ELS Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

ELS Nike Malibu Tennis Camp
ELS Nike Malibu Tennis Camp

Spend your summer working on your tennis game, improving your English and making new friends at the Nike Malibu Summer Tennis camp. Our Nike Sports and ELS Language program offers international campers, aged 10-18, the chance to practice both their tennis and English with some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country.

This Nike Tennis Camp is one of the most popular tennis camps in the nation.  Directed by Marcello Ferreira and Per Nilsson, this camp provides the ideal environment to learn from some of the best collegiate coaches and players in the country.  Featuring up to 25 hours of tennis instruction and play per session, which include a combination of drills, match play, strategy sessions and video analysis, along with a flighted tournament each week, this tennis camp is perfect for the developing or accomplished player.  The ELS language program is uniquely integrated into our Nike Tennis Camp program, offering 8-50 minute classes each week.  

Highlights Include

  • Up to 25 hours of tennis instruction with a 6:1 player to coach ratio
  • Division 1 level coaching staff and professional ELS instruction offered
  • International students live and train with other American players
  • Spirited match play daily and flighted tournament each week
  • Fun evening camp activities and weekend trips
  • Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt and prizes
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Marcelo Ferreira

Marcelo Ferreira

Marcelo Ferreira enters his third season as head coach of the Pepperdine men's tennis team in 2016-2017 after joining the coaching staff in 2013-14 as associate head coach. Prior to coming to Malibu, Ferreira spent five seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant coach before being promoted to the role of associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.

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"I am extremely thankful to Dr. Potts and President (Andrew) B"I am extreenton for their trust in my ability to lead this team and coach the fine young men who are a part of it," said Ferreira upon his promotion. "Adam Steinberg and all of the coaches before him were responsible for nurturing this program into one of the most respected and successful programs in the country. It is an honor and privilege to lead this team and I am committed to furthering its legacy."

And help further the success of Pepperdine tennis he did. In his first season with the Waves, Alex Sarkissian became just the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. In addition to earning ITA All-American status in singles, Sarkissian was also an All-American in doubles alongside Francis Alcantara. Unseeded, the duo reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.

Ferreira was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year during his tenure with the Red Raiders, first in 2010 and again in 2012. Texas Tech went 103-54 (.656) with Ferreira on the coaching staff, and made five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008-12. In his six years on the sidelines - by far the most successful six-year span in program history - the team finished ranked in the ITA top-25 an unprecedented four times.

He helped recruit and develop perhaps two of the finest tennis players ever to come through Texas Tech - Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar. To date, Carvalho and Escobar are the program's only ITA All-Americans.

After graduating from Georgia College & State University in 2006, Ferreira remained in Milledgeville, Ga. for a year to serve as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs.

Ferreira got his coaching start in 1998 at the Mauro Menezes Tennis Academy in São Paulo, Brazil. His expertise was also lent to the Alphaville Tennis Club. After moving to the United States, Ferreira founded 2SV Sports Management, a company that organizes events and tournaments for foreign prospective tennis players. Not soon after, he became the director at Future Stars Tennis Camp in South Hampton, N.Y.

Ferreira graduated from GCSU in 2006 with a physical education degree. He was a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team and earned Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. He later went on to earn his master's degree in education, with a focus on human performance and sports management, from Texas Tech.

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Per Nilsson

Per Nilsson

Proven winner and championship-caliber coach Per Nilsson was chosen to lead the Pepperdine women's tennis team into a new era in the summer of 2014, succeeding 37-year head coach Gualberto Escudero. Nilsson spent seven seasons as the head men's coach at Mississippi State after a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Waves' men's squad. 

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During his first stop in Malibu, Nilsson helped lead the Pepperdine men to the 2006 NCAA championship.

"I am so excited for Per's return to Pepperdine to lead our women's tennis program," said Director of Athletics Steve Potts upon his hiring. "Per has enjoyed great success all along his coaching career and I am confident that he will be able to take our very successful program to even greater heights. Per's commitment to our Christian mission, to the academic well-being of our student-athletes and to competing for championships at the highest level make him a great fit for Pepperdine."

After leaving Pepperdine in 2007, Nilsson spent the last seven seasons coaching the men's squad at his alma mater, Mississippi State. There he compiled a record of 95-76 while going 36-42 in the tough Southeastern Conference. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back SEC West titles in 2011 and 2012 and brought MSU to four-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011-14.

