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The Nike Malibu Tennis Camp is held on the spectacular campus of Pepperdine University near Los Angeles. This renowned Southern California tennis camp provides the ideal environment to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the country.
Our Malibu junior tennis camp includes 30 hours of tennis instruction and play, an afternoon at the beach, and camp-wide tournament with awards!
- Instruction from Pepperdine University Tennis Coaches, Marcelo Ferreira and Per Nilsson
- 30 hours of tennis drills, match play and on-court games
- Fun off-court activities including a trip to the beach and movie night in the auditorium
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Co-Director Marcelo Ferreira
Marcelo Ferreira enters his fourth season as head coach of the Pepperdine men's tennis team in 2017-18 after joining the coaching staff in 2013-14 as associate head coach. Prior to coming to Malibu, Ferreira spent five seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach before being promoted to the role of associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.View Marcelo Ferreira's Bio ⟩
"I am extremely thankful to Dr. Potts and President (Andrew) B"I am extreenton for their trust in my ability to lead this team and coach the fine young men who are a part of it," said Ferreira upon his promotion. "Adam Steinberg and all of the coaches before him were responsible for nurturing this program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the country. It is an honor and privilege to lead this team and I am committed to furthering its legacy."
And help further the success of Pepperdine tennis he did. In his first season with the Waves, Alex Sarkissian became just the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. In addition to earning ITA All-American status in singles, Sarkissian was also an All-American in doubles alongside Francis Alcantara. Unseeded, the duo reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Ferreira was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year during his tenure with the Red Raiders, first in 2010 and again in 2012. Texas Tech went 103-54 (.656) with Ferreira on the coaching staff, and made five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-12. In his six years on the sidelines - by far the most successful six-year span in program history - the team finished ranked in the ITA top-25 an unprecedented four times.
He helped recruit and develop perhaps two of the finest tennis players ever to come through Texas Tech - Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar. To date, Carvalho and Escobar are the program's only ITA All-Americans.
After graduating from Georgia College & State University in 2006, Ferreira remained in Milledgeville, Ga. for a year to serve as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs.
Ferreira got his coaching start in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, Brazil. His expertise was also lent to the Alphaville Tennis Club. After moving to the United States, Ferreira founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for foreign prospective tennis players. Not soon after, he became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, N.Y.
Ferreira graduated from GCSU in 2006 with a physical education degree. He was a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team and earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. He later went on to earn his master's degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management, from Texas Tech.
Co-Director Per Nilsson
Proven winner and championship-caliber coach Per Nilsson was chosen to lead the Pepperdine women's tennis team into a new era in the summer of 2014, succeeding 37-year head coach Gualberto Escudero. Nilsson spent seven seasons as the head men's coach at Mississippi State after a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Waves' men's squad.View Per Nilsson's Bio ⟩
During his first stop in Malibu, Nilsson helped lead the Pepperdine men to the 2006 NCAA championship.
"I am so excited for Per's return to Pepperdine to lead our women's tennis program," said Director of Athletics Steve Potts upon his hiring. "Per has enjoyed great success all along his coaching career and I am confident that he will be able to take our very successful program to even greater heights. Per's commitment to our Christian mission, to the academic well-being of our student-athletes and to competing for championships at the highest level make him a great fit for Pepperdine."
After leaving Pepperdine in 2007, Nilsson spent the last seven seasons coaching the men's squad at his alma mater, Mississippi State. There he compiled a record of 95-76 while going 36-42 in the tough Southeastern Conference. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back SEC West titles in 2011 and 2012 and brought MSU to four-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011-14.
Nilsson takes over for Escudero, who has been at the helm for 37 seasons beginning in 1977-78. He stepped down at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, but will remain on staff as the associate head coach. Nilsson inherits a team that has made 27 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and captured the West Coast Conference championship for the 24th time in 2014 while earning a final national ITA ranking of #24.
In his seven seasons in Starkville, Miss., Nilsson's squads produced four ITA All-Americans and 17 All-SEC selections.
His eye for recruiting and developing young talent is evident as a Mississippi State player garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors in three of the last four seasons. In 2013, Romain Bogaerts not only took the conference's top rookie award, he was also honored as the ITA National Freshman of the Year.
Nilsson first brought the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship in 2011, their first appearance since 2005, and MSU advanced to the second round. After reaching the second round again in 2012, Nilsson's young 2013 team eclipsed expectations and advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Mississippi State made their fourth-consecutive appearance at the tournament in 2014 and reached the second round.
