Northern Illinois University Tennis Camp


Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

JULY 15 – 20

Overnight: $795
Extended Day:
Day: $595

AGES: 10-17


This adidas Tennis Camp at Northern Illinois is one of the most popular tennis camps in IL. Directed by both the men’s head coach and women’s head coach of NIU, campers will train on the schools 13 court tennis complex, have access to the schools pool, as well as stay in the air-conditioned dorms.

At the Northern Illinois University Camp campers will receive:

  • Authentic adidas Tennis Camp T-Shirt
  • Water Bottle
  • Personal Evaluation
  • Games Daily
  • Raffles for an assortment of Prizes

7:00 Wake-up
7:45 Breakfast
8:45 Commuters Arrive
9:00 Stretching and warm-up
9:15 On-court training
11:15 Match play
12:00 Lunch / optional swim
1:30 Match situation drills
3:00 Instruction
4:00 Day Campers Depart
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Optional match play
7:30 Evening activity
8:30 Extended Day Campers Depart
10:30 Lights out
* Schedule may vary

Check In: All campers check-in on July 15 th from 1-2 PM, at Stevenson Tower C wing. Extended Day Campers After the first day, campers should plan on arriving at the tennis courts ready to play at 8:50 AM. Day Campers After the first day, campers should arrive at the tennis courts daily at 8:50 AM.

Extended Day Camper Pick-up: Parents can plan to pick up their camper at 9:00 PM after the evening activity.

Day Camper Pick-up: Camp ends at 4:00 PM.

Check Out: All Campers check out on July 20th at 12 PM at the Tennis Courts immediately following the closing ceremony.

Below is a suggested list of items to bring to camp. We suggest that campers do not bring expensive personal items such as cameras, iPods/iPads, etc. Cell phones are allowed in the dorms and dining areas, but not on the courts during training sessions. Please label every article you bring to camp. All items will be the responsibility of the camper. adidas Tennis Camps and its staff are not responsible for lost, stolen or forgotten items.

  • Health Form
  • Tennis Racquet
  • Tennis Shoes (no black soles)
  • Off-Field Clothes (Athletic Socks, T-Shirts, Shorts, Sweatshirts, etc)
  • Athletic Sneakers
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Linens (Twin XL)
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Towel
  • Alarm Clock
  • Key Deposit ($160)

Players are grouped first by age and then by ability. The first session is an assessment session – we will update groups after the first day
Trainers are on site to aid in illness, injury prevention and first aid.
All campers are required to have a completed health form in order to participate at camp. You can either fill out our health form or use the doctors form and use our form as a cover page. Please fill out contact information and parent signature. HEALTH FORM
We utilize inclement weather opportunities to focus on agility training, strategy sessions, individual meetings.
The nearest airport is Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, IL. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from campus, adidas Tennis Camps does not provide transportation.
Any camper who must cancel prior to camp will receive a camp credit equal to the amount of camp tuition already paid.  The credit is transferable to another family member and is good for any adidas Tennis Camp or eCamps Partner program through next summer (agreement begins at time of purchase).  Any cancellation within 5 days of the start of camp will result in a camp credit minus $100 cancellation fee.  Camp credits are not extended to campers who leave camp after the start of a session.  CASH/CREDIT CARD REFUNDS ARE NOT OFFERED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.


Tanya Mahefu is in her second season as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Northern Illinois University.

Mahefu, a former tennis standout at the University of Akron, comes to NIU and returns to the Mid-American Conference after spending two seasons as an assistant tennis coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams at the University of North Dakota. At UND, she helped the women’s tennis team contend for a spot in the Big Sky Tournament, coached the school’s first women’s All-Big Sky team selection and oversaw a significant improvement in the newly-started men’s tennis program.

Prior to her time at North Dakota, Gombera served as interim head tennis coach at the University of Southern Mississippi for the 2012 season. This promotion followed her time as a graduate assistant tennis coach at USM from 2010-12 where she recruited international players and aided in the day-to-day operations for the Golden Eagles, in addition to her on-court coaching duties. She also spent one season as the head tennis coach at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and served as the tennis marketing director at the Towpath Tennis Center.

Mahefu enjoyed a successful tennis tennis career after growing up as a tennis prodigy in her native country of Zimbabwe.She represented Zimbabwe in the Africa Junior Championships and Zimbabwe Schools Team. Gombera won a silver medal at the All-Africa Games in Nigeria in 2003 and also represented her native country at the Afro-Asia Games. She competed in many International Tennis Federation (ITF) events and reached an ITF ranking of 453rdin the world.

Mahefu is also no stranger to the Mid-American Conference, having been a four-year letterwinner at Akron. She earned second team All-MAC honors and finished her collegiate career with the Zips ranked in the top 10 in school history in combined singles and doubles victories. She received the MAC’s Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award on two separate occasions and served on Akron’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council Board.

A 2009 graduate of Akron, Mahefu earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration before receiving her master’s degree in sports management from Southern Miss in 2011.


Tanya Mahefu
Women’s Head Coach, Northern Illinois University