Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois
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We are excited for the Nike Tennis Camp at the University of Illinois to return this summer! The University of Illinois Tennis Camp is among the top junior tennis camps in the Midwest. Join Fighting Illini Head Coaches, Evan Clark, and Brad Dancer, for an unforgettable tennis camp experience in Champagne-Urbana!
This junior tennis camp in IL offers overnight and day tennis camp options for boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all ability levels. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.
- Instruction from Fighting Illini Head Coaches Evan Clark and Brad Dancer
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training with drilling and match play
- Fun variety of off-court activities for overnight campers
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Co-Director Evan Clark
In June of 2016, Evan Clark was named head coach of the Illinois women's tennis team. Clark served as the program's interim coach throughout the 2015-16 season and had been with the Fighting Illini since December 2014 in an assistant role.View Evan's Bio ⟩
"I am extremely grateful to Josh Whitman and the search committee chair Ryan Squire for allowing me this opportunity and trusting me to lead the Fighting Illini women's tennis program moving forward," Clark said. "We will continue to work hard to develop our student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in all aspects of their lives. We all understand that Illinois is a very special place and I am excited to build a program here of which everyone can be proud. I look forward to taking the progress that was made last year and building the program into a national contender annually."
Under Clark, Illinois has emerged as one of the premier programs in the Big Ten, having finished third, fourth and tied for fourth in the conference in the last three years, respectively. The 2017-18 season was one for the record books for the Illini, as the team tied for the most wins in a single season in program history (22) and earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2012.
Other accolades included the highest ITA Team Ranking (No. 5) in program history, as well as 12 weeks in the top 25, 11 of those 12 in the top 15 and four weeks in the top 10. The Illini also got off to the best start in school history, accumulating a record of 19-3, earned five wins of top-25 opponents, earned a title at the Blue Gray Inviational and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32.
In addition to team success, junior Jaclyn Switkes earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors, while Clark was named ITA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year, as well as Big Ten Coach of the Year, just the second such award for an Illinois coach in program history and first since 1987.
Following the 2017-18 campaign, Clark and Illinois agreed to a five-year contract extension, as announced by Whitman.
"Evan has exceeded all expectations during his first years leading our program," Whitman said. "He has attracted some of the nation's top tennis talent to our campus, and he has developed them into exceptional players. Most importantly, he has created a positive culture within the program that has the team competing hard, supporting each other, and striving for excellence in all facets of their Illinois experience. We are grateful to Evan for his loyalty to our program and are excited to keep him leading the Orange and Blue for many years to come. We look forward to supporting him and his student-athletes as they continue to push Illinois women's tennis to the forefront."
Illinois posted a 14-13 mark during the 2016-17 season, including a 7-4 record in Big Ten play. Louise Kwong garnered All-Big Ten honors, and was one of five Fighting Illini to be named Academic All-Big Ten.
During the 2015-16 campaign, Clark oversaw the Fighting Illini turn in their most productive season since 2012. The team posted a 15-9 overall record that included an 8-3 mark in Big Ten action for fourth place and advancement to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Illinois turned in a collective 41-8 record on the doubles courts across the dual season under the interim guidance of Clark.
In the first three seasons with Clark leading the Illini program, the teams have compiled an overall dual record of 51-28, including a 24-10 mark in Big Ten action. With Clark on the staff, the Illini also have held a perfect APR score and perfect graduation rate.
Prior to Illinois, Clark served as the head coach of the UNC Wilmington women's team for two seasons and helped the Seahawks to the program's first Colonial Athletic Association conference championship. Clark was named the CAA's Coach of the Year and had players named both the CAA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Under the direction of Clark, UNCW compiled a record of 31-11.
The University of Missouri - Kansas City graduate has also spent time with the Maryland men's team, Penn State women's team and UMKC women's team after earning his degree in 2006.
With a perfect 31-0 record, Clark took home the 2002 Missouri High School 4A State Singles Championship and was voted the Kansas City Star Tennis Male Athlete of the Year. He went on to be named First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference following his collegiate debut season. Clark served as captain of the UMKC's men's tennis team from 2002-04. During the 2004-05 season, Clark wrapped up his collegiate career as a member of the Arkansas men's tennis program before returning to UMKC to earn his degree in psychology.
Accompanying Clark off the courts is his wife, Katelynn, as well as their son, Tripp and daughter, Harper.
