Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz
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This Northern California summer tennis camp in Santa Cruz delivers the ideal combination of athletics and fun. UCSC and Stanford tennis coaches direct the camp, offering match play, drill work, strategy sessions and extra social activities.
Our UC Santa Cruz tennis camp, just south of San Francisco, offers general, high school and tournament training programs to address the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis.
- Instruction from UC Santa Cruz and Stanford Tennis Coaches
- All Skills, Tournament Training and High School Programs
- 5-6 hours tennis training daily with low student to teacher ratio
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Camp Director Amy Jensen
Jensen comes to UCSC after spending last season as Mills's Head Coach and Director of Tennis while also providing Pac-12 Network commentary. Before Mills, Jensen found success as the women's head coach at the University of Denver.View Amy Jensen's Bio ⟩
Amy Jensen is the Head Coach for the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. In her first year at the helm the Slugs were conference champions and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Jensen is also a Tournament Director for USTA NorCal, and she is also a part time analyst for the Pac-12 Network.
Before UC Santa Cruz Jensen's experience includes Head Coach and Director at Mills College, Player Development Manager at USTA NorCal, and also Head Coach at University of Denver where she accumulated a 63-18 overall record and was named consecutive Conference Coach of the Year.
Jensen also served as Associate Head Coach at UC Berkeley from 2001-2006. While at Cal she helped facilitate the development of 9 All American players, 2 final four teams, and 2 NCAA Champions.
As a player, Jensen was a 5-time All-American at the University of California as well as a NCAA record holder, winning 3 consecutive NCAA doubles titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000. She was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of fame in 2011. She was also recently named to the Pac-12 All Century Team, as well as named Pac-12 Double Team of the Century (with Amanda Augustus).
As a junior Jensen played at the Aussie, French, and US Opens, as well as Wimbledon. As a professional, Jensen held WTA rankings in singles and doubles and played in both the US Open (1998, 1999, 2000) and Australian Open (2001).
Staff Member Jimmy Soper
Jimmy Soper was announced as the new head coach of the UC Santa Cruz men's tennis team on January 8, 2019.View Jimmy's Bio ⟩
The fifth head coach in UC Santa Cruz's storied history, Soper played at UCSC from 2013-2016, first under coach Bryce Parmelly and then Christian De Jesus before graduating with a degree in Biomolecular Engineering.
The Tuscon native served in 2017-18 as an assistant under Michael Napoli while also serving as a tennis pro at the Moraga Country Club.
Camp Director Francis Sargeant
Francis Sargeant is the Camp Director of the Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz.View Francis's Bio ⟩
Sargeant joined the Stanford Cardinal staff in 2016-17 after an impressive career at BYU and a coaching stint at the University of Memphis, leading the Tigers to its highest ranking in program history in 2015-16.
Sargeant was a four-year letterwinner at BYU, leaving as the program's No. 6 all-time winner on the all-time wins list with 91 career singles wins. A two time, second-team All-WCC honoree in singles, Sargeant was 91-48 in singles at BYU and 78-42 in doubles play. Sargeant was also first team All-WCC in doubles in 2013. He helped BYU to the NCAA tournament in 2013 and 2014, facing Memphis in the first round of the tournament in 2013.
A native of Beckenham in the UK, graduated from BYU with a degree in sociology in 2015. In 2010 and 2011, he was the No. 1 ranked U18 player in the UK and was a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete.
Sargeant and his wife Chloe, a Brand Manager for Legarza Basketball were married in 2015 in Half Moon Bay.
Co-Director Brandon Coupe
Brandon Coupe enters his eleventh year as Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Stanford University. During his time as an assistant coach on The Farm, Coupe has helped guide the Cardinal to a 162-88 record, nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight 20-win seasons from 2009-12.View Brandon Coupe's Bio ⟩
Coupe's recent contributions were highlighted with All-Americans Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher anchoring the Cardinal's singles lineup during their four-year careers. Under Coupe's tutelage, Klahn and Thacher flourished at the top two spots of the lineup. Klahn produced a career record of 130-34 and captured the 2010 NCAA singles title, while Thacher won at least 20 matches in every season en route to compiling a 94-46 career mark.
