Nike Tennis Camp at Xavier University
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Nike Tennis Camp is excited to offer a new camp at Xavier University! This junior tennis camp in Cincinnati is for young athletes to come and vastly improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.
Our summer camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group.
- Daily on-court tennis instruction from Cleveland State men’s tennis coach and his expert staff
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Fun off-court activities for overnight campers
- Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp T-Shirt
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Camp Director Frank Polito
Frank Polito will begin his second year as the Cleveland State women’s head tennis coach during the 2018-19 season, and his sixth year overall with the Viking tennis program. Polito is in his second stint with the Vikings, as he was also an assistant coach from September 2012 through February 2014.View Frank Polito's Bio ⟩
Last season, Polito was instrumental in guiding the Vikings to the 2016 Horizon League Regular Season title, as Cleveland State went 8-1 in league play en route to its second regular season crown in program history. Polito mentored newcomer Isabella Spindler throughout the season, who was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-League First Team.
During Polito’s first three seasons with the Vikings, he helped guide Cleveland State to three semifinal appearances and one championship appearance at the Horizon League Tournament, while mentoring seven All-League honorees.
Over the last two years, Polito has helped mentor three Vikings to All-League honors, while Cleveland State has earned an appearance in the Horizon League semifinals during both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
During Polito’s first stint at Cleveland State, the Vikings captured their fifth Horizon League title during the 2013 season and had three players earn All-League honors.
During Polito’s six-month hiatus from Cleveland State (February 2014-July 2014), he served as the head boys and girls coach at Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio.
Polito joined the Cleveland State coaching staff during the 2012-13 season after a six-year stint as an assistant coach with the women’s tennis team at Georgia. During his tenure, the Bulldogs posted an overall record of 139-29, won two regular season SEC championships, claimed three SEC tournament titles and advanced past the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament three times. Georgia also finished the year ranked in the ITA top-10 five out of his six years. For his efforts with the Bulldogs, Polito was named the 2008 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region Assistant Coach of the Year, and promoted to associate head coach in September of 2010.
Prior to his time in Athens, Polito spent two years as an assistant coach at Kansas (2004-06) and two years in the same position at Ohio State (2001-03). With the Jayhawks, Polito’s coaching and recruiting efforts helped make dramatic improvements on and off the court, culminating with ITA All-Academic Team honors and an ITA No. 59 ranking following the 2006 season. At Ohio State, Polito led the Buckeyes to a combined record of 31-19 and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2002, he was honored as the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Polito also served as the head coach at Louisiana-Monroe (1999-2001), head coach at Akron (1997-99), assistant coach and interim head coach at Kansas (1996-97), head coach at Sienna Heights (1995) and head coach at Eastern Michigan (1990-95).
Polito is a 1990 graduate of Eastern Michigan, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles, and team captain during his senior year. The Lorain, Ohio native earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and film from EMU.
This year we are offering two weeks of day (9:00am-4:00pm), and one week of day and overnight tennis camp for boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all ability levels.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 7-11 (Day Camp Only | 9:00am-4:00pm)
- July 14-18
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities. 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.
- Overnight Campers: 1:00pm-1:30pm on Sunday at Kuhlman Hall, right across from the Cintas Center.
- Day Campers: 1:30pm-2:00pm on Sunday at Kuhlman Hall, right across from the Cintas Center.
- Day Campers will depart at 4:00pm after an evaluation at the tennis courts.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Graduation: 4:00pm on Thursday at the tennis courts. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony for all campers.
- Overnight campers will check-out from the dorms following the ceremony and day campers will depart from the tennis courts.
Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: Day Campers check-in between 1:30pm - 2:00pm and depart at 4:00pm.
- Monday-Wednesday: Day Campers arrive between 8:55am-9:00am at the tennis courts and depart at 4:00pm.
- Thursday: All campers have a graduation at 4:00pm. Check-out is immediately following graduation at 4:15pm. Check-out is before lunch.
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch is included for Day Campers.
Campers will have access to the six Xavier University tennis courts located at the end of the Victory Parkway Fields.
Multiple week campers that elect to stay on site over the weekend will participate in organized on and off site activities. Campers are supervised the entire weekend and all meals and housing are provided. Cost: $300/weekend.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp.
If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. Please contact Nike Tennis Camps with flight details and transportation information two weeks prior to camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
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: TNXRMU
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Wake-up, Breakfast, Meet at the Courts
- 9:00am Tennis Instruction, Strategy Session, Drilling
- 12:00pm Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:00pm Tennis Instruction, Coaches Demo, Match Play
- 4:00pm Day Campers Depart
- 4:00pm Optional Tennis, Rest Time for Overnight Campers
- 5:30pm Clean-up, Shower, Dinner
- 7:00pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Head coach and staff did a great job
July 13, 2018: Kathleen enjoyed being able to do skill work in the morning then take what she learned that morning and apply that new skill during match play.The Head coach and staff did a great job not only teaching tennis but teaching life skills. First day when camp let out all the kids go directly to their parents car last day kids are hugging and waving to each other and calling each other by name.
— Maureen D. - Parent
Enjoyed it at all fronts
July 20, 2018: Great camp experience, nice location and with excellent coaches. My child enjoyed it at all fronts.Keep doing it ! Well done by all
— Camille A. - Parent
For both improving your tennis game and for fun
July 21, 2018: She loved the coaches and felt the instruction was very individualized and supportive. She wants to return next summer and asked if the coaches stay the same year to year. She also made some new friends among the students. It was a very productive and fun camp.I am glad that my daughter had such a positive experience, so much so that she has asked for another week of camp this summer, and wants to return next year to Nike camp. My daughter and I both recommend this for both improving your tennis game and for fun.
— Audrey L. - Parent
The camp staff was awesome!!!
July 24, 2017: She came home happy even though it was 90 degrees! She loved it! The camp staff was awesome!!!
— Ann T. Parent
Quickly made friends
July 25, 2017: David did not know anyone when he arrived at camp the first day and was nervous. He quickly made friends and enjoyed learning the sport!
— Courtenay A. Parent
— Zach T. - Xavier University Nike Tennis Camp Camper (2015)
Enjoyed the camp very much. It was my first week-long camp and I will look forward to more.
— Kobe P. - Xavier University Nike Tennis Camp Camper (2015)
Camp was fun and taught me alot.
— Tim W. - Xavier University Nike Tennis Camp Camper (2015)