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Tennis Pathways. What life opportunity awaits you? October 17, 2017 - Often the pathways in tennis are not clear from the beginning but making sure the environment is giving “the knowledge to nurture” for your child, anything is possible. The Tennis Australia Hot Shots program has a pathway for taking beginners (age from 3 years old) to competition level tennis. The levels, linked with the colour […]
More Ladies Programs added at Vida Tennis Altona October 11, 2017 - Vida Tennis is now offering more coaching sessions for female adult players at Altona Tennis Club. If you are keen to get back into tennis or step your game up then why not take some lessons. See below the time options; Ladies Tennis Lessons Monday 6.00-7.00pm Tuesday 11.00am-12noon Tuesday 6.00-7.00pm Thursday 10.00-11.00am – senior comp […]
My Vida Journey – Updates to the program October 6, 2017 - The My Vida journey program has been enabling all kids to monitor their progress from when they start tennis through to playing real tennis, club junior competition or entry level tournaments. Since the programs start more than a decade ago, we have seen over 5000 certificates of achievement go out to kids of all levels. Vida […]
Tennis with Sporting Schools September 26, 2017 - Tennis Australia aims to provide more opportunities for people to play tennis more often. Tennis is proud to be associated as one of 32 sports with Sporting Schools and we look forward to building on the already existing relationships which have been established with schools through our National Schools Programs. The Sporting School tennis programs […]
Simple off-court mental skills training September 23, 2017 - Off-court mental skills training is essential and must be integrated into the player training.  It should be viewed in much the same light as fitness training, tactical or video analysis. The mental skills such as concentration, emotional control or confidence, can also be improved with specific off-court training. Here are some practical off-court mental skills activities that […]
Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day 2017 September 21, 2017 - Over 80 kids participated in the 3rd Annual Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day at Altona Tennis Club on Sunday. It was a wonderful opportunity for kids in Orange and Green Ball levels to play doubles with their friends in a social environment. Each club was given a team colour and the kids represented their colours proudly, […]
Can a lack of sleep cause kids to have a great chance of sports injury? August 28, 2017 - Adolescent athletes who slept eight or more hours each night were 68 percent less likely to be injured than athletes who regularly slept less, according to an abstract presented Oct. 21, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. For the abstract, “Lack of Sleep is Associated with Increased […]
Vida Tennis Hot Shots Club Challenge Day August 15, 2017 - The third Vida Tennis Hot Shots Club Challenge will be a great opportunity for orange & green ball hot shots kids at five of our venues to play some friendly (sometimes competitive) matches against each other. If you are a current Vida player at one of the below venues, join your clubs team on Sunday September 17th, for […]
4 Things Tennis Parents Should Know about Hot Shots Tennis July 28, 2017 - For many parents, the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program didn’t exist when they were young. Learning tennis as a child today is very different, so here is some info to help answer the most common questions that new tennis parents have… This was prepared by Tennis Australia in a recent article on their website. 1. […]
Competition Time! Guess the number of tennis balls in the basket July 25, 2017 - Vida Tennis is running another Facebook competition! All you have to do is guess the number of tennis balls in the coaching basket pictured below. All entries must be lodged in the comment section of the Competition Post on the Vida Tennis Page (Click Here). You can only have one guess per person, so your […]
There’s always something to be done – Match Analysis ATP Tour June 29, 2017 - by Ignacio Crescini Hi everyone, the term is almost over and the tournaments are coming. The third Grand Slam of the year is here with the qualifying for Wimbledon started, and we can always learn from the best players. Learning is not only how to hit a bigger stroke but mostly how to solve problems, […]
Tennis Lessons – What to expect? June 21, 2017 - You’ve decided that you or your child wants to try tennis for the first time. So what do you expect? What do I wear and what do I need to bring? Running shoes School sports uniform or sports clothing If you have a racquet bring it in, if not we will supply one for you […]
How many tennis lessons per week should I have? June 7, 2017 - There are plenty of options and types of tennis lessons when you join a club, this can make it difficult to try and decide what type of lesson and how many tennis lessons you or your child should do when they start tennis. So, how many tennis lessons should you have? The answer depends on […]
Pro Shop Specials May 2017 May 24, 2017 - Vida Tennis have a number of Pro Shop specials on offer. There are limited numbers and sizes of each, so it will be first in best dressed on each of the below. To order any of the products listed please email info@vidatennis.com.au or give Kane a call on 0401052636. There are many other products available […]
Jaimee Fourlis into the French Open 2017 May 23, 2017 - Jaimee Fourlis will contest her second straight Grand Slam event after winning a wildcard into the main draw at Roland Garros. Jaimee, still aged 17, produced a commanding performance to beat Isabelle Wallace in the final of the French Open Women’s Wildcard Play-off on Sunday in Paris. Jaimee, who won the AO Wildcard Play-off in […]
