Nike Adult Tennis Camp at University of North Texas
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The University of North Texas adult tennis camp offers a tennis clinic with singles and doubles play, plus fun evening social activities! Elevate your game and have fun at this tennis camp for adults in the Southwest!
Our Nike adult tennis camp in Denton, Texas give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by their peers.
- Instruction from UNT Head Coach, Sujay Lama and his expert staff
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Doubles and Singles Mixer
- Special room rate at a local hotel
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Camp Director Sujay Lama
Simply put, Sujay Lama has put North Texas tennis on the map. Lama is currently in his 17th season with the Mean Green in 2022-23 and has established a winning tradition at North Texas, having led the Mean Green to three conference championships and three NCAA Tournaments.View Sujay Lama's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
Lama is the program’s winningest coach, winning a program record 184 dual matches with the Mean Green. A veteran head coach, he has 293 wins in his career, including an eight-year stint as the head coach at the University of Illinois. He has mentored 21 student-athletes to 38 all-conference honors in the combined Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA leagues.
From 2015 through 2019 he coached Tamuna Kutubidze and Maria Kononova who are the program's winningest individual tennis players and winningest doubles team. He guided Kononova to the program's first individual NCAA Tournament appearance and the doubles team to the program's first NCAA Doubles Tournament and ITA Texas Regional championship.
Under his guidance, the Mean Green have had wins over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas, Arizona, SMU and TCU among others. North Texas has reached the league tournament semifinals or finals in 10 of Lama's first 16 seasons while competing in the Sun Belt Conference and the C-USA Championships.
The Mean Green’s success has not been limited to the court. North Texas has picked up ITA All-Academic team honors for 16 consecutive seasons and his team's have received NCAA awards for having a APR score in the top 10 percent of all of division I women's tennis five times during his tenure.
The 2022 season saw UNT post double-digit wins for the 11th time and the first since the 2018-19 season. The Mean Green advanced to the Quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship, knocking off #7-seeded Louisiana Tech in the first round. North Texas had four different All-C-USA selections, led by senior duo Maria Ponomareva and Lucie Devier earning Second Team All-Conference honors in doubles while Devier was also named to the Second Team in singles play as well. In addition, freshman Jasmine Adams was named to the All-Freshman team and second team singles to round out the All-conference accolades.
In 2021, Lama guided a young team through the challenging post COVID season to a 2-1 conference record during the regular season and lead individuals to big-time performances against ranked opponents. Junior college transfer Lucie Devier was tabbed as the C-USA Newcomer of the Year, which marked the second year in a row a Mean Green women's tennis student-athlete earned that honor. Furthermore, freshman Saki Oyama who had big wins all year earned second team all-conference honors.
2020 was a challenging season for every program as the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Only 14 matches were played before the season ended. UNT began the season 5-0 overall and 2-0 against conference opponents. Newcomer Maria Ponomareva was named the league's Newcomer of the Year. The final seven matches on the schedule were canceled and the C-USA Tournament.
2019 saw the Mean Green return to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Led by seniors Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas posted a 13-11 record. Kononova and Kututbidze earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Doubles Tournament and in the fall claimed the program's first ITA Texas Regional championship. During the spring he coached Alexandra Heczey and Ivana Babic to their fist all-conference honors.
In 2018, a season that featured no seniors, Lama guided a team back to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament and coached Maria Kononova to the NCAA Tournament where she became the first player in program history to make the individual tournament. She and fellow classmate Tamuna Kutubidze won the ITA Regional Doubles Championship in the fall, which also marked a program-first. 2018 marked a huge step for his then junior class of Kononova, Kutubidze and Minying Liang that proved they are one of the most talented classes in program history.
In 2017, Lama brought together one of the youngest teams in program history and developed them into a C-USA power that reached the conference semifinals. North Texas ended the year winning five of its last six matches, which included victories over SMU, Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion. Sophomore Maria Kononova had the greatest single season in program history, setting nearly every single season program record for both singles and doubles. She was named first team all-conference for singles and doubles and ended the year ranked No. 78 in the country. Kononova was also named the female student-athlete of the year at the 2017 Scrappys.
In the 2016 season, Lama brought in and developed one of the top freshman classes to come through North Texas. By the year's end, each of four Mean Green newcomers were playing in one of the six singles positions. The team would finish with a 13-10 mark while once again making it to the C-USA’s semifinal round. Most notably among the Mean Green rookies, freshmen Maria Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze earned spots on the First Team All-C-USA singles squad while also taking first team doubles honors. Senior Anastasiya Shestakova made it on the second team roster, her third consecutive all-conference accolade.
In 2015, the Mean Green earned four all-conference honors after reaching the Conference USA semifinal round with a 9-14 record. Kseniya Bardabush earned first-team all-conference honors for the fourth time in her career, while Shestakova took a spot on the second team. Bardabush was joined by Franziska Sprinkmeyer in taking a place on the doubles second team.
In 2014, the Mean Green advanced to the semifinal round in its first-ever C-USA Tournament, where they assembled an 11-11 record for the season. Lama coached Bardabush, Shestakova and Sprinkmeyer to all-conference honors.
