University of Denver Nike Tennis Camp Denver, Colorado
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Come join the fun this summer and get better at Nike Tennis camp. We are proud to offer our 3rd year of camp at an exciting location at the University of Denver. Gorgeous weather, superb instruction and fun off-court activities make this a wonderful youth summer camp experience.
The University of Denver Nike Tennis Camp is a camp for young athletes to come enjoy their summer while vastly improving their tennis game. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities. 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.
- Instruction from top teaching pros and players
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
Denver University’s stunning architectural landscape with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop sits on 125 tree-shaded acres. The beautiful campus offers six outdoor tennis courts.Meet your coaching staff
Danny Westerman begins his 8th season as head coach of the Denver men's tennis program in 2013-14. Westerman has earned two Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honors during his tenure and has led the Pioneers to a 81-52 mark and two NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons as head coach of the Pioneers.Read Full Bio
Westerman guided the Pioneers to a 12-9 mark, including a six-match winning streak, in 2011-12. Three Pioneers earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors and DU defeated five ranked opponents.
In 2010-11, Westerman led DU to its third Sun Belt Shootout title and the top seed at the Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Championship. Enej Bonin became the first ITA Mountain Regional singles champion during the fall season and advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Singles Championships. Bonin also participated in the NCAA Singles Championship. DU achieved a season-best No. 39 ranking during the season.
In 2009-10, Westerman guided the Pioneers to their second NCAA Tournament, a school best 19-5 record and a school-record No. 25 national ranking. DU won 10 consecutive matches, captured the Sun Belt Conference Shootout and placed second at the conference championship for the third time during Westerman's tenure.
Westerman guided the Pioneers to their first NCAA Tournament in 2008 after finishing a program-best second for the second consecutive season at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. DU recorded a school-best 18 wins and won the Sun Belt Shootout for the first time. DU also achieved its highest team ranking (No. 37), eclipsing the No. 43 ranking from last season. Westerman also helped Adam Holmstrom to the highest individual ranking (No. 11) and Holmstrom and Niklas Persson to the highest doubles ranking (No. 3 ) in school history. Holmstrom and Persson advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship and qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship.
In 2006-07, Westerman coached the Pioneers to a 13-7 record and school-best second place finish at the SBC Tournament. The Pioneers also achieved a No. 43 team ranking. Westerman also helped Adam Holmstrom became DU's first All-American in NCAA Division I history.
Westerman arrived at DU after serving three years as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. The Los Angeles native was a four-year letterwinner and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner during his illustrious career for the Badgers from 1998-2002. Westerman replaced Geoff Young as head coach of the Pioneers. Young guided DU to a 71-68 record over six seasons, including a program-best fourth-place finish at the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Westerman is one of the most successful men's tennis players in UW history, compiling a 92-53 record in singles play. The 92 career wins ranks fourth in Badger history, while his .634 winning percentage ranks eighth all-time. Westerman reached No. 16 in the individual rankings and registered a 63-47 doubles record in his four seasons. Westerman was Wisconsin's 2002 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner following his senior season with the Badgers. During the fall of 2001, he became the first UW player to win the ITA Midwest Regional championship. Westerman posted a 27-12 record in 2002 and finished the season ranked 29th in the nation. He also earned his first trip to the NCAA singles championship that year, becoming one of only 16 Badgers since 1950 to do so. Westerman was a three-time All-Big Ten pick, making him just the fifth Badger in school history to accomplish the feat. He earned three Academic All-Big Ten selections in his career and was the 2001-02 team co-captain.
Following his career at Wisconsin, Westerman went on to play professionally, earning a world ranking in both singles and doubles as well as a Top 100 ranking among United States professional players. He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2004. Westerman helped guide Nolan Polley to the 2005 Big Ten Men's Tennis fall singles title and Jeremy Sonkin to three Big Player of the Week honors during the 2006 spring season.
Westerman graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management from Wisconsin in 2002 and earned his MBA from the School of Business at UW in 2005. He serves as the Regional Chair of the ITA Mountain Region. He and his wife Elizabeth wed in June of 2008.
Christian Thompson was named head coach of the University of Denver women’s tennis program in June 2013. Thompson has been an assistant coach on the DU women’s tennis staff since August 2012 and helped guide the Pioneers to an overall record of 18-4 in 2012-13, including an unblemished mark of 8-0 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action and a berth in the WAC Tournament Finals.Read Full Bio
“We are very excited about having someone with the qualifications and background that Christian brings to the table leading the University of Denver women’s tennis program,” Bradley-Doppes said. “Her experience as an assistant and head coach at Yale, in addition to her outstanding playing career at Notre Dame, makes her the ideal candidate to take the program to the next level. Christian was a driving force behind the team’s success last season and we feel she is the perfect person to continue to lead the continuous elevation of the DU women’s tennis program.”
Thompson initially joined the Pioneers after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. Thompson led the Bulldogs to 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. 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.
“I am honored to be selected as the next head coach of the University of Denver women’s tennis program,” Thompson said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the outstanding student athletes at DU. This past season, we had an exciting run with an 18-4 record. Our success was due to the hard work and camaraderie of our players as well as the support of the DU administration and Denver tennis community. Jeremy Wurtzman has done a remarkable job as head coach at Denver for the past four years and I will do my best to continue to contribute to the success of this program.”
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.
Thompson 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. Thompson attended Bishop Gorman High School, where she earned All-America honors all four years, posting an undefeated recorded during her entire prep career.
Thompson guided Bishop Gorman to a Nevada state championship and won the doubles title. She was a three-time state champion and team MVP, winning conference and regional titles on four occasions.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRDR)
This year, we are offering five weeks of 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 training session during the week of July 21-25 for players ages 13-18 trying to make or move up the ladder on their High School Team. Lunch is included for all campers.
Check-in and Check-out times
Check In: 8:30am on Monday at the courts.
Check Out: 4:00pm on Friday at the courts.
Daily Program & Information
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.
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
- 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