Emory University Nike Tennis Camp
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As one of Georgia's best overnight tennis camps, our theme is 'Fun. Friends. Improvement.' At the Emory tennis camp in Atlanta, we encourage and teach our campers to truly understand stroke fundamentals and match play strategies.
With instruction from Emory University's Head Men's Tennis Coach, John Browning, our summer tennis camps in Atlanta deliver new tennis skills and the inspiration and self-confidence to continue improving after camp.
- Tennis training from Emory Head Men's Tennis Coach, John Browning
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director John Browning
Camp Director John Browning is entering his 18th season as Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Emory University. He brings years of exerience as both a coach and player to the court.View John Browning's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
John Browning is the fourth person in NCAA history, for any division, to win a national team championship as a coach and player. He did the former with Emory University in 2003, the first in school history, and the latter with California-Santa Cruz in 1989.
Browning, who had been the head coach at two other NCAA Division III institutions, was appointed the head coach at Emory University in the summer of 1999.
In each of his 17 seasons at Emory, Browning's teams have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals while finishing in the top-five in the national rankings on 14 occasions. In addition, Browning-coached Emory teams have claimed 13 conference championships.
Browning has four national championships to his credit, the first coming in 2003 and the second in 2006. The second most recent national crown took place in 2012 with the Eagles recording the first undefeated dual-meet season in school history, finishing with a 25-0 slate. Most recently, Browning added to his resume a fourth national championship title in 2017.
Following the 2008-09 season, his teams had advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA D-III Championships for eight straight years. Emory finished as national runners-up in 2007 and 2008 and claimed third place in 2009. During the 2010-11 campaign, the Eagles finished runner-up at the national championships.
Browning has coached three NCAA Division III singles champions with Michael Goodwin becoming the first player in school history to earn that distinction when he took home first place in 2009. In 2011, Chris Goodwin, Michael's younger brother, claimed the title after defeating teammate Dillon Pottish in the championship encounter. In 2012, Pottish bounced back to claim the singles crown, topping Nick Ballou of Cal Lutheran in a three-set battle. In 2013, the tandem and Ian Wagner and Elliot Kahler became the first Emory doubles team ever to win the NCAA title.
During his distinguished stint at Emory, he has guided the program to seven seasons of 20 or more wins while fashioning an impressive mark of 315-81 (.800).
Browning and his assistants have been honored eight times as the conference Coaching Staff of the Year by the University Athletic Association, most recently in 2011. In addition, he has been tabbed the ITA as the Atlantic South Region Coach of the Year on four occasions, in 2003, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
For five years prior to Emory, Browning was the men's and women's tennis head coach at Salisbury State University (Md.). Before that, he spent three years as the head men's tennis coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) and one year as an assistant men's tennis coach at University of California-Santa Cruz.
His overall career coaching record for men and women combined is 451-152 (.749) in 24 years. His 200th win came in the finals of the conference championship, a 5-2 win against Washington (Mo.), on April 27, 2003, while his 300th triumph took place on March 15, 2008, when the Eagles won at Hawaii-Hilo, 5-2.
Browning is a 1990 graduate of California-Santa Cruz where he received his bachelor's degree. He completed his master's degree at Azusa Pacific University in 1994.
Browning assisted with the development of Emory's recreational outdoor tennis complex that debuted in Spring 2003. In addition, he is the co-chair of the ITA National Ranking Committee and is a member of the Division III Tennis Committee.
Tennis Tips by John Browning:
We offer Overnight (ages 9-17), Full and Half Day camps (ages 5-17) with an All Skills program each week, plus Tournament Training and College Tennis Training programs (ages 13-17) during certain weeks.
2018 Camp Dates & Offerings
- June 22-25 (Overnight & Day | College Training Camp)
- July 1-6 (Overnight, Full & AM Half Day | All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 8-13 (Overnight, Full & AM Half Day | All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 16-20 (Full & AM Half Day | All Skills)
- July 23-27 (Full & AM Half Day | All Skills)
Camp Program Offerings
Day campers can choose between Full Day (9:00am-4:00pm) and Half Day (9:00am-12:00pm) options. In addition to All Skills program, we also offer Tournament Training during certain weeks as well as a College Training Camp. Each day will include morning and afternoon tennis sessions consisting of instruction, drills and match play. Demonstrations will divide each session into different segments. Upon arrival, all campers are evaluated and placed in one of three instructional programs.
Learn the fundamentals for all strokes, including proper grips, stroke mechanics, footwork, movement, and balance. Introduce match play. For players ages 5-10 who are just learning the sport we offer a "QuickStart" or "10 and Under" program. This program provides a positive introduction to tennis fundamentals and low key match play situations for younger campers. Balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. Racquets are sized to smaller hands for better grip and control. Courts are smaller and easier to cover so that kids can focus on developing tactical and technical skills—with more success and less frustration.