The Mean Green capped off one of the best seasons in school history in 2013 with a second straight Sun Belt Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Lama earned his second consecutive Sun Belt Coach of the Year award, and he was also named the 2013 Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), an award given by the leading tennis-teaching professional organization in the world.
In 2012, the Mean Green won its second conference championship, defeating Florida International, 4-2, before falling to Nebraska in the NCAA tournament. Lama earned his second coach of the year award, becoming the first North Texas coach to win such an honor multiple times. The 2012 squad produced the program's highest ranking to date - a No. 40 mark from the ITA - before finishing the season at No. 55.
The 2010 season was a breakout year for Lama and the Mean Green. The team captured the program's first Sun Belt Conference championship with a win over No. 49 FIU, while receiving its first-ever national ranking of No. 66. The conference championship earned the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament appearance, the first ever in school history, and Lama picked up his first career coach of the year honor. North Texas finished its historic season with a 17-7 record.
In 2009, Lama was named the USPTA Collegiate Coach of the Year for the state of Texas after leading North Texas to a 17-6 record on the year. He was also named a finalist for the prestigious Giant Steps Award, a national recognition presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports that recognizes coaches and other individuals who use the power and appeal of sport to positively effect social change and help others succeed.
Lama led North Texas to a 13-9 record in the spring of 2008, which was the best record (by winning percentage) since 1986-87. The preceding semester, he led the program to its best fall season in history. The Mean Green turned the heads of the nation's premier programs, notching individual wins over Ohio State, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and many others.
It didn't take long for Lama to leave his mark on the North Texas program. In just four seasons, Lama took the Mean Green from last in the Sun Belt to first.
Working mainly with a group of walk-ons during the 2006-07 school year, Lama went 2-19 in his first season with the Mean Green. The team improved to double-digits wins the next season and then advanced to the conference semifinals in 2008-09.
Rebuilding a fallen program is nothing new to Lama.
Prior to becoming North Texas's 10th coach in program history, Lama spent eight years as the women's tennis coach at the University of Illinois.
Tennis Tips by Sujay Lama:
Coach Chase Hardin
Chase is currently a Jr. High Tennis Coach and Math Teacher for O.P. Norman Jr. High. He has held this position now for 2 years.View Chase's Bio ⟩
Previously, he was the Head Tennis Coach at Liberty Christian School where he grew a program of about 16 players to over 50 players, eventually leaving the program to head to his alma mater Kaufman High School to become the Girls Head Tennis Coach and Math Teacher. During his 3 years at Kaufman High School he helped lead the team to a 2nd Place finish in the 4A Texas Team Tennis State Championship. He was then recruited to a bigger 6A program out in Haslet, Texas at a school called V.R. Eaton High School. During his 2 years there he helped the team go from 6th place to a competitive 4th place in Team Tennis and then all the way up to a Boys 3rd place and a Girls 4th place finish during the Spring Tennis season.
I have been actively involved in coaching tennis since 2009. Started coaching with Nike Tennis Camps at the University of North Texas in 2008 and have worked my way up to being the Associate/Operations Director since 2015.
Nike Tennis Camps hold a special place in my heart because they are held at my alma mater, University of North Texas. Watching and helping this camp grow each year has been a goal of mine. Going around the state checking out some of the well renowned camps such as Texas A&M, UT, Baylor, etc. I made it a goal of mine to compete with these well-known camps, and try our best to be BETTER!!! I change something about the camp each year based on feedback I receive from campers and staff. I do my best to maintain the vision of this camp not being MY camp, but being a camp where players can come and KNOW they are going to be better in some area of their game by the time they leave.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 23-25
We offer an adult day camp that runs Friday-Sunday (see more details for specific times) for players ages 18+ or all levels. Camp includes drills, matches, and tennis instruction as well as evening socials.
Camp is geared towards adult players of all levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. Camp includes drills, matches, personal evaluation, and a welcome dinner on Friday evening.
- Check-in: 1:00pm-2:00pm on Friday at Waranch Tennis Complex
- Check-out: 12:00pm on Sunday
- Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Evening session includes an exhibition + mixer)
- Saturday: 8:30am-11:30am & 1:00pm-5:00pm & 7:30pm-9:30pm (This evening session is optional and includes a mixer)
- Sunday: 8:30am-12:00pm
- Friday (6 hours of tennis)
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Registration (Waranch Tennis Center)
- 2:00 - 5:00 pm Introductions, On Court and Classroom Doubles Sessions
- 6:30 - 9:30 pm Doubles Exhibition Mixer/Round Robin
- Saturday (9.5 hours of tennis)
- 8:00 – 10:00 am Stroke Production (FH, BH, Serves & Returns)
- 10:00 – 11:30 am Singles Strategy
- 11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
- 1:00 – 3:00 pm Stroke Production (Volleys, Overheads, Serves & Returns)
- 3:00 – 3:30 pm Situational Match Play - Focus "1st four shots"
- 3:30 – 5:00 pm Specialty Shots Production (Slice, Lob, etc.)
