University of North Texas Adult Nike Tennis Camp
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The University of North Texas adult tennis camp offers a 20-hour tennis clinic with singles and doubles play, plus fun evening social activities! Elevate your game and have fun at this tennis camp for adults in the Southwest!
Our Nike adult tennis camp in Denton, Texas give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by their peers.
- Instruction from UNT Head Coach, Sujay Lama and his expert staff
- 4:1 student to instructor ratio
- Doubles and Singles Mixer
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Camp Director Sujay Lama
Sujay Lama has put North Texas tennis on the map. Now at the conclusion of his 10th season with the Mean Green in 2015-16, Lama has established a winning tradition at North Texas, having led the Mean Green to three conference championships in the last seven years.View Sujay Lama's Bio ⟩
Tennis Tips from Coach Lama:
Lama is the program’s winningest coach with a 128-101 record, bringing his career mark to 236-185. He has mentored eight student-athletes to 16 all-conference honors in the combined Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA leagues.
Under his guidance, the Mean Green have had wins over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas, Arizona and TCU. North Texas has reached the semifinals or finals in each of the last eight seasons while competing in the Sun Belt Conference and the C-USA Championships.
The Mean Green’s success has not been limited to the court, either, as North Texas has picked up ITA All-Academic team honors for nine consecutive seasons.
Leading The Mean Green
In the 2016 season, Lama brought in and developed one of the top freshman classes to come through North Texas. By the year's end, each of four Mean Green newcomers were playing in one of the six singles positions. The team would finish with a 13-10 mark while once again making it to the C-USA’s semifinal round. Most notably among the Mean Green rookies, freshmen Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze earned spots on the First Team All-C-USA singles squad while also taking first team doubles honors. Senior Anastasiya Shestakova made it on the second team roster, her third consecutive all-conference accolade.
In 2015, the Mean Green earned four all-conference honors after reaching the Conference USA semifinal round with a 9-14 record. Kseniya Bardabush earned first-team all-conference honors for the fourth time in her career, while Shestakova took a spot on the second team. Bardabush was joined by Franziska Sprinkmeyer in taking a place on the doubles second team.
In 2014, the Mean Green advanced to the semifinal round in its first-ever C-USA Tournament, where they assembled an 11-11 record for the season. Lama coached Bardabush, Shestakova and Sprinkmeyer to all-conference honors.
The Mean Green capped off one of the best seasons in school history in 2013 with a second straight Sun Belt Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Lama earned his second consecutive Sun Belt Coach of the Year award, and he was also named the 2013 Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), an award given by the leading tennis-teaching professional organization in the world.
In 2012, the Mean Green won its second conference championship, defeating Florida International, 4-2, before falling to Nebraska in the NCAA tournament. Lama earned his second coach of the year award, becoming the first North Texas coach to win such an honor multiple times. The 2012 squad produced the program's highest ranking to date - a No. 40 mark from the ITA - before finishing the season at No. 55.
The 2010 season was a breakout year for Lama and the Mean Green. The team captured the program's first Sun Belt Conference championship with a win over No. 49 FIU, while receiving its first-ever national ranking of No. 66. The conference championship earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament appearance, the first ever in school history, and Lama picked up his first career coach of the year honor. North Texas finished its historic season with a 17-7 record.
In 2009, Lama was named the USPTA Collegiate Coach of the Year for the state of Texas after leading North Texas to a 17-6 record on the year. He was also named a finalist for the prestigious Giant Steps Award, a national recognition presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports that recognizes coaches and other individuals who use the power and appeal of sport to positively effect social change and help others succeed.
Lama led North Texas to a 13-9 record in the spring of 2008, which was the best record (by winning percentage) since 1986-87. The preceding semester, he led the program to its best fall season in history. The Mean Green turned the heads of the nation's premier programs, notching individual wins over Ohio State, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and many others.