Strengthen strokes to develop more power and control. Examine match play strategies to help improve competitive skills.
Refine stroke production, increase power and improve match play skills through advanced drills, physical training and singles and doubles competition. The Tournament Training Program geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies and work on mental toughness.
College Training Camp
We are offering a College Training Camp from June 22-25, 2018 for players ages 13-17. Campers can choose between an Overnight or Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camp.
- This College Training Camp is ideally suited for tournament-level junior players who are on a pathway for playing college tennis
- Strong emphasis will be placed on player development with intense drilling and fitness sessions
- College coaches will share their insight on competing at the highest level
- Special focus will be given to strategy and tactics during point play
- Will feature information sessions on preparing your game for college tennis as well as in-depth presentations on conducting a recruiting search
- Camp will also provide competitive match play and mental toughness training
Daily Schedules & Information
College Training Camp Session
- Check In: All campers check-in on Friday at 3:00pm at Alabama Hall Dorms
- Check Out: All campers check-out on Monday at 3:00pm at Alabama Hall Dorms
Day Camper Schedule:
- Friday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm
- Sat-Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm
- Mon: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Overnight & Day Camp Sessions
- Check-in: Overnight campers check-in on Sunday between 2:00pm-3:30pm at the dorms. Day and Half Day campers check-in on Monday at 8:30am.
- Check-out: All campers check-out Friday at 12:00 noon at the tennis courts.
Day Camper Schedule:
- Morning half-day sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday
- Day camp sessions: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm, Friday.
Before camp and after camp care is available for Day Campers:
- Before care: 8:00am-9:00am ($10 per person, payable at camp. Arrangements can be made at camp check in.)
- Aftercare: 4:00pm-5:00pm ($10 per person, payable at camp. Arrangements can be made at camp check in.)
Day Only Camp Sessions
- Check In: All Campers check-in Monday at 8:30am (check below for locations based on age).
- Check Out: Half-Day session campers check-out Friday at 12:00 noon at the tennis courts. Full-Day session campers check-out Friday at 4:00pm.
Day Camper Schedule:
- Morning half-day sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday
- Day camp sessions: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday
(Depending on your age group, campers will have different check-in locations. We do not have the check-in locations available at this time for 2018 however, below are the check-in locations from 2016. We should have the updated locations in the early year or around spring time.)
Emory University – Clairmont and Atlanta Campus
Resident Camper check-in location:
Evans Hall Dorms
4 Eagle row
Atlanta, GA 30322
Day Campers, aged 11 and under:
Student Activity & Academic Center
1946 Starvine Way
Decatur, GA 30033
Day campers, aged 12 and older:
Woodruff Physical Ed Center
26 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322
During the College Training Camp, Day campers should bring their lunch each day, and also bring $15 for dinner on Friday. All other sessions, Full Day campers bring their lunch each day or can buy lunch at the cafeteria. Half Day campers depart before lunch.
Emory’s outstanding facilities include 12 lighted hard courts and 2 clay courts, grass playing fields, gymnasium, swimming pool, and recreation center.
2018: Campers stay in the dorms on campus. Campers are placed 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. No triples are available. There is A/C in the dorms!
In the evenings, campers will participate in a variety of fun supervised activities.
Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to or from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp.
If you are using public transportation: coming from the airport, take any train northbound to Lindbergh MARTA station, and take the #6-Emory bus to the Emory campus. Ask the bus driver to stop in Emory Village near the Emory main entrance.
Additional public transportation information can be accessed at MARTA 404.848.5000.
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: TNXREU
Sample Daily Schedule
- FOR OVERNIGHT & DAY CAMP SESSIONS: (Not College Training Session)
- 7:45am Rise and Shine
- 8:15am Breakfast
- 9:00am Stretching/Tennis instruction begins/Drills
- 10:15am Break
- 10:30am Tennis instruction/Drills
- Noon Lunch/Rest (Half Day Campers Depart)
- 1:30pm Mental Training
- 2:00pm Match Play/Team Tennis
- 4:00pm Return to dorms/Shower/Rest (Full Day Campers Depart)
- 6:00pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out!
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved his experience
July 24, 2017: He felt that there was really attention being given to HIS playing, and changes and recommendations given specific to him. That doesn't always happen at camps. The only downside were how few campers were there overnight. I would have liked to know that up front. It makes the downtime drag a bit. It felt more like a daycamp that had overnight as an afterthought. That said, he loved his experience.
— Jennifer W. Parent
High level of competition
July 24, 2017: High level of competition.
— Kay G. Parent
Learned new serve technique
July 25, 2017: Learned a new serve technique which he is applying even today. Improvement of overall game. Provide healthier food and beverage options. Provide a variety of food choices each meal.
