University of Minnesota Nike Tennis Camp
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Improve your game and have fun this summer at our overnight tennis camp in Minnesota! Head Men's Tennis Coach Geoff Young invites boys and girls from the Twin Cities, Midwest and beyond to come learn from the best.
Campers will receive technical tennis instruction and drilling and compete in supervised matches at UMN's beautiful 22 court facility, plus enjoy a variety of evening social activities to enhance the summer camp experience.
- Instruction from Minnesota Men's Tennis Coach Geoff Young
- 5-6 hours of tennis/day, low camper to staff ratio
- Match play, drill work, strategy sessions & fun off-court activities
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Camp Director Geoff Young
In eleven years at the helm of the Minnesota Men's tennis team, Geoff Young has turned Minnesota into one of the premier teams in the Big Ten conference. They have made the NCAA Tournament in seven of those seasons.View Geoff Young's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
The 2015-16 edition of the Gophers was a rebuilding one coming off one of the greatest seasons in program history. The roster had four freshman and two sophomores with just one junior and two seniors. The team went 8-18 with its biggest win coming at home against No. 39 Penn State late in the year. In a thrilling win the Gophers won 4-3 with freshman Justyn Levin sealing the victory. The season did see some big individual highlights. Sophomores Matic Spec and Felix Corwin were a highly ranked doubles pairing and won the ITA Central Region Championship together. Spec earned All-Big Ten honors for his strong season playing at the No. 1 singles spot.
The 2014-15 Gophers made a 10-win improvement from the season before and finished ranked 21st in the nation. They did not lose a single game at home and went 10-1 in Big Ten play to share the conference title for the first time since 1995. Young was named the ITA Region Coach of the Year and conference coach of the year. He also coached the conference player of the year in All-American Leandro Toledo. Along with that he coached Matic Spec to a First Team All-Big Ten selection. The Gophers made the national tournament and finished with a 21-8 overall record.
Not only was the team successful on the court but in the classroom as well with all seven players earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.
In a 2013-14 season in which the Gophers had just one senior, Young and the Gophers posted a 11-13 record that included wins over six ranked teams. Young coached junior Leandro Toledo to a third-round appearance at the NCAA Singles Tournament that made the Hamburg, Germany native the school's first All-American since 2002.Additionally, he aided third-year players Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment to a breakout season as a doubles tandem that saw the duo reach No. 16 in the national rankings and be selected as an alternate pairing for the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Toledo was one of four unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selections.
In 2012-13, the Maroon and Gold had a strong season after first struggling at the beginning of the year. The squad fought back to a 15-11 overall finish. The Golden Gophers banded together to go on a 9-1 run to close out the regular season in second place, Minnesota's highest placement since 2000, among the heavy hitters of the Big Ten Conference and earn its fifth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament. The Gophers ended the season at No. 33 in the ITA Men's Division I College Tennis Rankings and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight year, making Minnesotaone of only four Big Ten schools (Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State) to accomplish the feat.
Young coached two members of the squad to earn First Team All-Big Ten accolades. Senior Rok Bonin was named a unanimous selection for the second straight year after leading the squad with a 25-13 overall record. With 73 total doubles wins (73-39), Bonin claimed a place on Minnesota's all-time winners list, tying for fifth in program history. Then-sophomore Toledo claimed the other postseason award after another promising season. He finished the regular season with a 9-2 mark against conference opponents and totaled a 25-11 overall record through the year. He also made history as the first Gopher since 2002 to qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Minnesota, which regularly played three freshman in the lineup, went 13-8 during the 2011-12 season and ended the regular season ranked No. 36 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Gophers were 8-3 in the Big Ten, which tied them with Illinois for third place in the conference. Minnesota was especially strong at home, posting an 8-1 record at the pristine Baseline Tennis Center.
Seven of Minnesota's 13 wins were against ranked opponents and the team's highest profile victory was a 4-3 home triumph against No. 28 Michigan. The win allowed the Gophers to keep the Little Brown Jug, which Minnesota secured with a 5-2 upset win at No. 22 Michigan in 2011. Minnesota also won the Border Battle for the second straight year against Wisconsin with a 6-1 victory.
Minnesota's season ended in a gallant 4-2 loss to No. 20 and Round of 16 qualifier Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers were 19-6 during the 2010-11 season and ended the year ranked No. 23 by the ITA. Both of those accomplishments are highs of the Young era. Minnesota finished third in the Big Ten in the regular season and advanced to the Big Ten tournament final for the first time since 2003. Young was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year as a result of Minnesota's success.
