Purdue University Nike Tennis Camp West Lafayette, Indiana
Click to enlarge and view gallery »
Come join the fun at summer camp and get better! One of our newest Nike Tennis Camp locations, Purdue University is a great place for kids to come hit a ton of balls, take their game to the next level, and make lasting friendships!
This summer camp for kids ages 8-18 is a great place for players of all abilities to come and improve their game. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to improve their technique while being challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a superb coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.
- Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
- Daily instruction from head men's coach and his experienced staff
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
The beautiful and historic campus of Purdue University is a short distance from Chicago and Indianapolis.Tennis is played at the Schwartz Tennis Center with its 18 courts; twelve outdoor and six indoor.Meet your coaching staff
Pawel Gajdzik is in his fifth year as the head coach at Purdue. He began his term Aug. 23, 2009. Gajdzik is the ninth coach in program history.Read Full Bio
In 2011, with five newcomers in the starting lineups, Gajdzik led Purdue to 13 wins, its highest single-season win total since 2003. Two Boilermakers nabbed postseason conference honors as freshmen Szymon Tatarczyk and Mark Kovacs were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Purdue was in the national rankings for 11 weeks in Gajdzik's second season at the helm and also finished second at the San Diego Invitational.
In 2009-10, Purdue had 11 wins under Gajdzik's direction, the school's highest total since the 2003 season. Eight Purdue athletes earned career-high win totals in their first season under Gajdzik's direction. Gajdzik and assistant coach Brandon Lenfert welcome their first recruiting class and the 24th-ranked group according to tennisrecruiting.net in the fall of 2010.
Gajdzik came to Purdue after spending the 2009-2010 season as head coach at Northern Illinois. He led the Huskies to a 9-10 overall record, including a 3-2 MAC mark that tied for second in the conference, in his first season in charge. Northern Illinois' second-place MAC showing was the highest for the school since 1997 and included the program's first victory over Ball State since 1974.
The Huskies managed postseason acclaim as well in Gajdzik's first season. Pawel Poziomski was named MAC Newcomer of the Year and All-MAC second team. Fellow freshman Jurica Grubisic was a first-team All-MAC selection, and junior Javier Bernabe was named to the second team. Gajdzik's 2009 recruiting class was named the No. 1 mid-major class in the country by TennisRecruiting.net.
Before taking over at Northern Illinois in 2009, Gajdzik spent six seasons on the coaching staff at Baylor. The Bears won the 2004 national championship and the 2005 national indoor team title before earning a national runner-up finish in 2005. Baylor also advanced to the national semifinal in 2006 and 2007 and the national quarterfinal in 2003 and 2008. The Bears brought six consecutive Big 12 championships and five Big 12 tournament titles back to Waco in that time, as well.
Gajdzik directed 2004 NCAA singles champion Benjamin Becker and 2005 NCAA singles champion Benedikt Dorsch, who were two of the four All-Americans to play at Baylor while Gajdzik was on staff. In addition to his coaching duties at Baylor, Gajdzik founded the PG Tennis Academy in 2005.
During his playing days at Baylor, Gajdzik won the 1998 Big 12 singles and doubles titles and was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year while leading the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance. In his first season of collegiate tennis, he was ranked as high as 17th in singles and was in the top 20 in the doubles rankings with two different partners. His 8-0 conference mark that season still stands as the best single-season mark in school history. The following year, Baylor put together a 25-4 record and advanced to the national quarterfinals. In 2000, Gajdzik won another Big 12 doubles crown while leading the Bears to the first men's team conference title in school history and a Round of 16 berth in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to coming to the United States, Gajdzik was a member of Poland's national team from 1989 to 1997. He was an ATP ranked professional player in singles and doubles while playing for the Polish Junior National Team. Gajdzik also won a national championship and was ranked in the top five throughout his junior career.
Gajdzik, a Szczecin, Poland, native, is married to the former Elizabeth Solomon.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRPP)
This year we are offering one week of Overnight, Extended Day (9:00am-8:00pm) and Day Camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for kids of all ability levels, ages 9-18.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
• Overnight campers will be able to check in to the dorm (name TBD) between 3:00-4:00pm.
• There will be an orientation meeting for the campers staying at the dorm at 4:00pm in the dorm (name TBD).
• Day and Extended Day Campers will check in from 4-4:45pm at Schwartz Tennis Center
• Day and Extended Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 9:00 pm.
• Graduation: 5:00pm Thursday at Schwartz Tennis Center
• Check-out: 5:30pm Thursday at the dorm (name TBD)
Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule & Information
• On Check-in day, Day campers & Extended Day campers stay until 9:00pm.
• Monday through Wednesday Day campers come from 9:00am-4:00pm and Extended Day campers come from 9:00am to 8:00pm.
• Check-out for all campers is at 5:30pm on Thursday.
• Meals: Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers.
Tennis is played at the Schwartz Tennis Center with 12 outdoor and 6 indoor courts.
Overnight campers reside in the dorms (name TBD) on campus. There is no A/C in the dorms, campers can bring fans. Campers stay 2 per room (no triples) and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Please contact camp director for special requests.
Weekend Stayovers: Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.
Designated Airports: Indianapolis & Chicago, O’Hare or Midway
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 into Indianapolis & Chicago, O’Hare or Midway Airports and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp. There are Shuttles from Indianapolis and Chicago airports to Purdue Campus
Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
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, Swimming
- 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
- 7:15pm Evening Activity
- 8:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
- 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out