Join us on our 15 beautiful courts on Evanston’s lakeside campus. We provide top-notch personalized instruction in a positive, inspirational environment. We work to develop your child’s game, give them confidence, and let them see measurable improvement in their skills. We strive for every player to have an amazing experience, to truly love the game and have FUN! All ages and levels are welcome and campers are separated accordingly. We try to accommodate all friend requests. Generally we have four main groups of campers:
Most weeks consist of a morning session from 9am-noon, and an afternoon session from 1-3pm. Participants may register for a half day or a full day session. Full day campers will eat a supervised lunch from 12-1pm and have time to relax or play more tennis. A typical camp day looks like this:
9am: warm up
9:15: fun agility and hand-eye coordination work
9:30: drills and games working on theme of the day
10:30: snack break for 8 and under
11:30: competitive games; point play and set play for older campers
noon: pick up for morning campers; lunch for full day campers
A shorter variation of the morning structure will occur in the afternoon, though drills and activities will be different. Also, please know that this is a broad outline of a camp day; little ones will be playing a lot more games, taking more water breaks, etc. than the older kids!
We will hold camp at the Combe Tennis Center on rainy days. If it is raining at drop-off time you may go directly to the indoor courts. If you are not sure, always best to stop by the outdoor courts to double check. We will have a sign posted and staff directing campers and parents if we are indoors. We try to stay outdoors as much as possible.
Water and Gatorade is provided at camp, and while we do have regularly scheduled drink breaks, campers are always encouraged to stop and take a break when needed.
A certified trainer is on site at all times at camp. If your child has any medical issues or allergies please let the trainer know.
Morning campers are welcome to stay for supervised lunch at no charge as long as we know beforehand. Parents may pick them up anytime between 12-1pm.
Kids should wear athletic clothing, non-marking athletic shoes and bring an age-appropriate tennis racquet. Please make sure you apply sunscreen to your child before camp. Feel free to pack extra in your child’s bag. It is also a good idea to pack a hat, if you child will wear it, and a change of clothes for younger children.
Children age 8 and younger should bring a small, nut-free snack for snack time each day.
2023 Summer Camp: Registration Will Open January 15 2023!
|Minicamp 2023: June 7-9|
|Session 2 2022: June 12-16|
|$210; HS only|
|Session 2 2023: June 19-23|
|$210 HS Only|
|Session 3 2023: June 26-30|
|$210 HS only|
|Session 4 2023: July 3-7 (no July 4)|
|$160 High School only|
|Session 5 2023: August 7-11|
|Session 6 2023: August 14-18|
All camps open to anyone; limited only by age and number of campers.
"Our boys have been taking lessons at NU Tennis for a number of years and with each year they have improved their game. The lessons are taught in a fun way and the coaches are attune to each kid."−
"I look forward to each of my tennis drills. Val and the other teachers make them fun, coaching some, occasionally pushing us, but varying the activities and ensuring they are pleasurable. It is the hour and a half with the most laughs."−
"Val is a brilliant coach, with infinite patience and a big smile for everyone. The adult tennis classes at NU are an undiscovered treasure right here in Evanston."−
"I enjoy the morning drills led by Val and Jarod because they afford me an opportunity to hit lots of balls, receive proper instruction, hone my skills and get lots of cardio in a friendly environment."−
"The programs offered by Northwestern Tennis Camps are fantastic! The coaches are engaged, excited, and eager to share their tennis expertise, and they are genuinely determined to see everyone succeed and improve their game. The classes are well-organized and the instruction of skills and strategies is differentiated to meet the needs of all levels through fun and fast-paced drills, games, and match play."−
"Coach Pollard and Coach Swan provide world class coaching and sparkling wit, while showing true joy at teaching mere mortal tennis players. Val is a brilliant coach, with infinite patience and a big smile for everyone. The adult tennis classes at NU are an undiscovered treasure right here in Evanston."−
"Northwestern Tennis class and camps have been exactly what we were looking for and we've achieved the results we'd hoped for. She wanted everyone to know that 'Rallys and playing Swamp Monster' are her favorite parts of class!"−
"My son loves taking tennis lessons at NU; his game has improved and so has his self-confidence. The instructors are enthusiastic and patient and make learning tennis fun. My son needs a little extra direction at times, and Jen and her patient staff have been very accommodating. They do an excellent job of adjusting activities and groupings based on the kids’ needs."−