Nike Tennis Camp at University of Denver
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Come join the fun this summer at this top junior tennis camp in Denver. Technical tennis instruction and drilling from DU head coaches, supervised match play, games and off-court conditioning make this one of the best tennis camps in Colorado!
At our tennis day camp in Denver, campers will hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group.
- Instruction from Denver University head coaches Ricardo Rubio and Christian Thompson
- Special High School Only week for ages 13-18!
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt and prizes
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Co-Director Ricardo Rubio
Ricardo Rubio enters his third season as head coach of the Denver Men's Tennis team in 2017-18. In his first year at DU, he helped the Pioneers capture the Summit League Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.View Ricardo Rubio's Bio ⟩
Prior to his time at DU, Rubio had spent the past 13 seasons with the coaching staff for the men’s tennis program at the University of Texas. He served as an assistant coach during his first nine seasons with the team before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2011-12 campaign.
The Cadiz, Spain native helped lead the Longhorns to the NCAA Championship title match (2008), as well as two NCAA Semifinal appearances in 2006 and 2009. Rubio also led UT to three Big 12 regular season championships (2006, 2008, 2010) and two Big 12 tournament titles (2006, 2010).
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) selected Rubio as its National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in May of 2008 after helping the team reach the 2008 NCAA Championship match against Georgia. Rubio is also a three-time ITA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2002, 2006, 2008).
As a player, Rubio moved to New Braunfels, Texas at age 14 to attend the Joe Newcombe Tennis Academy. After a successful high school career, Rubio was offered a scholarship at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he posted a career singles mark of 115-49 and helped TCU to three Southwest Conference team titles, as well as three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1991, 1992).
After graduating from TCU, Rubio competed on the ATP Tour from 1993-1997, with top rankings of No. 252 in doubles and No. 383 in singles. He captured three individual conference championships during his college career and was named the Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year in 1989.
Co-Director Christian Bass
Christian Bass was named head coach of the University of Denver women’s tennis program in June 2013. She has been an assistant coach on the DU women’s tennis staff since August of 2012.View Christian Thompson's Bio ⟩
Christian Thompson enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Denver women's tennis program in 2018-19. During her tenure, the three-time Summit League Coach of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018) has led the Pioneers to five-consecutive Summit League Championship titles and five-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Since being named head coach in June 2013, Thompson has posted an 88-33 record (19-0 Summit League), coached three Summit League Players of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018), 25 All-Summit League selections and two Summit League Newcomers of the Year (2016, 2018). After recording a 21-3 (6-0) mark in the 2015-2016 season, Thompson signed a six-year extension with the program.
In 2017, Thompson pushed the Pioneers to a 19-5 record (4-0 Summit League) and into the NCAA tournament where Denver earned a 4-3 win against No. 25 USC to mark its first NCAA tournament victory since 2008.
Thompson joined the Pioneers after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale where she helped lead the Bulldogs to a 59-15 record during that span, including a sparkling 18-3 mark in Ivy League play, three ECAC Indoor Team Championships and a pair of Ivy League titles. The Bulldogs also reached a program-best No. 18 ranking. Thompson, who was named Ivy League Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, served as Yale's interim head coach in the fall of 2011.
As a player, Thompson starred at Notre Dame from 2004-2007. She was a three-time All-America choice in doubles along with her twin sister, Catrina Thompson, from 2005-07. The siblings were the top-ranked doubles tandem nationally in 2005 and 2006, captured the Riviera/ITA All-America doubles title in 2005 and finished second overall in 2004 and 2006. Christian Thompson was a five-time BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection before embarking on her professional career where she achieved WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 in doubles and No. 936 in singles. The Las Vegas native was inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.
Thompson attended Bishop Gorman High School, where she earned All-America honors all four years, posting an undefeated recorded during her entire prep career. Thompson guided Bishop Gorman to a Nevada state championship and won the doubles title. She was a three-time state champion and team MVP, winning conference and regional titles on four occasions.
We offer day camps that run Monday - Friday, from 9:00am-4:00pm, open to boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all ability levels. We are also offering one week of a High School Only camp session for ages 13-18 years old.
2019 Camp Dates
- June 3-7
- June 10-14
- June 24-28
- July 8-12 (High School ONLY)
- July 22-26
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. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
Campers use regular-sized tennis balls throughout all sessions. Smaller tennis balls will not be used because a 10 & Under session is NOT offered in this tennis camp program.
8:30am on Monday at the Denver Tennis Park.
12:00pm on Friday at the courts.
Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm, except on Friday's when check-out is at 12:00pm.
High School Program
The High School Program is intended 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.
The High School Program is only offered during the week of July 8-12.
Lunch is included for all campers.