Nilsson takes over for Escudero, who has been at the helm for 37 seasons beginning in 1977-78. He stepped down at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, but will remain on staff as the associate head coach. Nilsson inherits a team that has made 27 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and captured the West Coast Conference championship for the 24th time in 2014 while earning a final national ITA ranking of #24.

In his seven seasons in Starkville, Miss., Nilsson's squads produced four ITA All-Americans and 17 All-SEC selections.

His eye for recruiting and developing young talent is evident as a Mississippi State player garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors in three of the last four seasons. In 2013, Romain Bogaerts not only took the conference's top rookie award, he was also honored as the ITA National Freshman of the Year.

Nilsson first brought the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship in 2011, their first appearance since 2005, and MSU advanced to the second round. After reaching the second round again in 2012, Nilsson's young 2013 team eclipsed expectations and advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Mississippi State made their fourth-consecutive appearance at the tournament in 2014 and reached the second round.

Nilsson has racked up the honors for himself as well throughout his time at MSU, including an SEC Coach of the Year honor in 2011 and two ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2013.

In the classroom, Nilsson's teams have been just as dominant. MSU has been named an ITA All-Academic team for the past five seasons, producing 40 Academic All-SEC selections and 29 ITA Scholar-Athlete selections. Nilsson has also had two players named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Nilsson was an assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's tennis team from 2003-07 under head coach Adam Steinberg, where the Waves went 119-38 in those five seasons.

Easily highlighting his resume while in Malibu was the 2006 campaign when Pepperdine claimed its first-ever national championship. Nilsson was very involved in Pepperdine's recruiting efforts leading up to that season, which saw the Waves post a 36-2 record and hand Georgia its only loss of the season in the NCAA title match at Palo Alto, Calif.

Leading up to that crowning season, Pepperdine improved from #27 in the country in 2004 to #8 nationally in 2005, a year in which Nilsson was named the ITA's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The Waves advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals that campaign, ending at 24-3.

Nilsson played collegiately at Mississippi State from 1992-94 and helped the Bulldogs earn three consecutive top-10 finishes in the rankings. MSU reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship in 1992 and 1993 before reaching the semifinals in 1994.

Serving as team captain during his senior year, Nilsson is ranked #6 on the Bulldogs' all-time career victory list in both singles and doubles.

Nilsson was a student assistant coach at Mississippi State during the 1994-95 season before working as a tennis professional at the Capital City Country Club and St. Marlo Country Club. From 1998-2000, he was the Director of Tennis at Appalachee Farms.

A native of Lund, Sweden, Nilsson was a high school exchange student at Jackson (Miss.) Academy and was the 1990 Mississippi Academy singles champion. He is married to the former Beth Vennerstrom.

Camp Details

All Inclusive Tuition

The prices listed below include all Nike Tennis Training, ELS English Language instruction and materials, on-campus housing, 3 meals a day, round trip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and evening activities. There are different ways to build your program! Choose between Combined (1/2 day Tennis + 1/2 day ELS) Programs or 2-3 Week ELS Programs followed by Nike Tennis Camp.

Nike Tennis Camp Philosophy

Play the sport you love and get better this summer with our excellent Nike Tennis Camp staff of collegiate athletes and veteran coaches. On the first day campers are evaluated on the courts and placed into smaller groups based on their age and ability. Train up to 25 hours/week. All skill levels welcome. 6:1 athlete, coach ratio. Training includes excellent professional coaching, fundamentals drills, position specific training, and full field play.

ELS Language Classes

Gain confidence in your conversational English skills. Classes focus on communication skills with their new friends at camp and on the courts. All levels welcome. Campers are evaluated at the first class and group according to skill. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level groups.  Two, 50-minute lesson each afternoon. Classes run Monday – Thursday afternoons (see detailed sample schedule under More Details.)

More Important Camp Details

Check In & Check Out

Check-in is always on a Sunday. The last day of a session is on a Friday. International campers may arrive anytime on Sunday.  Regular Camp Check-in is between 2-3PM. 

Registering Online or Submit a PDF Application

Use the links below to choose the session you'd like to attend, or download an application here. Email it to international@ussportscamps.com.

