Nike Tennis Camp at University of Arkansas
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We are excited to be at the University of Arkansas this summer! This Arkansas tennis camp will be led by the Arkansas Head and Assistant Coaches. The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Arkansas will provide high-level coaching with a fun atmosphere. Udwadia and his team are looking forward to building memorable moments that will last a lifetime for all campers!
This tennis camp will teach kids the latest tennis techniques, tactics, and strategies through on-court instruction, competitive drills, and match play. Campers will improve their skills, build confidence and have serious fun with other campers that enjoy tennis!
- Instruction from Head Men's Coach Jay Udwadia, Head Women's Coach Tucker Clary and Assistant Coach Hunter Nicholas
- State-of-the-art training facilities at U of A
- Low camper to coach ratio
- All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Camp Director Jay Udwadia
Former Razorback men’s tennis standout Jay Udwadia has been named as the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Arkansas. Udwadia returns to his alma mater to lead the men’s program after successful head coaching stints at Oklahoma State, Fresno State and Drake. “We are excited to welcome Jay Udwadia back to the University of Arkansas as our head men’s tennis coach,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Jay is an experienced collegiate head coach, who has demonstrated his ability to lead multiple programs to sustained success. As a former Razorback student-athlete, he has a tremendous passion for this University and our program. Jay is committed to building a nationally competitive and championship caliber men’s tennis program at the University of Arkansas.”View Jay's Bio ⟩
In his most recent head coaching tenure at Oklahoma State, Udwadia posted a record of 137-71 in nine seasons and led the Cowboys to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2016. During his tenure, OSU was ranked inside the top 25 Division I rankings for eight years in a row, including three years inside the top 10. OSU reached as high as No. 4 in the national rankings in his tenure.
“I want to thank Hunter Yurachek and (Men’s Tennis Sport Administrator) Rick Thorpe for trusting me with their men’s tennis program,” Udwadia said. “It’s not everyday someone gets the chance to coach at their alma mater. Arkansas has a rich tennis tradition. I am grateful to have the opportunity to build and be a part of Razorback history as both a player and now as a head coach. My family and are very excited and we can’t wait to get there!”
In his 19 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, Udwadia’s teams won at least 15 matches in all but four seasons, with those coming in his first season and his final pandemic shortened season at OSU and his first two years at Fresno State.
Oklahoma State posted seven consecutive winning campaigns and was selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament in the final full six seasons under Udwadia’s tutelage. In his time at OSU, nine players achieved ITA All-American status, while four singles players and six doubles tandems achieved All-Big 12 honors.
Prior to beginning the turnaround at Oklahoma State, Udwadia served eight seasons as the Fresno State men’s tennis coach, and spent the year before as the head coach at Drake. His overall record of 257-132 includes a 2004 Missouri Valley Championship and consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles in 2011 and 2012.
After kicking off his coaching career at Drake with a 17-6 season in 2004, Udwadia took over the program at Fresno State. He led the Bulldogs from a 10-11 record in his first year to seven consecutive winning seasons from 2006-12. Udwadia took Fresno State to the conference championship match in six of those seven years and won the league title twice in that span. His teams were consistently well regarded in the ITA National Rankings, reaching as high as No. 14 in 2012.
Udwadia, who was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, guided three Bulldogs to WAC Player of the Year honors, including Jakub Cech in 2006, Rudolf Siwy in 2008 and Remi Boutillier in 2012. He guided 12 singles players and 11 doubles tandems to All-WAC honors during his time at FSU.
Outside of the collegiate circuit, Udwadia coached the New York Buzz of the World Team Tennis league from 2008-2010. The WTT is a professional tennis league founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King. In 2008, he guided the Buzz to their first and only World Team Tennis title championship.
During his time with WTT, Udwadia coached five-time grand slam champion, Martina Hingis. He also coached the USTA Boys 18’s National Team Event, representing the NorCal Section.
Prior to coaching at Drake, Udwadia was the assistant coach at Northwestern for four seasons. While there, he helped lead the Wildcats to a fourth place finish in the Big Ten in 2002 along with a No. 45 national ranking. Northwestern participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2002 under Udwadia.
Before beginning his career as a college tennis coach, Udwadia spent one year on the ATP Tour, earning 26 ATP doubles points and capturing an ITF doubles title. He competed in tournaments run by the French Tennis Federation, and also played club tennis in Australia.
Udwadia, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was a four-year letterwinner under Arkansas head coach Robert Cox at the University of Arkansas and was team captain during his senior year.
While at Arkansas, he helped lead the Razorbacks to three NCAA tournament appearances and a spot in the Top 25 of the national rankings before graduating from the university in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Udwadia and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Dash (7) and Fynn (5), and a daughter, Raya (1).
Udwadia becomes the fourth former Razorback tennis letterwinner to be named head coach of the men’s tennis program, joining Jay Dickey, Jr. (1962-63), Ron Hightower (1985-86) and Robert Cox (1988-2013).
