MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Murfreesboro, TN


5 Stars – Based on 5 User Reviews

Overnight and Day Camp options

Join the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Middle Tennessee State for an incredible week of tennis! Now in our 11th year in Murfreesboro, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at MTSU is directed by MTSU Head Men’s Coach Jimmy Borendame. MTSU features 3 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 would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building and 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/or participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis or tournaments.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

 

  • 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

CAMP DETAILS

CAMP DATES – 2021

 

  • Session I : June 7-11, 2021
  • Session II: June 14-18, 2021
  • Session III: June 21-25, 2021 

FEES

 

  • Full Day: $395 per week
  • Half Day: $265 per week

AGES

 

  • 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.

MORE INFORMATION

Camp Types

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 fundamental stroke production (to ensure proper technique), but will also be input into gameplay situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
  • Advanced: The more advanced players will work with stroke production in a competitive environment, but will also be introduced to the basic strategies of the game.
  • High School / Tournament: Varsity high school and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although there will be attention spent on the stroke fundamentals, more emphasis will be placed on point progression, court positioning, patterns and sequences, percentage plays 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 level. 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.

Times

  • Full Day: 9am – 4pm daily
  • Half Day: 9am – Noon daily

Meals

  • Full Day campers Lunch Included
  • Half day campers: No meals included

Inclement Weather

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 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 in our power to ensure maximum outdoor tennis throughout the week and will make every effort to communicate with the families on those days of poor weather.

FAQ's

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?

We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. It is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the waitlist, please email the office.

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

Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The closest airport is the Nashville International Airport (30 miles from campus). To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.

More Info / UTR

None at this time.

PERTINENT INFORMATION

Check-In

  • All campers: 8:45 am – 9:00 am Daily ( Monday – Friday).
  • Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Check-Out

  • Full Day campers: 4pm daily
  • Half Day campers: Noon daily
  • Location: Buck Bouldin Tennis 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Camp Forms

All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE

Packing List

Overnight Campers: (NA 2021)

  • Clothing
    • Tennis Racket(s)
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • Tennis Clothes
    • Hat/Visors
    • Casual Clothes
    • Bath Towel
    • Shower Towel
    • Sun Screen
    • Bedding (check pert info email for bed size)
    • Toiletries
    • Fan(s)
    • Pillows
    • Water Gun
    • Snack Food
    • Spending Money (no $ is needed, but sometimes kids like to order pizza, t-shirts, vending etc.)

Day Campers:

  • Tennis Racket
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat / Visor
  • Water Gun
  • Water bottle
  • Snack (if desired)

Additional information

All campers should bring swimsuits in case we head to the pool to cool off. Camp Themes are for all campers!

  1. Wear your favorite team Gear (Should be Blue Raider Gear!)😀
  2. Water Gun Fight (bring own from home)
  3. Funky Hat Day and water balloon toss
  4. Halloween Day- wear a costume! Water Balloon fight, bring an extra shirt
  5. The Famous Talent show and Bake off (bring a baked good to share)

MEET YOUR COACHES

Camp Director:

JIMMY BORENDAME

HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

After ten successful campaigns, Jimmy Borendame continues to help Middle Tennessee men’s tennis ascend to the top. Borendame has amassed 156 wins – the second most in program history. He wasted no time making an impact on the MT program, rightfully earning back-to-back Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors after leading the Blue Raiders to two conference tournament titles and NCAA tournament berths in his first two seasons at the helm. Since taking over the team with 7-20 record in 2010 and ranked No. 165 in the ITA national rankings, the team has been ranked as high as No. 27 in the nation in 2020. 

The 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world. Even with uncertain times, Borendame and the Blue Raiders had a certainly successful season. Chris Edge became the first Men’s Tennis athlete since David McNamara in 1998 to earn PoTY honors and Borendame earned his fourth CoTY honors in back-to-back fashion. Coming off a 13-5 with wins over four power five programs (Michigan State, Arkansas, Indiana and Auburn).

In 2019, Jimmy Borendame returned to title town after the Blue Raiders earned their first Conference USA title since joining conference in 2014 by defeating FAU in a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

Borendame has spent one year each as an assistant coach at West Virginia (2002-03) and William & Mary (2003-04). While with the Tribe, he helped W&M to a No. 38 national ranking and victories over nationally-ranked VCU and Tennessee.