- 5:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner (on your own) or Group Dinner (reservation made by camp staff, location TBD)
- 7:30 – 9:30 pm Mixer Match Play
- Sunday (4 hours of tennis)
- 8:00 – 12:00pm Tennis Instruction
- 12:00pm – Check-out
Everything is subject to change due to weather and/or coaches’ observations
Total overall hours of tennis: 19.5 hours of tennis
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, FACILITY
- Ratio: Low 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 play at the Warranch Tennis Complex: 12-lit outdoor courts
- 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
Please note: This is a Day Camp only. The camp tuition DOES NOT include housing. Campers are required to provide their own overnight accommodations.
We do have a special group rate set up at the Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites. Please use this link to access the room block and the rate of $139/night (plus taxes and fees): https://www.bestwestern.com.
Best Western Premier Crown Chase
2450 Brinker Rd
Denton, TX. 76208
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 FAQFor general questions about our tennis camps please see our FAQ page
JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP
We're excited to also bring you a Nike Tennis Camp at North Texas for ages 8-18! Click the link for details.
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Camp Code: TNADNT
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Really improved skill level
June 29, 2021: Great camp! Really like that the coaches plan was to help you win games - not just run drills! Really improved my skill level.
— Lynn S., Camper
Camp was amazing!
June 29, 2021: This camp was amazing! The staff were all very energetic and passionate about teaching tennis. The camp was intense, but in a good way. The lessons were broken down well and I can say that I've made considerable improvement in my tennis game.
— Christopher W., Camper
Great camp for tennis obsessed adults!
June 29, 2021: Excellent camp experience from Coach Sujay and his team! The camp weekend was an action packed summer adventure for adults who are tennis obsessed. There was an ideal split of time between match play, drills and games and the consistent coaching and video review was extremely helpful to identify strengths and opportunity areas. The entire staff was engaging, welcoming and a super fun group to spend a summer weekend with!
— Kate F., Camper
Great team at UNT!
June 29, 2021: Great team at UNT! Positive learnings. Never a dull moment. Always moving. Excellent feedback from the coaches and hands on process. I do feel we needed to have smaller groups while executing the drills.
— Alma G., Camper
June 29, 2021: The Staff/Coaches were outstanding. They planned highly effective drills and were always available for help and to take questions.
— Kimberly T., Camper
High degree of professionalism
July 01, 2017: I strongly believe that the camp was well run and it started at the top; everyone had a very positive attitude and a high degree professionalism.
— James G. Camper
Job well done
July 01, 2017: It was a great experience. Already talking to others about doing the camp with me next year. Special thanks to all of the coaches for a job well done.
— Grace R. Camper
I will come back again
August 14, 2017: I think everyone is well prepared and understands the sport very well. It even rained one day and you had a plan in place to please everyone. This was my second time attending and I brought 4 with me. We all enjoyed it from level 2.5 to 5.0 all of them learned something. I would like to maybe see a 1 or 1 1/2 day sessions in the fall or one in the spring. Not quit as expensive but just as a refresher. I will come back again and bring even more with me. Thanks for all you guys did for me and my friends.
— Amy A. Camper
I absolutely loved the camp
August 14, 2016: I absolutely loved the camp. At first I was expecting a bunch a collage students who did not want to be there coaching us; but it was not like that at all. All the instructors were well knowledgeable and friendly. There was not an instructor I did not like. Well organized and planned. I would strongly recommend this camp for any adults.
— Amy A. Camper
I loved the camp
August 14, 2016: More focus on slice, drop shot and serves would be nice. But I loved the camp. Very fun.
— Linda A. Camper
great coaching staff and facilities
August 08, 2016: I really enjoy attending this tennis camp. The facilities are great and the coaching staff is wonderful. The assistants were wonderful, enthusiastic, and I liked them very much. However, I feel like they were lacking somewhat in the coaching skills necessary to significantly improve my game. Overall, I was pleased with the camp and hope to attend again in future years.
— Tera L. Camper
Thanks for a great week!
July 26, 2016: I enjoyed the camp. I thought the stretching exercises were very helpful. Thanks for a great week!
— DeAnn W. Camper
Instruction material was well organized
7/9/2015 - Instruction material was well organized and delivered with clarity. Loved how the instructors handled questions.
— Gloria A. Camper
8/16/2014 - The instructors were wonderful and enthusiastic and made the camp experience very enjoyable.
— Robyn K. Camper
A Job Well Done
8/16/2014 - Thanks again to you and your team for an excellent Tennis Camp.This was my first tennis camp (and really my first tennis lesson in 20 years!) and I enjoyed it as well as learned a lot. I appreciated the organization for the three days and the consideration provided to all the participants of varying skill levels, including me as a beginner. I’m inspired to continue on and will try to remember all that I learned at camp.
— Ken W. Camper
8/15/2014 - Coach Lama was by far the most effective leader I've ever experienced at any tennis camp. The attention to detail was bar none the BEST! I sent a bulk email to over 50 tennis colleagues recommending this camp far above Newks, A & M, and any of the programs in Florida. I wish there was another opportunity for an adult camp in September at UNT! I know I could get the spaces filled!
— Rebecca C. Camper
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