TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (TCU) – Fort Worth, TX
5 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Day Camp with Half Day option
One of Wilson’s most popular tennis camps across the nation, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Texas Christian University offers 4 weeks of incredible fun and learning. The camp at TCU is co-directed by the world class TCU tennis coaches, David Roditi & Lee Taylor Walker and Christopher Williams. Nestled on the beautiful TCU campus, this camp offers something for everyone with full and half day camper options.
Each summer the camp is held at the Bayard Friedman Tennis Center, home of the TCU Varsity tennis teams. Throughout the week 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. Action packed with not only tennis fun, but a swimming break daily for full day campers, the tennis camp at TCU is the highlight of the summer for kids ages 7-18.
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
- Session: Short Week: June 1-4, 2021 (Walker/Williams)
- Session I: June 7-11, 2021 (D. Roditi) – SOLD OUT
- Session II: June 14-18, 2021 (D. Roditi) – SOLD OUT
- Session III: June 21-25, 2021 (Walker/Williams) – SOLD OUT
- Session IV: June 28-July 2, 2021 (Walker/Williams)
- Session: Short Week II: July 6-9, 2021 (Roditi/Walker)
- Session V: July 12-16, 2021 (Walker/Williams)
- Session VI: August 2-6, 2021 (Walker/Williams)
- Session VII: August 9-13, 2021 (Walker/Williams)
* For sold out sessions – please email the office to be added to the wait list –EMAIL HERE
Sessions I, II, III, IV
- Full Day – $495 per week
- Half Day – $355 per week
Session: Short Week
- Full Day – $425 per week
- Half Day – $295 per week
- Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels
- Camps are open to any and all.
Our camp at Texas Christian 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 Campers: 9am – 4:30pm daily
- Half Day Campers: 9am – Noon Daily
No meals provided. Full Day campers should pack their lunch each day.
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
More Info / UTR
None at this time.
- Full Day campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:30am; Tuesday – Friday at 9:00am
- Half Day campers: Check-in is Monday at 8:30am; Tuesday – Friday at 9:00am
- Full Day campers: Check-out is at 4:30pm daily.
- Half Day campers: Check-out is at 12:00pm daily.
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket(s)
- Tennis Shoes
- Water Bottle
- Tennis Clothes
- Casual Clothes
- Bath Towel
- Shower Towel
- Sun Screen
- Bedding (check pert info email for bed size)
- Snack Food
- Spending Money (no $ is needed, but sometimes kids like to order pizza, t-shirts, vending etc.)
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
Camp Director: (SESSSION I, II)
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
Texas Christian University
David Roditi, one of the great players in the history of the TCU men’s tennis program, was hired as the Horned Frogs’ head coach on Sept. 7, 2010. A three-time All-American who lettered from 1993 through 1996, he still holds the school record for combined career victories.
In his six years at the helm of the TCU men’s tennis program, Roditi has returned the Horned Frogs to the top of the tennis world. A top-50 program when he was hired, Roditi has led the team to back-to-back top 5 finishes as they were ranked No. 4 at the end of 2015 and tied the program-high of No. 3 to conclude the 2016 season.
Starting the 2015-16 at No. 3 in the first Oracle/ITA poll, Roditi led the team to unprecedented heights, which included the program’s first Big 12 Regular Season title as well as being named champions of the Big 12 Tournament. After hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time in program history, TCU earned a bid to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the second straight season where the team advanced to the semifinals.
Camp Director: (SHORT WEEK, SESSION III, IV)
Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach
Texas Christian University
TCU women’s tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker welcomed Christopher Williams back to his staff as an assistant coach in September of 2018.
Williams joins the Horned Frog staff after coaching tennis professionals on the ATP and WTA tour from 2012- 2018.
Since beginning on tour in 2012, Christopher has been the head of coaching teams in all 4 Grand Slams and achieved multiple ATP Challenger Tour titles, ITF Men’s 25k titles, and ITF Women’s 50k titles. At the core of this success has been the appreciation and passion for the mental game. In 2014, Christopher served as the Director of Mental Training for Bishops Gate Tennis Academy in Orlando, FL while continuing to travel with WTA player Olivia Rogowska.
