NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – Evanston, IL
Designed for players ages 5-18, each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play daily . Campers are broken into small instructional groups with those of similar age., ability and experience 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 allowing for maximum learning in a level designed to challenge and reward.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- Safety prioritized on and off court
- Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
- Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers
Vandy Christie Tennis Center
2310 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, IL, 60208
- Check-in is in the brick hut by the outdoor tennis courts that is accessed from back brick lane I block west of Sheridan Road.
– Session I : 2020 TBA
– Session II: 2020 TBA
– Session III: 2020 TBA
– Session IV: 2020 TBA
- – Full Day: 2020 TBA
- – Half Day AM: 2020 TBA
- – Half Day PM: 2020 TBA
Our camp at Northwestern University is one of our traditional camps.
Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the 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 in an effort 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 in put into game play 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.
- Full Day Option:
- – Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Half Day AM Option:
- – Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 12:00pm
- Half Day PM Option:
- – Mon – Fri: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
- No meals provided. Full day campers should bring a packed lunch daily.
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 any and 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 campers to one coach. Some camps / sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on curriculum.
Q. If the camp is the full, do you have a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. In is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the wait list, 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
None at this time.
- Full Day campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:30am; Tuesday – Friday at 9:00am
- Half Day AM campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:30am; Tuesday – Friday at 9:00am
- Half Day PM campers: Check-in is Monday at 12:30pm; Tuesday – Friday at 4:00pm
- Full Day campers: Check-out is at 4:00pm daily.
- Half Day AM campers: Check-out is at 12:00pm daily.
- Half Day PM campers: Check-out is at 4:00pm daily.
– All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
Arvid Swan continues to take the Northwestern University men’s tennis program to new heights as he enters his 11th year at the helm for the Wildcats in 2017-18. He has compiled a 173-113 record in his first ten seasons in Evanston, including a 90-37 mark the last four years.
Swan has guided Northwestern to six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and seven overall. The first came in his second season, 2009, and the Wildcats have since qualified in every year since 2012.
The Wildcats continued their winning ways in 2017, winning their first nine matches en route to a No. 7 national ranking. Northwestern won 22 matches on the year, including five wins over top-50 opponents. The ‘Cats went into the NCAA tournament ranked 21st in the nation and advanced to the Round of 32.
Swan came to Northwestern after one year as the head men’s tennis coach at DePaul University. While at DePaul, Swan improved the team immensely. On the heels of an 8-14 season, Swan’s Blue Demons finished the 2006-07 season with an 18-7 record and reached a ranking as high as No. 58 in the nation.
ASSOCIATE HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
Chris Klingemann is in his 8th season on the Northwestern coaching staff and his fourth as associate head coach, a role he assumed in August 2014.
Klingemann’s time in Evanston has coincided with the resurgence of the program. The Wildcats have made the NCAA tournament in all six of his seasons on staff and have posted a 117-58 overall record.
Northwestern had its best season in program history in 2016, winning a school record 26 matches and hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament as the No. 14 overall seed. The Wildcats reached as high as No. 7 in the national rankings during the regular season. The team finished second in the Big Ten with a 10-1 mark and won 13 times over top-50 national opponents.
Klingemann was named the ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Klingemann, a native of Winnetka, Ill., spent two-and-a-half years playing on the ATP circuit where he ranked amongst the top-six ATP professionals in Canada and amongst the top 520 players in the world. Playing doubles, Klingemann won two Futures Tournament titles and advanced to the finals of a Challenger Tournament. He has a career high doubles ranking of No. 480. Klingemann was also a singles finalist in one Futures Tournament and posted wins over four players who were each ranked in the top-200.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Northwestern University is one of the strongest and most well respected in the country. Consisting of top collegiate coach-es and players, the staff is handpicked for their ability to teach and relate to young players in a friendly, thorough and responsible manner.
My daughter really seemed to enjoy the camp. The instructors were good and we liked the staff/camper ratio. My daughter’s tennis skills definitely seemed to improve and she had fun!Parent of Nicole K.
The coaches were dedicated. My daughter felt like her game improved.Parent of Irene G.
This is my son 3rd year in a row doing this camp. He enjoys it. Staff and coaches do a good job and also very accommodative to our needs. Bonus they have an indoor court in case of bad weather.Parent of Adi G.
My daughter loved it!Parent of Lauren Y.
There were a lot of kids which made it a fun atmosphere. The coaches were positive and happy throughout the week. Also, the fact that you had Gatorade available the entire time was very helpful and I felt better about my son being out in the sun for so long.Parent of Nicholas V.
Challenging and fun. My kids loved it!Parent of Camille T.
Enthusiasm to coach, making the game fun and my girl wants to come back for more inspite of the 45 minute commute 🙂Parent of Sanna T.
My daughter had a great week at camp!Parent of Eliza M.