Minnesota was 8-2 in conference play, and avenged a regular-season loss to Indiana to advance to the Big Ten tournament final. Minnesota's six defeats all came to teams ranked in the top 40. Five came to teams ranked in the top 30 and three defeats were to teams in the top six.
In addition to the upset win at Michigan, the Gophers also beat No. 18 Illinois on the road to pick up their first win--and snap a 19-match skid to the Illini--since 1996. Minnesota's season also included two wins (regular season and Big Ten tournament) against border-rival Wisconsin and a dramatic 4-3 road win at 25th-ranked Miami (Fla.). The Gophers' season ended when they were upset by Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In 2009-10, Minnesota finished 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big Ten to finish fifth. The Gophers played a challenging schedule with all 11 losses coming to teams in the top 30 of the national rankings. Included in the schedule was a win against No. 24 Pepperdine and NCAA tournament participants Nebraska and Western Michigan. The Gophers opened the NCAA tournament with a win against Arizona before falling to third-ranked Texas in the second round.
In 2008-09, Minnesota posted a 19-8 overall record and 7-3 Big Ten mark, which came just one year after a 7-17 overall record and 4-6 Big Ten ledger the year before. The Gophers were ranked 30th in the final rankings and made their 14th trip to the NCAA tournament in the past 16 years and their 20th overall, beating New Mexico in the opening round before falling to eventual national champion and eighth-ranked Southern California.
For just the seventh time in school history, the Gophers had six different players post 20 singles wins during 2008-09, including Ishay Hadash, who reached the second round of the NCAA individual tournament and finished 50th in the final ITA rankings.
In 2007-08, Young's team won five of its last eight matches to set the foundation for the record-setting turnaround the following year. Minnesota had three wins and 16 losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. The Gophers, who played 11 matches against NCAA tournament teams, were ranked as high as 40th in the country following the fall season, but early-season injuries got the team off to a slow start in the spring. The season came following a successful inaugural season to Young's tenure that saw the Gophers reach the NCAA tournament.
Young guided Minnesota to a 15-10 overall record and a 5-5 mark in the Big Ten in his first season in 2006-07. Minnesota was ranked sixth in the final Midwest Region rankings and lost to South Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Young owns a 192-170 overall record in 15 collegiate seasons as a head coach. He won his 100th match on Feb. 22, 2009 against Binghamton and his 150th match on March 3, 2012 at Virginia Tech. Young is 121-102 in ten seasons at Minnesota.
Off the court, Young's squads have also achieved success. His squad had the highest grade-point average of any men's sport at Minnesota for the two straigh years in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In 2009-10, the Gophers had the highest grade-point average of any small men's sport at Minnesota and senior Dino Bilankov was named the school's Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete. The 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15 teams were also recognized with the school's award for most community service hours by a men's sport.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, Young spent six seasons as head coach at the University of Denver. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Young posted a 71-68 overall record. In his final season in 2005-06, he led Denver to a 13-9 record and then a program-best fourth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and a No. 66 national ranking.
While at Denver, he worked with the Pioneers' all-time winningest player Magnus Ramfelt, who totaled 71 singles wins from 1998-2002. He also coached Adam Holmstrom, who set a single-season school record with 28 singles wins in 2005-06. Holmstrom also became the first Pioneers' player to qualify for the NCAA championships in his rookie season.
Young served as the head women's tennis coach at Denver during the 1999-2000 season and during the fall of 2000. In his one season, the Pioneers finished 9-8 in Denver's second season at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his stint at Denver, Young served as an assistant men's coach at the University of Alabama for three seasons.
A two-time all-Big Ten player at Northwestern, Young was the team's co-captain during his senior season in 1994 and collected 83 singles victories. He graduated from Northwestern in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
A Marion, Ohio native, Young was also a successful junior tennis player. He was ranked No. 1 in singles in the Midwest region 18-and-under division in 1989 and No. 1 in doubles in 1990.
Young is married to the former Dana Peterson, a four-time letterwinner with the Gopher women's tennis team from 1993-96 and an assistant coach at Minnesota from 1997-99. Dana was also the head women's tennis coach at Denver for six seasons. They have three children.
As head coach of the Gophers, Young is a strong believer in working as hard at doubles as on the singles court. Coach Young spends time with each player on an individual level, working with them on their specific needs to help make each Gopher a well-rounded, complete collegiate player.
"If I can recruit players with great attitudes who love tennis, then we will be able to develop these players to the top level of college tennis," Young said. "Doubles is an area we must excel if we are going to reach our goals. Therefore, we practice doubles nearly every day.