Williams has worked as a coach for over a dozen professional tennis players to multiple titles including:
- Tennys Sandgren – Career High ATP No. 41 – Australian Open quarterfinalist – 2018 & 2020
Olivia Rogowska – Career High WTA No. 102 – Australian Open 2R – 2018 – ITF 50k and 25k tournament champion
Jared Hiltzik – singles title
Dominik Koepfer – three singles titles
Rajeev Ram – Masters title, ATP 250 title
Raven Klaasen – Masters title, ATP 250 title
Tim Smyczek – ATP No. 68
Denis Kudla – ATP No. 53
John-Patrick Smith – ATP No. 108
Rhyne Williams – ATP No. 114 – 5 Grand Slam main draw appearances – First Challenger Tour title
Williams’ coaching career started as a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater, Tennessee. During his two seasons with the team from Aug. 2010 to May 2012, Williams helped coach four players to All-America honors and saw two different singles players and one doubles tandem achieve the No. 1 Wilson/ITA ranking. The team was SEC Regular Season Champions, while also finishing runner-up at the ITA National Indoor Team Championship.
He spent his first two years of college at Wofford, before transferring to Tennessee for his final two seasons. While in Knoxville, Williams helped his team to a 2010 SEC regular season and tournament championship and an NCAA runner-up finish. In 2009, the team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and finish ranked No. 8 nationally.
Williams received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Tennessee, graduating in July 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and in May of 2012 with a master’s degree in Kinesiology.
Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach
Texas Christian University
Derek Siddiqui (suh-dick-EE), a two-time All-Mountain West Conference men’s tennis singles selection for San Diego State University and former assistant coach at Gonzaga University, was named the volunteer assistant coach in August 2018.
At Gonzaga, Siddiqui spent four years on the coaching staff and was part of the rebuilding efforts that saw the Zags post the program’s first winning season in 2018 with 10 wins and two players earn All-WVV Singles honors along with an All-WCC Doubles team. During his four years with the team, Gonzaga posted 32 wins and four players earned All-WCC singles and doubles honors. In the classroom, seven players earned WCC All-Academic Honors, eight were named ITA Scholar Athletes and the 2016 squad earned the ITA All-Academic Team Honor.
The coaching staff of the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp at Texas Christian 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.
Lee Taylor Walker
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Texas Christian University
No. 14 Team Ranking while at TCU
USTA Collegiate National Team Coach 2013-2016
4 NCAA Championship appearances (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
4 NCAA Championship participants (2013, 2015, 2017)
23 ITA Nationally Ranked Players
15 ATP/WTA professionally ranked players
10 All-Big 12 players
2013 ITA Regional Coach of the Year
2004 ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award
5 Star – This was my son’s second year and the coaches (the head coach and several others) all remembered my son from the previous camp. I was shocked and touched by that. My son also had a great time and improved his tennis skills!
Parent of Benjamin F.
Parent of Sophia S.
Parent of Delainey T.
Parent of Emmons R.
Parent of Landon R.
Parent of Gracee F.
Parent of Ashley S.
Parent of Cowen L.
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center & Bartzen Varsity Courts History
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center and Bernard J. “Tut” Varsity Courts is widely considered as one of the finest tennis facilities in all of collegiate athletics. Completed in 1976 at the cost of over $2-million, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center and Bartzen Varsity Courts plays home to the TCU men’s and women’s tennis programs and is located on the southwest corner of campus.
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center houses both indoor and outdoor facilities and features 27 total courts – six varsity tennis courts and five indoor courts, which are reserved solely for the men’s and women’s tennis programs – as well as 16 courts that are for public use. The outdoor section of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center includes a pavilion with a seating capacity of 1,500 to go along with fully stocked pro shop and complete locker facilities. The outdoor courts are recessed by as much as 16 feet, which provides wind control and deleting many viewing obstructions.
JULY AND AUGUST CAMP SESSIONS:
- 9am-12pm – Outdoor Tennis
- 12-1:30pm – Lunch and Games
- 1:30-4:30pm – Indoor Tennis
- 3-4pm Pool Option T/TH/F
- 9am-12pm- Outdoor Tennis