Northwestern University Tennis Camp

Northwestern University Tennis Camp
Northwestern University Tennis Camp

Join us at summer tennis camp in Chicago, IL to improve your game in an exciting college atmosphere at the Northwestern University Nike Tennis Camp! Our goal is to provide every camper the opportunity to hit a ton of balls, improve their technique and match play skills, and learn in a fun environment with other players in their peer group. This tennis camp offers a variety of options for campers of all ages and abilities.

Nike Summer Tennis Camp in Chicago, IL

The Northwestern University Nike Tennis Camps are ideally suited for all levels and ages 5-17. The camp features daily tennis instruction by the Wildcat men's varsity staff and is ideally suited for all levels, from beginners through tournament, and ages 5-17.

Highlights Include

  • Gain self-confidence through repetition, new techniques, and learning in a fun environment
  • Daily tennis instruction from head coach, Arvid Swan, and his experienced staff
  • We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis training with low camper to staff ratio and constant supervision
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Arvid Swan
Camp Director

Arvid Swan

Arvid Swan continues to take the Northwestern University men's tennis program to new heights as he enters his eighth year at the helm for the Wildcats in 2014-15. He has compiled an 104-86 record in his first seven seasons in Evanston, including a 43-21 mark the last two years.

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Swan has guided Northwestern to four NCAA tournament appearances; the first came in his second season, 2009, as well as three consecutive appearances in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The 2014 season saw the Wildcats post their second-consecutive 20-win season as they notched a 21-11 record in dual match play. For his efforts, Swan was recognized as the ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

Raleigh Smith earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season while Sam Shropshire also earned first-team All-Big Ten distinction. Additionally, Shropshire was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the ITA Midwest Region Rookie Player of the Year. Both individuals earned national rankings while Smith was selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship. Northwestern posted a 7-4 mark in conference play and notched 10 of its overall victories over ranked opponents, advancing to the semifinal round of the Big Ten tournament and traveling to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in school history en route to their second straight NCAA tournament appearance in 2013. NU posted 22 dual match victories, the second most in school history and one off of the school record.

The 'Cats reached as high as No. 18 in the ITA team rankings and defeated 11 ranked opponents. Northwestern was assigned to the NCAA regional in Athens, Ga., where it rallied to defeat No. 19 Wake Forest in the opening round, giving the Wildcats their first NCAA tournament victory in 15 years. Smith and Spencer Wolf were both named first-team All-Big Ten selections, the first time NU had a pair of individuals represented on the first team since 2005. Smith also won the singles title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and teamed with Sidarth Balaji to claim the doubles crown.

In 2012, Northwestern won 14 dual matches during the regular season and another in the Big Ten tournament against Penn State. The 'Cats collected seven wins in conference play during the regular season, their highest output since the 2001 campaign, and traveled to Durham, N.C., for the NCAA tournament.

As a team, Northwestern rose steadily up the rankings list throughout the season. After winning four straight matches to open the season, Swan's squad debuted at No. 65 on January 24. When the season's final listing was released on May 29, the Wildcats checked in at No. 42, the best mark of the season.

Individually, Swan helped protégés Wolf and Josh Graves, who were unranked at the time as a doubles team, knock off Ohio State's Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, 8-6, when the teams got together in Columbus, Ohio, on April 15. Buchanan and Rola were the top-ranked doubles team in the country entering that match and they would go on to win the NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga., on May 23.

As a team, Northwestern rose steadily up the rankings list throughout the season. After winning four straight matches to open the season, Swan's squad debuted at No. 65 on January 24. When the season's final listing was released on May 29, the Wildcats checked in at No. 42, the best mark of the season.

In 2009-10, Swan helped Northwestern achieve its highest ranking in five seasons (No. 36) when the Wildcats upset then-No. 18 Alabama, 4-3, on Jan. 22.

In his second season, Swan guided a team that finished the 2008 season unranked and last in the Big Ten to a 2009 year-end ranking of No. 46 in the nation and a tie for fourth in the Big Ten regular season standings with a 6-4 league mark. The team improved from 7-17 to 18-9 in just one year and enjoyed the highest jump in the national rankings over a one-year period (as high as No. 42) of any team in Division I, the second time in Swan's career that his team has earned that distinction.

