Tennis camps come in all types and forms these days. In my younger years I went to several tennis camps and later in my career taught at tennis camps.
Tennis camps can range from recreational programs for kids to attend after school to high performance training programs for elite athletes. Some tennis camps are more social and recreational and held at beautiful hotels, resorts and country clubs while others are more like “boot camps” and designed for the individual who wants a really vigorous workout.
Some tennis camps are geared towards school vacations or summers while others offer year round programs.
Increasingly tennis camps incorporate physical conditioning, a sprinkle of education on nutrition and a smattering of mental coaching or sports psychology in their programs. Some include these activities as part of the package while others offer them as an extra you can pay for if you wish.
It is important to have a clear idea of what is and is not offered at a particular camp. Is it mostly drills, game play and/or instruction? What is the quality and experience of the instructors? How many students will be on the court with each instructor? How many different levels of instruction are offered? What is the opportunity to move up or down group or level? Are there groupings by age and/or ability level? What does a sample day or week look like? Do they use cameras to video tape your progress? What “off court” programs and activities are offered? What court surfaces are offered? Hard, Soft, Clay, Asphalt, Grass etc. Are there indoor courts available if it rains?
Sometimes people are drawn to tennis camps because of the name of a well known player. For example, “The Rod Laver Tennis Camp”. It would be important to know if and to what extent Rod Laver is there and actually teaches. If so, will he teach you or your group? Will you pay big bucks to have a “private lesson” with Rod, etc.
If you ask the right questions and do your homework and some planning you can have a great experience at a tennis camp.