Nike Tennis Camp at University of North Texas
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Our Nike junior tennis camp in Texas at the University of North Texas in Denton offers overnight and day camp options for boys and girls of all skill levels. We also offer special High School tennis camps, geared towards older kids, ages 13-18.
This Southwest tennis camp delivers world-class tennis training as well as supervised match play and gives each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills and enjoy the game.
- Instruction from UNT Tennis Coach, Sujay Lama and his expert staff
- All Skills and High School training programs
- All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps T-shirt
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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.
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
- Week 1: June 11-15 (All Skills)
- Week 2: June 18-22 (All Skills)
- Week 3: July 9-13 (High School Only)
- Week 4: July 16-20 (High School Only)
We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-5:00pm) camp options for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and High School training programs during designated weeks. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction 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.
- High School Session: The high school program is provided 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.
- Overnight Camper Check-in: Overnight campers will check in at 1:00pm at Victory Hall
- Day Camper Check-in: All Day campers will check in at Waranch Tennis Complex between 2:00pm-3:00pm on Sunday. (Day campers will depart that evening at 5:00pm)
- Check-out: Staff will have all campers checked out of dorms on Thursday morning. All parents are invited to join us for our closing ceremony at Waranch beginning at 3:30. Immediately following the ceremony, you will be able to pick up your child's stuff at the dorm.
- Day Camp Program: Sunday 2:30pm-5:00pm, Monday-Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Supervision: Staff members provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 8:1 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: Waranch Tennis Complex: 12 outdoor courts. Campers will also have access to the Pohl Recreational Center for 2 hours of swim time in the leisure pool on Mondays.
- Inclement Weather Plan: We have always planned our camp with "mother nature" in mind. If it were to rain we will always have some sort of activity usually dealing with the mental part of the game. For example, we will have stations where we talk about "College Tennis", "RTP", "Agility", and "Mental Toughness" and these are only a few examples of things we have planned.
- Medical Protocol: We 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
- Overnight Campers: All meals are included
- Day Campers: Lunch Monday-Thursday is included
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camp Information Packets and emailed to all campers closer to the camp's start date.
- Dorm: Victory Hall
- Dorm Hall Address: Victory Hall, 1379 Bonnie Brae St., Denton, TX 76205
- Number of Campers per Room: Dorm Rooms will be Doubles or Singles based on availability. We will match all roommate requests, but they could be in a single room sharing a bathroom. Double rooms are limited!!
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Bed linens are NOT provided. We suggest bringing a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, and/or a sleeping bag and a light blanket.
- Air Conditioning: The dorms do have A/C. Campers are still encouraged to bring a fan
- Dining: Weeks 1 & 4 we will be eating at Champs Cafeteria and Weeks 2 & 3 we will be eating at Bruce Cafeteria (we will be bused over by a licensed Denton ISD bus driver)
- Overnight Camper: If the camper is driving themselves to camp, they must check with a staff member at check-in to receive a parking pass. They will NOT be allowed to drive anywhere while attending camp.
- Day Camper: Please park in the lot next to Waranch Tennis Complex. No parking pass will be needed!
- Evening Activities: For overnight campers, we have a night session that includes: personal one on one private lessons for 30 minutes each, a game court, and a free hit. Other evening activities may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts, a karaoke contest, and a camp dance.
- Weekend Stayovers: Not available at this location
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airports, train stations, or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Dallas Fort Worth Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp. (For a list of shuttles, please visit www.dfwairport.com/transport/)... TENNIS CAMP
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)
Swimsuit and towel (all campers will need a swimsuit, there will be swimming on Monday of each camp week)
Spending Money is encouraged (campers will get to go to the UNT Spirit Store and will receive 20% off apparel)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts 1 paid/day)
Shower flip flops
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Personal items & medications
Washcloth and bath towel
Bed sheets (if linens are not provided)
Comforter/blanket (if linens are not provided)
Pillow/pillow case (if linens are not provided)
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TENNIS CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our tennis camps please see our FAQ page
Maximize your camp experience with SwingVision, an iPhone app that provides the following benefits when you record your play: watch a full match in 20 minutes with the dead-time automatically removed, view stats like shot placement, court positioning, shot speed, and consistency for each shot type, filter to particular shot or point types and easily create highlight videos of certain points or shots, access video analysis, and stats immediately after you finish recording, all on unlimited cloud storage.
*This camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender).
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15am Breakfast (Overnight Campers only)
- 8:35am Meeting at Courts (Stretching, Warm-Up)
- 8:45am Strategy Lecture
- 9:00am Drill Stations/Situational Play
- 11:30am Lunch
- 1:00pm Swimming
- 3:00pm Tennis Program, Situational/Match Play
- 5:00pm Day Campers Dismissed
- 5:30pm Dinner (Overnight Campers only)
- 6:30pm Evening Court Activities
- 8:30 Social Time in Dorm, Wind-down/Relax time
- 10:00pm Bed Time - lights out
June 25, 2023: He loved the ability to stay in the dorms, meet new people and work on his tennis game.
July 14, 2023: The match play and 1:1 private session
June 26, 2023: Getting individual instructions from the staff
July 16, 2023: Lots of good tennis drills and skills shared and played!
June 16, 2023: My son loved the games that helped him learn new skills.
July 16, 2022: Getting focused attention and feedback in improving skills.
July 22, 2022: Payton liked the private coaching and the feedback from coaches.
July 22, 2022: Lots of tennis, well attended, good group of kids, well organized
July 15, 2022: My daughter grew is so many ways with her tennis skill and level.
June 17, 2022: Getting invited at the end to see all the kids, coaches, and awards.
July 2, 2023: Great instruction, loved having additions such as sport psych and racquet tech
July 21, 2023: That this is truly a tennis skill focused camp. Taught by D1 coaches and players
July 22, 2022: Meeting new people outside of the usual competition in our local tennis community
June 16, 2023: Meeting new people, learning new skills, and having the best camp coaches. Especially Coach Lama
July 15, 2023: The encouragement and energy is all the coaches and the skills learned. The competition was great.
June 17, 2022: My child loved the experienced and gained skills to help him in his upcoming high school tennis season.
June 25, 2023: The Director, coaches and staff we all super engaged and really wanted to offer a great experience for everyone.
June 24, 2022: Enjoyed the opportunity to play tennis "all day"
July 14, 2023: Getting to play within a team and learning so many new skills throughout the week that I successfully implemented in matches.
June 16, 2023: He worked on strategy and his serve, both areas he needed to work on. Also, he had a ton of fun and looked forward to going everyday.
June 23, 2023: My daughter enjoyed every aspect of the camp. All the drills and meeting new friends and the overall experience of the camp and staff
July 14, 2023: Compared to other tennis camps, this Nike camp gave my daughter more one-on-one coaching and smaller group training. Fine-tuning skills is very important at her age level (14-18).
July 22, 2022: My son was able to sign up for a private lesson and it made a huge impact on my son. Not only was the coach very friendly and encouraging but also very knowledgeable and his teaching was effective.
July 15, 2022: I thought my overnight camper daughter would want to be picked up early in the week because she was there through a brutal heatwave, but she was SO excited about her improvements and overall experience there that she called on Wednesday begging me to sign her up for the following (and final) week of the Nike tennis camp this summer. The coaches did an absolutely incredible job keeping them safe in the temps and balancing indoor learning and outdoor sessions broken up by cooling periods and lots of hydration. She's done tennis camps and clinics all summer, trying out a variety of facilities/programs and this was the only one she begged for more of. She's a newer player who has worked hard this year to "catch up"
The Coaches Were Great and Very Knowledgeable!
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