University of Central Arkansas Nike Tennis Camp

University of Central Arkansas Nike Tennis Camp
University of Central Arkansas Nike Tennis Camp

The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Central Arkansas offers the ultimate combination of athletics and fun! This junior tennis camp is for young athletes to come improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

The University of Central Arkansas Nike Tennis Camp combines technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and strategy sessions. We 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.

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from UCA head women's coach, Casey Wharton, and Harding University head tennis coach, Marco Ruiz
  • Special High School program for players ages 13-18 and a "10 & Under Tennis" program for players ages 5-10
  • 5-6 hours of tennis daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Casey Wharton

Casey Wharton

(Directing Week 1, 2015) Wharton was named UCA Head Women's Tennis Coach in August of 2014. Warton was previously the head coach at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

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Wharton comes to UCA from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he served as head women's tennis coach since 2013. Wharton, previously an assistant coach at Longwood, played his collegiate tennis at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, where he also served as an assistant coach, beginning in 2009.

Wharton has spent time each summer as a tennis camp instructor at Texas A&M University, where he logged up to 25 hours a week on the court training junior players. He holds a United State Professional Tennis Association certification, as well as the Pat Etchberry Tennis Strength and Fitness certification. Wharton has been active in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of Texas as a 5.5 ranked player in both singles and doubles.  

Wharton is a Groesbeck, Texas, native who received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2009 and his master's degree in history from Texas A&M-Central Texas in 2012. His wife of six years, Andrea, played collegiate tennis at the University of Texas-Tyler.

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Marco Ruiz

Marco Ruiz

(Directing Week 2, 2015) Marco Ruiz, who holds a United States Professional Tennis Association certificate, is entering his third season as head men's and women's tennis coach at Harding University.

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In his first season as head coach, Ruiz directed the Harding women's program to an 18-6 record, the Great American Conference regular season and tournament championships, and to a berth in the NCAA II Central Region Tournament. Ruiz was named GAC Coach of the Year. Harding's women entered the national rankings for the first time during the season, reaching as high as No. 47 in April.

Harding's men compiled a 9-8 record in Ruiz's first season, including a victory over nationally-ranked Southwest Baptist. The Bisons appeared twice in the national rankings, reaching as high as No. 33 in Februrary.

Ruiz, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was four-time All-Gulf South Conference for Harding from 2007-10 and also earned Academic All-GSC honors. He had a 37-14 singles record and 36-27 doubles mark, won Harding's Berryhill Award in 2010 and was named to the Gulf South Conference's Team of the Decade. Ruiz was Harding's graduate assistant for two seasons following his graduation.

Camp Details

2016 Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of Day (9:00am-4:00pm) and Half Day (9:00am-12:00pm) camp for kids ages 5-18 of all skill levels. We also offer a Tournament Training program (ages 9-18) during the first session and a High School Training program (ages 13-18) during the second session. Casey Wharton will direct the first session and Marco Ruiz will direct the second session. Both session offer the same curriculum designed by Casey.

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Camp Program Offerings

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Tournament Training Program

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 Program

The High School Program is provided for players 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

We also offer a “10 and Under Tennis” (Half Day Camp Only) program for kids ages 5-10, featuring the USTA’s successful  new teaching format. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learningto 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. 


  • All Campers arrive on Monday at 8:30am at the UCA Tennis Complex. 
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Swimming: Full Day campers will swim on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and Half Day campers will have a chance to get wet in the sprinklers, so bring a swim suit and towel on those days.


Full Day campers bring their lunch each day or can purchase a buffet lunch in the cafeteria for ~$7.00. Half Day Campers depart before lunch.


Campers will play on 8 outdoor tennis courts, 3 of which are lighted for night play.

Inclement Weather Plan

In case campers have to take immediate shelter due to weather, they will be in the Brewer Hegemon Conference Center that shares a parking lot with the tennis courts. If it is necessary to move inside for camp activities for an extended time due to rain, we will go to the indoor practice facility on Bruce street next to Estes Stadium.

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.

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Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am-9:15am Stretching / Warm-ups
  • 9:15am-12:00 noon Tennis Instruction, Drills, Strategy Work
  • 12:00 noon - 1:00pm Half Day Campers depart. Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis for Full Day Campers.
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Tennis Program, Match Play, Doubles and Drills

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

The Nike Camp at UCA was great. The Director and staff was very knowledgeable and very involved in all aspect of not only teaching you something new every day but helping you become a better tennis player overall. This camp greatly increase my love for this sport and I am an overall better player because of the camp instruction received from the Nike Camp at UCA.

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  • 4/5.

I loved getting to know the UCA coaches and players. They were extremely positive and fun to be around

  • 4/5.

Well worth our money and travel! Sound instruction methods accompanied by consistent encouragement.!

  • 5/5.

Coaches were positive and encouraging. It was a fun experience. Kids loved it!

  • 5/5.

My daughter loved this camp so much, she is looking forward to attending next year! I saw a significant improvement in her game and she seems like a more confident player!

  • 4/5.

My son has atended many camps before. He really enjoyed this camp and keep say positive the coaching staff was. You dont always get that at a tennis camp. Really encouraged the players.

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.

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