Coupe joined the coaching staff following a six-year stint as the Head Professional at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, which he first joined in 2001. He was also a professional coach from 2004-06 and the Tournament Director of the Esurance Tiburon International Tennis Challenger from 2003-04.
From 1994-2003, Coupe played on the ATP Tour and participated in 14 Grand Slam events, including the 2002 U.S. Open where he was a quarterfinalist. During his professional career he played with and against some of the world's greatest players, including Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Boris Becker. Coupe achieved an individual doubles ranking of 61 in 1999 and teamed with Mark Merklein to rank in the top-20 that year.
In addition to playing on the ATP Tour, Coupe coached Justin Gimelstob to the third round at Wimbledon in 2004.
A former All-American, Coupe played at San Jose State from 1990-94 under the tutelage of respected coach John Hubbell. As a senior, he earned All-America honors and received the National Von Nostrum Most Improved Player Award and the Rafael Osuna Senior Player of the Year Award. Coupe also earned All-Big West Conference honors all four seasons of his career.
As a freshman, he played No. 2 singles while losing only four matches during the year and winning the regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award. Over his next three seasons, Coupe played No. 1 singles and doubles and holds the school record for most victories. He was a three-time NCAA Championship competitor and a semifinalist at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Championship.
A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Coupe began playing tennis at the age of 10 and entered a number of junior tournaments, including the Kalamazoo National Tournament. In the U-18 division, he was ranked as high as No. 35 in the country.
Coupe currently resides in Menlo Park with Natalie, his wife of 14 years, and their 12-year-old son Max and 4 year old twin sons, Owen and Oliver.
We offer Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) tennis camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills, Tournament Training, and High School programs.
2019 Camp Dates, Programs & Directors
- June 23-28 (All Skills & High School | Jensen)
- July 7-12 (All Skills & High School | Jensen)
- July 14-19 (All Skills & Tournament Training | Sargeant)
- July 28-August 2 (All Skills & High School | Jensen)
Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. 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.
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 Program
The High School Program 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.
- All campers check-in Sunday between 2:30 - 4:00pm at the Cowell dorms.
(Day Campers depart at 5:30pm on Sunday. Extended Day campers depart that evening at 9:00pm after dinner and evening activities.)
Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Graduation: 11:30am at the dorms. (Parents invited to attend!)
- Check-out is immediately following graduation at 12:00pm on the last day of the session.
Extended Day & Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: Day campers & Extended Day campers check-in between 2:30-4:00pm. Day Campers depart at 5:30pm. Extended Day Campers depart at 9:00pm.
- Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 5:30pm. Extended Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 9:00pm.
- Friday: All campers have a graduation at 11:30am. Check-out for all campers is immediately after the Graduation at 12:00pm.
All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.
The campus offers campers the opportunity to play in a perfect environment with 12 ocean view outdoor courts, playing fields, a gymnasium, and Olympic-sized pool. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning.
2018: Campers live on-campus in the Cowell Dorms and the courts and dining facilities are an easy walk from there. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Some triples may be available, but not guaranteed. There is no A/C in the dorms. Campers may bring fans.
2018: In addition to the Davis Cup competition during the week, evenings give the campers a chance to relax and enjoy fun off-court activities like a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night, a trip to the Beach and Boardwalk and concludes with a camp dance on the last night.
2018: Campers attending multiple sessions, and those who stay over the weekend will be fully supervised. They'll also enjoy fun activities like movies and ice cream, visiting downtown Santa Cruz, the beach or the Mystery spot in Santa Cruz. There is a charge of $300/weekend. Additional spending money is required.
San Jose International Airport
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations, or bus depots. Transportation services can be arranged from the San Jose Airport or San Francisco International by using the service below:
Early Bird Airport Shuttle: 831.462.3933
- Call and mention UCSC Nike Tennis Camp for discounted rates of:
- $76.50 each way to/from San Jose Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)
- $112.50 each way to/from San Francisco Airport before driver tip (1-3 passengers)
- Recommended to book at least 3-4 days in advance of travel.
Please schedule your arrivals and departures to provide plenty of time to get to/from the SJC or SFO.
Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.
