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Our Adult tennis camp in Malibu at Pepperdine University is for men and women, ages 18+, of all skill levels and includes technique and strategy work and a doubles round robin tournament.
- Innstruction from Pepperdine Head Tennis Coaches
- 4:1 Camper/Coach ratio
- Doubles Round Robin Tournament & Written Stroke Evaluation
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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 adult day camps that run Friday (3:30pm-8:30pm), Saturday (9:00am-4:00pm), Sunday (9:00am-12:00pm) for men and women, ages 18+, of all abilities.
2018 Camp Dates
- July 20-22
- July 27-29
We will have players of all different playing abilities and ages, and there will be groups to accommodate everyone. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Friday at 3:30-4:00pm at Varsity Tennis Courts.
Sunday at 12:00pm at Varsity Tennis Courts.
- Friday: 3:30pm-8:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm
Camp is held at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center with its 16 outdoor courts.
Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday are included.
Please note: This is a Day Camp only. The camp tuition DOES NOT include housing. Campers are required to provide their own overnight accommodations.
Need a hotel to stay in the area? We recommend Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills, The Hampton Inn in Agoura Hills, and The Malibu Beach Inn in Malibu.
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.
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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.
Camp Code: TNADPU
Sample Daily Schedule
- 3:30-4pm Check-in at Varsity Tennis Courts
- 4:00-5:30pm Evaluation/Groundstrokes
- 5:30-6:30pm Dinner
- 6:30-8:30pm Serves/Groundstrokes
- 9:00am Warm Up
- 9:30-11:30am Drills/Stroke Technique
- 11:30-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00-4:00pm Singles/Doubles Strategy; Match Play
- 9:00am-10:30am Stroke review - Camper's choice!
- 10:30am-12:00 noon Double tournament
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Will come back!
July 31, 2017: I had a really good time at camp and will come back! I especially appreciated the feedback on the video and I liked beginning each day watching the staff demonstrate strokes and strategy.
— Michele W. Camper
This camp was awesome
July 31, 2017: This camp was awesome. I wished that I had attended camps like this sooner. I learned a lot, made new friends, and it was a lot of fun. I will definitely be attending this camps in the future.I really like your coaches. They are so enthusiastic and seemed genuinely enjoy working with us camper. I would encourage them to be more vocal in providing feedback. We are there to learn and appreciate any feedback they can give. Don't worry about being polite because we are older, or because we are paying guests. We are here to learn.For me the eurika moment is the video analysis. I had no idea that I was doing it all wrong! It was a humbling moment. It would be awesome, if we could have gotten video analysis on all aspects of our game. But then again, this was a weekend camp, and I understand we have limited time.
— Thomas C. Camper
It was outstanding
August 01, 2017: I took both weekends. It was outstanding. Incredibly well organized. Martin ran the schedule with military precision to maximize playing/learning time. All the coaches were top notch.
— Jason W. Camper
Such a fun weekend. coaches were fantastic
August 24, 2016: Loved it! Such a fun weekend and coaches were fantastic -- not a weak one in the bunch. Great setting!
— Maureen M. Camper
more live ball like the first night of camp.
August 24, 2016: I would have liked more live ball, like the first night of camp.
— Heather H. Camper
Loved the camp. Will be back
July 29, 2016: I thought the Director Scott was excellent. He was very focused on making camp a great experience and you could tell he was very motivated. I felt the experienced coaches like did a great job, gave feedback and kept the energy level high. One piece of feedback, many of the women commented that they would not wear the men's cut t-shirt given at the end of camp. It would be better if you gave us Nike branded towels at the beginning of camp. Loved the camp. Will be back.
— Dyan T. Camper
a great time!
7/27/2016 - Was a great time. Really enjoyed the weekend.
— Vince N. Camper
detailed feedback was helpful
7/27/2016 - The video taping and detailed feedback was the most helpful for me. I am using your suggestions right away. Thank you so much.
— Diana H. Camper
coaches helped me greatly
8/10/2015 - I would have appreciated more specific ground stroke drills to work on mechanics. Otherwise, I think the coaches helped me greatly with my serve and volleys.
— Daphne H. Camper
staff was extraordinary
8/10/2015 - I felt the staff was extraordinary. I appreciated their skills, attitude and commitment to making sure everyone's needs were met during the drills.
— Lynda L. Camper
What a great weekend!
8/10/2015 - I attended the adult weekend camp. I received a lot of feedback on my playing and a lot of instruction which I now need to use in practice. What a great weekend!
— Larry B. Camper
fun and hard work
8/10/2015 - Really enjoyed the crew as they made thing fun, but still you had to work hard!
— Sue C. Camper
8/3/2015 - Fantastic coaches - had a blast!
— Hanuman H. Camper
Need better signage, but incredible experience!
8/1/2015 - My only criticism is that no signage was provided for the camp to direct patrons in regard to parking. Other than that, it was an incredible experience!
— Roxana S. Camper
enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches
7/30/2015 - Great, enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches, spectacular location! It all works beautifully. I look forward to attending next year.
— Doug P. Camper