Nike Tennis Camp at Denison University
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Come join the fun at our summer tennis camp in Ohio at Denison University! This Midwest tennis camp provides boys and girls with a fun, healthy environment where they can hit tons of balls, improve their game, and create lasting friendships.
Our junior tennis camp in Granville, OH offers technical tennis instruction and drilling from expert coaches, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities for overnight campers.
- Instruction from Denison Men's Tennis Coach, Peter Burling, and his experienced staff
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Peter Burling
Peter Burling is the Denison University head men’s tennis coach. With over 42 years of coaching experience, Coach Burling and his staff teach a complete game program, designed to give each camper the opportunity to learn and master the skills needed to reach the next level of the game.View Peter Burling's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
Peter Burling returns for his 29th season as the head men’s tennis coach and his 20th leading the women’s tennis team in 2016-17. Since his arrival in Granville in 1991, Burling has helped the Big Red tennis programs rise among the elite programs in Division III Tennis.
A two-time national Coach of the Year and 11-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Burling has compiled a record of 718-319 as the head coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Denison.
Since taking over as the women’s head coach in 2000, Burling has led the program to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and six NCAA Quarterfinal appearances. In 2008, Burling and the Big Red broke through with an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals that resulted in a third-place national finish. The team posted a 22-4 record that season. In addition, after the conclusion of the team championship, the duo of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb finished as the national runner-up in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. In 2004, Burling received the ITA National Coach of the Year award and the following season the USPTA honored Burling as its National Coach of the Year. Two players, Meridith Sulser in 2005 and Cobb in 2011, were honored by the ITA with its prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award. In 2009, Meghan Damico received the ITA Senior Player of the Year award.
At the conference level, the women’s program has won 11 NCAC championships while producing five conference Players of the Year and 22 All-Americans.
As the coach of the men’s team since 1991, Burling and the Big Red have posted a record of 374-158 that has included seven NCAC Championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Six players have been named the conference’s Player of the Year and Burling has won NCAC Men’s Coach of the Year on seven occasions. Eleven players, most recently Tom Cawood in 2012, have earned All-America honors under Burling.
A native of Orleans, Mass., Burling has been a USPTA Level I Professional for nearly 40 years and currently resides in Granville with his wife Patricia. He has two sons, Scott and Colin.
Tennis Tips by Peter Burling:
We offer overnight and day camp for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and Tournament Training programs, plus a High School Pre-Season Prep Tennis Camp for girls only.
2019 Camps Dates & Programs
- June 16-21 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- June 23-28 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 14-19 (All Skills)
- July 21-25 (Girls High School Pre-Season Prep Tennis Camp)
Camp Program Offerings
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 Camp
We are hosting a Tournament Training session geared towards tournament level and ranked players, ages 9-18, looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.
High School Prep Camp
We are hosting a Preseason High School Training session for girls ages 13-18 who are currently on their high school team and want to move up the ladder, or those planning on making their high school team.
- Overnight Campers: Sunday at 1:00pm-2:00pm. Sunday check-in as well for HS Prep Camp week.
- Day & Extended Day Campers: Sunday at 2:00pm-2:30pm. Sunday check-in as well for HS Prep Camp week.
- Check in is at Lamson Lodge (next to the “left” side of the tennis courts). Signs will be posted directing you where to go.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Day Campers will depart that evening at 6:30pm.
- Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 7:30pm.
- Graduation: Last day of camp at 4:30pm at the tennis courts for all campers. Please plan to be at the courts by no later than 4:00pm. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule
- Day Camp Hours: 8:45am-4:30pm (except first day, see above.)
- Extended Day Camp Hours: 8:45am-9:00pm (except first and last day, see above)
Lunch & dinner are included for Extended Day campers. Lunch is included for Day campers.
Denison University’s varsity tennis courts feature 12 outdoor courts, six of which have full lighting. Indoor facilities are available in cases of inclement weather. The outdoor courts, along with the indoor facility in the Mitchell Center, has been host to the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championship and various NCAA Division III men's and women's regional championships.
2018: Lodging is in the student dorms. The rooms do not contain air conditioning, however, the large lounge does. Campers will stay in multi-person rooms.
Evening activities may include a trip to the mall, movie night, sports psychology night, a talent show and more!
Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.
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 Columbus Airport for ground transportation please visit www.columbusairport.com.
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.
In the chance of rain we will do a variety of fitness activities along with indoor tennis.
There is a nurse or trainer on call at all times
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: TNXRDU
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am 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
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
- 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
He'll be back next year!