Accommodation & Roommates

Suite Style College Dorm Room. 2 – 4 campers to a room; 4 rooms surround 1 common area. Air conditioning, shared bathroom. American roommate if requested.

Linens and Laundry

Bed sheets, pillow, and towel provided. Onsite facilities available. $2.50/wash and dry. 


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included everyday expect check-in and check-out days. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if alerted before camp.

Weekday Activities

Evening activities planned Monday through Thursday, these activities are included intuition.  

Weekends & Trips

Weekends are a time to re-charge after a hard but fun week of tennis!  Campers will do their laundry play a little tennis and enjoy an activity on Saturday.  Depending on the number of weekend campers we have, we will go to an amusement park, go into Santa Monica to shop or hit the beach, which is just down the road!  All campers are asked to bring spending money for their weekend activities.  Room and board are covered under the weekend program, but entrance fees are not included.  Sunday is a day to sleep in, (!!) enjoy a late breakfast and get ready to start a new session.  Camp check-in starts in early afternoon with tennis instruction starting mid-day. 

Airport Transfers

Round-trip airport transfers provided from Los Angeles International Airport. Provide flight itinerary when registering or at least 3 weeks prior to camp start date. Campers will meet our vans directly outsdie the terminals.  Pickup details will be provided in the camp registration package which will be sent in mid-April. 

Unaccompanied Minor Services

Our Nike Tennis staff will meet campers at customs who are considered unaccompanied minors by the airlines.  Typically the airlines require the greeter's details such as name, driver's license number, phone number, and address. Nike Sports Camps will not have this information until the several weeks before your child arrives at camp. Please email international@ussportscamps.com to ensure we have your son/daughter on our pickup list and to provide you with the information you need. 

Medical Insurance

For an additional $60, add supplemental health coverage. On-site school nursed and trainers available for on-site injuries. You must be medically insured while at camp. If your health insurance will not cover you while in America, you must find alternative coverage whether that is the one US Sports Camps provides or otherwise.  

Wi-Fi & Communication

Wi-Fi access in common areas and dorm rooms available to campers. Camp office provides computer access for Skype and Email.

Spending Money

Suggested $100/week for spending money/Weekend activities.

After Registering

A detailed camper welcome packet containing health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in Spring 2017. Our health and release forms will be collected on the first day of camp. International campers must have health insurance valid in the US in order to attend camps.


Students/Campers stay and take all language classes at Pepperdine University, located in Malibu, CA.  All campers/students stay in the dorms on campus and play tennis at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center with its 16 beautiful courts. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30-8:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:00 AM Tennis Training – Warm Up and Drills
  • 10:00-10:15 AM Break
  • 10:15-11:30 AM Tennis Training – Drills in Small Groups
  • 11:30-1:00 PM Lunch and rest
  • 1:00-2:30 PM ELS Language Classes or Tennis Training (for Sport Only Campers)
  • 2:45-3:00 PM Break
  • 3:00-4:15 PM Tennis Match Play and Drills
  • 4:15-5:00 PM Groups/Private/Extra Help - Optional Tennis - Day Campers Checkout / Friday Camp Ends
  • 5:00 PM Campers Rest/Shower/Dinner
  • 7:15-9:00 PM Evening Activity
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Campers to rooms/dorms
  • 10:00 PM Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Inspired to Play

Our daughter, Casey, had an amazing experience! She is a good athlete who now can’t wait to get back on the courts to keep hitting tennis balls. She wants to go back to the camp next summer for as many weeks as our schedule will allow. The staff did an amazing job providing enough instruction with the right amount of FUN! Thank you!

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  • 5/5.
Enthusiastic Camper

Camp was extraordinary – I was so sad when it was over!

  • 5/5.
Personal Thanks

I personally wanted to thank Adam Steinberg for all the effort to make this camp experience memorable and for the love of the game brought from this camp.

  • 5/5.
Above and Beyond

Great Camp! My son was the only weekend stay over that weekend and the camp went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience. Thanks for the great summer opportunity – he will be back again next year.

  • 5/5.
Attention to Detail

Thanks for the care that is shown to the campers, in regard to safety, instruction and enjoyment.

  • 5/5.
Highlight of the summer!

It was my son's highlight of the summer. He enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends who also play tennis.

Camp Dates & Prices

2018 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.