University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp
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Our Nike junior tennis camp in Texas at the University of North Texas in Denton offers overnight and day camp options for boys and girls of all skill levels. We also offer special High School tennis camps, geared towards older kids, ages 13-18.
This Southwest tennis camp delivers world-class tennis training as well as supervised match play, and gives each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills and enjoy the game.
- Instruction from UNT Tennis Coach, Sujay Lama, and his expert staff
- All Skills and High School training programs
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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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 overnight and day (8:30am-4:00pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and High School training programs during designated weeks.
2017 Camp Dates
- June 11-15 (All Skills)
- June 18-22 (All Skills)
- July 16-20 (High School Only)
- July 23-27 (High School Only)
Camp Program Offerings
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.
All Skills Program
The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
High School Only Program
The High School Only program is designed for high school players (ages 13-18) looking to move up the ladder or make their high school team.
- Overnight Campers 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
- Day Campers 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday at Warranch Tennis Complex. (Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 5:00pm)
- Graduation for all campers is at 3:30pm at the Tennis Courts. Parents encouraged to attend!
- Check-out: Immediately following graduation.
Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: 3:30-5:00pm.
- Monday through Wednesday: 8:30am to 5:00pm.
- Thursday: 8:30am to 4:00pm.
Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.
Campers will play on 12 courts at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
2017: Campers will stay in the Victory Residence Hall (June Sessions) and the Bruce Residence Hall (July Sessions) dorms on campus, which will have central air conditioning. Campers will stay 2 per room. Campers can request roommates, otherwise, they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.
All meals are provided for overnight campers starting with dinner on check-in day and ending with lunch on check-out day. Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.
For overnight campers, we have a night session that includes: personal one on one private lessons for 30 minutes each, game court, free hit. Other evening activities may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts, karaoke contest, and a camp dance.
Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
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 Dallas Fort Worth Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp. (For a list of shuttles, please visit http://www.dfwairport.com/transport/)
If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
We have always planned our camp with "mother nature" in mind. If it were to rain we will always have some sort of activity usually dealing the mental part of the game. For example, we will have stations where we talk about "College Tennis", "RTP", "Agility", "Mental Toughness" and these are only a few examples of things we have planned.
Trainer on call at all times
Adult Tennis Camp at North Texas
We're excited to also bring you an Adult Nike Tennis Camp at North Texas ! Click the link for details.
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: TNXRNT
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 8:45am 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 Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
- 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, Swimming
- 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
- 7:15pm Evening Activity
- 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
wonderful and inspirational
7/31/2016 - Coach Lama was so wonderful and inspirational. I wish he was my high school coach! The other coaches gave me so much individual attention and really made me feel welcome. I learned a lot!
— Emily M. Camper
disappointed in the graduation ceremony
7/29/2016 - As a parent I was disappointed in the graduation ceremony. On my paperwork it said it started at 3:30. As I walked up at 3:15 it had already started and the comments were as a final thought.... If you were going to change the time of the graduation I feel like you could have emailed the parents or had the kids text us.
— Lauri H. Parent
thank you for the great experience
7/22/2016 - I just wanted to say thank you for the great experience at this Nike tennis camp, I had such a blast! This was my first tennis camp ever, and I was so nervous about going, but when I got there, everyone was so nice and friendly, and it made me feel like I was home. Thank you again for a great week, can't wait to see you next year!
— Sarah H. Camper
7/22/2016 - Instructor unfriendly.
— Dodre L. Camper
loved everything about camp
7/22/2016 - Cole loved everything about camp!
— Rebecca K. Parent
wants to come back next year
7/1/2016 - When I walk up the last day to watch my son, he was playing a kid half his size, age, and talent which is ok some of the time because everyone needs to learn and everyone learns from their playing I get that. But I asked my son if he was playing kids better than him and he didn't really have a good answer so I am curious as to if he played kids less than his ability most of the time (which in my son's eyes that is what he did) which I wouldn't really be happy with. He had the best time and wants to come back next year and you will see him again but, as a parent, that is my issue.
— Tami H. Parent
didn't want it to be over
6/30/2016 - My daughter loved camp. Her confidence as a player has improved and her interest in the mental aspect of the game is also a new area of focus. She has also been inspired to begin an agility training program based on camp activities and instruction. She is committed to becoming the best tennis player she can. Honestly, she cried when we left camp because it was such a great experience, she didn't want it to be over!
— Teagan D. Parent
warm and friendly
7/31/2015 - I really appreciated Ramone and his very warm and friendly manner!
— Kate H. Camper
more individual instruction
7/30/2015 - I would like to see a bit more individual instruction to those who need it. Just a couple minutes alone with a kid if you notice them struggling with something a lot. Give them some pointers and have them do a quick drill or give some advice or something to help them. And i would like to see coaches give advice to all kids when they're playing a game regardless if they are on their team or not. Cause sometimes the kids don't know what they're doing wrong until you point it out. Or they just need a little boost or encouragement to help them. I liked the camp a lot overall and would love to come again.
— Carl M. Parent
had a great time and learned a lot
7/23/2015 - It was a great experience. Even though most of the kids were older than me, I had a great time and learned a lot.
— Kaylee B. Camper
enjoyed the on-court activities and drills
7/23/2015 - Coach Markus did a great job, especially for a new coach. His suggestions were helpful. Food was very good. I really enjoyed the on-court activities and drills.
— Loren B. Camper
7/6/2015 - Impressed - younger staff member grabbed my son and played one on one with him the first morning - saved him from wandering around awkwardly looking for another kid until camp started. Thank you for that kindness.
— Tracy S. Parent
7/2/2015 - My son loved every moment he spent at camp! He woke up extra early to drive in and didn't want to leave at the end of the day. He came home excited to try all of the new things he learned! Thank you all for this amazing experience! He will definitely be back next year (as many weeks as he can fit in).
— Roxann K. Parent
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