Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp

Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp
Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp

The Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camp is a day camp for tennis players to come and vastly improve their tennis game. Our camps combine a technical tennis training program and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of fun activities.

Nike Tennis Camp in Fairfield, CT

The Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camps focus on instruction as well as match play, giving each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills, foster teamwork, self-confidence and good sportsmanship. Our goal at this summer tennis 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. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Join us this summer and take your game to the next level!

Highlights Include

  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Competitive Singles and doubles tournament each week
  • Daily tennis training from top teaching pros, Mike Guastelle and Paul Gagliardi, and their experienced staff
  • We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Paul Gagliardi

Paul Gagliardi

Paul will be entering his tenth season at the reigns of the men's tennis program in 2015-16.

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Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, he served as an assistant coach for the Yale University tennis program from 1999 to 2002, where he helped lead the men's program to a top-50 national ranking. He has also served as the Coordinator for Connecticut for the United States Tennis Association in New England, where he helps coordinate events and programs to promote tennis with colleges, community groups, and tennis clubs in the state.

A member of the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) as both a tennis professional and coach since 1995, Gagliardi has traveled internationally as a player, and at one point, was the #1 ranked open division player in New England. In 2006, he was named the USPTA New England Tennis Professional of the Year. His time at USPTA has given him the opportunity to coach and train world ranked players, as well as participate in the Pilot Pen International tennis tournament as a hitting partner.

At Providence College, Gagliardi was a four-year starter on the tennis team, where he helped lead the program to top regional ranking. He served as a team captain during the 1995-1996 season, when he also received the school's senior award for academic and athletic excellence.

After graduating from Providence, Gagliardi began his coaching career at Branford High School, where he led the boy's team to an undefeated season while also teaching mathematics.
Paul resides in Brantford with his wife, Julie, and two children, Lillian and Luke.

Coaching Accomplishments

Two time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year (2009,2012) 
2011-12 ITA Regional Coach of the Year
Led team to both the 2011 and 20112 Northeast Conference Championship
Led Pioneers to program best 16-8 in 2011-12.
Coached two time NEC Player of the Year Kirill Kasyanov (2010-11)
2009-10 ITA All-Academic Team Award (3.2+ GPA)

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Nick Szyndlar

Nick Szyndlar

Szyndlar joined the Sacred Heart coaching staff as a volunteer assistant ahead of the 2015 season.

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While at SHU, he will be completing his Masters of Exercise Science & Nutrition with an emphasis on Performance. 

Szyndlar comes to Sacred Heart after most recently serving as a graduate assistant for strength and conditioning at San Diego State University, where he specifically worked with men's and women’s tennis, men’s soccer, and softball while working towards his Masters in Exercise Physiology.

A decorated collegiate tennis player, Szyndlar was a three-time NAIA national quarterfinalist from 2011-13 at Westmont College, reaching the semifinals in 2013. While at Westmont, Szyndlar received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Prior to attending Westmont, Szyndlar was an accomplished Junior Division player, finishing in the top 100 in all of California. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Specialist and has received his Sports Performance Coach Certification from USA Weightlifting.

Camp Details

2016 Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering one week of camp with Overnight (ages 9-18 only), Extended Day (8:30am-8:00pm) and Day (8:30am-4:00pm) options. In addition we are offering 6 weeks of Day Only tennis camp from 8:30am-4:00pm. All sessions are open to kids ages 7-18 of all skill levels and during certain weeks of camp we offer a special Tournament Training and High School training program. 

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Camp Program Offerings

Campers will go through a comprehensive evaluation process on the first day in order to be grouped according to their appropriate level. Staff will be charting match play throughout the week and the campers will get to take part in competitive singles and doubles tournaments each week. In addition to our All Skills program, this year we are offering Tournament Training and High School programs and the 10 and Under Tennis program.

Tournament Training

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.

High School Sessions

The high school session is provided for players (age 13-18) currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

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.


7/11 session
  • Overnight Camper Check-In: Monday at 4:00pm at Merton Hall. 
  • Extended Day/ Day Camper Check-In: Tuesday at 8:30am at Merton Hall. 
  • Check-Out: Friday from 12:30-1:00pm after a pizza party and Graduation.
Day Only (6/13, 7/5, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 and 8/8) sessions
  • Check-In: Monday at 8:30am at the Tennis Courts. 
  • Check out: Friday from 12:30-1:00pm after a pizza party and Graduation.

Day Camp Program Schedule

  • Day Campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:00pm (Mon-Thurs, check out time on Friday from 12:30-1:00pm).
  • Private lessons may be available, please inquire with the director.


Sacred Heart has 6 outdoor courts. In the event of rain, we will make up days later in the week.


2016: Dorms TBD | 2015: Campers will stay in the dorms on campus. There is A/C available! Campers can request roommates, otherwise they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.


For 7/5 session only: All meals are provided for overnight campers starting with dinner on check-in day. Extended day campers will receive lunch and dinner daily beginning with dinner on check-in day. Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.

Evening Activities

For overnight campers we have evening activities which may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts, scavenger hunt or karaoke contest.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location

Designated Airport

Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT) or LaGuardia Airport (Queens, NY)


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 schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp. 

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.

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. PLEASE NOTE: Our health and release forms  require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. 

Camp Code: TNXDST

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am Introduction and rules of the camp, Stretching and Warm Up
  • 9:15am Stroke of the Day
  • 9:30am Drills involving the Stroke of the Day
  • 11:15am Lunch break for half the group / others playing matches or games
  • 12:15pm Lunch for alternate group / others playing matches or games
  • 1:15pm Stroke of the Day II
  • 1:30pm Drills involving Stroke of the Day II
  • 2:30pm Games/contests
  • 4:00pm Departure

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

Attending the Nike camps at Sacred Heart was a very nice experience to me because I never attended a camp before, but it was a beautiful experience I wouldn't have change for a thing. The stuff were very kind to all of us. Coach Paul was very nice and kind. I learn a lot and my my serve have improved so much. I play with confidence now. Since i came back from the camp, I won all my match cause of my good serve and I am a confident player because of Nike Camps. Thank you to all the stuff and specially coach Paul, and I can't wait to go back next year.

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  • 4/5.
Super Staff

Both of my children really enjoyed the camp. The staff was terrific at teaching them as well as in their supervision and handling of the kids.

  • 4/5.
Valued Video Taping

The director, Mike, and his coaches were very nice and attentive. They made it a very enjoyable experience for my 9-year old. He especially loved the video-taping of his game.

  • 5/5.
BIG Thank You!


  • 4/5.
Excellent instruction!

Paul Gagliardi helped my son's game by providing excellent instruction and positive feedback.

  • 3/5.
Great atmosphere at camp!

My son had a great week. There was a great atmosphere every day when I collected him. Thank you

  • 4/5.
First Time Success

My daughter really loved the camp and this was a first time for her. Many thanks and she will come back next year. She had fun (very important) and her skills and interest increased greatly. We are playing tennis this morning and I need a new racquet.

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.