Nilsson has racked up the honors for himself as well throughout his time at MSU, including an SEC Coach of the Year honor in 2011 and two ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2013.
In the classroom, Nilsson's teams have been just as dominant. MSU has been named an ITA All-Academic team for the past five seasons, producing 40 Academic All-SEC selections and 29 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections. Nilsson has also had two players named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Nilsson was an assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's tennis team from 2003-07 under head coach Adam Steinberg, where the Waves went 119-38 in those five seasons.
Easily highlighting his resume while in Malibu was the 2006 campaign when Pepperdine claimed its first-ever national championship. Nilsson was very involved in Pepperdine's recruiting efforts leading up to that season, which saw the Waves post a 36-2 record and hand Georgia its only loss of the season in the NCAA title match at Palo Alto, Calif.
Leading up to that crowning season, Pepperdine improved from #27 in the country in 2004 to #8 nationally in 2005, a year in which Nilsson was named the ITA's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The Waves advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals that campaign, ending at 24-3.
Nilsson played collegiately at Mississippi State from 1992-94 and helped the Bulldogs earn three consecutive top-10 finishes in the rankings. MSU reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship in 1992 and 1993 before reaching the semifinals in 1994.
Serving as team captain during his senior year, Nilsson is ranked #6 on the Bulldogs' all-time career victory list in both singles and doubles.
Nilsson was a student assistant coach at Mississippi State during the 1994-95 season before working as a tennis professional at the Capital City Country Club and St. Marlo Country Club. From 1998-2000, he was the Director of Tennis at Appalachee Farms.
A native of Lund, Sweden, Nilsson was a high school exchange student at Jackson (Miss.) Academy and was the 1990 Mississippi Academy singles champion. He is married to the former Beth Vennerstrom.
We offer Overnight (ages 9-18 only), Extended Day (8:00am-9:00pm) and Day (8:00am-5:00pm) camps for kids, ages 7-18. In addition to our All Skills program offered each week, certain weeks also offer Tournament Training and High School programs.
2018 Camp Dates & Offerings
- June 17-22 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- June 24-29 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- July 1-6 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- July 8-13 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- July 15-20 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- July 22-27 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
- July 30-August 3 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School | Day Camp Only | Monday-Friday)
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional 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:
The Tournament Training Program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness. Open to any and all players.
High School Program:
The High School Program is provided for any and all players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
* We can also provide low compression balls for younger campers when requested as we use small courts and the low compression balls for all campers as a training technique for touch and volleys.
Resident vs Extended Day and Day Camp Options
Day Camp (open to any and all | ages 7-18):
The Day Camp includes all tennis activities, dinner on check-in day, and lunch the five following days. Day campers will leave daily after all tennis activities at 4:45pm from the tennis courts, except on day of check-in (of overnight sessions), when Day campers leave at 8:15pm.
Extended Day Camp (open to any and all | ages 7-18):
The Extended Day Camp includes all tennis activities, dinner on check-in day, lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday and lunch on check out day. Extended Day campers will leave daily after all tennis and evening activities at 8:45pm from the dorms, except on check-in day, when Extended Day campers leave at 8:15pm and on check-out day when all campers leave at at 3:30pm)
Overnight Camp (open to any and all | ages 9-18):
The Overnight Camp includes all tennis and and night activities, all meals from dinner on check-in day through lunch on check-out day, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
- Overnight Campers check-in on Sunday between 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Banowsky dorms.
- Day Campers check-in on Sunday from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Banowsky dorms.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Extended Day and Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 8:15pm.
- July 30-August 3 session (2018), campers will check in on Monday-Friday from 7:45am-8:15am, camp will start at 8:15am.
- Awards Ceremony takes place on Friday at 3:00pm for all campers. Parents are encouraged to attend!
- Check-out is on Friday at 3:30pm after Awards Ceremony for all campers.
Daily Tennis Schedule and Rotations
Campers are on court every morning from 8:15am-11:30am for drills and skill instruction with music games from 11:00am-11:30am. In the afternoons on Monday-Thursday there are 3 rotations (1 hour and 15 minutes each): 1 doubles rotation, 1 pool time/Jamba Juice rotation and 1 singles match play rotation. Friday is team tennis, some final singles matches and a camp graduation at 3:00pm.
Campers play at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with its 16 outdoor courts.