Swan has done tremendous work on the recruiting front for the Wildcats, building a foundation that will reap benefits for years to come. Swan's first recruiting class was deemed No. 12 in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net and he followed it up with a 2010 recruiting class ranked No. 8, a mark that was matched in 2013.

Swan came to Northwestern after one year as the head men's tennis coach at DePaul University. While at DePaul, Swan improved the team immensely. On the heels of an 8-14 season, Swan's Blue Demons finished the 2006-07 season with an 18-7 record and reached a ranking as high as No. 58 in the nation.

Prior to taking the position as head coach at DePaul, Swan served as associate head coach at NU from 2003-06. While at NU, Swan helped take the program consistently improve as the Wildcats jumped from sixth in the Big Ten to back-to-back fourth-place conference finishes. He also helped lead the team to a top-40 national ranking twice. In 2004 and 2005, the 'Cats reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. They also made an appearance in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

In his playing days, Swan was world-ranked professionally in singles and doubles before moving into the coaching ranks. While at Michigan, Swan was the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award in 1995 and earned his way onto three Academic All-Big teams from 1996-98. In 1996, Swan was elected to the All-Big Ten team as the Wolverines went on to win the Big Ten championship. Swan captained the squad until his graduation in 1998.

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Chris Klingemann
Co-Director

Chris Klingemann

Chris Klingemann is in his fourth season on the Northwestern men's tennis coaching staff in 2014-15. In August 2014 he was promoted to the role of associate head coach.

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Klingemann's time in Evanston has coincided with the resurgence of the program. The Wildcats have made NCAA tournament appearances all three of his seasons on staff.

In 2014, Klingemann helped Raleigh Smith earn first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season while Sam Shropshire also earned first-team All-Big Ten distinction. Additionally, Shropshire was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the ITA Midwest Region Rookie Player of the Year. Both individuals earned national rankings while Smith was selected to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship. As a team, Northwestern posted a 21-11 dual match record, including a 7-4 mark in conference play. The 'Cats notched 10 of their victories over ranked opponents, advanced to the semifinal round of the Big Ten tournament and traveled to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the NCAA tournament.

The successful season came one year after NU posted 22 dual-match wins, the second most in program history and one shy of the top mark. Among the team's 12 wins over ranked foes were victories over No. 30 Notre Dame, No. 33 Nebraska, No. 34 Louisville and No. 35 NC State. However, the team's most impressive win of the season came in the opening round of the NCAA tournament where the 'Cats won a thrilling 4-3 match over 19th-ranked Wake Forest. It was the program's first NCAA tourney win since 1998. The squad peaked at No. 18 in the ITA team rankings.

Smith and Spencer Wolf became the first Northwestern teammates to earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades in the same season since 2005. Smith also compete the rare double in the fall at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning the singles title while pairing with Sidarth Balaji to win the doubles crown. Klingemann's efforts resulted in him being named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

In Klingemann's first year on staff in 2012, Northwestern won 14 dual matches during the regular season and another in the Big Ten tournament against Penn State. The 'Cats collected seven wins in conference play during the regular season, their highest output since the 2001 campaign.

As a team, Northwestern rose steadily up the rankings list throughout the season. After winning four straight matches to open the season, Swan's squad debuted at No. 65 on January 24. When the season's final listing was released on May 29, the Wildcats checked in at No. 42, the best mark of the season.

Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks Klingemann starred for four years at Ohio State and played for over two years on the ATP Tour upon graduation.

Klingemann, a native of Winnetka, Ill., spent two-and-a-half years playing on the ATP circuit where he ranked amongst the top-six ATP professionals in Canada and amongst the top 520 players in the world. Playing doubles, Klingemann won two Futures Tournament titles and advanced to the finals of a Challenger Tournament. He has a career high doubles ranking of No. 480. Klingemann was also a singles finalist in one Futures Tournament and posted wins over four players who were each ranked in the top-200.