— Rachel C. Parent
Plan to return next summer
August 8, 2017: This was my third year at Emery Tennis Camp. The staff was amazing, very friendly, inspiring and fun to work with. The camp has great program with well-structured activities that are enjoyable yet productive. I made plenty of friends, and I was able to compete and have fun with other good players on the courts. I plan to return next summer!
— Joann W. Camper
Became better players
July 28, 2017: All three of them had a great time and became better, more confident tennis players.
— Lori P. Parent
Great time at camp
July 28, 2017: He had a great time at camp, thought very highly of all the coaches, and feels like he has improved his tennis skills.
— Lisa P. Parent
had an absolute blast
August 3, 2016: Our girl had an absolute blast at camp with really, really good tennis! We so totally appreciate Coach Browning and his team!
— Lee J. Parent
Need to improve groupings
August 2, 2016: My kids felt they were in groups either too easy or too difficult for them. There needed to be an intermediate group in between.
— Jordan H. Parent
enjoyed the experience
July 31, 2016: My daughter enjoyed her experience!
— Angel W. Parent
fun and effective coaching
7/28/2016 - Coach Chris A was amazing! He was the nucleus of the camp- he is very knowledgeable, fun, and administered very fun and effective coaching...will see you next year!
— Carolyn S. Parent
instructors were very professional
7/28/2016 - The camp was very good and the instructors were very professional and instructive.
— David O. Camper
Coach Browning and his team are amazing
7/27/2016 - Coach Browning and his team are amazing. Can't find any better!
— Michael A. Parent
7/27/2016 - My daughter felt frustrated because she was kept on a lower court then she should have been, and she was never given an opportunity to move up to a higher court throughout the entire week.
— Haley S. Parent
7/27/2016 - The director and staff were great!
— Caroline C. Camper
game and confidence level improved significantly
7/13/2016 - My daughter LOVES this camp and hated that it had to end. She is already making plans for the next year! Those weeks were very motivational for her and inspiring. Her game and confidence level have improved significantly. Coaching stuff was extremely personable and professional, sharing their passion for tennis. Coach Browning is an excellent coach and director. The accommodations were great. Thank you… it is truly the BEST CAMP and experience!!! 5 stars
— Joann W. Parent
improve the food
7/10/2016 - Please improve the food at Emory.
— Michael A. Camper
absolutely loved this camp
7/8/2016 - My daughter absolutely loved this camp! Thank you!
— Liz P. Parent
Learned a lot of new things
7/8/2016 - Learned a lot of new things and reinforced others. Fun camp!
— Kavi J. Camper
use indoor courts for extreme heat
8/2/2015 - During extreme heat, indoor tennis courts could be used more.
— Mary L. Parent
will absolutely be doing this camp again
8/1/2015 - This was my 6 year old son's first real experience with tennis as well as camp without other children that he knew. He LOVED it and even begged to switch from 1/2 day program to the full day. We will absolutely be doing this camp again as much as possible next summer and I am thrilled that he is excited about learning to play tennis!
— Page H. Parent
could not have been any happier with her experience at camp
7/31/2015 - My daughter is 8 years old and attended your overnight camp last week. We were very nervous how she would deal with not only her first experience at a sleep away camp but also being the youngest overnighter by far. By all accounts, she could not have been any happier with her experience at camp and in turn so are we. While we thought it might be too much tennis for her, her week at camp only served to fuel her passion and enjoyment for the sport. She is excited to get back out on the court and ready to go back to camp for another week. I know the social aspects of the camp were perhaps the most challenging for my daughter. All in all she was very happy with her experience with the older kids;The quote of the week as far as I am concerned was, “because I am a pee wee everyone is taking care of me”. I can not say enough about you and your counselors for making her week so great and truly thank all of you for your hard work and concern for my little girl.
— Melissa D. Parent
had fun and I got a good workout
7/31/2015 - I liked competing for and winning the awards. I improved my serve. Do you offer private lessons or matches so I can practice throughout the year? Thank you for the camp and thanks for teaching me the tennis lessons. I had fun and I got a good workout every day. I made a new friend. Please put me on your list to come back next year.
— Kan D. Camper
Awesome camp counselors
7/31/2015 - Awesome camp counselors!!
— Henry R. Camper
good value for the price
7/29/2015 - Well organized and safe. Definitely worth to attend. Overall good value for the price.
— Joann W. Parent
7/23/2015 - My daughter developed a finger infection during camp and the staff was very attentive to her needs and kept me abreast of what was going on. Additionally, they attended to her daily until the infection was clear. It was a great experience and kept me at ease knowing that my child was under great supervision. Thank you!
— Keisa C. Parent
Coach B is the best
7/23/2015 - Love Coach Browning and the entire team. Coach B is the best!
— Michael A. Camper
Staff was very friendly and cooperative
7/22/2015 - Great time at camp. Staff was very friendly and cooperative. I got injured my ankle and stopped playing. Got a lot of support from everyone.
— Andrew R. Camper