Wake Forest University Nike Tennis Camp

Wake Forest University Nike Tennis Camp
Wake Forest University Nike Tennis Camp

Come work on your game and make new friends at one of the best tennis summer camps around! The Nike Tennis Camp at Wake Forest University returns for its sixth year. These tennis training sessions are a great way to improve your game in a short period of time, providing players with a chance to play tennis up to 5 hours a day, make new friends, enjoy nightly group activities and great accommodations.

Nike Tennis Camp in Winston Salem, NC

The Nike Tennis Camp at Wake Forest University is a summer tennis camp for kids to come and vastly improve their tennis game, 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 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 some free time to spend with friends.

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from Head Men's Coach Tony Bresky and assistant men's coach Brett Ross
  • We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Tony Bresky
Camp Director

Tony Bresky

Entering his fifth season at the helm of the Wake Forest men's tennis program in 2015-16, Tony Bresky has guided the Demon Deacons back to being a national power. 

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In just four seasons, Bresky has guided Wake Forest to two ACC Championship finals appearances, a program-record 24 wins in 2015 and the program's third Sweet 16 appearance just last season. He has helped 10 players earn All-ACC honors while guiding two players to All-American status and one player to ITA National Rookie, ACC Rookie and ACC Player of the Year honors. 

Since taking over the program prior to the 2011-12 season, Wake Forest has twice finished in the ITA Top 20 at season's end. The team also hosted an NCAA Team Championship regional in 2015 for the first time since 2007, welcoming Florida, Pepperdine and George Washington to Winston-Salem. 

During the record-breaking 2015 season, Bresky guided Wake Forest to a 24-8 record and the Sweet 16 after Wake Forest struggled to a 15-14 mark in 2013-14. The Deacs also reached the ACC Championship final and gave Virginia fantastic match, though falling just short of the title. At season's end, Bresky was named ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading Noah Rubin and Romain Bogaerts to All-American status. Both players were also named All-ACC performers with Jon Ho. Rubin was also named ITA National Rookie, ACC Player and ACC Rookie of the Year at season's end while finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the country. The ACC Player of the Year honor marked the first time a Wake Forest men's tennis player had earned the award. Pairing the honor with ACC Rookie of the Year also marked the first time a player had won the ACC's two major awards in the same season. 

In just his second season with Wake Forest in 2012-13, Bresky engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in the country in helping Wake Forest to a 20-9 overall record with a 7-3 ACC mark, good for third in the conference, to go with a bid to the NCAA Championship. The campaign followed a 2011-12 season that saw the Deacs finish 10th in the conference at 3-8 and 14-15 overall. With the highly-successful campaign, Bresky was named ACC Coach of the Year. The award made him just the second Wake Forest men's tennis coach ever to win the award, joining Wake Forest Hall of Famer Jim Leighton as the only other Demon Deacon coach to take the award. He won the honor back in 1981. Also at season's end, the Deacs finished No. 19 in the final ITA rankings, marking the team's highest finish since 2009. 

Bresky guided David Hopkins, Amogh Prabhakar and Adam Lee to All-ACC honors in 2013, giving Wake Forest three members of the All-ACC team for the first time since 2002. Hopkins, Prabhakar, Lee and Danny Kreyman all cracked the national singles rankings, with Prabhakar rising as high as No. 37. In doubles, Hopkins and Prabhakar soared as high as No. 17 in the doubles rankings while Kreyman and Lee made their doubles rankings debuts.

Bresky's coaching acumen has allowed him to get the most of his players, including those that he inherited when coming to Wake Forest. His 2013 seniors Hopkins, Prabhakar and Kreyman all posted more than half of their career wins in their two seasons under Bresky, while Lee won 38 matches as a junior in 2013 to set the Wake Forest single-season wins record.

In his inaugural campaign in Winston-Salem in 2011-12, Bresky inherited a roster of only three players with significant collegiate experience, but still managed to guide the Demon Deacons to a 14-15 record and a quarterfinal appearance at the ACC Championship. Hopkins and Kreyman both earned All-ACC honors and junior Prabhakar blossomed under Bresky's tutelage, going 21-6 in dual match singles play while seeing his first regular collegiate action.

Bresky took over at Wake Forest in September 2011 after spending one stellar season at Cornell, where he led the Big Red to its best season in program history. With Cornell, Bresky led the squad to a 26-5 record overall and a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy League play, earning the team its first-ever Ivy League championship and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Prior to Bresky's arrival at Cornell, no Big Red men's tennis team had ever won more than 20 matches in a season.

Under his direction, the Big Red placed three players on the All-Ivy League teams in 2011 in four positions, led by Jonathan Jaklitsch, who earned first-team honors in both singles and doubles. Also garnering all-league accolades were Andy Gauthier in singles and Evan Bernstein in doubles. That total marks the most league award winners in a single season in Cornell men's tennis history.

An impressive recruiter, Bresky was able draw top-caliber players to Ithaca. His 2011 incoming class at Cornell was ranked as the fifth-best nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network and was the only class from a non-BCS conference school to be ranked in the top 10.

In addition to his success at Cornell, Bresky brought a wealth of ACC experience with him to Winston-Salem having served as associate head coach at Virginia from 2002-2010. Under the guidance of head coach Brian Boland, he helped guide the Cavaliers to six ACC Championships.

Bresky's list of accomplishments during his tenure at Virginia is lengthy, highlighted by the Cavaliers earning the top national ranking in singles, doubles and as a team on multiple occasions. The Cavaliers won seven straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and six ACC tournament titles in the seven seasons. With Bresky on the coaching staff, Virginia won 62 straight ACC matches and had 19 singles players and nine doubles teams qualify for both the NCAA singles and doubles championships over a stretch of seven seasons.