Prior to joining the professional tour, Klingemann spent four successful years playing at Ohio State University. There, he helped lead the Buckeyes to three straight Big Ten regular season championships from 2005-07 and a pair of Big Ten tournament crowns in 2006 and 2007. Ohio State reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament three straight times (2005-07) during Klingemann's tenure in Columbus, Ohio.

Klingemann was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2005 and on the court he earned All-Big Ten accolades in 2006 and 2007. As a senior in 2007, Klingemann was a team captain and voted the squad's most valuable player.

Since leaving the ATP tour in 2010, Klingemann has worked at the College Park Athletic Club in Deerfield, Ill. as a high level junior pro. He graduated from OSU in December 2007 with a degree in communication.

Camp Details

2015 Northwestern University Summer Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering four weeks of Junior Day tennis camps. Each week, campers ages 7-17 can choose the full day (9:00am-4:00pm) option, while campers ages 5-17 can choose the half day morning (9:00am-12:00 noon) or half day afternoon (1:00-4:00pm) camp options. We will also offer the 10 & Under Tennis Training Program with no separate sign-up.
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10 and Under Tennis

In addition, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, featuring the USTA’s successful  new teaching format. 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. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.

Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • Full and Half Day AM campers: 8:30am on Monday at Vandi Christie Tennis Center. 
  • Half Day PM campers: 12:30pm on Monday at Vandi Christie Tennis Center.
Check-Out
  • Half Day AM campers: 12:00 noon on Friday at Vandi Christie Tennis Center.
  • Full and Half Day PM campers: 4:00pm on Friday at Vandi Christie Tennis Center.

Program Schedule

  • Full Day Camp runs 9:00am to 4:00pm (Monday through Friday).
  • Half Day A.M. camp runs daily from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Half Day P.M. camp runs daily 1:00pm-4:00pm

Meals

The lunch hour is fully supervised, but lunch is NOT provided.  Full day campers should bring their own lunch daily.

Courts

Campers will play on 15 outdoor courts at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. In the event of rain, camp will be held indoors at the Combe Tennis Center which has six indoor 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: TNXRNW

“All camps are open to anyone limited only by age and number of campers.”

For more information on Northwestern University athletics, visit www.nusports.com.

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 All-Day Campers - supervised lunch
  • 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

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Simply the Best

Val and her team are amazing instructors. My children have shown remarkable improvement, but most importantly they had fun. We moved in the middle of camp and my 8 year old daughter was having trouble letting go of me one morning. The counselors all rallied - especially Belinda - to help her feel comfortable. I tell everyone how amazing this camp is- we live in Chicago and make the 30-45 minute trek to Evanston even though there are plenty of tennis camps just minutes from our house. These guys are the best!

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  • 4/5.
Rookie Raves About Camp!

My 6 year old son had never played tennis, but was very excited to learn. He absolutely loved this camp. I would highly recommend it and look forward to signing him up again next year.

  • 5/5.
Fantastic!

It was fantastic! Hope to do it again next year!

  • 4/5.
Eight and Great!

I am filling out this survey for my 8 y.o son - so take it with a grain of salt. He had a great time and wanted to play every night after camp. THANKS! Will be back next year I am sure.

  • 5/5.
Thoughtful coaches!

I'm pretty sure it was Adam, who wrote Lyndon's recommendation, who was absolutely a phenomenal coach. He was so attentive and paid a lot of attention to Lyndon, even though it is clear from his age and level he is not going to be any great Junior Tennis star. It means so much to have a coach/counselor care so much about them no matter what their level, and we really, really appreciate Adam's advice, encouragement and kindness! 

  • 5/5.
Significant improvement!

It was an awesome camp! I improved my tennis significantly and had fun at the same time. We will definitely consider returning next year.

  • 5/5.
Loved camp!

My son loved this camp. He usually complains about camps, but was excited each day to go, despite getting up early and a 2hr ride each way to get to camp each day. He is very motivated for the tennis season at HS this year, because of camp! Thanks!

  • 5/5.
Great!

Great camp and great staff! We'll be back next year!

  • 5/5.
LOVED.

My daughter LOVED this camp. She is a complete beginner and she now wants more lessons.

  • 4/5.
Wonderful

Coaches are wonderful.

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.

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