MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Murfreesboro, TN
5 Stars – Based on 5 User Reviews
Day Camp with Half Day option
Join the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Middle Tennessee State for an incredible week of tennis! Now in our 11th year in Murfreesboro, the camp in Murfreesboro, TN is directed by MTSU Head Men’s Coach Jimmy Borendame. This summer we will features 4 weeks of full day camps, with a half day option.
Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work, and game/match play, all in a fun and competitive environment. We break the campers into small instructional groups of similar age and ability, so each child is working in a group that is commensurate with their experience level. We tailor each program to the level of the players. Beginners get a heavy dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players focus on strategy, point building, percentage tennis, etc.
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis, or tournaments.
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- Safety prioritized on and off court
- Special “Coach Jimmy” theme days
- Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
- Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers
- Session I: June 12-16, 2023
- Session II: June 19-23, 2023
- Session III: June 26-30, 2023
- Session IV: July 3-7, 2023
- Full Day: $445 per week
- Half Day: $305 per week
- Full Day: 9am – 4pm daily
- Half Day: 9am – Noon daily
- Overnight and Full Day Option: ages 7-18 of all skill levels
- Half Day option: ages 5-18 of all skill levels
*Note: 5 & 6 year olds are only eligible for half day camp
*All camps are open to any and all skill levels.
Camp Type: Traditional Camp
Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of modern tennis strokes. We tailor the instruction to the skill level and experience of each level of player. Some of the areas of focus for each level include:
- Beginners: The beginning-level player will be introduced to the basics of the game. Emphasis will be placed on stroke production and the technical aspects of the swing to teach these young players sound fundamentals from the ground up.
- Intermediate: Intermediate-level players will also focus on stroke production (to ensure proper technique) and be introduced to gameplay situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
- High School / Tournament: High school (both varsity and JV) and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although swing fundamentals are featured, emphasis will also feature point building, court positioning, patterns of play, and live ball drill work.
Note: A skills evaluation is done on the first day of camp, and we will assign students to small instructional groups with kids of similar age, ability, and experience levels. Players will continue to be evaluated throughout the week, and coaches will move kids into situations to push them and help ensure they are in a comfortable learning environment.
- Full Day campers Lunch Included
- Half day campers: No meals included
Unfortunately, we do not have indoor courts on campus, and in the event of inclement weather, we will have to adjust accordingly. We do have two singles tennis courts (on an indoor track) and short court tennis nets. We will supplement the tennis with fitness and footwork drills, video tennis analysis, mental coaching. We also have access to the Recreation center and will fill out the day with recreational activities. Please be assured we will do everything to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and make every effort to communicate with the families on those days of poor weather.
Q: Are there Skill Requirements for this camp?
Per NCAA rules, our sports camps are open to all entrants. Enrollment is limited only by age, grade level, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.
Q: What type of campers attend this camp?
Our camps are open to all levels of tennis players. We have players from absolute beginner to high school / Tournament level.
We design our camps to teach the technical basics and love of the game to the beginning player, to introduce strategical decision making, and more advanced technique to the intermediate player, while building on their current stroke production, and to put the advanced players into pressured, strategical and competitive situations.
Q. What is the ratio of campers to staff?
Groups will be divided into small instructional groups of approximately 5-6: 1 camper to coach. Some camps/sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on the curriculum.
Q. If the camp is full, do you have a waiting list?
To be added to the waitlist, please register here (there is no fee to join the waitlist).
Q. Should I purchase camp/cancellation insurance?
We recommend all families purchase camp/cancellation insurance if they are concerned about the investment they are making in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change from the time of registration leading up to the camp. Camp insurance allows peace of mind and has many benefits in any of these events. Please review our policies page for more information about camp/cancellation insurance. Click Here
Airport transportation may be available upon request for those flying into camp.
Pertinent Camp Information for Check-in
Forms / Balance Due
Camp Waiver (required):
Your Liability Waiver was signed during the registration process and is complete as long as your registered online.
Medical Form (required):
Each camper must have a completed and signed medical form brought to check-in on the first day of camp. – Download Form here
A physical exam is not required for campers. If the camper needs medical or disability accommodations, including significant food allergies that require special meals, please email the office.
To check if you have a remaining balance, you can access your account here.
Check-In / Check-Out Information
Check-in / Drop off:
- Check-in / Drop off Time: 8:45-9am daily
- Check-in / Drop off Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis Center
- Check-in / Drop off Address: 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Check-out / Pick up:
- Check-out / Pick up Time: 4:00pm daily for Full Day Campers / 12:00pm daily for half day campers
- Check-out / Pick up Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis Center
- Check-out / Pick up Address : 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37130
- Lunch provided for full day campers
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
Campers should bring extra clothes & swimsuit just in case as well a water bottle & snacks.