"My philosophy is to take each player's strengths and weaknesses and develop their game accordingly so their strengths are maximized and their weaknesses are minimized. Our focus will be on trying to really get better and have a great spirit about ourselves and our own identity during matches. The wins and losses will take care of themselves in a positive light if we are able to accomplish this team spirit."
We offer Overnight and Day (8:45am-5:00pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and 10&Under Tennis, and Tournament Training programs.
2019 Camp Dates & Offerings
- June 10-13 (Day Camp | All Skills & Tournament Training)
- June 16-20 (Overnight & Day Camp | All Skills & Tournament Training)
- June 23-27 (Overnight & Day Camp | All Skills & Tournament Training)
*This camp program is open to any and all entrants.Show Less See More Camp Details
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.
Tournament Training Program
The tournament training program is designed for tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.
10 and Under Tennis
The “10 and Under Tennis” program features the USTA’s successful teaching format. This is an exciting way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts.
- Overnight campers: 1:15-1:45pm on Sunday at the dorms.
- Day Campers: Week 1 - 8:15am-8:45am on Monday | Weeks 2 & 3 - 1:45pm-2:15pm on Sunday | Location: Baseline Tennis Center
- Day Campers will depart at 5:00pm on check-in day.
- Graduation: A ceremony will be held at prior to check-out at Baseline Tennis Center. Parents invited!
- Check Out: 5:00pm on Thursday immediately following graduation.
Day Program Schedule
With the exception of Sunday (check-in), campers should be dropped off at the Baseline Tennis Center by 8:40am each morning. It is ok for campers to be dropped off before 8:40am, but no supervision can be guaranteed before then. Camp concludes each day at 5:00pm. Campers should be picked up behind Baseline Tennis Center (on 5th St.) and will be supervised at that location until 5:10pm.
All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. For Weeks 2 & 3, meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.
The Baseline Tennis Center features 22 courts, 10 indoor and 12 outdoor.
2018: Campers reside on campus in the Territorial dorms on campus. Camp dorms, dining halls and courts are all walking distance from each other. A beautiful campus, Minnesota boasts superb dorms with air-conditioning. Dorms are two per room, no triples avaliable this year.
Evening activities may include movie night, capture the flag, bowling, and a scavenger hunt.
Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and take a taxi 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. 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.
We have 10 indoor courts in addition to our 12 outdoor courts, so rain won't slow us down!
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: TNXRMN
All camps are open to any and all, limited only by age and number of campers.
*This camp program is open to any and all entrants.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 8:45am-9:30am Demo and Warm-up
- 9:30am-11:30am Instruction / Drills / Games
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
- 2:00pm-4:30pm Dual Matches / Net Play Drills / Games
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Optional Tennis Instruction / Hitting
- 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Lights out!
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
I can't even begin to tell you all the great things my son said
June 29, 2018: I can't even begin to tell you all the great things my son said. He is 17 so there is not a lot of sharing at this age and he came home excited to tell us about his roommate (the best he has had in the 5 years he has been there), the coaches, the college coaches that were helping him get a feel for college life, the competition, everything. It was great!He comes back with so much passion for the sport even after playing for hours a day that we can't get anywhere else (and we have tried). They work the kids in a way that is inspiring them to do more without making them feel like it is a job or too much work.
— Rachel L. - Parent
Loved every minute
July 03, 2018: She loved every minute of her time at camp at the U of M. She enjoyed the drills and the competition between the different teams - including the ping pong, capture the flag, and other non-tennis activities. She loved meeting campers from around the region and got a lot out of her interactions with the coaches. She played a tournament two weeks before camp and then on the weekend after camp and the difference was noticeable. She incorporated some of the skills she worked on in camp and some of the strategies that were discussed. She has played or practiced every day since returning and has worked on the new skills she learned at camp.
— Krista A. - Parent
Best camp ever
May 22, 2018: This is the best camp my daughter Sandra has ever attended!! and she has been in many camps - in Minnesota for the last 2 summers and a lot around Europe, where we moved from in 2015. They are the best on all the levels: the tennis skills our children acquire in a week are impressive; all the coaches are role models, great at interacting with kids but also motivating them, the facilities are top notch!! Sandra can't wait to go again every summer!! Congratulations to Geoff and Dana, who are the beating heart of this camp!!
