Nike Tennis Camp at Furman University
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Our South Carolina tennis camp at Furman University is a great way to take your game to the next level! As one of the best junior tennis camps in the South, players of all ages and abilities come to Greenville to enjoy this terrific summer camp.
Our junior tennis camps help boys and girls improve their game in a short period of time, providing players with a chance to play tennis up to 5 hours a day, make new friends, enjoy nightly group activities and great accommodations.
- Instruction from Furman Men's Tennis Coach Kelly Jones and his experienced staff
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones is in his sixth season as the Furman head men’s tennis coach.View Kelly Jones's Bio ⟩
Jones led the Paladins to the championship match of the Southern Conference tournament for the second-consecutive season in 2015 after posing a 10-16 overall record and 6-1 SoCon mark. Jacob Behal was named to the All-Southern Conference first team for singles, while Cameron Green and Adam Steryous were honored with a first-team doubles selection. Ben Horst and Steryous were chosen to the All-SoCon second team for singles, and Green was also selected to the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
The Paladins showed much improvement in 2014 under Jones, concluding the season with a 16-9 overall record and an 8-1 league mark and finishing the regular season in second place in the Southern Conference. Furman reached the finals of the 2014 Southern Conference Championships, where the Paladins fell to top-seeded Elon, 4-1. The Paladins defeated #68 Iowa, 4-3, midseason, and went on to win eight out of the next nine matches to conclude the season, scoring 4-3 wins over Wofford and UNCG in the first two rounds of the SoCon Tournament.
Furman’s Adam Steryous was chosen SoCon Freshman of the Year after posting a 7-2 league record at flight one singles. He was also selected to the SoCon All-Freshman team and the all-conference first team. The Paladin doubles team of sophomore Matt Browne and senior Joel Cook also earned all-conference first-team accolades, while sophomore Ben Horst was chosen to the All-SoCon second team at No. 6 singles.
In 2013, Jones helped the Paladins to a 9-14 overall record and 5-5 league mark, and the team reached the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament for the second-consecutive season under Jones’ tutelage.
During his first season at the helm of the program, Jones led the Paladins to a 9-15-1 overall record and 5-4-1 Southern Conference mark. The team put together a four-match league winning streak mid-season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the league championship.
Jones, a native of San Diego, Calif., is among the top developmental coaches globally. Over the last decade, he has coached some of the best professional tennis players in the world, including Mardy Fish, currently the top-ranked American and No. 8 player in the world, and James Blake, who has been ranked as high as fourth world-wide. His other players include two Top 20 performers, John Isner and Xavier Malisse, along with many other Top 100 performers.
Prior to his coaching career, Jones established himself among the top professional tennis players on the ATP. In 1998, he reached the mixed doubles finals at Wimbledon, then won the ATP Tour Singapore singles championship in both 1989 and 1990. Jones attained a #1 doubles ranking on the ATP Tour in October of 1992, then went on to reach the doubles finals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open that same year. The 1994 World Team Tennis Player of the Year, he also won the doubles championship on the ATP Tour at St. Polten in 1997.
After retiring from professional tennis in 1998, Jones spent six years as a USTA National Coach scouting, recruiting, and developing the nation’s best junior tennis players.
During his collegiate career, Jones won NCAA doubles titles in 1984 and 1985, then led Pepperdine to the finals of the NCAA Championship the following year. A four-time All-American, Jones dropped a 3-6, 6-3 7-6 match to Furman’s Ned Caswell in the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament. Prior to his junior year at Pepperdine, he also competed as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
In May of 2013, Jones was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
Jones is married to Tami Whitlinger-Jones, a former top WTA Tour tennis player. The couple has a 16 year-old daughter, Makenna.
We offer Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) camp for kids ages 9-18. In addition to our All Skills program, we offer Tournament Training and High School Training during certain weeks.
2019 Camp Dates & Programs
- June 23-27 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 7-11 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 14-18 (All Skills, Tournament Training & High School)
The objectives of our camp are to reach each camper's specific needs for development. Campers will work on drills which develop consistency, placement and accuracy, as well as conditioning exercises to build speed, quickness and endurance. Each session will include team play. All sessions stress the importance of a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.
Camp Program Offerings
In addition to the general camp sessions, this year we are offering tournament training and high school sessions during certain weeks of camp. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week long tennis camp. Special Tournament Training and High School programs will be offered during certain weeks.
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.
High School Session
The high school session is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder, or those planning on making the high school team.
Overnight & Day Camp Sessions
- 1:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday, the first day of camp at the housing halls.
- Note: All sessions run Sunday-Thursday.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Day campers will leave that day at 6:30pm.
- Extended day campers will leave that night at 9:00pm.
- There is a short awards ceremony at 12:00pm on the last day of camp. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-out is immediately following the ceremony, on Thursday.
Check in at North Housing (Dorms are TBA but as soon as we have that information, we will update it)
Check in at South Housing (Dorms are TBA but as soon as we have that information, we will update it)
Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule
- Day Camp runs from 8:30am-5:30pm each day (except first and last day, see above).
- Extended Day Camp runs from 8:30am-9:00pm each day (except first and last day, see above).
Lunch and dinner will be provided for Extended Day campers each day. Lunch will be provided for Day campers each day.
Campers will utilize the 19 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts on campus.