Bresky helped to lead the Cavaliers to the national semifinals three times, the national quarterfinals three times and one appearance in the Round of 16. He had two players at Virginia earn the NCAA Singles Championship title and one team win the national doubles crown, while having 11 student-athletes earn All-America honors.

The 2005 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bresky was a three-time Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2004, 2009, 2010) and was the only assistant coach in the nation to be named to an ITA committee when he was placed on the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee. While at Virginia, the men's tennis program has graduated 100 percent of its student athletes.

During the summer of 2009, Bresky served as the USTA Men's Summer Collegiate Team Coach, providing elite training for the top varsity collegiate players in the country. The program, designed to provide players with exposure to the professional circuit in a team-oriented environment, saw players competing at USTA Pro Circuit events and the US Open.

Bresky's experience also includes a stint as a private tennis coach in Bronxville, N.Y., in 2001 and 2002, highlighted by his mentoring of Stephen Bass, who was ranked as high as 11th in the USTA junior national rankings. Bass would go on to earn a scholarship to Notre Dame and earn All-America honors while playing for the Fighting Irish.

Bresky also spent time as the Assistant Director of Tennis for Tennis Europe, a program designed to train junior tennis teams traveling throughout Europe. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana State, where he helped to guide the Sycamores to a No. 17 national ranking.

While at Indiana State, Bresky earned a master's degree in business administration. He helped lead the Sycamores to their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships in school history while posting a 50-8 overall record. The men's tennis team had the top overall grade point average among men's team sports at Indiana State.

Bresky earned his bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting from Western Illinois in 1998. He played four years of tennis for the Leathernecks, earning Mid-Continent Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and garnering league player of the year accolades in each of the next three seasons. He led WIU to the program's first Mid-Continent Conference championship in 1995 and successfully defended the team title the following year. Bresky was a two-time ITA Scholastic All-American in 1996 and 1997 and was a three-year team captain.

Bresky and his wife, Christine, were married during the summer of 2015. 

Camp Details

2016 Wake Forest University Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of Overnight, Day (9:00am-4:00pm), and Half Day (9:00am-12:00pm) tennis camp for kids ages 8-18 of all skill levels. In addition we are offering three Half Day sessions of 10 & Under Tennis. 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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10 and Under Tennis

This program is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are  low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.

Check-In/Out

Check-In
Overnight Campers

Check-in is between 12:30-2:00pm on Sunday at the dorms. 

Day Campers

Check-in is at 2:30 on Sunday at the tennis courts (Wake Forest Tennis Complex). (Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 5:00pm.)

Half Day and 10 & Under

8:45am on Monday at the tennis courts (Wake Forest Tennis Complex).

Check-Out
Half Day Campers
  • Check-out for half day campers is at 12:00 noon on Thursday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Overnight & Day Campers
  • Graduation: 3:00pm on Thursday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.  Parents are invited to attend! 
  • Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony at 4:00pm. Overnight campers will check-out from the dorms.

Half Day and Day Camper Schedule

  • Day and Half Day Campers should be dropped off every day (except check-in day) by 9:00am at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
  • Half Day campers will be picked up each day at 12:00 noon at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
  • Day campers will be picked up each day at 4:00pm (except check-in day) at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Meals

Lunch is not included for day campers.  Full Day Campers should bring their own lunch.  Half Day campers leave before lunch.

Courts

Campers play on 13 outdoor lighted courts and 8 indoor air conditioned courts.

Dorms

2016: Campers stay 2 per room on campus in the Dogwoord Residence Hall for session one and Johnson Residence Hall for session two and three. Rooms are assigned by age and roommate requests. No triples are available. There is A/C in ALL dorms!

Evening Activities

Evening camp activities may include pizza night, movie night, bowling night, miniature golfing and shopping. 

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.

Designated Airport

Piedmont Triad International Airport

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 Greensboro, NC Airport (GSO) and take Fly PITI (877-796-5466) shuttle form the airport to camp.

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: TNXRWF

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:00am Wake-up/breakfast
  • 9:00am-Noon Morning Tennis Session (drills and instruction)
  • Noon-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm-4:00pm Afternoon Tennis Session – match play and conditioning
  • 5:30pm Dinner/free time
  • 7:00pm Evening activity
  • 10:00pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

The staff was exceptional, particularly the young man in charge. Well run and well done!

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  • 4/5.
4th Year of Camp!

This was my son's fourth year at the Nike Tennis Camp at Wake Forest. He has really enjoyed every year but I think this was his favorite yet! Great coaches, assistants and a wonderful program. Will return next year!

  • 4/5.
Balancing Work and Fun

The camp was well run and challenged the kids, but let them have fun at the same time. Overall I am very pleased with my child's experience there. 

  • 4/5.
Cool Coaches!

My coaches were all very nice and helped me with my footwork and swings. I made a lot of friends too and hope to go back for 2 weeks next summer.

  • 5/5.
Excellent coaching!

The Wake Forest coaches are excellent at instruction as well as "camp counselors". My friends and I will be back next year.

  • 3/5.
Great facilities and staff!

Wake Forest has great indoor and outdoor courts and great instructors.

  • 4/5.
Fun match play!

love the cafeteria-- match play was super fun!

  • 5/5.
Highly Recommended

Excellent tennis courts. Coach and staff very dedicated to teach. Very pleased with camp and I saw a positive improvement in my son skills. Highly reccomended.

  • 4/5.
Top Notch!

Overall, this was a good camp for my daughter. I was impressed by the facilities which were top notch. The staff was also very professional and highly skilled.

  • 4/5.
Came home with a smile

My son had a great time. He came home exhausted, but with a smile on his face!

  • 4/5.

Overall, my daughter had a fantastic time and great experience with tennis and friendships were made as an overnight camper. 

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

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