May 04, 2009

Tennis camps, academies planned at SIUC

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education will offer four tennis camps and academies this summer. The camps for different age groups are for youths entering third through 12th grades who want to build their knowledge and skills on the court.

Participants will train with visualization techniques and for mental toughness while training on footwork and tennis-specialized conditioning. The camps also provide a video analysis of each participant’s strokes, match analysis and strategy and single and double match play. All participants will receive a written evaluation at the completion of camp. Resident campers will also enjoy evening activities with camp instructors.

Top college players will assist SIUC's head men’s and women’s tennis coaches, Dann Nelson and Audra Nothwehr, with the 2009 camp season.

Tennis Camp I is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. daily, June 8-11. It’s for players entering third through 12th grades. Registration for this commuters-only camp is $195 before May 25 or $220 for registrations received after that deadline.

Tennis Camp II is June 29-July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for players in third through 12th grades. Players entering grades seven-12 may register as commuter or resident campers while players entering grades three-six may only participate as commuters. The residential camper fee for Camp II is $375 for registrations received by June 15 or $400 for registrations received after that deadline. Commuter camper registration is $195 by June 15 or $220 after.

Session I of Saluki Tennis Academy is June 15-19 while Session II follows from June 22 to 26. Each session runs from 10 a.m.-noon daily. Players may choose to participate for three days for $70 or five days for $100.

All camp registration fees include a Saluki tennis T-shirt. Participants provide their own rackets, shoes suitable for tennis play, a hat or visor, water bottle and lunch, where indicated. All camps and academies will be at the SIUC tennis courts.

For registration or more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at