2018: Overnight campers will stay in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 to a room in the dorms (some triples may be available). The rooms are assigned according to sex, age and roommate requests.
Daily camp and evening activities are supervised activities. Some of the evening activities include a movie night, pizza night, fun park night, miniature golfing and many more fun, social activities for campers to enjoy.
There will be no weekend stayovers at this camp.
Greenville-Spartenburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina.
If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Greenville Airport. If you are coming to camp by plane/train and would like us to pick you up, please contact Kelly Jones for pick up 864-294-2445. (There will be a small charge for this service.)
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: TNXRFM
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15am Wake-up, breakfast at the Furman University dining court
- 9:00am-12:15pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
- 12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch and rest
- 2:00pm-5:15pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
- 5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner and getting ready for evening activities
- 7:45-9:30 Evening Activity (movie night, pizza night, fun park night, miniature golfing)
- 10:00pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Good balance of instruction and fun
July 20, 2018: Enjoyed the good balance of tennis instruction and having other fun activities
— Jennifer A. - Parent
Loved the instructors!
July 20, 2018: Thomas was appropriately put in a skill group, loved the instructors, and learned a lot!
— Brendan D. - Parent
Had a fun learning experience
July 21, 2018: Enjoyed the counselors and their encouraging comments. Had a fun learning experience.
— Austin S. - Parent
Furthered his passion for tennis
July 21, 2017: He loved the counselors and developed great relationships with other campers. This camp furthered his passion for tennis - as soon as he got home from camp he went straight to the courts and played another two hours - on a 90 degree day!
— Allison H. Parent
Enjoyed the tips and instruction
July 21, 2017: My son's highlights were the instructors/staff, the food, the morning workout, which he said helped alleviate the soreness, and the tips and instruction he got. This camp led me to believe that the high school kids would be in their own group, yet it doesn't seem that this was the case.
— Wendy M. Parent
i love it
July 21, 2017: my forehand and serve improved greatly i loved it
— Rick Hewitt. Camper
August 15, 2017: This was my son's first experience at an overnight camp and they made it memorable. I was very impressed with the presence and accessibility of the coach and other staff members. The coaches introduced themselves, got to know our family and helped us with luggage. I was also extremely happy with the counselors. My son's roommate was not there on check in day and the counselor called me to ask what would be best for my son. I was so grateful for her concern and kindness. We can't wait until next year!! Thank you!!
— Laurel F. Parent
July 30, 2017: Lucy had a wonderful time and has already asked is she can come back next year.
— Nicole M. Parent
Very organized camp
July 26, 2017: The highlight of the camp was the coaches and their level of organization. We have attended many other tennis camps that could not measure up to this.
— Barbara J. Parent
so fun and she improved
July 31, 2016: Margaret LOVED tennis camp and definitely wants to return. She said it was so fun, AND she improved! Our goal as parents is to help our kids have fun with sports and physical activity so they will continue to be active for their entire lives. Thanks for helping us with this!
— Becca S. Parent
staff is amazing
July 29, 2016: This tennis camp was awesome !!!! The staff is amazing!!!! I will definitely be back!!!!!
— Cassidy G. Camper
July 27, 2016: Makensie was hesitant to attend because she was attending the camp alone and did not know anyone. By the end of the week, she was talking about going back next year with friends she had made while at Furman. She had a great time; really enjoyed the staff and counselors. It was a great experience for her to get out of her shell and to develop her game.
— Marita L. Parent
July 27, 2016: Great staff, great campus..... All around A+ experience!
— Clayton R. Camper
wrong t-shirt size
July 27, 2016: Was given the wrong size shirt. Was placed with players below my skill level.
— Annabelle W. Camper
July 27, 2016: Pate attended camp for the second year in a row. He loved it! He will attend again next year.
— William R. Parent
hopes to return next year.
July 13, 2016: Kessler had fun both on and off the court, and enjoyed all the staff that he got to interact with. He loves Furman University and Furman Tennis and hopes to return next year.
— Charles P. Parent
We will be back
7/22/2015 - I think my daughter's skills would have improved more if the camp had used the age appropriate balls for her to practice. I see how that is most likely not practical given the age ranges of kids, but I do think she would have increased her skill while applying the coaching instruction that she got at camp. I think she got real frustrated that her swing was affected by the type of ball. We will be back though, because she had such a great time and as she grows older the instruction will benefit her.
— Amy K. Parent
Did not want to leave
7/21/2015 - Loved camp!!! Did not want to leave!
— John K. Camper
counselors were very personable
7/21/2015 - I thought the counselors were very personable and interacted with the campers really well. They were a lot of fun to be with!
— Alec C. Camper
7/21/2015 - Fantastic experience!
— Dane H. Camper
7/21/2015 - Really wish the camp would provide WIFI services!! Most places do these days.
— Mattie J. Camper
wonderful camp and a great experience
7/6/2015 - It was a great experience for my daughter. thank you so much for running such a wonderful camp and a great experience. My only concern was that she is 14 and her roommate was 17-- that's too much of an age gap.
— Nancy M. Parent
7/2/2015 - Zack and Eli had a great time and they are so excited about tennis now. They also learned so much. They are already talking about next year!
— Ella E. Parent
fun activities at night
7/2/2015 - Had a great time and did a lot of fun activities at night!
— Gabi P. Camper