Co-Director Brad Dancer
Head coach Brad Dancer enters his 19th season on the staff and 18th as head coach of the Illinois men’s tennis team. Dancer became Illinois’ 19th head men’s tennis coach on June 28, 2005, after serving his first year on the staff as an associate head coach under Illini legend Craig Tiley.View Brad's Bio ⟩
Dancer was named the ITA Midwest Coach of Year last season after the Illini won their third Big Ten Tournament title under the head coach. Illinois has consistently been in the top three of the Big Ten while frequently being ranked nationally under Dancer’s tenure. The Illini have won Big Ten Tournament titles in 2012 and 2015 and a regular season conference championship in 2015 and have advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of Dancer's first 14 seasons. Illinois reached the finals of the 2007 NCAA Championships, finishing as runner-up for the second-highest finish in program history. That year, defending NCAA doubles champions Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe finished runner-up., becoming the first doubles team in almost 40 years to make championship finals with the same partner in back-to-back seasons. In all, Dancer has led the Illini to two quarterfinals (2007, 2015) and 10 Sweet Sixteen appearances.
At Illinois, many of Dancer’s student-athletes have found individual success on the collegiate circuit, as he has coached 17 All-Americans, 36 All-Big Ten honorees, three Big Ten Athletes of the Year, two Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, and a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship honoree (Bruno Abdelnour, 2012-13). On the ITA circuit, the Illini have had four ITA Regional champions, four ITA Regional Senior Players of the Year, three ITA Regional Player to Watch, and three ITA Regional Arthur Ashe Award winners. Also, Kevin Anderson earned the ITA National Player to Watch in 2007, while Dennis Nevolo won the 2009 ITA Regional Rookie of the Year.
Dancer also garnered his own honors by being selected as the ITA Regional Coach of the Year during the 2014-15 season. In the record books, Dancer ranks as the all-time winningest coach, entering his 16th season with 301 victories, while also ranked second behind Illini legend Craig Tiley in Big Ten victories and career winning percentage.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 11-15
- June 15-19
- June 19-23
- June 23-27
We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:00pm) camp options for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and High School programs.
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.
- High School Session: The high school program is provided for players ages 13-18 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
- Check-in: All campers will check in from 1:30pm-2:30pm on the first day of camp (6/11,6/15,6/19,6/23) at ISR Hall.
- Check-out: Camp graduation will begin at 11:00am at Atkins Tennis Center on the last day of camp (6/15, 6/19,6/23,6/27). Parents, please meet your campers at Atkins Tennis Center. Camp graduation will finish by 11:30am and then the parents will take their campers back to the dorm to get their belongings.
- Day Camp Schedule: 9:00am-4:30pm during the camp session (refer to check-in and check-out times for the first and last day of camp)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prizes
- Overnight Campers: All meals are provided
- Day Campers: Lunch is provided
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: Atkins Tennis Center: 20 lighted outdoor courts, 6 indoor courts
- Inclement Weather Plan: Indoor courts are available for use as needed
- 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
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camp Information Packets, and emailed to all campers closer to the camp's start date.
- Dorm: ISR (Illinois Street Residence) Hall
- Dorm Address: 1012 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
- Number of Campers per Room: 2, no triples available
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Bed linens are provided (sheets, blanket, towel, facecloth, and pillow)
- Air Conditioning: The dorms do have A/C. Campers are still encouraged to bring a fan
- Dining Hall: ISR Dining Hall
- Evening Activities: May include movie night, tournament night, and swimming
- Weekend Stayovers: Not offered at this location
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from the airport, train stations, or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly directly to the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, which enjoys daily jet service from Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, and St. Louis and schedule a public shuttle from the airport to camp. For info on shuttles, visit the airport’s ground transportation website at http://www.flypia.com/parking.....
The University of Illinois is within three hours' driving distance from Chicago or St. Louis and is also accessible by air. The O’Hare & Midway bus service provides transportation between major Chicago airports and the University of Illinois campus.
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)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts 1 pair/day)
Shower flip flops
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Personal items & medications
Washcloth and bath towel
Bed sheets (if linens are not provided)
Comforter/blanket (if linens are not provided)
Pillow/pillow case (if linens are not provided)
Please pack campers with some spending money for evening activities!
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TENNIS CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our tennis 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.
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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
- 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
- 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis
- 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
Overall Average RatingStars
Loved the campus experience, the tennis instruction and the coaching staff
June 28, 2019: Our daughter had a great week, as a high school player, she loved the campus experience, meeting new friends that she laughed with all week: but she loved the tennis and coaching staff the most~U of I had a great coaching team, motivating and organized… they really helped her improve in 4 short days, and she left feeling confident and strong!
