The East Lansing Nike Tennis Camp
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The Nike Tennis Camp at Michigan State University offers top-notch tennis training and supervised competitive play for boys and girls of all skill levels. This tennis summer day camp in the Midwest is the perfect location for junior players to learn from some of the best coaches out there.
Our junior tennis camp in East Lansing, MI delivers a superb tennis program, including collegiate-style drilling, supervised match play, fitness sessions, and sports psychology talks.
- Instruction from Michigan State's Head Men's and Women's Coaches, Gene Orlando and Kim Bruno
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt and prizes
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Co-Director Gene Orlando
Gene Orlando guided the Spartans as the men's head tennis coach for 31 seasons. Coach Orlando retired in 2022 and is in his 24th year as a Nike Tennis Camp Director at MSU.View Gene Orlando's Bio ⟩
The winningest coach in MSU men’s tennis history with 346 victories, Orlando led the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. Four doubles teams have competed at the NCAA Championships under Orlando in addition to four singles qualifiers. His student-athletes have also earned All-Big Ten honors 20 times.
A trademark of the Michigan State program under Orlando has been outstanding success in the classroom. In his tenure, there have been a total of 138 selections to the Academic All-Big Ten team, including three ITA Academic All-Americans (Aaron Murray, 1996-97; Mark Findling, 1999-2000; Adam Hourani, 2002-03).
During the pandemic-shortened 2021 season while playing a conference-only schedule in the spring, Michigan State won five Big Ten duals and also won a match in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2014. The Spartans swept the season series over Purdue, posted road wins at No. 48 Iowa and Nebraska, defeated Minnesota for the first time since 1998, and had a first-round Big Ten Tournament win over the Hawkeyes.
The team once again excelled in the classroom, winning the Athletic Director’s Award for a record-setting 15th time under Orlando. The award is presented annually to the team in the MSU Athletic Department with the highest cumulative grade-point average. The Spartans posted a 3.755 GPA to win the award in 2021. The Spartans also won the Athletic Director’s Award in 2020 and set a record by becoming the team (male or female) with the highest cumulative GPA (3.812) since the inception of the award in 2001.
During the 2014-15 season, the Spartans earned ranked wins over Elon (No. 55), Penn State (No. 42), Iowa (No. 53) and Indiana (No. 43) while going 13-16 overall. Senior Gijs Linders was recognized as First-Team All-Big Ten, and senior Harry Jadun and junior John Patrick Mullane received an at-large doubles bid to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Championships in Waco, Texas. Jadun and Mullane advanced all the way to the national semifinals and became the first doubles team to earn All-America honors at Michigan State. The team was also honored with the Athletic Director's Award for achieving the highest team cumulative grade point average after the fall 2014 semester for the ninth year in a row.
The Spartans hosted the Big Ten Tournament in 2014 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. MSU went 12-14 overall, including 10-1 at home with a 4-1 mark against ranked foes in East Lansing. Orlando helped senior Drew Lied earn All-Big Ten First Team honors and sophomore John Patrick Mullane earn All-Big Ten Second Team accolades. Additionally, for the eighth consecutive season, the men's tennis team was also recognized as having the highest cumulative grade-point average among all men's teams on campus.
During the 2012-2013 campaign, the 100th season of Spartan tennis, Orlando led the Spartans to one of their most successful seasons in program history as he led MSU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. After receiving an at-large bid, MSU fell to No. 25 Tulsa in the first round of the tournament. The Spartans finished the season with an overall record of 14-14, including a 6-5 mark in the Big Ten. MSU notched seven total wins over ranked opponents throughout the season, including a 6-1 win over No. 16 Vanderbilt and a 4-3 win over No. 17 South Carolina. Orlando also helped junior Aaron Pfister earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades in addition to seeing junior Drew Lied be honored with a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
During the 2011-12 season, Orlando helped the Spartans tie for the most wins in program history with an 18-11 record, while posting their winningest Big Ten conference record at 7-6. The Spartans finished with an impressive 13-2 record at home. The team notched notable victories over conference opponents, Indiana and Northwestern, while also advancing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament past Purdue. Sophomore Aaron Pfister earned First-Team All-Big Ten Conference honors. For the sixth straight year, the team was also honored with the Athletic Director's Award for achieving the highest cumulative GPA after the fall 2011 semester at MSU.
In 2008-09, Orlando led the Spartans to 12 dual wins and an 11-6 home record. Meanwhile, the doubles tandem of seniors Nick Rinks and Adam Monich earned an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships for the second straight year. Five Spartans also earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Honorsz: Alex Forger, Brendan Kinkopf, Scott Rasmussen, Clark Richardson and John Stratton.
In 2006-07, Orlando mentored a young Spartan squad featuring just one senior to 11 dual wins. Furthermore, junior Nick Rinks climbed into the national rankings and advanced to the NCAA Championships, marking the fifth time a Spartan singles player made it to the national tournament.
Orlando surpassed his 200-career win during the 2005-06 season, the head coach's 15th year mentoring the Green and White.
The 2003-04 campaign marked the 90th season in program history, and it was one of the best in school history. The Spartans racked up 17 victories, which tied the most for a Michigan State squad since 1963. Furthermore, MSU was ranked in every ITA poll during the season. During the campaign, Orlando recorded one of the biggest wins of his career, leading the Spartans to a 4-3 win over 2003 NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt on Feb. 14.
Orlando came to MSU from Bowling Green, where he spent three seasons guiding the Falcons. He played collegiate tennis at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, helping the Cardinals to four MAC championships during his career.