July 23, 2018: My son enjoyed playing tennis with new people he met at camp. He thought the counselors were really friendly and laid back enough to make camp fun. This is his 4th year going to the camp and he'll be back next year!
— Wendy D. - Parent
Loved all the time on the courts
July 28, 2018: Lindsey loved all the time on the courts with such amazing counselors.
— Jennifer B. - Parent
Camp was excellent
August 1, 2018: The all-girls high school prep camp was excellent. My daughter appreciated the chance to attend a tennis camp with girls who really loved the game and were serious about improving. Peter Burling is an outstanding coach who supports the kids in every way.
— Robert W. - Parent
Good instruction made camp FUN
July 06, 2017: Austin really enjoyed the grand-slam match play. He also liked having his own room. (We think the residence halls are great! We also think he met some nice kids.) Our son says "a couple of counselors did not seem into it (teaching tennis) or paid attention to us at all." He really liked Ryan, Kelsey, John, Michael, and Steven--"they were nice, gave good instruction, and made the camp FUN.
— Jennifer M. Parent
Ethan enjoyed everything!
July 06, 2017: Ethan enjoyed everything! He especially enjoyed making new friends and the evaluation at the end of camp.
— Susan. Parent
Best camp ever
July 08, 2017: Best camp ever. My daughter Sara improve her tennis. I'll be send her for the next year. The camp is very organize, teachers are very good and the University is great place to stay. Also if you want your child be ready for University is great practice opportunity with overnight camp.
— Ana K. Parent
Enjoyed the college atmosphere
July 13, 2017: I enjoyed playing matches and getting to hit a lot. I also enjoyed the college atmosphere
— John D. Camper
Felt supported and encouraged
July 24, 2017: She felt very independent and was treated like the tiny adult that she is. She felt supported and encouraged but not pushed. She wants to spend the night next year!
— Debbie D.
Didn't want to leave
July 25, 2017: He had so much fun that he didn't want to leave. He felt he learned many new things in such a short amount of time.
— Dorinda W. Parent
tennis camp at Denison University was outstanding
August 4, 2016: Peter Burling's tennis camp at Denison University was outstanding. My two boys have attended for 4 years. They improved their tennis, made friends who they keep in touch with, and had lots of fun!
— Emily R. Parent
the most fun I had all summer
July 28, 2016: It was definitely the most fun I had all summer and I learned a lot.
— Isabella R. Camper
good coach and a great person
July 27, 2016: My daughter really enjoyed the environment promoted by Coach Peter Burling as well as the instruction. He is a good coach and a great person. Thank you, coach.
— Sara F. Parent
need air-conditioned rooms
7/27/2016 - The girls really suffered being in rooms without air conditioning during this heat wave. If you cannot ensure that they are in air-conditioned rooms next year it may be a deal breaker.
— Mary W. Parent
7/27/2016 - I loved camp and I thought it was a wonderful experience and look forward to next year!
— Thomas W. Camper
7/2/2016 - The director and counselors were very nice and attentive. There was no soap in the bathroom when we arrived so I had to use my bodywash. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I am thinking about coming back next year.
— Logan K. Camper
great facilities, OK camp
6/30/2016 - I liked the facilities for this camp. Dorms were outstanding. I didn't understand the trip to Easton. I didn't make many friends. This camp was not my favorite.
— Zach P. Camper
a top-notch program
6/30/2016 - Peter is THE BEST! He is amazing with the kids and runs such a top-notch program!
— Rachel L. Parent
coaches were amazing, knowledgeable, encouraging
8/26/2015 - I had a great time during my week at camp and I can't wait to do it next summer. John and all of the coaches were amazing, knowledgeable, encouraging and I learned a lot. I feel so much more confident about my skills. I also really liked staying on campus and all the stuff we did besides tennis. Great, great experience!
— Jack M. Camper
didn't enjoy the food
8/3/2015 - I didn't enjoy the food. There was very little options.
— Haylee W. Camper
instructional value of the camp was great
8/2/2105 - The instructional value of the camp was great and my son had a great time.
— Amin A. Parent
Good coach to player ratio
7/6/2015 - First time at this camp and overall very good. Good coach to player ratio. Facilities top notch and especially liked the dorms players stayed in. Only negative was not enough variety in the food served. Had a good relationship with the director and coaches. Will consider coming back again.
— Robert T. Camper
Best camp around
7/2/2015 - Best camp around! Exceptional leadership and well-rounded program.
— Emilie E. Camper
son had wonderful things to say
7/2/2015 - My son had wonderful things to say about coach Burling and the entire week. Kudos
— Joe H. Parent