Co-Director Hunter Nicholas
Hunter Nicholas joins the Arkansas Razorbacks as the assistant coach for men’s tennis, reuniting with Hogs’ Head Coach Jay Udwadia. Nicholas coached with Udawdia at Oklahoma State during the 2018-19 season as the Cowboys volunteer assistant coach. A Park City, Utah native, Nicholas helped lead Oklahoma State to a 16-12 dual-match record during the 2018-19 season, guiding the Cowboys to victories over ranked teams California, NC State, Memphis, Texas Tech and TCU, as well as Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Championships.View Hunter's Bio ⟩
Following his stint in Stillwater, Nicholas served as an assistant coach at Utah State. In 2021, the Aggies posted a 12-8 overall record, going 3-4 in Mountain West action. Three Aggies earned All-Mountain West honors with Sergiu Bucur and Felipe Acosta both being named to the league’s singles team, while the duo of Acosta and Javier Ruiz picked up doubles accolades. During the 2019-20 season, the Aggies went 3-11 before the season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bucur earned All-MWC honors in singles after going 8-10 overall, including a 7-7 record in dual match play.
As a student-athlete, Nicholas was a standout player at San Diego State from 2010-14. He was a four-year All-MWC selection in doubles play, and helped the Aztecs win the MWC regular season title in 2013. He was also an all-league selection in singles play as a senior.
After his time at SDSU, Nicholas played professional tennis going 43-20 in doubles play as part of the ATP/WTA Tour and ITF Pro Circuit main draw. Nicholas was ranked as high as No. 345 in doubles and earned a career-high ranking of 953 in singles.
In December of 2015, Nicholas retired from professional tennis and began coaching privately in his home state of Utah, working with players of all ages. He married his wife, Amy, in July 2020.
Co-Director Tucker Clary
Tucker Clary was recently announced as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Arkansas. Clary comes to Fayetteville having spent a year with the women’s tennis program at Texas Tech as a volunteer assistant coach, helping lead the Red Raiders to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and its first win in the tournament since 2018. The Red Raiders ended their season with a 16-9 record and a third-place finish in the Big 12.View Tucker's Bio ⟩
Clary has made previous stops at the University of Saint Katherine as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s tennis programs. The women’s tennis program became the first program at USK to win a Conference Championship in the NAIA era in only their third season.
During his four-year career as a player at Bethany College, Clary was a four-time Fall Conference Individual Champion. In 2014, Clary was a KCAC Conference Champion, a quarterfinalist in the NAIA National Championship and a three-time NAIA National Tournament qualifier. Tucker has experience coaching high level athletes, spending a season with his alma mater in 2015, as well as 2 years as a Tennis Pro at Genesis Health Clubs High Performance Academy in Wichita, where he taught private lessons and helped produce a number of NCAA Division I athletes. Most recently, he held the head coaching job at Francis Parker School in San Diego, running both the varsity and junior varsity programs for the Lancers.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 12-15
- June 19-22
The Nike Tennis Camp at the University of Arkansas is open to any and all entrants, limited only by age, grade level, number of campers, and/or gender. 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.
- 10 & Under Tennis Program: The 10&Under Tennis Program is geared towards players ages 6-10 who are just learning the sport. '10 & Under Tennis' follows the logic of other youth sports: balls bounce lower, move slower through the air, and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. By using this format, the benefits are immediate, and very quickly little kids are rallying, playing, and excited to keep playing! This program includes tennis drills and match-play sessions.
- Check-in: All campers will check in at 9:30am on Monday
- Full Day Check-out: check out will be at 4:00pm daily for Full Day campers
- Half Day Check-out: check out will be at 12:00pm daily for Half Day campers
- Full Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm
- Half Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm
Lunch is included for Full Day campers. Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Lunch: Lunch is provided for day campers
- Supervision: Staff members provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prizes!
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 6:1 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: Campers will have access to 11 outdoor courts at the Billingsley Tennis Center and 6 indoor courts at the Dills Tennis Stadium.
- Inclement Weather Plan: In the event of rain, campers will play in the indoor facility.
- 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
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)
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
SWING VISIONMaximize 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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Billingsley Tennis Center and Dills Indoor Stadium
The outdoor facility includes bleacher seating between the two sets of five courts. Fans can sit in the bleachers and watch matches on either side, or stand on top and view matches on both sides.
The renovation includes locker rooms, offices and an indoor club area attached to the Dills Indoor Stadium and connecting the indoor facility with the outdoor facility. The club area includes chair back seats on one side overlooking the Dills Indoor courts and chair back seats on the other overlooking the Billingsley Center outdoor courts.
Other additions include scoreboards for the individual courts and a larger scoreboard on the west end of the north set of outdoor courts which will display the scores from outdoor courts one through six.
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Came home everyday with a smile on his face
June 8, 2019: Our son had a great time this week. He came home every day with a smile on his face and increased confidence in his game.
— Sandra L. - Parent
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