Stanford University Nike Tennis Camp, John Whitlinger sessions

Stanford University Nike Tennis Camp, John Whitlinger sessions
Stanford University Nike Tennis Camp, John Whitlinger sessions

The Nike Tennis Camp at Stanford celebrates 35+ years of tennis excellence, and is proud to offer another year in Summer 2014! With the perfect mix of match play, drill work, conditioning, strategy sessions and on/off-campus activities, there’s no better way to spend summer! This summer tennis camp delivers over 30 hours of training through our legendary program directed by John Whitlinger.

Known as the "home of Champions," Stanford University provides the ultimate summer tennis camp experience both on and off the court. Stanford head men’s coach, John Whitlinger, and assistant coach Brandon Coupe, direct these sessions of the Nike Tennis Camps at Stanford, where the camps have been held since 1985.

Throughout the week, the focus shifts between the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis. Mornings focus on the technique while afternoons are geared towards match-play situations. This summer, create memories to last a lifetime.  Improve yourself on and off the court and make friends from around the world.  Experience the vibrant energy on the beautiful Stanford campus, and feel the pride and tradition at the Taube Tennis Stadium, one of the finest tennis facilities in the country.

Multi-Week Sport Camp Experience!
International or domestic campers seeking a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine the first and second camp sessions at this location with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!

Dartfish video analysis offered at this camp!  See details tab for more info.

Highlights Include

  • 25-30 hours of instruction, drills and match play
  • Video analysis and personal evaluation
  • Nike Camp T-shirt, and prizes given to campers
  • Exciting off court, evening tennis activities daily (for overnight and extended day campers)
  • Coaching from Head Men's Coach, John Whitlinger and Assistant Coach, Brandon Coupe, along with their accomplished staff

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2014 Camp Information

(Camp Code: TNXRSG)
This year we are offering three weeks of Overnight and extended day (8:30am-8:00pm) camps for boys and girls of all ability levels, ages 9-18. (Overnight campers must be 11 or older in all sessions). The second session (June 29-July 4) will be a tournament training session. 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.

For additional junior overnight camp weeks throughout July-August, click here.  These sessions are led by Head Women's Coach, Lele Forood and Assistant Coach, Frankie Brennan.  

Please note: Sessions run Sunday-Friday. Lunch and dinner are included for Extended Day Campers.

Our camps are open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend that you choose a camp that fits your particular skills and level of development. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Dartfish video analysis will be used during the camp to analyze and improve your strokes and is provided at no extra charge for all campers.  See your strokes compared to a top playing professional!  Your Dartfish Mediabook will be posted to a private player locker on and reviewed with you by the staff at camp (click here for an example). The package includes:

  • Stroke Analysis:  Your Dartfish Mediabook contains videos of your strokes, plus side-by-side comparison with a pro, along with comments.  
  • Pro Stroke Library: Three months of access to Pro Stroke Library, featuring hundreds of strokes in both real and high speed.  

• Overnight campers Sunday from 12:00-1:30 pm at the dorms. 
 • Extended Day Campers:  Sunday from 1:00-1:30 pm at the dorms.  (Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 7:30 after dinner and a camp meeting)     

A graduation ceremony that parents are encouraged to attend wraps up the week at 11:30am on the last day of camp at the Taube tennis courts. Check-out immediately follows at 12:00 Noon. 

All meals are included for Overnight campers. Extended Day Campers will have lunch and dinner provided.

Campers play on 17 lighted courts at the Taube Tennis Stadium. In the event of rain, indoor courts are available.

Campers will be housed in the Stern Hal l- Twain North and East Dorms (2014). There 2 campers in each room (No triples). Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests.

Evening Activities
Off-court activities during all sessions may include field games, a camp dance, and watching popular movies.

Weekend Stayovers
Weekend stayovers are offered between weeks 1&2 for an additional fee of $100 per night.

Designated Airport:  San Francisco Airport or San Jose Airport

Airport Transportation
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the San Francisco or San Jose Airport. 

• There are many local shuttle options, one we have worked with in the past and can recommend is A1 Executive Shuttle. Please contact Jon-Reno at 831-239-3866 or email: to make reservations.

• Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.

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.

More Details

International campers - please note, that there is no language program offered with this program. Additionally, there are no early arrivals permitted at this camp or extra night stays unless you are staying for the next session. International campers must arrange for their own transportation to and from camp, although our customer service representatives can assist you with contact information and recommendations.  


The Stanford campus, located 30 minutes south of San Francisco, features the 17 court Taube Tennis Center, one of the finest tennis facilities in the country.  Stanford University offers a variety of tennis camp options - junior day, overnight and adult camps.  Click on any of the links below for more information.