Orlando won conference titles his junior and senior seasons at BSU. His overall record was 91-40 in singles and 98-24 in doubles. Orlando was ranked as high as 21st nationally in doubles and made an NCAA appearance his senior season. He was also honored as the MAC Scholar of the Year in 1987, and spent one year as a graduate assistant for Ball State, which went on to win another MAC crown. In September 1997, Orlando was inducted into the Ball State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, on Aug. 23, 1965, Orlando earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Ball State in 1987. His family includes his wife, Janice, daughters Magalene Elizabeth and Gabrielle Marie, and son Vincent Alden.
Co-Director Kim Bruno
Kim Bruno enters her fourth season as the head coach for the Michigan State women's tennis team. Kim was hired to the Spartan staff after 11 seasons at Northern Arizona University.View Kim Bruno's Bio ⟩
While at NAU, Bruno served as the director of tennis and oversaw both Lumberjack tennis programs for five years from 2008-13. She helped rebuild the NAU women's tennis program, capturing its first Big Sky regular-season title in 2016. Bruno was also named Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2016.
At the helm of the Lumberjacks program, Bruno earned double-digit wins for 10 years, ending her time in Flagstaff with a 143-112 record. The Lumberjacks had 19 first-team All-Big Sky selections and a total of 49 All-Big Sky honorees during her tenure.
NAU succeeded off the court as well, accumulating 24 Big Sky All-Academic selections. In 2013, her team registered a program record 3.66 GPA. Bruno's squads have also received APR public recognition from the NCAA from 2013-2015.
Prior to NAU, Bruno spent two years at the University of Connecticut as the men and women's graduate assistant tennis coach from 2003-05. At UConn, she served as the only assistant to head coach Glenn Marshall. In 2002-03, Bruno was hired as the assistant women's tennis coach at Dartmouth College, where her responsibilities included individual lessons, recruiting, travel scheduling and organizing tournaments.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Bruno was a standout tennis player for the Lumberjacks from 1996-2000. She helped lead Northern Arizona to its first Big Sky Conference tournament title as a freshman, and then twice more as a sophomore and junior, marking the only three consecutive conference titles for the team in the history of the program. Bruno was a three-time All-Big Sky second team selection, and was named to the All-Big Sky first-team and All-Academic team as a senior. In 2009, the 1999 women's tennis team was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame.
The Chicago, Illinois, native earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Northern Arizona in 2000 and a master's degree in sports management from Connecticut in 2005.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 26-30
- July 10-14
*Unfortunately, Michigan State University is not permitting residential camps on-site this summer. Camp will run as a DAY Camp only for 2023.
All sessions are open to players of all ability levels unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.
We offer Day Camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and Tournament Training programs offered all weeks.
- 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: This is a special tournament training component designed for tournament-level or ranked players looking to improve their match play and strategy in a competitive environment.
- Check-in: All campers check in on Monday between 8:15am-9:00am at the outdoor tennis courts at Lot 57. During the week, campers will be dropped off between 8:45am-9:00am.
- MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts Address: 375 Wilson Rd, Lansing, MI 48823. Please park in Lot 57.
- Check-out: Graduation is at 12:00pm on Friday, parents are encouraged to attend! Check-out immediately follows graduation.
- Day Camp Program: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Please follow the directions in the camp information packet to the MSU IT Instructional Media Center. This will bring you to parking lot 57 where check-in will be. The outdoor tennis courts are next to Lot 57.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Supervision: Staff members provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prize
- Lunch is NOT provided. Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks each day.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
- Ratio: 5:1 camper-to-coach ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
- Equipment Needed: All campers must bring a tennis racquet, tennis shoes, and a water bottle
- Facility: MSU features a massive 20-court outdoor complex lit for night play
- Inclement Weather Plan: If rain occurs, campers will have access to MSU indoor practice facility for conditioning activities and will make up court time in the evening.
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
Nike Tennis Camps do not provide transportation to/from camp from the airport, train stations, or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Lansing Capital City Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp and reserve a spot on a recommended shuttle from the airport. All shuttles leave right outside the airport terminals.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Athletic, on-court tennis clothing
Tennis shoes (no running shoes)
Sweatshirt/warm-up jacket and pants
Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE PICKLEBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our pickleball camps please see our FAQ page
Maximize your camp experience with SwingVision, an iPhone app that provides the following benefits when you record your play: watch a full match in 20 minutes with the dead-time automatically removed, view stats like shot placement, court positioning, shot speed, and consistency for each shot type, filter to particular shot or point types and easily create highlight videos of certain points or shots, access video analysis, and stats immediately after you finish recording, all on unlimited cloud storage.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 9:30am-12:00pm Tennis Session: Forehand and Backhand Technique, Point Play, Conditioning
- 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch at Outdoor Tennis Courts
- 1:00pm-4:00pm Tennis Session: Serve and Return Technique, Singles Strategy, Point Play & Serving Drills
- 4:00pm Pick Up
July 1, 2022: Coach Orlando taught my son, hand-by-hand on how to improve top spin. Just think about how dreamy it was that a 9-year old tennis lover got advices from the head coach of Michigan State University!!! Totally worth of the investment. My son also got the opportunity to practice and play matches with much older kids. The coaches and campers were super supportive and encouraged him to take the challenges.
June 24, 2022: The highlight of camp per my daughter was splitting into teams for the Davis Cup during the last two days. She really enjoyed feeling like part of a team and doing singles and doubles play.
July 16, 2023: My son had a wonderful experience and still can't stop talking about it. He is enthusiastic about tennis more than ever now.
July 15, 2023: The noticeable improvement of tennis skills and that the coaches know and recognize Lana every year.
June 24, 2022: Coaches were kind, funny, and helped in improving tennis skills of campers.
July 15, 2023: Working with strong coaches and college level players
July 4, 2023: Playing tennis and having a fun time.
Impressed by the Coach!
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.