2017: Campers stayed in the DeBell and Banowsky dorms on campus. There are 4 rooms per suite with 2 campers in each room. Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. There is no A/C in the dorms, campers may bring fans.
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are included for all Extended Day Campers.Lunch is included for Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day. Meals are served in the newly renovated Tyler Campus Center Cafeteria which has a stunning ocean view. This cafeteria includes a salad bar, soup and corn bread bar, beverage station, dessert station, and daily hot entree.
Off Court & Evening Activities
Monday is movie night. Tuesday is games night. Wednesday is a chartered bus trip to Zuma Beach in the afternoon from 1:00pm-4:15pm and on court games at night. (Campers can elect to skip the beach and stay on campus and play tennis.) Thursday is Talent show night.
Campers attending consecutive weeks can stay in the dorms with staff supervision for an additional charge of $300/weekend. This fee includes room and board. Allow for additional spending money for Saturday activities. Some example weekend activities are Hurricane Harbour Waterpark, Six Flags, Santa Monica/Venice Beach trip, extra tennis with coaches, movie theater, and shopping. Weekend stayovers are not available for the weekend between the July 22nd & July 30th sessions.
International Camper Options
International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!
Los Angeles International (LAX)
Please contact us if your child needs to be picked up and dropped off at the airport. We can provide transportation only to and from the Los Angeles International Airport with Prime Time Shuttle. Please make arrangements to arrive at the LAX airport between 11:00am-1:00pm on Sunday and depart from LAX on Friday between 6:30-8:00pm. (There will be a few different shuttles sent to the airport between these times.)
A staff member will meet your child at the baggage claim area, take them to the shuttle and ride in the shuttle with the camper to camp. There is an additional charge of $70 each way for the shuttle service. You should be aware that the airlines may charge an additional fee for unaccompanied minors (usually ages 14 or below). Check with the appropriate airlines as fees and regulations vary.
Please contact us at 1-800-645-3226 to provide us with your camper’s flight information, or fax in the airport transportation form to 415-479-6061. Please make sure that this is done at least two weeks prior to camp to guarantee transportation.
We have a medical trainer on call at all times.
In the slight chance of rain we watch and analyze tennis film of college and pro matches.
Local Accommodations For Parents
For parents who are traveling with their kids from out of town and need a place to stay near camp, we recommend the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills during the junior camp sessions. Please call 818-707-1220 to reserve your room.
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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.
Pepperdine Faculty Discount
If you are an employee of Pepperdine University, please give us a call to register as there is a 10% discount for all staff/employees. To abide by NCAA regulations, we are not permitted to give discounts to campers who are entering or in high school as of next Fall.
CAMP CODE: TNXRPU
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Breakfast for Overnight Campers
- 8:30am Extended Day and Day Campers Arrive
- 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
- 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis
- 5:00pm Day Campers Depart. Overnight Campers: Rest, Shower, Dinner
- 7:15pm Evening Activity
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart. Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 28, 2017: Walker's self-confidence in tennis increased exponentially, as did his attitude. And he loved his coach (Michael) and his suite mates!
— Sue C. Parent
Enjoyed the games and the tournament
July 28, 2017: He enjoyed most the music games and the singles tournament. He was sometimes bored during the free time. Would it be possible to have some other activities like frisbee or soccer that the campers could play during free time?
— Jennifer T. Parent
5 out of 5
July 28, 2017: Our daughter gives her camp experience a 5 out of 5. She is ready to return next year for 2 weeks! She loved it!
— Ilidio A. Parent
Would recommend a summary of strengths
August 01, 2017: would recommend a written summary of strengths, opportunities and recommended workout routines or suggestions e-mailed after the camp.
— Steven A. Parent
Improved her game
August 08, 2017: More than anything, Lauren improved her game, and had fun doing it
— Scott R. Parent
Just being there was the highlight
August 10, 2017: Just being there was the highlight as well as beach day and eating in the cafeteria college style. Make sure the little ones have sunblock and to remind them to reapply through out the day.
— Kat W. Parent
best camp I have been to
July 30, 2016: This camp was the best camp I have been to. It was so much fun and it helped make so many new friends and my tennis improved a lot. I would 100% come back. Also, my counselor Shea Donahue was a really good counselor.
— Kayla H. Camper
The food was great!
July 30, 3016: The food was great!
— Timothy H. Camper
issues getting packages to my camper
July 28, 2016: My son LOVED the camp and is already looking forward to returning next year. The mail was terrible though. Had lots of issues getting packages to my camper.
