Why Every Junior Should Attend Tennis Camp

My son just spent the past 5 days in Athens, Georgia, at UGA’s tennis camp as he has done each of the last 7 years.  It is typically the highlight of his summer.  The boys stay in the dorms, order late-night takeout, and spend literally all day on the tennis courts hitting with each other and the UGA team members and coaches.  What a life, right?

Some will argue that tennis camp is a waste of time for high-level players, that their time would be better spent in drills or playing practice sets or at actual tournaments.  I respectfully disagree.

Here’s what my son has gotten out of seven years of tennis camp (so far):

  • A realization that he really really really wants to play college tennis
  • An understanding of what it takes to progress as a junior player
  • The opportunity to talk to real-life college players and hear firsthand what’s involved in playing for your school
  • Understanding the importance of tradition:  we have our annual photos with the coach and assistant coach, our annual lunch at the same restaurant (The Varsity), our file of camp evaluations – you get the picture!
  • Developing a relationship with a coach and his team which gives my son some go-to people as we navigate the college recruiting process

I’m sure there are many, many more benefits that my son could list, not counting improving his tennis playing skills over that 5-day period.  But, that’s not the point.  The point is that there’s so much more to this junior tennis stuff than just hitting fuzzy yellow balls across the net in order to win trophies and ranking points.  And spending a few days away from home with other players who also love the sport is a great way to learn how tennis figures into the Big Picture.

So, if you’re looking for a camp for your child to attend this summer, it’s not too late.  I just googled “tennis camp” and came up with over 50 pages of results.  There are plenty of camps available, and I’m sure there are several that would be a great fit for your player.

If your child has attended a camp, I would love to hear about his/her experiences there.  Please share them in the Comments box below.

6 Comments on “Why Every Junior Should Attend Tennis Camp”

  1. Hi there,
    We live in Texas and I am so glad I found your blog. My daughter, 16g, has gone to Newk’s camp for 3 years. This year she is attending the academy for 3 weeks. She thinks of Newks as her second home. I cannot express enough gratitude to the family atmosphere and great sportsmanship they have fostered. I agree with you 100% that children should attend a camp, whatever their sport.

    Thank you for your blog. I have needed it. It is tough navigating through the trenches.

    A big fan,

    Johnna Doerre

  2. It will be interesting to compare Brown camp to UGA. I’ll let you know when he gets back after Brown. Sorry he missed “M” week!

  3. Does any tennis camp do or what critieria do you look for in a tennis camp for your children? Thanks.

  4. This is the second year of tennis camp for my granddaughter (G12), and her second year at Tiger Tennis Camp at Clemson University. We did a lot of research before picking TTC, but have never looked back. The organization, the staff personalities and dedication, the instruction, the physical and mental conditioning, and the fun and comraderie the campers share are all above excellent. Abbey Grace (granddaughter) is there this week, and texts us every evening to say how exhausted she is, but more importantly how much she loves the camp, how much she’s learning, how much improved she feels her game is, and how she can hardly wait to get home and get back on the Junior Tournament circuit. Week after next, she will spend a week at another Tiger Tennis Camp. But this time at the University of the South at Sewanee, TN. Will let you know how that one goes.

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