It didn't take long for Lama to leave his mark on the North Texas program. In just four seasons, Lama took the Mean Green from last in the Sun Belt to first.
Working mainly with a group of walk-ons during the 2006-07 school year, Lama went 2-19 in his first season with the Mean Green. The team improved to double-digits wins the next season and then advanced to the conference semifinals in 2008-09.
Rebuilding a fallen program is nothing new to Lama.
Before North Texas
Prior to becoming North Texas's 10th coach in program history, Lama spent eight years as the women's tennis coach at the University of Illinois.
The Fighting Illini saw significant improvement with Lama at the helm. In his first year, Lama transformed the Illini from 8-13 and ninth in the Big Ten the previous season to a squad that was ranked No. 10 in the region and No. 75 in the nation.
The Illini continued to see significant improvement during each of Lama's eight seasons. In 2003-04 the Illini went 17-6, posting their best winning percentage since Illinois's first team went 6-0 in 1975. Lama's 2003-04 squad also earned the highest national ranking in program history at No. 16. In 2003, the Orange and Blue knocked off top-ranked Duke, 4-3, at the UI Atkins Tennis Center.
Lama's teams reached a number of milestones during his time in Champaign-Urbana. The Illini won their first NCAA Tournament match in May 2001. The program also had their first Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the Rookie of the Year in the Midwest Region, 10 All-Big Ten players, four Big Ten Medal of Honor players, 13 ITA Scholar-Athletes and two Academic All-Americans. UI's women's tennis players earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition 39 times under Lama.
Overall, Illinois was 108-84 with a Big Ten record of 60-34 during Lama’s time there. He produced squads that made five NCAA team tournament appearances as well as five NCAA individual tournament appearances.
Before his stint at Illinois, Lama served as the top assistant under then-Florida coach Andy Brandi from 1995-98, helping the Gators win two NCAA titles, three SEC crowns and post three undefeated dual match seasons. Lama was honored for his contributions as the 1997 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in the South Region.
Prior to Florida, Lama was the Senior Staff Professional at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he worked with the elite player development program for touring pros and top junior players from 1992-95.
He was a traveling coach on the WTA tour for several players including two top twenty ranked Amanda Coetzer (South Africa) and Naoko Sawamatsu (Japan). Lama has coached at 12 grand slam events including Wimbledon, U.S Open, Australian Open and French Open.
As a player, Lama was the top-ranked player in Nepal from 1989-91 and reached No. 50 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior world singles rankings. He represented his country in several international tournaments, including the Asian Games in Beijing, China, in 1990.
The Nepal native attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, from 1988-92 and was a two-time Volvo Collegiate All-American in singles (1991-92). He also earned Senior Player of the Year honors in the Midwest Region in 1992 and was ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III singles. Lama dominated the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in four years competing for Luther.
He won the league's singles and doubles titles and took conference MVP honors all four years of his collegiate career, leading his team to four IIAC titles. Lama put together a career singles record of 104-18 and captured two Rolex Midwest Regionals (1989 and 1991), while advancing to the semifinals of the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship in 1991. Lama also made three NCAA Tournament appearances. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in the fall of 2002.
Lama earned his bachelor's degree in Public Communications/Political Science from Luther College in 1992, earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during his time there.
A noted teacher and clinician, Lama has worked at tennis camps across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has earned the highest certification level with the USPTR and the USPTA and is a USTA Certified High Performance Coach.
Lama has traveled to more than 50 countries and is fluent in English, German, Hindi and Nepalese. He has lived five or more years on three continents - Asia, Europe and North America.
Recently, Lama has lent his time and expertise to a unique venture called Project Nepal, a non-profit endeavor aimed at educating orphaned and indigent Nepalese children. He has helped raise over $12,000 each year to fund the education of 67 orphanage children in his hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Lama and his wife, Lynn, reside in Denton with their daughter, Priya, and son, Siddhartha.