— Camelia A. Parent
Increased confidence and skill
June 30, 2017: This was my daughter's Second year there. Nike tennis camp continues to be my daughter's favorite summer camp. She reconnects with friends at camp, enjoys meeting new coaches, is challenged by all players - specially since she was one of the younger ones, but most importantly she increases her confidence and skills in tennis. She is planning on returning for another 2 weeks with her friends next year.
— Margarita C. Parent
Definitely coming back next year!
July 01, 2017: It's very fun learning different techniques and meeting new people. We really appreciate the coaches and their enthusiasm for the game. They really connect with the kids and are excellent role models. No suggestions - it's great and we're definitely coming back next year again!
— Jenni R. Parent
Felt good about tennis skill
July 01, 2017: My daughter is 16 and said it was the first time a tennis coach made her feel good about her tennis skills
— Michelle S. Parent
Will be back next year!
July 3, 2017: Playing at the baseline tennis center was awesome. My daughter learned the rules of tennis and improved her game, especially serving. The coaches were great and she had a lot of fun with the other kids. She liked the variety of activities throughout the day. Skyball has now become a regular activity after a family game of tennis at our local courts. This has been the best tennis instruction experience my child has had. We'll be back next year!
— Debra B. Parent
Enjoyed the connections to the coaches
July 18, 2017: Owen really enjoyed the connections to the coaches and meeting players from all over the Midwest. He also learned some valuable tips he has used throughout the summer.
— Jennifer L. Parent
A lot of fun
July 3, 2017: My daughter loved the balance of tennis with non-tennis activities. The games and competitions made it a lot of fun.
— Laura B. Parent
already planning for next year!
July 8, 2016: My daughter enjoyed everything about the camp! We will be back - she's already planning for next year!
— Karin D. Parent
Love this camp
July 7, 2016: Very accommodating. Love this camp. Great camp bonding experiences.
— Molly S. Camper
highly recommend this camp
July 6, 2016: This was a very fun camp and I had a lot of fun in all of the activities (on-court and off) and I feel like I improved overall. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone interested in tennis.
— Dan R. Camper
Could not ask for better staff
July 2, 2016: I really enjoyed the staff! Could not ask for better!
— Matthew S. Camper
really enjoyed it
7/1/2016 - My son really enjoyed it. Feedback was helpful. He had a lot of good competition.
— Meenakshi C. Parent
energy from the instructors was great
6/30/2016 - My daughter really enjoyed camp. Even though they were long days and we had a lengthy drive, she never complained and was always ready to go. She came home tired each day but always happy. She liked how each instructor would focus on a certain skill and how she would get to work in the different types of hits. She enjoyed playing with her fellow teammates. She found that the energy from the instructors was great and very encouraging. The only complaint she had was that she moved to the regular ball too quickly. She didn't know how to control the ball and so was hesitant to take any big swings. She started in orange and moved along to regular ball and green dot ball.
— Margarita D. Parent
Should make it a Monday through Friday camp
6/30/2016 - The one improvement I would recommend is making it a Monday through Friday camp. We are limited to all-day camps, because my wife and I both work during regular business hours. Weekends are family time. So starting on Sunday cuts into family time. Also, we then have to make special arrangements for child care on Friday. Making it a Monday through Friday camp, like all of the other camps we enroll them in, would be a great improvement.
— Eric N. Parent
7/1/2015 - Had a great experience. Kids and staff are great.
— Paula W. Parent
directors and staff were great
6/27/2015 - The directors and staff were great on every level. Answer every question and spend the time to explain and accommodate my son. The only problem I had was the level of the kids in the camp, but I do understand that this is an open camp for all levels. My son enjoyed it but the lack of competition didn't help him to improve. Coaches were great on all levels.
— Nina M. Parent
6/27/2015 - Camp was a great experience. My only remark is that my daughter had to play Australian doubles the entire week because there was not an even number if kids. Perhaps the kids could have rotated partners so she could have had a chance to play with a partner and not alone every day.
— Susan C. Parent
hope to attend next year
6/26/2015 - It was a great camp. We hope he can attend next year.
— Jeffrey S. Parent
loved the camp, issues with food
6/25/2015 - Overall my daughter loved the camp. Her biggest complaint was the food that was provided. Apparently the cook staff did not have enough of the main (hot dishes) available and they had to either "run" to get their food first and if they didn't get there in time, then they had to wait for the cook to make more....this resulted in eating very fast as there is only 30 minutes allocated to meal time. My daughter had to eat the salad bar frequently so she could get a meal in time. Please provide either a better cooking staff, more food or more time to eat in the future.
— Cynthia L. Parent