The SMU camp is the perfect preparation for young players who are looking to get more involved with playing tennis. Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play, all in a fun and competitive environment. Campers are broken up into small instructional groups with a tailored program for the needs of each level of player.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Camp T-Shirt and prizes for all campers
- Camp demo program that includes all the latest Wilson rackets
- Safety prioritized on and off court
SMU Tennis Complex
5669 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75205
- Camps are open to any and all. Ages 7-18
– Session I: June 3-7th, 2019
– Session II: June 10-14th, 2019
– Session III: June 24-28th, 2019
– Session IV: July 8-12th, 2019
– Session V: July 22-26th, 2019
– Session VI: Aug 12-16th, 2019
- – Full Day: $595 per week
- – Half Day: $325 per week
Our traditional tennis camps (non match-play or college prep) are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the modern tennis strokes. 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.
- Full Day: 9am – 4pm daily
- Half Day: 9am – Noon daily
- Lunch will be included for full day campers
- Morning and Afternoon snacks included
- Check-in is between 8:45 am – 9:00 am each day
- – Check-out for full day campers is at 4:00 pm each day
- – Check-out for half day campers is at 12:00 pm each day
– All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
Airport transportation is not available.
The balance for each week of camp is due the first day of the month of the camp session. That is, all June camps have a balance due date of June 1st and all July camps have a balance due date of July 1st. Your camp balance can be paid online HERE or a check can be mailed to Premier Sports Camps, 4885 Shackelford Ct. Columbus, OH 43220.
– Pay Balance
– Fill out Camp Waiver
– Print out and complete Medical Form
– Review Pertinent Information Email
– Review FAQ’s on this page
– Review Packing List
– Tennis Shoes
– Sun Screen
– Hat / Visor
– Water bottle
– Snack (if desired)
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.
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
New Head Mens’ Tennis Coach is in his first year at SMU after a successful coaching career at UCLA.
Chen comes to the Hilltop from UCLA, where he served Bruin Head Coach Billy Martin for over 15 years in a multitude of roles, ranging from team manager to associate head coach.
For the past three seasons, Chen has served as Associate Head Coach, and, prior to that, he served as Assistant Coach for three years. During Chen’s six seasons on Martin’s coaching staff, the Bruins registered a 149-28 record (.842) and reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships five times. This past season, UCLA posted its third semifinal-round appearance of the stretch and totaled 30 wins for the first time in Martin’s tenure. The Bruins also collected four Pac-12 regular-season titles and three tournament trophies during Chen’s time on staff.
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Kati Gyulai is entering her eighth season at SMU after being named head coach on Feb. 8, 2012. Gyulai arrived on the Hilltop after three-plus seasons as head coach at her alma mater, Wyoming. She is currently 175-144 after 12 seasons as a head coach, including an 89-70 mark at SMU.
Last year, Gyulai guided SMU to its fourth consecutive winning season with a 17-9 overall record and a runner-up finish at the American Athletic Conference Championship. In addition to the Mustangs’ best finish as a member of the AAC, SMU also ended the season ranked 54th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the first year-end ranking since 2013.
Johnson is entering his second season (2018-19) as the assistant coach of the SMU men’s tennis team after spending seven years as the head coach of the Richmond men’s tennis team.
In his first year on the Hilltop, Johnson helped develop a group of seven newcomers under legendary head coach Carl Neufeld.
Johnson took over the Spiders in 2010 and saw 20 of his student-athletes earn All-Atlantic 10 accolades, including eleven first team honors, during his time at Richmond. In 2015 and 2017, Johnson won the A-10 Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year award.
He helped guide the Spiders to 100 wins in seven years, including a program record 25 in 2017, when Richmond earned the top seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Johnson saw the Spiders reach the Atlantic 10 semifinals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and led the Spiders to their first A-10 championship appearance in over 10 years in 2017.
In addition to his coaching duties, Johnson was also head of the Atlantic 10 men’s tennis coaches’ committee.
High Performance Coach:
Pulgar Garcia arrives on the Hilltop after a multi-year professional career. His Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world ranking reached as high as 296 in singles and 274 in doubles. He won 21 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit doubles titles and reached the final of 11 ITF Pro Circuit singles events, winning the Open de Oliveira de Azemeis in Portugal in Sept. 2014.
The Madrid, Spain, native has also been coaching professional players since 2015, including several players in the top 200 of the ATP’s world rankings who have competed in Grand Slams and some of the world’s top youth players. He first started coaching as a private tennis instructor in both Spain and Raleigh, N.C. from 2006-2012.
Before his professional career, Pulgar Garcia was a standout at NC State. The three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team selection competed in the NCAA singles championship in 2010 and 2012. A team captain for three years, he ranks third in Wolfpack history in single-season doubles victories, eighth in career doubles victories and single-season singles victories, and ninth in career singles victories.
High Performance Coach:
Aldrin Campos enters his sixth season at SMU (2018-19) after being named a volunteer assistant coach by head coach Kati Gyulai.
Compos comes to SMU after serving as a club pro at the T-Bar Men’s Tennis Club in Dallas. He last coached at the University of Wyoming as a women’s tennis volunteer assistant from 2010-12.
Prior to Wyoming, he was a tennis coach at the Bill Clark Tennis Academy in Cooper City, Florida. He trained and coached state and nationally ranked junior players, along with directing pre-tournament groups and setting up individual training sessions. The previous two years, he was tennis pro for Cliff Drysdale Tennis at the Doral Country Club (2009) in Miami, Fla. and the City Club at River Ranch (2007-08) in Lafayette, Louisiana. While in Lafayette, Campos also coached at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as the women’s tennis volunteer assistant coach.
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.
TRADITIONAL WEEKS – DAILY SCHEDULE:
8:45 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 9:30 am
Camp Meeting, Stretching & Running
9:30 – 11:15 am
On Court Drill Session
11:15 – 11:45 am
Prepare for Lunch
Lunch in Dining Halls
1:30 – 3:15 pm
Off Court Activities, Competition & Live Ball
3:45 – 4:00 pm
Camp Check Out