Themes for each day:
- Monday- rock your Blue Raider Gear!
- Tuesday- Water Gun Fight Day! Bring your water gun from home!!!
- Wednesday- Wimbledon Whites, wear all white in honor of Wimbledon
- Thursday- Wear your favorite team jersey! Go Cubs go!!!!
- Friday- Talent Show and Bake off- show off your talent and bring a baked good to share
All campers should bring swimsuits in case we head to the pool to cool off. Camp Themes are for all campers!
- Wear your favorite team Gear (Should be Blue Raider Gear!)😀
- Water Gun Fight (bring own from home)
- Funky Hat Day and water balloon toss
- Halloween Day- wear a costume! Water Balloon fight, bring an extra shirt
- The Famous Talent show and Bake off (bring a baked good to share)
MEET YOUR COACHES
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Middle Tennessee’s men’s tennis program is rich in history, and it’s current head coach Jimmy Borendame has now spent 11 years at the helm, making the Blue Raiders a perennial favorite for league titles and competing against the nation’s top talent along the way.
Borendame, a Wheaton, Illinois product, helped his team to Sun Belt Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 and most recently followed up with a pair of Conference USA titles in 2019 and 2021. He’s a five-time Coach of the Year as Middle Tennessee’s leader.
The current Blue Raider head man came to Murfreesboro by way of Drake after serving a one-year stint as the head men’s tennis coach of the Bulldogs in Des Moines, Iowa. He led Drake to a 15-9 record, which included seven wins in an eight-match stretch from late February to mid-March.
Prior to his time in Des Moines, Borendame spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, including an associate head coaching role for the 2009 season. The Hokies posted a 70-56 (.556) mark, including three NCAA tournament appearances, during his stay in Blacksburg.
When his playing days at Butler were complete, Borendame spent one year each at West Virginia (2003) and William & Mary (2004) as an assistant coach.
He is married to the former Genevieve McNeill, who was a standout swimmer at the University of Arkansas. They have two children: one daughter, Lynden, and one son, Rocco.
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Adams Tennis Complex
The 70,000-square-foot complex sports eight indoor tennis courts, two electronic scoreboards, pro shop, and lounge area with a mezzanine for spectator viewing. The Adams Indoor Tennis Complex, a joint partnership between the City, MTSU and the Christy-Houston Foundation, becomes the official home of the Blue Raider tennis program.
The tennis project was part of the university’s $80 million Centennial Campaign announced in April 2012.
“We are stepping up our game in all of our 17 sports as we make our presence known in Conference USA,” Middle Tennessee President Sidney A. McPhee said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “This facility will make the Murfreesboro area a tennis destination. It will allow us to bid to be host of major competitions, including the C-USA championships, which in turn will create economic opportunities for the city and county.”
McPhee pointed to a previous successful collaboration with the city through the Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium, which plays a critical role in the city being able to host the Spring Fling high school sports championships each year.
The tennis project, which was funded by a combination of university, city and private funds, received an additional boost from the nonprofit Christy-Houston Foundation, whose president Bob Mifflin presented a $500,000 check to the City of Murfreesboro toward the effort.
The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department operate the facility, allowing Blue Raider tennis practices and matches to take place from November until March while also providing opportunities for the city to host other tournaments throughout the year.
The new facility also will give the Murfreesboro community more opportunities to watch the Blue Raiders in action without traveling to Nashville.
The ATC has been home to the 2016 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship, 2016 ITA Women’s Ohio Valley Regional, 2017 C-USA Men’s Tennis Championship, 2017 ITA Summer Circuit, 2017 ITA Women’s Ohio Valley Regional and the 2019 C-USA Men’s Tennis Championship.
In July 2020, the Blue Raiders installed the PlaySight Smart Court system on six courts indoors. This system can help analyze all aspects of game play, including but not limited to, serve speed, ball rotation, etc. PlaySight also stores all of the teams’ workouts and home matches in the cloud, so that players and coaches are able to go back and review the play either through the on-court consoles or online at home.
Admission is free to any event hosted by the Blue Raiders at the Adams Tennis Complex.
The following schedules are sample schedules of our camps. These are provided to give a rough idea of how each camp is programmed throughout the day.
9:00am Warmup, jogging, stretching
9:30am Divide into groups based on age/ability for drills/instruction/games
10:30am Footwork drills/games
10:45am Rotate groups and begin instruction
Noon Pick up half day campers
12:15pm Lunch at Tennis Center or in campus dining center
1:00pm Games and group activity (Bring swimsuit in case we go to rec center)
2:00pm Point play and matches
3:00pm Group game