A native of Wheaton, Ill., Borendame played collegiality at Butler with a specialty in the doubles, where he was ranked as high as No. 33. He owns the school record with 98 doubles victories. He also received All-American Academic honors from the ITA in 2002, while serving as a team co-captain. He was a four-time All-Horizon League selection and won the 2002 Team Mental Attitude Award.
 
In 2016, Borendame added a certification from Etcheberry Experience for tennis specific strength and conditioning to his résumé. He is a USPTA certified instructor and was picked to coach the 2006 and 2007 Mid-Atlantic National Junior teams which participated in the national championships in Champaign, Ill. He also has worked as an assistant tennis professional at Woodstock Country Club in Indianapolis. 

Borendame received his bachelor’s degree with honors in finance from Butler in 2002 and a master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2003. His concentration was collegiate athletic administration/sport marketing. 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.

After nine successful campaigns, Jimmy Borendame continues to help Middle Tennessee men’s tennis ascend to the top. Borendame has amassed 153 wins – the second most in program history. He wasted no time making an impact on the MT program, rightfully earning back-to-back Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors after leading the Blue Raiders to two conference tournament titles and NCAA tournament berths in his first two seasons at the helm. Since taking over the team with 7-20 record in 2010 and ranked No. 165 in the ITA national rankings, the team has been ranked as high as No. 32 in the nation in 2013. 

In 2019, Jimmy Borendame earned his first Conference USA title since joining conference in 2014 by defeating FAU in a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

Borendame’s Blue Raiders have also gotten the job done in the classroom. Langley became the first Blue Raider in program history to be named a Capital One Academic All-American, earning third-team accolades in 2011. In addition, the team was named an ITA All-Academic Team eight times since 2011 and named 42 Blue Raiders as Scholar-Athletes. Since 2012, 58 Raiders made the C-USA Commisioner’s List (3.0-4.0 GPA) and 25 Raiders earned the C-USA Academic Medal (3.75-4.0 GPA). The men’s tennis team has won multiple Raiders Choice Awards for their contributions in the classroom and the community.

Borendame came to Murfreesboro after serving a one-year stint as the head men’s tennis coach at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa. He led the Bulldogs to a 15-9 record, which included seven wins in an eight-match stretch from late February to mid-March.

CAMP REVIEWS

My son has attended Wilson Tennis camp at MTSU for 4 years and loves it. They do a variety of drills , playing , and conditioning. It’s also fun too.

Parent of Anusham S.

Coach Jimmy is great with the kids and my son can’t wait for each day. He’s on his 2nd year going and has already said he’s excited for next year!

Parent of Evan L.

The boys learned some great tennis foundations, enjoyed the coaching staff and having the rec. center to go play and cool off in. They already asked to come back next year.

Parent of Jackson W and brother

It’s a great camp to learn new skills and meet new friends. The program is a lot of fun with other activities to do as well.

Camper – Aidan R

My son had an amazing time. Was always excited about going each morning and never grumbled about getting up early ( we live 1 hour away from MTSU). He seemed to learn a lot and is excited about telling us about his daily experiences….

Parent of Christian B

FACILITY

Buck Bouldin Tennis Center

Middle Tennessee’s Buck Bouldin Tennis Center consists of 14 courts, with six newly renovated varsity courts finished during the fall of 2001 and a scoreboard provided by the Mark Tulloch family.

The addition of the Tulloch Family scoreboard helps bring an upgraded feel to an already outstanding facility. Mark Tulloch and his family have been extremely generous to the MT tennis program and helping the Blue Raiders remain competitive with the facility upgrades.

The eight courts closest to Murphy Center were resurfaced with three inches of asphalt during the summer of 2012. These eight courts were converted to just six courts and are used as the varsity courts for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Middle Tennessee.

The new varsity courts are outfitted with divider fencing between each and are painted blue with gray outlines. New blue windscreens with the MT logo line the fences around the complex, and there is a walkway between the varsity courts and the remaining eight. Also, bleacher seating with canopies was built in the middle for fans at the varsity courts.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

DAILY SCHEDULE

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

4:00pm        Dismissal