— Gretchen P. - Parent
Facilities were exceptional and all the camp activities were well organized
July 1, 2019: Our daughter really enjoyed the staff and how positive they were. She also thought the food was great. The facilities were exceptional and the camp activities were well organized! Thanks for another great year!
— Sean M. - Parent
Had a great time and the instruction was fantastic
July 19, 2019: Can't say enough about it. He had a great time and the instruction was fantastic. For his first overnight experience, it couldn't have been better.
— Mike S. - Parent
Counselors were fun
June 16, 2018: Counselors were fun and worked well with kids on improving skills.
— Akhilesh B. - Parent
Really fun experience for my son
June 22, 2018: The coach made this a really fun experience for my son. She was very encouraging and supportive of him. He feels more confident about his forehand.
— Abigail A. - Parent
Team activities were awesome
July 08, 2018: The team activities were awesome. I suggest more non-tennis activities after dinner (swimming, team building, etc...).
— Sean M. - Parent
It was a lot of fun
July 24, 2017: It was a lot of fun. But, she thinks more drills that fine tune skills is needed. We thought there would be more individual feedback for improving skills. So, more individual feedback for improvement is needed. Liked the team competition. The food was good. Like meeting new friends.
— Gloria H. Parent
Watched the Pro Circuit Tournament
July 25, 2017: Watching the Pro Circuit Tournament was exciting because I saw the level of tennis I want to reach for college.
— Andrew M. Camper
Loved the coaches
July 25, 2017: She loved the coaches and the games.
— Rishi. Parent
Thoroughly enjoyed it
July 26, 2017: My son's first overnight, away from home camp and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt comfortable as a parent because any safety questions I had were clearly addressed in the camp info, and the camp was well organized. And what a great location! He was able to get a taste of the University experience.
— Stacey A. Parent
Wants to return next year
August 1, 2017: My son really enjoyed the camp and definiltey wants to return next year.
— Kinnari S. Parent
Different experience than other location
July 26, 2017: This is our second Nike Tennis camp, completely different from last year in Sedona at a resort with 15 campers. So, I know I'm not comparing apples to apples. :) All our kids had a great time, and we appreciated the coaches enthusiasm and efforts to make the entire week fun for all. But I do think there could have been more individual help with skill training or even tournament training. Perhaps if there were more coaches or less games that didn't involve tennis. Perhaps some serving training or strategy around tournament play if they needed to rest their feet. I don't think any of my kids felt like their skills or insights improved, other than from just basic time on court. But overall, I appreciate the quality of excellence in standards that Nike keeps. One son went to a Nike Lacrosse camp this summer and loved it. We will likely look for another tennis camp again next summer, closer to home in Denver.
— Sonya D. Parent
Made lots of friends
August 2, 2017: Made lots of friends, food was good, dorms were good, coaching staff was nice
— Kristen A. Parent
"blown away" by how fun his experience was
July 30, 2015: My 9 year old son, Jack, was "blown away" by how fun his experience was. He had just turned 9 and was away from home for the first time being an overnight camper. The staff did an amazing job chaperoning Jack and had great non-tennis activities to make his experience even more fun. Jack greatly improved his tennis game, but most importantly he advanced himself socially.
— Victor H. Parent
very nice staff
July 30, 2015: The staff were very nice and considerate to the campers.
— Chris V. Parent
My son loved the Nike tennis camp
July 25, 2015: My son loved the Nike tennis camp. He can't wait to go again next year and my other sons also want to attend. One suggestion on the website for the University of Illinois camp is to put specific information about when and where to pick up the camper. We signed up late and didn't receive the packet, so there was nowhere for me to find the information needed up pick up. I quick and easy change to the website is all that's needed. Thank you.
— Karol M. Parent
This camp was the BEST!
July 25, 2015: This camp was the BEST! U of I's tennis facility was top notch, but the best part were all the coaches. So much fun!!!
— Claire S. Camper
learned a lot
7/24/2015 - Roberta made great friends and learned a lot.
— Bridget S. Parent
7/23/2015 - Wonderful experience and I can't wait to do it again!
— Maureen M. Camper
better skill groupings
7/10/2015 - I wish I would have been paired more by ability. I would prefer to be with kids my level or better. The rest was good!
— Brad M. Camper
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