Nike Tennis Camp at Michigan State University
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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. With overnight and day camp options, this summer tennis camp in the Midwest has it all!
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 head men's tennis coach Gene Orlando
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Co-Director Gene Orlando
Gene Orlando has guided the Spartans as the men's head tennis coach for 27 seasons. A former Ball State University star and 'Hall of Fame' honoree, Coach Orlando expresses a great passion for teaching, a love for the game and great care for each individual camper.View Gene Orlando's Bio ⟩
Gene Orlando looks to continue the legacy of strength and excellence that happens both on the court and in the classroom. All four of MSU's NCAA Championship singles qualifiers have played under Orlando. Additionally, two sets of doubles pairings have competed on the national stage under Orlando.
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 fifth-straight year and a record eighth time 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 Honors; 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 team's 7-18 record also pushed him past 175 wins at MSU. In 2004-05, Orlando and MSU posted a 12-12 (4-6 Big Ten) mark.
The 2003-04 campaign marked the 90th season in program history, and 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 campAaign, Orlando recorded the biggest win of his career, leading the Spartans to a 4-3 win over 2003 NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt on Feb. 14.
Every year, Orlando's goals include qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as a team and having players qualify individually, yet academics have also become a trademark of the program. Last year, five of Orlando's players received Academic All-Big Ten honors for having a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. In the last six seasons, the accolade has been given out 26 times to Spartan netters. Under Orlando's guidance, there have been a total of 48 selections to the Academic All-Big Ten team with Aaron Murray receiving the honor four times and Brad Dancer, Jayson Bedford, Mark Findling, Ken Kigongo, Adam Hourani, Cameron Marshall, Jimmy McGuire and Eric Simonton, three times. Murray, Findling and Hourani are the only Spartans to ever garner Academic All-America status. These honors speak highly of the well-rounded program that Michigan State and Orlando are working to attain.
Orlando came to MSU from Bowling Green, where he spent three seasons guiding the Falcons. He played collegiate tennis at Ball State Unviersity in Muncie, Ind., helping the Cardinals to four MAC championships during his career.
Orlando won conference titles his junior and senior seasons. 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 apperance 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 Unversity 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.
We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:30pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and Tournament Training programs offered all weeks.
2019 Camp Dates
- June 23-27
- July 7-11
- July 14-18
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.
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.
- All Campers: First day between 3:00pm-4:00pm. Campers should come dressed to play as we will head to courts after a camp meeting at 4:15pm.
- Day campers will depart that evening at 8:00pm.
- Graduation: Last day at 4:00pm at the Outdoor Tennis Center. Parents encouraged to attend!
- Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Daily Program Schedule
Day Campers should be dropped off everyday (except check-in on the first day of camp) by 8:20am at the Outdoor Tennis Center. Pick-up time is at 4:30pm. All campers will depart after graduation on the last day.
Lunch is provided each day for all day campers.
MSU features a massive 28-court outdoor complex lit for night play. Camp will be held on the outdoor courts. If rain occurs, campers will have access to MSU indoor practice facility for conditioning activities and will make up court time in the evening.
2018: Campers reside in the University's comfortable residence halls (East Wilson Hall). There is no A/C in the dorms rooms (camper can bring fans), but there is A/C in the dining hall. Campers stay 2 per room and roommates can be requested in advance. Some triples are available, but not guaranteed.
At the end of a day filled with tennis, campers may participate in exciting off-court activities such as basketball, bowling, swimming, movies, field sports, Minor League Baseball game, a trip to the mall and a camp dance.
Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location.
Lansing Capital City Airport
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from 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 reserving a spot on a recommended shuttle from the airport. All shuttles leave right outside the airport terminals.
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.
There is an athletic trainer on site.
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: TNXRMS
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am 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
- 4:30pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
- 4:40pm 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
Love everything about it
July 20, 2018: This is Buck's third year at camp and he loves everything about it. The staff does a great job building rapport with the players and helping them play great tennis.
— Julia K. - Parent
July 21, 2018: This camp was incredibly organized and the staff were so friendly and approachable.
— Ronald G. - Parent
Can't say enough nice things!
July 31, 2018: Both my sister and I have been going to the MSU Nike Tennis camp for over 6 years now. I can't say enough nice things about Coach Orlando and Coach Bruno. They run a fun, very busy camp. We love it! We always come back inspired to play tennis. Thanks Coach O and the entire MSU team!
— Madison A. - Camper
Days were very well planned
July 21, 2017: The days were very well planned out where specific skills were worked on each day and plenty of point playing was done. Being able to go swimming 2 nights was a hit with my son and friends as it was so hot outside.
— Jennifer G. Parent
Enjoyed meeting new people
July 22, 2017: Playing in tournaments and meeting new people. Lengthen water breaks a bit so that kids have time to re-apply sunscreen.
— Vaughn M. Parent
The camaraderie of this particular camp was exemplary!
July 24, 2017: It would be very difficult to choose just one or two items, which our daughter loved most. She really enjoyed the instructors and the element of "fun" used in addition to the instruction. The camaraderie of this particular camp was exemplary!
