courtney Collins earning the honor and its first C-USA Newcomer of the Year honoree with junior transfer Mariya Slupska.
Stapp also served as a volunteer assistant for the men's program for 2011-12 season, helping guide the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance and a runner-up finish in the C-USA Championships.
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. 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.Read Full Bio
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.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXDMB)
This year we are offering two weeks of Day (9:00am-4:00pm) and Half Day (9:00am-12:00pm) camp for kids ages 6-17 of all skill levels. We will offer the USTA "Youth Tennis" format for those younger campers who are just beginning to learn the game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Full Day camp open to ages 8-17
Half Day camp open to ages 6-10
10 and Under Tennis:
In addition to the All Skills program offered each week, we also offer a “10 and Under Tennis” (Half Day Camp) program for kids ages 6-10. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts.
• 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.
• Half Day Campers depart at 12:00pm on Friday.
• Graduation: Full Day Campers: 3:30pm on Friday at the tennis courts. Parents are invited to attend!
• Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony at 4:00pm.
Half Day & Full Day Camper Schedule & Information
• Monday: All Campers check in at 8:30am. Half Day Campers depart at 12:00pm. Full Day campers depart at 4:00pm.
• Tuesday-Thursday: All Campers arrive at 9:00am. Half Day Campers depart at 12:00pm. Full Day campers depart at 4:00pm.
• Friday: All Campers arrive at 9:00am. Half Day Campers depart at 12:00pm. Full Day Campers have a Graduation at 3:30pm and will depart at 4:00pm.
• Meals: Full Day campers bring their lunch each day. Half Day Campers depart before lunch.
Campers will play on the University of Memphis’ 14 outdoor hard courts
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
- 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
- 3:30pm-3:45pm Conditioning
- 3:45pm-4:00pm Competitive Group Game