Campers will play on outdoor courts. Although it very rarely rains, campers will go inside to the Arena and do different conditioning drills, chalk talks, and strategy sessions in case of inclement weather.
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 Denver Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp.
There are parking permits available for commuter campers. The Director will sell parking permits on the first day of camp for commuters. Commuters will Overnight campers can purchase a parking pass at the front desk of the dorm and will park in the garage underneath their dorm. Cost is $7 per day, $35 for the week.
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: TNXRDR
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Stretching, Warm-up and 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 Daily check-out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 29, 2018: He was very happy to be able to make friends with other tennis kids!
— Jie C. - Parent
Instilled confidence in her game
July 29, 2018: The instructors were awesome! They really helped her with her serve. They instilled confidence in her game - especially at the net.
— Thomas T. - Parent
Tournaments were fun
July 29, 2018: Met lots of friends and very great food and the activities and tournaments were very fun
— Tae K. - Parent
Enjoyed the camp
July 2, 2017: She enjoyed the instructors, lessons and other campers. She had a great, fun week and improved her tennis game.
— Tom M. Parent
Always a great experience
July 18, 2017: Julianna and her brother and sister have all attended Nike Tennis Camps for the past 13 years at various camps from Montana, Colorado Springs and Denver. They have always had great experiences at all of them. They come back from camp better tennis players, better athletes, and with a love of the game.
— Jennifer C. Parent
Lacking feedback from coaches
July 1, 2017: The camp would have been better if the kids were provided feedback on how to improve their techniques and provided something in writing that they can reflect on moving forward. As a parent getting some type of feedback from the head coach would have made a big difference due to his expertise.
— Wilma C. Parent
will definitely sign up for more weeks
August 17, 2016: Chloe and Sophia loved the camp. They made lots of friends and learned a lot of new tennis skills. All of the instructors were wonderful! They couldn't stop talking about how nice they were. We will definitely sign up for more weeks next Summer at Denver University.
— Patricia B. Parent
Some participants were very misbehaved
August 17, 2016: Some participants were very misbehaved and not nice to several other campers (cheating, bad language, not listening to the staff). I felt they should have been warned once and parents contacted; and if behavior happened again then they should not be allowed to return the next day and the parents should have to pick them up immediately. That is the only complaint I have that I observed. (I am the mom of my son who went to camp.)
— Vance C. Parent
August 11, 2016: Christian Thompson ran an exceptional camp! The staff didn't just hit balls with us, they instructed us at a high level.
— Connor M. Camper
hoping for feedback
August 11, 2016: We attended a basketball camp at the beginning of the summer and received a notecard with feedback and a skills assessment, so I am wondering if we just somehow missed getting this or if Nike camps just do not do that. And I would want the feedback to be honest.
— Mason A. Parent
fitness training was fun
August 11, 2016: The jump roping and other tennis-directed fitness training was fun and good to know.
— Mateo T. Camper
made significant improvements
June 29, 2016: I'm really grateful because I received the help I needed and made significant improvements.
— JoAnne M. camper
could be more instructive
7/28/2015 - I felt that the campers should learn to assess what mistakes they make in their strokes. I came to watch and felt it could be more instructive. Not enough courts in afternoon for everyone to play. I wish there was less game stuff and more tennis instruction in the afternoon. Environment is good and facilities are good too. They liked the camp but the things above could be improved.
— Aaron A. Parent
coaches were friendly and fun
7/6/2016 - I would definitely come back next year if they offered age appropriate balls (IE: orange and green dot). The match play portion would be improved if we could play a whole match instead of just one set. I enjoyed hitting a lot of balls each day! I would have preferred more individual feedback from the coaches instead of group only instruction. Overall, the coaches were friendly and fun!
— Ava A. Camper
great opportunity to meet new people
6/30/2015 - It was a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. I had a lot of fun with my fellow students and the instructors were fun and informative. It was very safe and not too overbearing.
— JoAnne M.
loved the camp
6/29/2015 - TJ loved the camp, especially since he was able to do the camp with his friend. Thank you for allowing this opportunity for him.
— Danielle M. Parent
amazed at the improvement
6/27/2015 - I had my 3 daughters participate in the camp. I play with them on week-ends and I am amazed at the improvement in all 3.
— Franck B. Parent
had a great time at camp
6/26/2015 - My son really enjoyed instructor Aiden Reid. He had a great time at camp which is surprising as he is a 15 year old boy and not really in love with tennis. Thank you!!
— James O. Parent
loved being coached by the DU coaching staff
6/26/2015 - Evan loved being coached by both the DU coaching staff and DU tennis team members. He said they made fun and was challenged!
— Lynne S. Parent