Vida Mind – Changing Your Posture Can Make a Difference May 9, 2017 - At the university of California San Francisco, researchers studied people with mild to moderate depression and noted that they assumed a particular posture. They kept their heads down. They slumped their shoulders. Their breathing was high and shallow. Their facial expression was somewhat contorted, and they looked distressed and disappointed. By contrast, people who were […]
Vida Altona – Find A Practice Partner May 2, 2017 - Vida Tennis Altona would like to invite players at the Altona Tennis Club to connect and find other players of similar standard to practice with. Simply fill in the below form and you will be placed on the list to connect with other players. Once you fill in the form you will be sent a […]
Tennis Lessons Altona April 25, 2017 - Looking for Tennis Lessons in Altona? At Vida Tennis Altona we welcome you to try tennis in a friendly and fun environment, with experienced coaches who want to make a difference to your tennis no matter what your goals. Programs you can enroll in at Vida Tennis Altona are: Vida Tennis Head Start Program – This […]
Dynamic & Static Stretching for the Tennis Warm-Up – Mobility April 20, 2017 - As discussed in previous blogs, mobility has never been more important in the modern game. Below is an article by Matt Kuzdub (http://www.mattspoint.com/) which was part of his 3 blog series on mobility and flexibility for tennis. Let us know your thoughts…. BOTH DYNAMIC AND STATIC STRETCHING PLAY A BIG ROLE DURING THE TENNIS WARM-UP This […]
Top 5 things parents need to be aware of so they can best support their children in sport March 30, 2017 - After coaching tennis to all levels of players for the past 14 plus years (from the 5 year old beginner, to national junior champions, to the ATP/WTA tour level player) I have seen one of the key constants in the development, the happiness and the experience of the player, is the role of the parent. […]
Why coaches should go to tournaments March 27, 2017 - by Ignacio Cresini In my years as a touring coach in Asia and supervising tournaments in Argentina, I learned a very ugly lesson: kids with coaches at tournaments have definite short and long term advantages! This is also the case at the pro tour level and is highlights to be more unfair as top players […]
Building Co-ordination for improved kids tennis skills March 22, 2017 - Dual tasking activities where kids perform multiple tasks at one time are an awesome way to build high-level coordination. It also helps to keep things fun & challenging and to train their powers of concentration. Developing motor skills from a young age and continually challenging the child keeps them stimulated and fast tracks their improvement. […]
Intensity From the Baseline 101 March 8, 2017 - by Ignacio Crescini – Head Coach at Vida Tennis MCC Glen Iris Once, the legend of NCAA basketball, John Wooden, said to his players on a training practice: “In the next match, while we shake hands and wish good luck, I will give the opponent coach my playbook with all of our tactics”. The players […]
Competition Time! That’s an odd place to see a Vida Tennis Ball February 24, 2017 - Ever seen a Vida Tennis Ball away from a Vida Venue? Vida Tennis is giving you the chance to win some great prizes if you can take a photo of a Vida Tennis Ball in a strange location! Now, over time we have been sent photo’s of Vida Tennis balls at lots of different tennis […]
Vida Swan Hill Tournament Camp January 18, 2017 - The Vida Tennis Swan Hill Tournament camp will travel to Swan Hill for the 2017 Restaurants of Swan Hill AMT & JT. All players involved will learn what it’s like to travel to a tournament with a team; working together and supporting each other while, training, and playing matches. This will be a great learning […]
Vida Tennis 2017 Australian Open Kids on Court November 21, 2016 - During the first week of the Australian Open, Vida kids from all our venues have the opportunity to have an court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids will play tennis on the court before the first match of the day. The kids will play for approx 20 to 30 minutes […]
5 Common Tennis Injuries and 4 ways to prevent them November 16, 2016 - While not as high-impact as some other sports, tennis still comes with injury risks. Due to the fact tennis is a repetition sport, and often one side dominant, injuries are common at all levels of tennis. Below is an article written by Dr Michael Gleiber from the Concierge Spine Surgery which highlights some of the […]
4 Approaches For Parents to Improve Performance Consistency of Your Child Playing Tennis November 11, 2016 - A lot of parents want to know what it will take for their children to succeed in tennis. The answer is simple: It’ll take everything they have. Only a few people are lucky enough to make a career out of tennis because so much has to go right to get there, and much of it is […]
Ladies – Get into Tennis at the Altona Tennis Club October 20, 2016 - Vida Tennis at Altona Tennis Club invite all Ladies to a free introductory tennis lesson. There is a range of different sessions to suit all people. Please select from the list below: Monday 7.15-8.30pm – Senior Comp Squad – suitable for competition standard players Tuesday 11.00am-12noon – Ladies Coaching Lesson – particularly for beginners and […]
Ladies – 5 Reasons you should get back into tennis October 19, 2016 - Ladies if you’re looking for a new hobby, adding some fitness to your week or wanting to challenge yourself with learning a new skill; then tennis is the sport to try. Here are 6 reasons why you should get back into tennis- Social – Tennis is a great way to meet new people and make […]