We offer an adult day camp that runs Friday (1:00pm-9:00pm), Saturday (9:00am-9:00pm), and Sunday (9:00am-11:30am) for players ages 18+ or all levels. Camp includes drills, matches, and tennis instruction, and evening socials.
2017 Camp Dates
- June 23-25
Camp is geared towards adult players of all levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
June 23-25, 2017
- 1:00 – 2:00pm Registration (Warranch Tennis Center)
- 2:30 – 3:30pm Introduction: How to warm-up; Stroke production evaluation; Review of efficient technique systems on FH/BH Volleys and FH/BH Groundstrokes; Approach shots; Slice backhand
- 3:30 – 5:00pm Serve, Serve and Volley
- 5:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
- 7:00 – 9:00pm Doubles and Singles Mixer
- 9:00 – 10:30am Serve; Return of Serve; Specialty Shots (Overheads, Lobs, Drop Shots); Footwork and Recovery
- 10:30 – 11:30am Singles Strategy
- 11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00 – 2:30pm Video Analysis
- 2:30 – 5:00pm Doubles Strategy (serving and returning formations)
- 5:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
- 7:00 – 9:00pm Team Tennis mixer (match play evaluation)
- 9:00 - 10:00am Team Tennis mixer (match play evaluation)
- 10:00 - 11:30am Review and individual choice; Video Analysis
- 11:30am - 12:00pm Graduation Ceremony & Camp Check-out
Please note: This is a Day Camp only. The camp tuition DOES NOT include housing. Campers are required to provide their own overnight accommodations.
Check-in will take place on Friday at the Waranch Tennis Center. The address for the Waranch Tennis Center is 1499 S. Bonnie Brae St./Walt Parker Drive.
Lunch is not included on Saturday. Campers can bring their own food or will have time to go purchase food.
Campers play on 12 lit courts at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
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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: TNADNT
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I absolutely loved the camp
8/14/2016 - I absolutely loved the camp. At first I was expecting a bunch a collage students who did not want to be there coaching us; but it was not like that at all. All the instructors were well knowledgeable and friendly. There was not an instructor I did not like. Well organized and planned. I would strongly recommend this camp for any adults.
— Amy A. Camper
I loved the camp
8/14/2016 - More focus on slice, drop shot and serves would be nice. But I loved the camp. Very fun.
— Linda A. Camper
great coaching staff and facilities
8/8/2016 - I really enjoy attending this tennis camp. The facilities are great and the coaching staff is wonderful. The assistants were wonderful, enthusiastic, and I liked them very much. However, I feel like they were lacking somewhat in the coaching skills necessary to significantly improve my game. Overall, I was pleased with the camp and hope to attend again in future years.
— Tera L. Camper
Thanks for a great week!
7/26/2016 - I enjoyed the camp. I thought the stretching exercises were very helpful. Thanks for a great week!
— DeAnn W. Camper
Instruction material was well organized
7/9/2015 - Instruction material was well organized and delivered with clarity. Loved how the instructors handled questions.
— Gloria A. Camper
8/16/2014 - The instructors were wonderful and enthusiastic and made the camp experience very enjoyable.
— Robyn K. Camper
A Job Well Done
8/16/2014 - Thanks again to you and your team for an excellent Tennis Camp. This was my first tennis camp (and really my first tennis lesson in 20 years!) and I enjoyed it as well as learned a lot. I appreciated the organization for the three days and the consideration provided to all the participants of varying skill levels, including me as a beginner. I’m inspired to continue on and will try to remember all that I learned at camp.
— Ken W. Camper
8/15/2014 - Coach Lama was by far the most effective leader I've ever experienced at any tennis camp. The attention to detail was bar none the BEST! I sent a bulk email to over 50 tennis colleagues recommending this camp far above Newks, A & M, and any of the programs in Florida. I wish there was another opportunity for an adult camp in September at UNT! I know I could get the spaces filled!
— Rebecca C. Camper
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