University of Denver Nike Tennis Camp

University of Denver Nike Tennis Camp
University of Denver Nike Tennis Camp

Come join the fun this summer and get better at Nike Tennis camp. We are proud to offer our 4th year of camp at an exciting location at the University of Denver. Gorgeous weather, superb tennis training and fun off-court activities make this a wonderful youth summer tennis camp experience.

Nike’s Summer Tennis Camp in Denver, CO

The University of Denver Nike Tennis Camps are for young athletes to come enjoy their summer while vastly improving their tennis game. Our summer tennis camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of games and off-court conditioning. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by other players in their peer group.

Highlights Include

  • Tennis instruction from top teaching pros and players
  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis training with low camper to staff ratio and complete supervision
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Ricardo Rubio

Ricardo Rubio

Ricardo Rubio enters his second season as head coach of the Denver Men's Tennis team in 2016-17. In his first year at DU, he helped the Pioneers capture the Summit League Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Prior to his time at DU, Rubio had spent the past 13 seasons with the coaching staff for the men’s tennis program at the University of Texas. He served as an assistant coach during his first nine seasons with the team before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2011-12 campaign. 

The Cadiz, Spain native helped lead the Longhorns to the NCAA Championship title match (2008), as well as two NCAA Semifinal appearances in 2006 and 2009. Rubio also led UT to three Big 12 regular season championships (2006, 2008, 2010) and two Big 12 tournament titles (2006, 2010). 

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) selected Rubio as its National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in May of 2008 after helping the team reach the 2008 NCAA Championship match against Georgia. Rubio is also a three-time ITA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2002, 2006, 2008). 

As a player, Rubio moved to New Braunfels, Texas at age 14 to attend the Joe Newcombe Tennis Academy. After a successful high school career, Rubio was offered a scholarship at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he posted a career singles mark of 115-49 and helped TCU to three Southwest Conference team titles, as well as three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1991, 1992). 

After graduating from TCU, Rubio competed on the ATP Tour from 1993-1997, with top rankings of No. 252 in doubles and No. 383 in singles. He captured three individual conference championships during his college career and was named the Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year in 1989.

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Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson was named head coach of the University of Denver women’s tennis program in June 2013. She has been an assistant coach on the DU women’s tennis staff since August 2012.

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Christian Thompson enters her fourth season at the helm of the Denver Women's Tennis program in 2016-17. Originally named Denver’s head coach in June of 2013, Thompson has amassed a record of 50-18 over her three seasons running the program, during which time the Pioneers have won three Summit League championships. She was named the Summit League Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year for 2015-16 after leading DU to a perfect (6-0) in-league record for the third season in a row as well as a third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. Denver finished this past season ranked No. 50 on the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the program’s highest finish since 2009 and its fifth-best since making the jump to Division I in 1998. 

Thompson initially joined the Pioneers after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. Thompson helped the Bulldogs amass a 59-15 record during that span, including a sparkling 18-3 mark in Ivy League play, three ECAC Indoor Team Championships and a pair of Ivy League titles. The Bulldogs also reached a program-best No. 18 ranking during her tenure at Yale. Thompson, who was named Ivy League Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, served as Yale's interim head coach in the fall of 2011.

As a player, Thompson starred at Notre Dame from 2004-07. She was a three-time All-America choice in doubles along with her twin sister, Catrina Thompson, from 2005-07. The siblings were the top-ranked doubles tandem nationally in 2005 and 2006. The Thompson sisters captured the Riviera/ITA All-America doubles title in 2005 and finished second overall in 2004 and 2006. Christian Thompson also was a five-time BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection. She went on to make her mark on the pro circuit, achieving WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 in doubles and No. 936 in singles. The Las Vegas native was inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.

Camp Details

2016 University of Denver Nike Summer Tennis Camp Information

This year, we are offering four weeks of tennis day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for campers ages 9-18 and all ability levels. In addition, we are offering a special High School Only tennis training session.

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Camp Program Offerings

High School Program

The high school only session is for players ages 13-18 trying to make or move up the ladder on their High School Team.



8:30am on Monday at the courts.

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4:00pm on Friday at the courts.

Daily Program

Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm.


Lunch is included for all campers.


Campers will play on six outdoor courts. Although it very rarely rains, campers will go inside to the Arena and do different conditioning drills, chalk talks, and strategy sessions in case of inclement weather.

Designated Airport

Denver International


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 Denver Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp.


There are parking permits available for commuter campers. The Director will sell parking permits on the first day of camp for commuters. Commuters will Overnight campers can purchase a parking pass at the front desk of the dorm and will park in the garage underneath their dorm. Cost is $7 per day, $35 for the week.

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: TNXRDR

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am Stretching, Warm-up and 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 Daily check-out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

Christian Thompson ran an exceptional camp! The staff didn't just hit balls with us, they instructed us at a high level.

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  • 4/5.

I'm really grateful because I received the help I needed and made significant improvements.

  • 4/5.

My son had a great time. The instructors were awesome! 

  • 3/5.

The jump roping and other tennis-directed fitness training was fun and good to know.

  • 5/5.

Chloe and Sophia loved the camp.Hey made lots of friends, and learned a lot of new tennis skills. All of the instructors were wonderful! They couldn't stop talking about how nice they were. We will definitely sign up for more weeks next Summer at Denver University.

  • 4/5.

It was a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. I had a lot of fun with my fellow students and the instructors were fun and informative. It was very safe and not too overbearing.

  • 5/5.

David Lowenthal was a great instructor. She had him last year as well and he is fantastic!

  • 4/5.
Focus on Each Kid

My 9 year old loved this camp two weeks ago and he wanted to participate in his first tournment the weekend after the camp. He had only had a few spotty lessons previous to DU tennis camp, but won one of his 4 round robin matches. Amazing! We recomended this camp to all the other tournament parents. He can't wait to be back at camp next week! They seemed to do a good job focusing on what each kid needed to learn next.

  • 4/5.

This was my daugthers first camp and she was very inspired by the coaches and other players. She got some great conditioning and her skills for match play really improved. Danny Westerman was very attentive and gave some nice feedback. We expect to return to camp this summer or next, for sure! Thanks for providing a great experience...

  • 4/5.

My son loved his camp experience- thank you. We will be back next summer! 

  • 4/5.
To the point!

Exellent program. good camper to leader ratio, learned great skills, well organized.

  • 4/5.
Tons of fun!

I had a ton of fun! The coaches were great!

  • 5/5.
Raised Level of Play

Our 13 yr old son truly enjoyed his time with the DU tennis staff and raised his level of play! Thank you!

  • 5/5.
Great week!

Thanks for a great week! My son improved a lot in just one week and he loved the camp. The staff were all wonderful. We will definitely sign up again next year!

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Thank you to everyone at the DU facility! They were amazing. I only wish they also offered an adults camp, I'd be there in a heartbeat. grin

  • 4/5.
Positive reinforcement!

Eating lunch in the College Cafeteria is a big deal for the young players....highlight of the week. The constant feedback after every ball makes a HUGE difference! We really appreciate the positive reinforcement.

  • 4/5.
Amazing staff!

Danny Westerman is wonderful! My son adores him and other staff!

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.