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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 Citadel and College of Charleston, this junior tennis camp in the South is Directed by Phil Whitesell with support from Guest Lecturer, Chuck Kriese!

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!

Highlights Include
  • 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 Coaches

  • Phil Whitesell Nike Tennis Camp Charleston

    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.

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  • Kriese Citadel Nike Tennis Camp

    Staff Chuck Kriese

    Chuck Kriese, one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, is in his fourth season as the head coach at The Citadel.

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Camp Details

We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:00pm) 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 10-15 (All Skills & High School)
  • June 17-22 (All Skills & Tournament Training) 
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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. 

Guest Speaker, Chuck Kriese

Chuck Kriese will conduct tennis seminars during all weeks of camp. He is one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, is in his third season as the head coach at The Citadel. Kriese has been the senior director of coaching and competition at the prestigious Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., since March 2010 and has dedicated more than three decades to shaping successful tennis careers on the collegiate and international levels.

His reputation has made his Total Tennis Training camps and teaching programs popular destinations for young players looking to improve their games. He has conducted youth clinics and coaching seminars in 16 countries on four continents, emphasizing teaching, motivation, leadership and coaching techniques. He has been a regular teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. for his entire career.
In addition to his work on the court, Kriese has authored six books including “Coaching Tennis” which is considered one of the most comprehensive tennis and coaching books ever written. He has appeared on ESPN’s instructional series “Play Your Best Tennis”, hosts a weekly radio show on American Tennis and is a highly sought after lecturer.

Kriese also emphasizes values beyond tennis. He created “Serve it Back”, a three-tier mentoring program designed to help youngsters learn how to plan their own career in tennis and in life while learning to help others.It has been estimated that over 14,000 junior players have trained under his programs, hundreds have received college scholarships and many have continued on as professional players and coaches. Forty-six of his former pupils have appeared in the ATP world rankings with nine cracking the top 100.

Kriese spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Clemson from 1975-2008. He is the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 685, led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the Elite Eight and produced 38 All-Americans. His accomplishments at Clemson earned him four national coach of the year honors.

In 2008 Kriese was appointed the technical director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he conducted coaching courses and trained many of the top players from that part of the world. He coached the highest-ranked player in Thai and Asian history and 2008 ITF junior world champion who became the first Asian player in history to win the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title. In 2009, Kriese coached her to the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles. Kriese has also been the coach of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team. In all, he has been the coach of players who have won five grand slam junior titles and three other grand slam finalists.

Kriese’s career achievements have earned him honors surpassed by only a few in the history of college tennis. In 2012 he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983 and is enshrined in the hall at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech.


Day Campers
  • Day camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Check-in: 8:30am on Monday at The Citadel.
  • Graduation: 9:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend!
  • Check Out: 4:00pm on Friday.
  • Meet each day at The Citadel.
Overnight Campers
  • 1:30-2:00pm Sunday at the College of Charleston dorms - Buist Hall.
  • Graduation: 9:00am on Friday at the tennis courts for all campers. Graduation is followed by a tennis tournament. Parents are encouraged to attend.
  • Check Out: 4:00pm on Friday.
  • Campers will be shuttled to The Citadel 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 Earle Tennis Center on The Citadel campus, the headquarters for the Bulldog's Division-I tennis program. In the event of rain, indoor facilities are available for activities. 


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.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location 

Designated 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 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.

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: TNXRCC                      

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Rise and Shine
  • 7:45am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:45am Campers to the courts for stretching/warm-up
  • 9:00am-Noon Drills, skill instruction, strategy, video, conditioning
  • Noon-1:00pm Catered Lunch
  • 1:30pm Mental Training
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Match Play/Team Tennis
  • 4:00pm Free time - swimming, back to dorms
  • 6;00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:00pm Campers back to their rooms. Lights out!

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Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.58 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

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    • 5/5.
    Improved serve

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.

    7/6/2016 - Enjoyable and instructive!

    — Andrew D. - Camper

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Phil Whitesell is fantastic

    7/23/2014 - Phil Whitesell is fantastic!

    — Julie H. - Parent

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Highly recommend

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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


Charleston Nike Tennis Camp

Phil Whitesell, Camp Director
College of Charleston

13 Richardson Ave.

Charleston, South Carolina 29422


Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $395.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $795.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills, Tournament Training
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $395.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $795.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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