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Wardlaw Elite Prospects Camp for Girls Session 1

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Paul Wardlaw is widely recognized as one of college tennis’ most successful and innovative coaches. Author of Pressure Tennis and High Percentage Tennis, Wardlaw annually shares his comprehensive, systematic approach to developing high performance tennis players with junior players from across the country and world.

Led by Brown women’s tennis coach Paul Wardlaw, The Wardlaw Elite Tennis Camp offers a high intensity three-day program designed for top junior girls with the aim of immersing players in a competitive college tennis environment. The goal of the camp is to continue your development as a player while exposing you to a competitive college tennis environment. While technique will be evaluated and addressed, the aim of the camp is to focus on how to play. All technique and drill work takes place in a tactical framework.

Players will be shown all aspects of a college tennis training program including the following topics:

Camp Staff consists of Brown head coach Paul Wardlaw, Brown assistant coach JC Nunez and various other college coaches. Colleges coaches that have visited and coached at camp: Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Brandeis, Vassar, Harvard, Bates, RPI, UMass, Oberlin, Wellesley, Kenyon, Connecticut College, Wesleyan, Bryant and Providence College and many more.

Paul Wardlaw - Camp Director
Wardlaw begins his thirteenth season coaching the women’s team at Brown University after seven record-breaking seasons at the University of Iowa. At Brown, Wardlaw has once again turned a stagnant program into one of the top programs in the region and nation, being named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year. Wardlaw’s formative coaching years took place at Kenyon College where his teams won three NCAA Division III National Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Wardlaw earned Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Decade honors in 2001. Wardlaw is well known nationally and internationally for his tactical system called Directionals and for Pressure Tennis, his book that outlines a games-approach practice and training system.

JuanCarlos Nunez - Assistant Camp Director
Nunez anchors the Brown tennis staff after a successful six year stint as the assistant at UMass and a stellar four year playing career at Arkansas Little Rock. The 2013 ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year was a driving force behind UMass’s rise to national prominence and status as an A10 power. An exceptional student, Nunez graduated with two Masters Degrees from UMass. He is also widely known as a players’ coach and recruiting guru.

Evening seminars on the following topics are offered:

  • Mental Toughness Training & College Tennis
  • How to Find the Right Fit - The Recruiting Process from Test Taking to the College Essay

    Facilities include Brown’s eight-court Varsity Tennis Complex and Brown’s four-court indoor facility housed in the Pizzitola Athletic Center. All twelve courts are US Open-style and tennis instruction is guaranteed rain or shine.

    Safety and Camper Supervision is a Brown tennis camp priority. Dorms are monitored and staffed by trained Brown RA staff. All tennis sessions are staffed by a Brown University Trainer.

    Providence and the surrounding area offers families an ideal vacation experience. Considered America’s Renaissance City with over 200 years of history, Providence has a great deal to offer: museums, theaters, a new convention center, historic sites, other colleges and universities, an award-winning zoo, lots of shopping, fine hotels and world class dining. Newport, RI and beautiful beaches are only 45 minutes away.

    Please feel free to call Coach Wardlaw at (401) 473-7918 for further information.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Who attends? The camp is only for girls ages 12-18. We’ll have Five-Star and One-Star players in attendance, players ranked in the top 50 nationally and players who are good high school players, players from all over the country and even a few each year from various parts of the world.

    Why your camp? You will be exposed to a collegiate training system and receive top level instruction. The focus of the camp, like college tennis, is on how to play so every session and drill has a tactical framework, every shot will have a purpose.

    Will you be on court with the campers? I run every session and seminar and I am on court with you every day and all day – morning, afternoon and evening. You’ll see a lot of me and we’ll get to know one another.

    What if I have a tournament coming up? The camp is excellent preparation for sectional or national tournament. You’ll be well prepared having played during the camp but also having trained in a live-ball, disciplined, and structured environment.

    Do other college coaches attend? I invite all coaches in New England to visit camp and we'll have various coaches stopping by or working with the players. Colleges that have visited and coached at camp - Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Brandeis, Vassar, Harvard, Bates, RPI, UMass, Oberlin, Wellesley, Kenyon, Connecticut College, Wesleyan and many more. The goal is to provide each player with as much exposure to college tennis as possible. Having coached elite programs in Division I and Division III, I have a good sense of where a player fits academically and with tennis.

    Are camp scholarships available? Due to NCAA rules, discounts or reduced camp fees are prohibited.

    The camp is small in numbers by design as we’ll usually have 24-32 campers per session. You’ll have the opportunity to tour Brown, stay in the dorms, and eat in the dining hall. We’ll talk at length about the college application process, how Ivy and college admissions works, and strategies preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT tests. Feel free to call me if you have further questions or need more information. Camp sessions sold out last summer so plan accordingly. I look forward to working with you this summer.

    Testimonials from 2016 Campers and Parents


    "I thought the experience you provided was both well-organized and well-executed. Furthermore, it gave Natalie an idea of what she can do to keep working toward her goals, not only athletically but also academically.
    In addition, the atmosphere at your camp was encouraging, energizing and FUN. Everyone on your staff was so nice and friendly, it really added up to an excellent experience. I enjoyed observing the vibe among the players also. They seemed to get along well, which in my view, can be largely due to good coaching and leadership. As we move ahead with planning our college prospects and visits, I will consider you a resource."


    "Katy really enjoyed her time at Brown with you and the staff. She learned so much and came away with a renewed energy to improve. The resources you've provided are exceptional, and Katy will be sure to review all of the material. We've also purchased the Williams/Colomb writing book you recommended––thanks so much.
    We really appreciate your dedication to the program and your interest in encouraging and cultivating strong student-athletes, Paul. As Katy is entering high school in the fall, we will definitely reach out in the coming years with any questions regarding college and college tennis."


    "I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful camp! I really enjoyed the instruction and had a great time working with everyone there. I hope to continue to work on my game this year and attend camp at Brown again next summer."


    "Alex returned home yesterday tired and happy after your great training camp. Thanks so much for all of your & your staff’s efforts. Alex learned a great deal & she’s anxious to put her new serve into service!"


    "Thank you for all the resources and advice to help me improve my tennis game and preparing me for my future education. I had an amazing experience at the Brown camp, especially with the entire coaching staff and other players. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope to see you sometime in the future!"


    "Thank you Coach. I had a great time and felt that you and your team helped me push my game to the next level! I will keep working on your suggestions and studying for my ACTs this summer and fall!!!
    I also appreciate the support offer to reach out to you in the future as I move towards and through the college application process."


    "Leslie had a wonderful time at camp and is more focused than ever on "what she needs to do next." She left feeling inspired and said she learned a lot.
    Thank you also for running a safe, positive camp. As the mother of a young player, it's comforting to know she was well supervised."


    "Thank you so much for the camp last week. I enjoyed it a lot and I just wanted to thank all of you for making the camp an amazing three days. It helped improve my game a lot, which I found really helpful. I had such a good time and I met so many new people who became my friends right away. The fact that there were people from all over the United States was super cool. You coaches were always really kind and patient every time any of us had a question. This truly was an unforgettable camp and an extraordinary experience. I really look forward to stopping by next summer."


    "I can't believe the difference in Alyza's doubles game after such a short time there. I no longer wince at her positioning. You haven't seen the last of her!"


    "Thank you for having Betty attend your tennis camp, she found it very worthwhile and had a great time.
    She learned new strategies in both singles and doubles and you even got her thinking about the college application process. Thanks again for running such an enjoyable tennis camp."


    Brown University Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants that meet the listed age requirements for each camp.