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 8:00am-8:45am 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
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
Improved technique and skills at camp
July 23, 2021: This is Sophia's 4th year attending this camp, she would have gone last year but it was cancelled due to COVID. Sophia has been able to improve her playing technique and tennis game using the skills she has learned from this camp. They give a lot of information on game strategy, different types of game play and they make it fun! She thoroughly enjoys attending this camp with her friends while making new friends.
— Dorine K., Parent
Best in class
July 17, 2021: Very positive and fun team bonding was facilitated by the energetic staff that made him eager to return and improve each day, even though it was quite challenging physically. Coach O, Coach Bruno, and their assistants are absolutely best in class.
— Kristin P., Parent
July 7, 2021: My son loves the team environment and the excitement of the week of tennis! He loves the Davis Cup tournament, cheering on his teammates, and playing opponents. The coaches go above and beyond to make this an amazing experience for the athletes! The coaches made sure the camp was safe, informative, competitive, and fun! The feedback they provided at the camp was very valuable.
— Bridget M., Parent
Enjoyed the training and competition
July 6, 2021: Will enjoyed the training and playing with others of similar skill
— Mike D., Parent
Made new friends while improving tennis skills
July 3, 2021: Jillian made lots of new friends while also improving her tennis skills. Although, this was Jillian’s first year playing tennis, she learned proper technique and grips to help her throughout her time playing tennis.
— Cynthia M., Parent
Learned a lot and had fun
July 3, 2021: Matt learned a lot and had fun while doing it. He will be back next year.
— Danielle D., Parent
Will be back next summer for sure!
July 22, 2019: My son absolutely loved the amount of tennis played and matches, he enjoyed the staff and instructors and had so much fun but worked hard and felt it was such a wonderful experience, he wished we could have sent him to the following week the last scheduled tennis camp of the summer. He will be back next summer for sure! Thank you! We love Coach O!
— Jessica C. - Parent
Loved everything about the camp
July 22, 2019: My daughter loved everything about this camp and is already excited to do it again next year. She improved her tennis skills and is ready to show off those new skills to her regular tennis coach. She also loved the cafeteria for lunch and as the Mom I loved not having to pack a lunch. My daughter also enjoyed meeting new children who came from all over the country to attend this camp.
— Amber M. - Parent
Coaches are always encouraging and positive
July 12, 2019: This was our son's 4th year and he keeps coming back! He loves the opportunity to hit with kids he normally doesn't hit with, enjoys the social part of meeting new friends, the tournament experience and the team camaraderie. The coaches are always so encouraging and positive which is great to see on every court, engaged with the kids!
— Lynn B.- Parent
Loved competing at a high level
July 19, 2019: Our son was excited to play tennis all of the time, hang out with friends - play cards, and compete at a high level.
— Jennifer W. - Parent
Looking forward to many more years
June 28, 2019: This was our son's second year and he is looking forward to many more years. The experience of tennis team/camp experience, the college dorm/campus experience and working with Coach Orlando, Coach Bruno and their staff has been once again invaluable.
— Jill D. - Parent
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
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