University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp

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

The University of North Texas Nike Tennis Camp is a summer camp for young athletes to come and greatly improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Come join the fun this summer and take your game to the next level.

This junior summer tennis camp focuses on instruction 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 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

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2014 Camp Information

Program
(Camp Code: TNXRNT)
The North Texas Nike Tennis camp is offering two weeks of overnight and day camp (8:30am-4:00pm) for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. This year, in addition to these two general programs (for all ability levels), UNT will offer two High School sessions scheduled for July 20-24 and July 27-July 31. This program is designed for high school players (ages 13-18) looking to move up the ladder or make their high school team. Day campers bring their own lunch.

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Check-in and Check-out times
Check-in: Overnight Campers 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday at Victory Hall (2014).
                  Day Campers 1:30-3:00 on Sunday at Warranch Tennis Complex. (Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 5:00pm.)

Graduation: All Campers - 3:30pm at the Tennis Courts. Parents encouraged to attend!
Check-out: Immediately following graduation.

Day Camper Schedule & Information
Sunday: 3:30-5:00pm.
Monday through Wednesday: 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Thursday: 8:30am to 4:00pm. Graduation at 3:30pm.

A more complete schedule will be given to you upon check-in.

Meals: Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.

Courts
Campers will play on 12 courts at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

Dorms
Campers will stay in the dorms on campus, which will have central air conditioning (2014). Campers will stay 2 per room. Campers can request roommates, otherwise they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.

Meals
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

Travel
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.

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. 

More Details

Facilities

The campus which is located in Denton, offers a pretty, college-town atmosphere, but is only 40 minutes from Dallas and 25 minutes from the DFW airport.

The camp will use the Waranch Tennis Complex, a state of the art facility that was opened in January of 2006 featuring 12 tennis courts. Overnight campers will stay at Victory Hall, a brand new resident dormitory that is a short walk to the tennis courts.

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

Meet Camp Coaches

Sujay Lama
Camp Director

Sujay Lama

Head women’s tennis coach, Sujay Lama, is a seasoned camp director with over twenty years of experience.

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The 2013-2014 campaign will mark Coach Sujay Lama's eighth season as the women's tennis head coach at North Texas. Lama was named North Texas' head coach on June 14, 2006 after spending eight years as the head coach at The University of Illinois.

It didn't take long for Lama's to leave his mark on the program. In his first four seasons, Lama took the Mean Green from last in the Sun Belt to first. In 2012, the Mean Green won their second conference championship in three years, defeating Florida International 4-2.The Mean Green went on to play Nebraska in the NCAA tournament, losing 4-0.

The 2012 squad also produced the program's highest ranking of No. 40, finishing the season at No. 55. This comes just two seasons, after the Mean Green received its' first national ranking of No. 66.

In just six seasons, Lama has become the program's winningest coach with a 77-60 record, bringing his career record to 185-144. This includes his first season when the Mean Green went just 2-19 before turning the program around.

Lama also became the first coach in program history to receive Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors twice, in 2010 and 2012. Lama was named the USPTA Collegiate Coach of the Year for the state of Texas in 2009.

The 2011 season was marred by illness and injury for the Mean Green as North Texas finished with a 10-12 record.

2010 was a breakout year for Lama and the Mean Green. The team captured the program's first Sun Belt Conference Champion with a win over No. 49 FIU. The conference championship earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament appearance, the first ever in school history. After a loss to No. 32 Tulsa, North Texas finished its historic season with a 17-7 record.

Lama was also named a finalist for the prestigious Giant Steps Award during 2009. In the fall of 2008, the Mean Green tallied individual wins over national contenders such as LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, Rice, and Houston.

Lama led North Texas to a 13-9 record in the spring of 2008, its best record since 1986-87. In 2007, 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.

North Texas success has not been limited to the court, as the Mean Green finished five out of the last six seasons with ITA All-Academic team honors.

Prior to North Texas' 10th coach in program history, Lama spent eight years as the women's tennis head 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, 4-7 in Big Ten play, and ninth in the conference the previous season to a squad that was ranked No. 10 in the region and No. 75 in that nation.

The Illini continued to see significant improvement during Lama's eight years. 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, 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 eight years 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, ten 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.

During Lama's eight years at Illinois, the Illini went 108-84 with a Big Ten record of 60-34. 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, including the 1998 campaign. 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, S.C., where he worked with the elite player development program (for touring pros and top junior players) from 1992-95. 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.

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.

In his playing career, 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.

In his playing career, 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 the four years he competed at 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.

He 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. He was the recipient of the U.S./Nepal Educational Foundation Scholarship from 1990-92. Lama has traveled in 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 he calls "Project Nepal". He has helped raise over $12,000 each year to fund the education of 67 orphanage children in his hometown of Nepal (www.supportprojectnepal.com).

Lama and his wife, Lynne, reside in Denton with their 12-year-old daughter, Priya, and seven-year-old son, Siddhartha.
 

Camper Reviews

  • 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!

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  • 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!

  • 5/5.
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.
Thanks!

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!

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