— Ellen M. Parent
Returning next year for 2 weeks!
July 27, 2016: Great camp! Returning next year for 2 weeks for sure. Madison is great on the court and knows all the rules of playing the game, very engaged now. Great Job Nike!!!
— Annie W. Parent
Food was the weak link
July 27, 2016: Food was the weak link. Also, water/drinks should have been included.
— Blake P. Camper
by far my favorite camp!
July 27, 2016: I loved the camp and my counselor Jarred that I had for three weeks. He was amazing and made the camp a lot of fun. He interacted with us all the time. I also really liked all the instructors and Nina and Andrew who were in charge of all the instructors. My parents and I highly recommend this camp and I will definitely be back next year, as well as my sister. I have been to different camps and this by far was my favorite!
— Remi J. Camper
great food and fun coaches
July 27, 2016: The food was great. The coaches were super fun! I loved everything. I would have liked one more day to shop I wasn't able to get a sweatshirt from Pepperdine.
— Tyler J. Camper
impressed by accommodations and food
July 19, 2016: I was very impressed with the accommodations and the food options.
— Cathy E. Parent
passion for tennis has increased
7/15/2016 - My son loved this camp. His passion for tennis has increased. He only went for 1 week overnight very reluctantly, but came back so positive he met a lot of nice new kids and counselors and wants to do it for 2 weeks next year.
— Debby W. Parent
Great program for kids
7/15/2016 - Great program for kids. The experience they get by playing w people from all over the world is incredible! And playing with different college players and adults in the sport has so many benefits as well.
— Jeffrey S. Parent
3rd year camper loves the experience
7/15/2016 - This was my son's 3rd year at Nike Tennis Camp. He loves the experience of it all. Tennis, new friends from around the world and independent living. He would like to be a counselor there one day!
— Debbie D. Parent
can't wait to go back next year
7/14/2016 - My son had a great time and can't wait to go back next year.
— Julie S. Parent
they never want to leave
7/8/2016 - Both campers have thoroughly enjoyed the Nike Tennis Camp. They never want to leave and are always looking forward to the next.
— Kiandra D. Parent
fantastic team of coaches
8/11/2015 - A fantastic team of coaches - great energy and variety. Thank you!
— Cedric H. Camper
loved the competitive nature of the match play
8/3/2015 - My son Daniel raved about the camp and enjoyed playing with higher level players (kids with high ranking). He felt playing with higher level players really upped his game. He loved the competitive nature of the match play.
— Wendy C. Parent
better care from counselors
7/29/2015 - The counselors need to tell the kids to wear T-shirts, not tank tops and wear more sunscreen to prevent burns. The food could also be more nutritious despite having just a salad available.
— Graham W. Parent
improved her game and thoroughly enjoyed the coaching staff
7/28/2015 - My daughter has attended tennis camp for 2 years in a row and had an absolute blast each time. She learned lots, improved her game and thoroughly enjoyed the coaching staff!!! Thank you so much!!!
— Kimberly M. Parent
cannot say enough positive things
7/28/2015 - My daughter enjoyed this camp so much last year that she insisted on returning... and returning to this same location, Pepperdine. She was not disappointed. This year she said even exceeded her expectations from the last year!! The coaches were all excellent and they really did a wonderful job keeping the enthusiasm high!! I cannot say enough positive things. As a parent, I want to see improvement and Caroline came home with very practical advice to help her with her strokes and game in general. We can say these things until we are blue in the face, but hearing them from a peer was very powerful. The only down side to this camp is having it end at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. The traffic was horrible. I would suggest having the camp run from Monday-Saturday!! Thanks again!
— Megan S. Parent
Camp directors were very helpful
7/14/2015 - Camp directors were very helpful and provided lots of feedback and knowledge for direction on developing a high-level tournament & collegiate level tennis player
— Bill R. Parent
Staff was fantastic!
7/9/2015 - Staff was fantastic. This was my son's first overnight camp. He had a blast. We gave him a phone in case he wanted to touch base. He called twice to tell us how much fun he was having & then sent texts (with apologies) because he was so busy with tennis & other fun activities to call.....
— Paige K. Parent
Staff was attentive, instructive, encouraging and caring
7/8/2015 - Great experience. Our daughter was on the younger side and had an amazing time. She was happy, cared for and her skills noticeably improved. The staff was attentive and instructive as well as encouraging and caring.
— Georgia M. Parent