  • Click Here for information about Lele Forood Sessions - Overnight/Day Camps (Ages 9-18) (July / August)
  • Click Here for information on The Stanford Tennis School (9:00am-4:00pm) at Stanford University (Ages 8-15 / Half Day Options Available)
  • Click Here for information on the Stanford Adult Tennis School at Stanford University (Ages 18+)

*  Our camps are open to any and all entrants.
*  Any athlete who has sufficient preparatory education to be academically eligible to enter college in the fall following the camp date will not be  permitted to attend the camp.
*  Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake-up and breakfast
  • 8:30am Stretching
  • 8:40am Agility conditioning
  • 9:25am Serve, serve return, serve and volley
  • 10:10am Ball machine practice (groundstrokes and net play)
  • 10:55am Active drilling
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm Off court: tennis-related activities, fitness testing, speaker
  • 2:25pm Singles play
  • 3:45pm Doubles situation and drills
  • 5:15pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Team tournament (two nights)
  • 8:00pm Special evening activities / camp dance
  • 10:00pm Campers to rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights out

Meet Camp Coaches

John Whitlinger
Camp Director

John Whitlinger

Stanford head men's coach for tenth year Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2006 Former two-time All-American at Stanford 2010 Inductee into the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame  

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One of the nation's top collegiate head coaches, John Whitlinger will begin his tenth season as the helm of the Stanford men's tennis program.

Since taking over the head coaching duties in 2005 from legendary skipper Dick Gould, Whitlinger has guided Stanford to a 134-67 record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances while six different players have earned All-America accolades during his tenure.

However, Whitlinger's contributions to the Cardinal men's tennis program extend back nearly 40 years, enjoying success as an associate head coach and student-athlete.

For 18 seasons from 1987-2004, Whitlinger served as the program's associate head coach under Gould and helped guide Stanford to a 416-64 record while claiming nine NCAA championships.

Whitlinger has directed Stanford to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four consecutive 20-win seasons, with the Cardinal remaining a fixture as one of the nation's top-10 programs.

Stanford finished 20-9 overall and third in the Pac-12 at 5-2 last year, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. The Cardinal earned a No. 9 national ranking and upset No. 6 Kentucky in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.

The 2012 campaign also represented the final chapter of an incredible doubles career for All-Americans Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher. Under Whitlinger's tutelage, Klahn and Thacher captured seven doubles titles and compiled a 113-22 record during their four years on The Farm.

In 2011, Stanford finished 21-6 overall and placed second in the Pac-10 at 5-1 in 2011, notching the program's longest winning streak in 10 years with a 13-match surge late in the season. The Cardinal suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss to No. 1 Virginia in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships, falling just short of an upset that would have ranked among the program's most memorable wins. Instead, Stanford reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2006, defeating Texas A&M during the round of 16. On a quest for Stanford's first NCAA doubles crown since 2004, Klahn and Thacher came up short in a 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Texas A&M's Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek in the doubles final.

One of the nation's top teaching professionals, Whitlinger was awarded the inaugural ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997. He was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Fox River Valley (Wisconsin) Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. In addition to being a member of Stanford's Athletic Hall of Fame, Whitlinger was inducted into the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame in December of 2010.

A two-time All-American (1974, 1975) at Stanford, Whitlinger was instrumental in leading Stanford to its first two NCAA championships in 1973 and 1974. The 1974 campaign proved to be Whitlinger's most successful, directing Stanford to an NCAA team title while becoming only the fourth player in program history to capture the NCAA singles and doubles titles in the same season.

After his collegiate career, Whitlinger was an international touring professional for six years and ranked among the top-50 in the world in singles and top-40 in doubles. He also played for the Indiana Loves of the World Team Tennis League. Whitlinger has teamed up with son, J.J., and the duo has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in the National Father-Son Rankings. In 2002 and 2003, they won the prestigious Agawam Hunt Club Tournament in Providence, R.I., and were quarterfinalists at the National Grass Court Championships in Brookline, Mass., and at the National Clay Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From 1981 to 1986, Whitlinger was a head professional at the Racquet Club at Harper's Point in Cincinnati, Ohio. He ranked in the top five in men's singles play in the United States Professional Teaching Association (USPTA).

The Whitlinger family was named the National Tennis Family of the Year in 1986. Whitlinger's father, Warren, coached numerous junior tennis players in Wisconsin. His sister, Wendy, retired as the Director of Tennis at Fox Cities Racquet Club in Appleton, Wis. Whitlinger's sister-in-law, Ruth, manages the club and his brother, Kip, has coached tennis at the high school level in Menasha, Wis. His nieces, Teri and Tami, both attended Stanford and currently reside in Tampa. Teri captured the 1990 NCAA Doubles Championship, and Tami was ranked among the world's top-40 players as a professional. Both spent time as teaching professionals following their playing careers.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Whitlinger came to Stanford in 1972 as one of the top junior players in the country. During his high school career, Whitlinger won an amazing 109 consecutive matches en route to four consecutive state singles championships (1969-72). He holds 11 National Junior Titles, including the 1971 Interscholastic Championship and the prestigious International Orange Bowl Championship in 1969 and 1970. He was also a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup teams from 1970-74.

