Charleston Nike Tennis Camp
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One of the best South Carolina tennis camps, the Charleston Nike Tennis Camp offers overnight and day camps for kids of all abilities. Held at The Charleston Tennis Center, this junior tennis camp in the South is Directed by Phil Whitesell.
Come join the fun at our summer tennis camp in Charleston, SC. With programs for all skill levels, including tournament training and high school training, there is something for everyone!
- Instruction from Tennis Professional Phil Whitesell, and his experienced staff
- 5-6 hours daily tennis instruction; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Phil Whitesell
Phil Whitesell is the returning Camp Director of the Nike Tennis Camp and former Women’s professional tennis coach on WTA Tour. He most notably coached Brenda-Schultz McCarthy, a top 10 WTA tour and Meredith McGrath Semi-Finalist at Wimbledon.View Phil Whitesell's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
He is a three time NCAA Division I tennis team champion at The University of Southern Cal and currently coaches local Charleston juniors and adults at The Club at Hamlin Plantation.
Tennis Tips by Phil Whitesell:
We offer Overnight and Day (11:00am-6:00pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills, Tournament Training, High School and 10&Under tennis programs.
2018 Camp Dates and Offerings
- June 17-22 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. Each day will include morning and afternoon tennis training sessions consisting of instruction, drills and match play. Demonstrations will divide each session into different segments.
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.
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.
High School Program
The High School Program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
10 and Under Tennis
The “10 and Under Tennis” program, features the USTA’s successful teaching format. 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.
- Day camp runs Monday-Friday from 11:00am-6:00pm.
- Check-in: 10:45am on Monday at The Charleston Tennis Center.
- Graduation: 11:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend!
- Check Out: 6:00pm on Friday.
- Meet each day at The Charleston Tennis Center.
- 1:30-2:00pm Sunday at the College of Charleston dorms - Buist Hall.
- Graduation: 11:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend.
- Check Out: 6:00pm on Friday.
- Campers will be shuttled to The Charleston Tennis Center via a private bus service each day.
Day campers bring their own lunch each day. Meals are included for overnight campers.
Campers will play at The Charleston Tennis Center.
2018: Overnight campers will reside in the Dorms on The College of Charleston campus at Buist Hall, which offer stunning scenery and ideal weather for a fantastic tennis camp experience. Campers stay 2 per room in suites with 2 or 3 rooms/suite. There is A/C in the dorms! Fridges available in the rooms for campers. Campers are assigned by age and roommate requests.
Off-Court and Evening Activities
Overnight campers will also participate in a variety of supervised activities ranging from movie night, talent show, tour of College of Charleston campus, camp dance night and possibly a bowling night and ghost tour.
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 Charleston Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp. You can find information about available ground transportation options at http://www.chs-airport.com/taxi.htm.
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.
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: TNXRCC
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Felt that she improved
July 06, 2017: My daughter is not a true lover of tennis and I made her go to the camp but she did enjoy her week at camp and felt that she improved.
— Stephanie K. Parent
Will be back next year
July 06, 2017: My daughter is 9 years old and had such a great time. She never once complained about the heat and constant sun - she had such a great time and really improved her skills. My only recommendation is to find shadier courts which is impossible to do! Thanks to Phil and team for a tremendous week, we will be back next year.
— Kate L. - Parent
Enjoyed the one on one coaching
July 07, 2017: He really enjoyed the one on one coaching. He also was not able to play in the tournament because of a sprained ankle. We will be back next year!!
— Ashley R. - Parent
July 06, 2017: My son was excited about the tips he received to improve his serve. The challenge matches are a great. Suggest having more levels (4 instead of 3). The middle group had the most kids from what I could tell and I think the upper and lower segments of that group would have benefited from another level mixed in.
— Amy O. - Parent
so much fun
July 09, 2016: I enjoyed my week in Charleston SC. Everyone involved was great! I had an awesome time, so much fun!
— Michael S. - Camper
7/6/2016 - Enjoyable and instructive!
— Andrew D. - Camper
should start camp earlier
7/1/2016 - Starting the camp an hour early would prevent playing in the late afternoon. In Charleston especially, it allows the children to play when it is cooler.
— Alexa V. - Parent
Phil Whitesell is fantastic
7/23/2014 - Phil Whitesell is fantastic!
— Julie H. - Parent
had a great time at camp
8/8/2013 - My son had a great time at this camp. He is planning on coming two weeks next year!!
— Sarah B. - Parent
8/7/2013 - The staff were very helpful, friendly and great with the kids. It was a very positive experience for my daughter. Highly recommend!
— Stephanie G. - Parent
Phil Whitesell and staff were fantastic
7/25/2013 - Loved it. Phil Whitesell and staff were fantastic. Will do it again next year. thank you.
— Julie H. - Camper
I learned a lot
7/5/2013 - Coach Phil is an excellent coach. I learned a lot from him during the camp. Will be back next year!
— Susan B. - Camper