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.
Camp Director Tim Kopinski
Tim Kopisnki enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini men's tennis program in 2022-23. Kopinski's hire was announced by head coach Brad Dancer on June 22, 2022.View Tim's Bio ⟩
Kopinski returns to his alma mater after a 2021-22 season in the same role with Charlotte Athletics.
Before his time at Charlotte, Kopinski had numerous coaching stints at the collegiate and professional level, including a Volunteer Coach position at Illinois in 2015-16, and two years traveling on the ATP Tour coaching Aussie pro Aleksandar Vukic.
During his time playing for the Fighting Illini, Kopinski led the team with 22 doubles wins, tied for second with 25 singles wins, and helped the team to a Big Ten championship in his freshman campaign.
In his sophomore year, Kopinski had the second most wins and a 22-18 overall record. He was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week and earned Academic All-Big Ten and ITA Scholar Athlete honors.
The following season, Kopinski went 8-1 in singles play, finished the year ranked sixth nationally in doubles with his partner Ross Guignon and posted the second most singles wins on the team with a 33-12 record. He also was awarded All-American, First-Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week, and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the OFCC Invitational.
In his final year, Kopinski and his doubles partner ranked as high as No. 2 nationally and were the 2015 ITA National Indoor Championships doubles runner-up. He also went undefeated in conference singles play and tied for most conference wins on the team while also collecting a 15-2 overall record. He finished his college career ranking 59th nationally in singles.
Kopinski also reached the Round of 16 in the singles draw at the ITA All-American Championships and was awarded Midwest ITA Senior Player of the Year, Midwest ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner, and was named to the First-Team All-Big Ten.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 11-15
- June 15-19
- June 19-23
- June 23-27 (Directed by Assistant Coach Tim Kopinski)
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
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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
June 17, 2022: My son learned lots of skill and it built his confidence is his tennis skills.
June 25, 2023: He loved everyone he met.
June 28, 2023: This camp made tennis FUN!
June 20, 2023: Fun to play so many matches.
June 16, 2023: My child was saturated in tennis.
June 28, 2023: Staff was fun, energetic, positive
June 24, 2023: She had fun, learned and was challenged!
June 24, 2023: The staff and facilities were fantastic.
June 17, 2023: High level talent in staff and participants
June 28, 2023: So much tennis and great facilities and coaches.
June 20, 2023: Everything from tennis practice, food, activities.
June 16, 2023: Having Fun w/ New Friends. Loved the counselors. Cafeteria was GREAT !
June 30, 2022: Meeting new people and getting the opportunity to play against stronger players.
June 17, 2022: Meeting new friends and getting the experience and coaching from the coaching staff.
June 20, 2022: Learning so many different things, making new friends, and having very friendly coach
June 24, 2022: My daughter had a lot of fun, made new friends, and became more confident in her tennis skills
June 21, 2023: Being on a campus like U of I and playing tennis at their facilities. Working with the instructors.
June 29, 2023: Hearing how much fun my daughter had and seeing how much she learned and improved her skills while there.
June 24, 2023: My daughter has a great time and really enjoyed her time at camp. She got help on her serve and is excited to come back
June 28, 2023: Our younger one was excited about winning tennis ping pong and coming home with Nike prizes. We also liked watching the tennis ping pong on graduation day.
June 28, 2023: My child was able to connect with the coaches and learned a great deal from them (skills, mental health and life experiences). The coaches showed him they genuinely cared about the campers and wanted to teach them all they can. Coaches always had a smile on, always positive and are very interested in each camper.
June 28, 2023: Being able to play and learn from a wide range of players, and THE COACHES!!! My daughter said they absolutely made the whole week. She is reserved and shy, and she said the coaches made her feel at ease immediately, and not only that, but inspired her! Their love for the game made her hungry for more. We are so incredibly grateful for this experience!
My kids couldn't wait to go back each day.
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Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.