Here is the recap for my stay at Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst last weekend. Friday (6/23) Left NYC at 6:00PM and arrived at Amherst by 11:00PM. The bus ride was uneventful and it was pouring outside. It was still raining when I arrived at Amherst, fortunately the assistant director, Maureen, was nice enough to pick me up at the Greyhound bus station. Amherst campus was a five-minute drive from the bus station and I stayed at a very nice dorm called Wieland Hall. Saturday (6/24) Morning Session Got up at 7AM and got some breakfast at the Cafeteria. Everyone met up at 8AM to talk about the agenda for the day. Since it was still raining outside, the coach (Rainey) moved the clinic to the indoor facility at Smith College in North Hampton (a 20-minute drive from Amherst). The surface was kind of weird and people who have played on grass said it played a lot like synthetic grass, as a lot of the balls stayed low. Being one of the best players among the group, I was placed in a group of 4 players whose skills were between 3.5 and 4.0. At every court there was an assistant pro, who were feeding the balls for our drills. Rainey was walking around to see how everyone is doing. By 11AM, I had an half-hour private session with an assistant pro and we worked on my serve. Afternoon Session After driving back to Amherst for lunch, we returned to Smith College for another 4 hours of tennis. We were practicing volleys and doubles techniques and being mainly a singles player, I learned quite a bit about doubles. I was really bad at first, considering that I didn’t even know where to position myself, but I picked up things pretty quickly. I still need to work on the volleys. Evening Doubles Matches (optional) The rain stopped and Rainey organized an evening doubles session at 6:45PM. I played a match of doubles on hard courts and then played a singles match with a 3.5-4.0 guy on hard tru. By this time, I was dead tired and ready to crash. I went to bed by 9PM. Sunday (6/25) Morning Session The rain stopped so we had the clinic on the clay courts at Amherst. We were hitting mostly volleys and overheads and basically learning how to stay aggressive throughout the match. I took a private lesson with Rainey at the end of the morning session. It cost $30 for 30 minutes but it was worth every penny. If you had a chance, definitely take a private lesson with him. Afternoon Session Another 3 hours of practice on clay. We were playing a few games like King of the Court. The drills were pretty much the same but I was pretty tired by this point. Overall Impression For $440 (all inclusive), I thought it was worth every penny. The camp was well organized and Rainey was a fantastic coach. The food was very good and the dorms were big, clean and peaceful. The people were friendly and although the majority were not very good, it doesn’t really matter as long as people in your group is at your level. I am thinking about going back to Amherst this weekend.