Tennis is a family sport for the Suh family. They play on vacations and, at home, they hit at local courts in Delaware. They talk about tennis. They watch tennis together.
After this summer, the kids just might be primed for on-court dominance against their parents.
Junior players Anna, Lily Charis have been avid tennis players since first grade. This summer, the girls attended the Lawrenceville School Nike Tennis Camp in New Jersey.
Needless to say, the Nike Tennis Camp has helped elevate their games as the group begins prepping for late-summer and fall tennis. That will include competition at their respective schools and, of course, some family matchups.
“They enjoy the camp because there are coaches from all over the world,” said mother Kelly Suh. “They’re split into groups so coaches focus on you and what you need to work on. It’s great personal attention.”
All three girls are two-sport athletes, competing in both tennis and field hockey. Each sport helps the girls develop in different ways as athletes, and while field hockey takes up much of the fall, they play tennis year-round.
Suh said the girls enjoyed the Nike camp for both the on- and off-court experience.
“As a sleepaway camp, attendees have a chance to meet new friends and gain experience away from home. On the court, the variety of competition and match experience can’t be duplicated.
Suh also mentioned the follow-up and takeaways.
“At the end of the camp, players receive an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses,” she said. “So you can work on those things throughout the year. As much as they can play, it enhances their game.”
Kelly, who along with her husband is an avid player, said the family chose Nike Tennis Camps because of the overnight option and the strong level of instruction. She also has a unique connection to the site.
“My older brothers attended the camps about 30 years ago,” she said with a laugh. “So it’s been in the family.”
Nike Tennis Camps are directed by some of the top college coaches and tennis professionals in the United States. Available for both adults and juniors at numerous levels, there are junior options for both overnight and day camps.
USTA Middle States offers camp scholarships and resources for junior players through the USTA Middle States Junior Tennis Camp Scholarship Program. Nike Tennis Camps and other local tennis camps donate scholarships to this program that gives dozens of young athletes the unique opportunity to attend a summer camp, free of charge.
The camp list will be updated in the fall and winter and available for players interested in 2016 camps.