Whitlinger and his wife of 32 years, Jan, have two children: 29-year old son, J.J., a 2005 graduate of Saint Mary's and current Stanford volunteer assistant coach and Fremont Hills Country Club teaching pro, and 27-year old daughter, Claire, a 2007 graduate of George Washington and current doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan. The couple also has a daughter-in-law, Katrina, and a grandson, Trey.

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Brandon Coupe

Brandon Coupe

Stanford assistant men's coach for sixth year Former All-American at San Jose State University, Spent 10 years as an ATP Tour Player and participated in 14 Grand Slam events 2002 US Open doubles quarterfinalist Prior to Stanford, was the Head Professional at the Tiburon Peninsula Club

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Brandon Coupe enters his sixth year as an assistant coach at Stanford.During his time as an assistant coach on The Farm, Coupe has helped guide the Cardinal to a 61-37 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-10).

Coupe joined the coaching staff following a six-year stint as the Head Professional at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, which he first joined in 2001. He was also a professional coach from 2004-06 and the Tournament Director of the Esurance Tiburon International Tennis Challenger from 2003-04.

From 1994-2003, Coupe played on the ATP Tour and participated in 14 Grand Slam events, including the 2002 U.S. Open where he was a quarterfinalist. During his professional career he played with and against some of the world's greatest players, including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Boris Becker. Coupe achieved an individual doubles ranking of 61 in 1999 and teamed with Mark Merklein to rank in the top-20 that year.

In addition to playing on the ATP Tour, Coupe coached Justin Gimelstob to the third round at Wimbledon in 2004.

A former All-American at San Jose State, Coupe played at San Jose State from 1990-94 under the tutelage of respected coach John Hubbell. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and received the National Von Nostrum Most Improved Player Award and the Rafael Osuna Senior Player of the Year Award. Coupe also earned All-Big West Conference honors all four seasons of his career.

As a freshman, he played No. 2 singles for San Jose State, losing only four matches during the year and winning the regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. Over his next three seasons, Coupe played No. 1 singles and doubles and holds the school record for most victories. He was a three-time NCAA Championship competitor and a semifinalist at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Championship.

A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Coupe began playing tennis at the age of 10 and entered a number of junior tournaments, including the Kalamazoo National Tournament. In the U-18 division he was ranked as high as No. 35 in the country.

Coupe currently resides in Menlo Park with Natalie, his wife of nine years, and their seven-year-old son Max.

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Unforgettable Experience!

I would like to thank everyone at Nike and Stanford for giving me an experience I will always remember. I couldn't be any happier with the staff, campus and new friends I have made. I wish to see everyone next summer!

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  • 5/5.
Fun and Challenging!

I made a lot of new friends there who I'm still in touch with. I also found the tournament camp challenging...much more so than other camps. I have asked my parents if I can go back next year! Thanks so much!

  • 5/5.
5 Star Camp!

From a parents point of view, this was a 5 star camp! Worth every dime! Jan Whitlinger, a Director, is lovely and focused on the campers experience. Thank you AGAIN Nike Tennis Camp program!!

Barri M.Junior Overnight Tennis Camper

  • 5/5.
Fine Tuned My Game!

The active drilling was challenging and helped fine tune my game. The staff was helpful and really took the time to help me. Evening activities were fun. Made a lot of new friends. See you this summer

Irina W.Junior Overnight Tennis Camper

  • 5/5.
Making New Friends

I really enjoyed the camp this year. I especially liked being able to see how much I've improved my game over the year. Each day was the same routine, yet with something new to learn or do each time. My favorite part of the camp was the team competitions. It was also very nice making new friends and seeing old ones from the previous year.

Two Thumbs Up!Junior Overnight Tennis Camper

  • 4/5.
Aaron D.

I had a great time at camp and I recommend it to others even for people who are just starting tennis. They would really improve during the week. See you next summer at camp. Thanks!

  • 5/5.
3rd year veteran!

This is Jessicas 3rd year and we think it is a fabulous camp both for tennis instruction, sportsmanship and life skills. She will be back next year!

  • 5/5.
All around improvement!

Excellent program and staff. My daughter Rachael improved in all areas of the sport with great take aways. Staff was enthusiatic, inclusive and great role models. Thank you again for providing a great program.

  • 5/5.
The Best Camp!

Coach Whit and Coach Coupe put together the best camp! It was my third year and I love it.

  • 5/5.
Rave Reviews!

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