University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp

University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp
University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp

The Nike Tennis Camp at the University of North Texas is a summer camp for young athletes to come and get world-class tennis training, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Come join the fun this summer and take your tennis instruction to the next level.

Nike Tennis Camp in Denton, TX

This junior summer tennis camp focuses on tennis training as well as match play, giving each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills and enjoy the game. Our goal is to 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. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top-notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from top teaching pros and players
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Sujay Lama
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. 

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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. 

Collegiate Career 
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. 

Personal Background 
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.

Camp Details

2016 North Texas Nike Tennis Camp Information

The North Texas Nike Tennis Camp is offering four weeks of week long tennis camp and day camp (8:30am-4:00pm) for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. In addition to the All Skills Program, UNT will offer two separate sessions of the High School Only program during the final two weeks of camp. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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Camp Program Offerings

Program Offerings

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities. 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. Open to any and all players.

2016 Programs by Week

June 12-16: All Skills
June 19-23: All Skills
July 17-21: High School Only
July 24-28: High School Only

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 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday at Victory Hall.
  • Day Campers 1:30-3:00 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.


2016: Campers will stay in the Victory Residence Hall (June Sessionss) and the Rawlins Residence Hall (July Sessions) dorms on campus, which will have central air conditioning (2015). 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. 

Evening Activities

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

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.

Designated Airport

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

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.

Rain Plan

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 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.

Medical Staff

Trainer on call at all times

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: 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

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

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!

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  • 5/5.

Hey, 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!

  • 4/5.

Great camp! Coaches have a big influence.

  • 5/5.

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).

  • 4/5.

Impressed - younger staff member grabbed my son and played one on one with him the first morning - saved him from wandering around ackwardly looking for another kid until camp started. Thank you for that kindness.

  • 4/5.

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.

  • 5/5.
Highly Recommend!

This is my daughter's third year at the UNT Tennis camp. We love Coach Lama and his staff. This program is excellent, we recommend it to everyone and have signed up many friends and family members!

  • 5/5.
Inspired to play!

Thank you to the dedicated staff! I see a tremendous improvement in my child's performance. She is now SO interested in tennis and loves playing in her free time! Thanks!

  • 4/5.
Increased Confidence

Just wanted to drop a line to say, thank you to you and your team. My daughter's confidence toward tennis has improved tremendously in a week, so we are very pleased with the program. Thanks!

  • 5/5.
Nothing Else Compares

I loved the camp, and I cannot wait to come back next time. I have tried other camps, and I think that I enjoyed this the most!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the great experience!!!

  • 5/5.
Inspiring Instructor

Sujay Lama was an excellent inspiration, not just with tennis but having an overall positive attitude in life. The glass is always half full with him.

  • 4/5.
Improved All Around

I thought that the camp was a great experience for me. It was fun and I feel like I improved both the physical and mental aspects of my game.

  • 4/5.
Loved Personal Attention

My son loved the camp and the personal attention from the coaches.

  • 5/5.
3 year veteran!

I  have gone to the Nike tennis camp at UNT for the past 3 years and love it! Coach Llama is the best! 

  • 5/5.
Amazing time!

Nike tennis camp 2011 was an amazing time and I would definitely recommend it to anyone on any level of tennis. I love the Nike tennis camp experience and all of the energetic and super enthusiastic director and staff. Coach Lama taught me important life lessons while also making my camp experience the best one yet.

  • 4/5.

This is my sons 3rd year at this camp and I am always very impressed with the director and staff. The small groups is great and they make it so fun for the kids. Thanks!

  • 4/5.

The camp was great! UNT Coach Lama was awesome and provided great instruction. His team of coaches were able to provide great instruction and help me to improve my game!

  • 4/5.
Thoroughly Enjoyed!

My son really enjoyed the camp. The staff were super enthusiastic and positive. He said he would really like to attend again next year.

  • 4/5.

This was a great camp for me. I stayed in the dorm with my friend and it was awesome! I am already looking forward to camp next summer.

  • 5/5.

Amazing camp for all ages and great learning and enthusiastic environment.

  • 4/5.

Thoroughly enjoyed, felt as though I was incredibly important to the staff each and every day, has been a very enjoyable 4 years.

Camp Dates & Prices

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