Adult Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz
We're excited to also bring you an Adult Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz! Click the link for details.
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: TNXRSC
Sample Daily Schedule
- FULL WEEK CAMPS
- 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, Swimming
- 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
Incredible experience, Amy Jensen is awesome
August 04, 2018: This was an incredible experience, beyond our expectations. Meghan loved it from the first day and each day loved it more. By the 2nd or 3rd day she was talking about coming back next year. She has so much more confidence in her playing ability and is ready to start on her High School tennis team next week. Can't believe she is starting high school. So grateful she is starting with this experience under her belt. What a well run program. Such a great experiences. Amy Jensen is awesome, by the way.
— Lori K. - Parent
All we can say as parents is, "Thank you!!!"
August 05, 2018: Amy Jensen runs an amazing program. She is sincere and gives useful feedback to players. My daughter was excited to get up and get to camp in the morning. Ending it all with an evening at the Boardwalk just confirmed the good time they all had during the week. She met some great kids at the camp and loved being on the college campus. She picked up some skills that she has taken back to her High School team. She is looking forward to going back to this camp again next year. All we can say as parents is, "Thank you!!!"
— Catherine S. - Parent
So excited to go to camp every day
September 2018, 2018: We loved the very detailed evaluation at the end of the camp! We could see what he's getting good at and what he needs to work on were very helpful. But especially, it was great to go over the evaluation with my son for him to understand what he really needs to work on. We also loved all the coaches. They were there for our son! Our son had only started tennis less than two years ago, and going to the camp, he was very nervous. But it all changed in one day! He was so excited to go to the camp every day, but we knew that he had never done all day long tennis camp so he was hurt but he did not complain and stayed with the camp. We were very proud of him! Thank you very much to all the coaches for making Robert love tennis!! Please keep these great young coaches live in your program!!
— Robert L. - Parent
The camp director was wonderful
August 08, 2017: Amy, the camp director was wonderful, prepared and personable. The guys were also great coaches. They moved Lauren up throughout the week and even have her the "winning shot" award. She came home happy with a lot of confidence. I love that goals were set and days were mixed up with a trip to the beach. Maybe next time, Capatola beach could be the destination as Santa Cruz is not always the audience for kids. :)
— Victoria L. Parent
Improved self esteem and game
August 14, 2016: Our daughter had a great time, improved her game and most of all a passion for tennis returned. Her self esteem also improved. The director, (Amee) gave Sophia extra help and it was very much appreciated. Also, Sophia enjoyed the yoga and the sports psychology talks that took place. Understanding the psychology of playing tennis for Sophia is key to improving her self esteem and her game. Thank you. Sophia is most likely to return to this camp if the dates work out for her.
— Renee E. Parent
Loved everything about camp
August 30, 2017: Jonah loved everything about this Nike tennis camp.
— Diane H. Parent
Loved the events
I loved all the events that they had in the evening like Hawaiian and casino night. The counselors made it so much better by showing their enthusiasm:)
— Audrey J. Camper
This is the best run tennis camp
August 25, 2016: This is the best run tennis camp of any camp my kids have ever attended. The coaches and staff are outstanding -- full of energy, enthusiasm and caring for all of the campers. That is what makes this camp so great! My son and his cousins attended last year and this year and had a blast. They chose the high school week since preferred only being around high school age kids. That worked out great. They have been improving so we weren't sure if there would be enough competition for them, but there was plenty of competition! The high school/tournament training week attracts some very good tournament/college level players, as well as high school level players. Overall a fantastic experience! Again, what makes this UC Santa Cruz camp special is the coaches, assistant coaches/counselors and directors!!! Most of them have been working together at this same camp (as well as college coaching together) for multiple years!! They are not only top notch and knowledgeable tennis coaches, but more importantly positive and caring people. They set the tone for a happy, productive, and positive week for all!!
— Stephanie S. Parent
the Santa Cruz camp is amazing
August 25, 2016: Everything about the Santa Cruz camp has been amazing. The instructors at this camp are what make it this way.
— Bradley S. Camper
outstanding coach and overall role model
August 16, 2016: Bird is an outstanding coach and overall role model for the boys. His leadership brings the high quality experience. We hope he will be back next year.