— Kristine T. Parent
Will attend next year
July 24, 2017: Some of the highlights of Zhanna's experience of the camp were of course the tennis portion. Zhanna Liked how there were different groups and at each different station you worked on different skills for example serving, volleys and overheads, or playing small games. Another highlight for her was going to the arcade, swimming, and the dairy store. All the coachs are nice and they like to get to know the players and all the players are nice and encouraging to each other. Overall, Zhanna enjoyed the camp and will attend next year.
— Andrea D. Parent
July 24, 2017: Despite all the rain they had over the 5 day camp, he enjoyed the evening activities planned. He really enjoyed the singles tournament and especially the feedback and information he received at the graduation.
— Carol D. Parent
August 1, 2017: This was Buck's second year at camp and he had a great time and learned more skills to improve his game.
— Julia K. Parent
August 16, 2016: The camp was a great experience and an excellent way to practice the sport of tennis. With 20 beautiful courts, many experienced instructors, and free water and Gatorade to work with, this camp was more than worth it. Getting to experience staying on a college campus and sleeping in dorm rooms was a plus to the camp as well. Overall, it was a blast.
— Alexander K. Camper
camp was amazing
July 28, 2016: The camp was amazing and the staff was great! I only hope that next year we can get a discount on multiple weeks. My daughter wants to attend 3 weeks next year.
— Jean H. Parent
Check in process could improve
July 26, 2016: The check in process was difficult for my daughter. She got switched to a different room after she had already set up her room. That was the only negative thing she thought about the camp.
— Ngan D. Parent
big thank you!
7/22/2016 - Dear Mr. Orlando - I didn't have the pleasure of meeting you, but I wanted to say thank you not only for this video clip of my son, Alex, but for the invaluable training he received. I can't emphasize how very happy I am that my son was able to go to this tennis training camp. Alex loves tennis and luckily made the high school tennis team. Now he has more skills as he improves and tries to make varsity for next year. Feeling blessed that my son had this amazing opportunity! - Loli
— Loli K. Parent
Coaches were excellent
7/21/2016 - Coaches were excellent, fun, positive role models.
— Linda S. Parent
It was fantastic
7/21/2016 - It was fantastic and I made so many new friends and improved greatly. I'm so glad I went!
— Julia S. Camper
great food and counselors
7/21/2016 - Other camps such as the soccer camps had nicer and more well-kept dorm rooms and lobby area. The food was great. Lots of different things to choose from. The Counselors were great and very nice.
— Jaden B. Camper
7/21/2016 - Great Week - my daughter had a ball!
— Laurie D. Parent
impressed by responsiveness from coaches
7/21/2016 - Ryan had a great time and I was very impressed by the level of responsiveness from Coach Orlando and others involved in the program.
— Jessica W. Parent
We give this camp an A+!
7/21/2015 - My son enjoys this camp so much. The MSU staff are very professional and the kids at the camp have so much fun! The coaches are so enthusiastic and always motivated and positive. We give this camp an A+!
— Anna S. Parent
can't wait to go again next year
7/21/2015 - I had an absolute blast and met a lot of new people. I wish I could've stayed there for a longer period of time. I can't wait to go again next year.
— Claire S. Camper
Thank you to coaches and staff!
8/18/2015 - Lillie had a great time at camp and will be back next year, possibly for 2 weeks. Thank you to all of the coaches and staff!!
— Jennifer B. Parent
felt a tremendous amount of support from this camp
7/25/2015 - I really enjoy being a part of this camp. the past two summers have been very fun. This year I didn't play very good tennis, so that is the only reason I did not improve as much as I had hoped. However, I continue to come back to this camp because of the staff, especially Coach O. I have felt a tremendous amount of support from this camp and plan on being back next year. Thank You!
— Zach W. Camper
7/24/2015 - Should give out more awards, overall awesome, will be back!
— Summer B.
provided me with new insight and great experiences
7/23/2015 - I've come to this camp for the last three years, and each year provided me with new insight and great experiences. Thanks for the tennis and thanks for the memories.
— George M. Camper
Great experience and we will definitely be back!
7/13/2015 - This camp was awesome! My son's serving improved and he had fun. I liked the Facebook feed so I could see him in action. Great experience and we will definitely be back!!
— Patricia A. Parent
7/11/2015 - I loved the camp and can't wait to come back next year!
— Adnan A. Camper
7/11/2015 - Better than I thought. Great coaches, lots of tennis, new friends. Just perfect.
— Rachel D. Camper
each year the camp gets better and better!
7/11/2015 - This was my third year attending and each year the camp gets better and better! Well done Nike and well done MSU coaches and staff! It would be AWESOME if there were a discount extended for folks who wanted to do an additional week of camp or if a sibling were attending.
— Madison A. Camper
Coach Orlando is warm and approachable
7/10/2015 - Matthew had a great experience. He just signed up for a second week. Coach Orlando is so warm and approachable. We were thrilled with the camp.
— Gerald G. Parent
Excellent involvement from staff
7/10/2015 - Great coaches! Parents like the Facebook page. Excellent involvement from staff. They know their campers. Runs smoothly!
— Carolyn J. Parent