— Alexis B. Parent
money well spent
August 12, 2016: Jake always comes home completely stoked about tennis after camp. I'm very pleased about his time at your camp, without a doubt it was money well spent, wish we'd known about it sooner. Hopefully he can come again next year one last time if he chooses to try to try to play at a JC. We will spread the word to the other kids on the team.
— Jake T. Parent
had a great time and improved his game
8/9/2016 - Thanks for another great summer. Nico had a great time and improved his game for sure.
— Greg H. Parent
love for the game has grown
8/2/2016 - Thank you for a wonderful camp experience! I met some amazing people and my overall love for the game has grown.
— James M. Camper
wonderful time in all regards
7/27/2016 - Jake had a wonderful time in all regards. He's dabbled in tennis for years and what we hoped for, happened: he loves tennis!
— Lecky L. Parent
staff was terrific
8/13/2016 - The staff was terrific and the other campers were fun and respectful. The boys are hoping to attend next year and hope that Bird and the rest of the staff returns! thank you!
— Connor S. Parent
hope the camp continues
8/11/2016 - We hope the camp continues even if Bob Hansen retires!
— Deborah H. Parent
wonderful week-plus of tennis camp
7/27/2016 - Thank you for a wonderful week-plus of tennis camp!
— Jarin M. Camper
enthusiastic staff are wonderful
7/27/2016 - Thank you, great camp, lots of fun. The enthusiastic staff are wonderful. Josh would like to attend again.
— Sarah D. Parent
pay more attention to campers
8/17/2015 - Counselors should pay more attention to campers. They were mostly paying attention to themselves (not sitting with campers at meals, etc).
— John R. Parent
Great tennis camp experience for 8 years
8/15/2015 - Great tennis camp experience year after year! Our three kids have attended UC Santa Cruz over the past 8 years and every year, the counselors, tennis instruction, and fun activities anties are simply outstanding! We could not recommend it more highly.
— Ruth M. Parent
great blend of learning, competition, and fun
8/2/2015 - Maya thoroughly enjoyed camp and grew as a tennis player at UCSC Nike Tennis Camp. She found her instructors to be positive and encouraging. While at camp she was introduced to new techniques that she'll continue to build on and utilize to improve and strengthen her game. Overall, the camp for Maya was a great blend of learning, competition, and fun...perfect for her age and level! Thank you Nike Tennis Camp!
— Sasha T. Parent
loved everything about the camp
8/2/2015 - I loved everything about the camp and can't wait to meet up with some of my friends and make some more next year. The coaches were awesome and I learned a lot.
— Michael S. Camper
coaches were highly energetic and knowledgeable
8/1/2015 - This camp far exceeded my expectations as a parent. My nephews went last year and loved it so this year my son joined in. He has had on and off enthusiasm about tennis for years. Well, he absolutely loved the camp and now feels totally passionate and enthusiastic about tennis. He has been telling me everything he learned and practiced and wants to keep practicing. The coaches were highly energetic and knowledgeable and seemed to really care about the campers. Plus they had lots of fun with off-court activities. Maybe one way to improve would be to include more stretching and fitness activities -- more stretching and injury prevention than hard core fitness. Otherwise the camp is ideal and Jake will be back!
— Stephanie S. Parent
Great coaches and staff, super positive environment
8/1/2015 - John had a fantastic experience. Great coaches and staff, super positive environment -- just a quality program all around. Can't thank everyone enough!
— Denise H. Parent
improved my skill level and knowledge of the game
7/31/2015 - The camp was so good and improved my skill level and knowledge of the game greatly. So satisfied and happy with with the instruction and feedback given to campers at all times even during matches. That is such a huge help.
— Rory W. Camper
want to return next year
7/28/2015 - I loved the camp and want to return next year. I hope to do 2 weeks.
— Jake T. Camper
make sure campers have equal time with all the different instructors
7/9/2015 - Although I really enjoyed my overall experience, everyday I had the same instructor and I felt like I was unable to receive instruction from other instructors, so I would recommend making sure your campers have equal time with all the different instructors, or at least not have the same instructor the entire camp.
— Jade B. Camper