How to select the right size Kids Tennis Racquet for your child October 3, 2016 - Over the past years, there has been a growing awareness in making tennis a sport that is more kid friendly. Before this time, kids were taught on the same size courts, with the same size tennis balls as adults and less attention was paid towards the appropriate size for kids tennis racquets. Enter ANZ Hot […]
Which group or squad is the most suitable group for my child? September 28, 2016 - Vida Tennis strives towards giving your child the greatest learning experience and environment while learning tennis. So when structuring our group and squad sessions we focus on a few points Age – Keeping the kids in groups that are of the same age helps with the social side of tennis. Meeting other kids who are […]
5 Ways to support girls in tennis for longer September 1, 2016 - How can we, coaches, parents and peers create a pathway for girls to WANT to stay in tennis for life? And more importantly, how can we ensure that the pathway is a positive learning journey? Here are 5 key areas we need to look at and develop; Develop the “Love of tennis” Girls start playing […]
Tennis Ball Machine at Altona Tennis Club August 18, 2016 - A tennis ball machine is now available for hire at the Altona Tennis Club. This is a great way to increase your practice time without a hitting partner. You can also focus on repetition hitting to work on a technique, fitness or just enjoy hitting some balls. Please feel free to contact Mark from Vida […]
The Percentages That Separate Djokovic And The Top 10 August 3, 2016 - Craig O’Shannessy, the lead analysis for the ATP, wrote a great article which highlights the percentages that separate Djokovic and the other top 10 players. Here it is below; Beyond The Numbers explains how the top players win almost all of their matches but lose almost half their points. Global dominance at the elite level of […]
Tennis Technique App July 13, 2016 - The Tennis Australia Technique App is a must have on every coach at Vida Tennis’s phone or iPad. So why do we use it and how it helps the kids? The app allows the coach to record the player’s shot in HD and then instantly analyze that shot during the lesson. Having the options to […]
Can you pick these past Wimbledon Champions? June 29, 2016 - With the Wimbledon finals coming up can you name these past Wimbledon Champions?
Andrew continues to climb the ATP rankings June 1, 2016 - Andrew Whittington has continued his climb up the ATP rankings in 2016 with his recent win in the 2016 King’s Guam Futures. He won a tight final against the No. 2 seed Shuichi Sekiguchi, of Japan, 7/6 7/6. You can check out the highlights below. In addition to the singles victory, Whittington claimed the championship […]
At what age can my child start tennis lessons? May 13, 2016 - This is a questions that we coaches get asked a lot! At what age can my child start tennis lessons? Your child can start tennis from as young as 3 years old in lessons aimed at fast tracking Motor Skill Development. The aim for kids starting tennis lessons at this young age is to develop […]
Advantage Girls Tournament Camp 2016 May 5, 2016 - The Vida Tennis advantage GIRLS camp will this year travel to Bendigo for the Bendigo Junior Open and Association Championships (AMT & JT events). All girls involved will learn what its like to travel to a tournament with a team; working together and supporting each other while, training and playing matches. This will be a great […]
Vida Tennis offers 10,000 FREE intro tennis lessons to children April 7, 2016 - The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Great Britain, are keen to capitalize on Great Britain’s historic Davis Cup win last year and build a lasting legacy on the success. They are offering 10,000 FREE lessons to children as part of grass roots initiative. So we here at Vida Tennis thought, lets do the same! […]
The three most important questions when you select your child’s tennis coach? March 1, 2016 - How do you make your decision? As a parent, selecting a tennis coach for your child can be a very difficult task. If you are not a professional coach yourself and don’t have ties in the tennis community, then where do you start. If I take my car to a mechanic, he can tell me […]
Jaimee Fourlis Captures first Pro Title February 15, 2016 - Jaimee Fourlis won her first professional title at the weekend, becoming the first Australian 16-year-old to do so on the Pro Tour since Ash Barty in 2012. It was a great week having to win three matches in qualification and then five main draw matches. Jaimee started training with Vida Tennis at age 6 and […]
Australian Open Ballkids 2017 January 25, 2016 - Do you want to be a ballkid at the 2017 Australian Open? Learn whats required and develop your skills to help you get through the selection process. We will be running a 3 week training program before the first Ballkids Trial on the 20th of March. What does a ballkid do? Ballkids play an integral […]
Vida Hot Shots Club Challenge 2016 January 12, 2016 - The second Vida Tennis Hot Shots Club Challenge will be a great opportunity for orange & green ball hot shots kids at five of our venues to play some friendly matches against each other. If you are a current Vida player at one of the below venues, join your clubs team on Saturday March 19th, […]
Serena Williams taking a serving lessons with Vida Tennis kids January 12, 2016 -   Serena Williams, arguably the greatest female player ever, gave 6 lucky Vida Tennis players for a serving master class session on Monday the 11th of Jan. On a specially set up half court in the Woolworth’s Ashwood car park, Serena gave her feedback on what makes a great serve and some tips for each […]
Vida Kids on Court at the 2016 Australian Open December 2, 2015 - During the first week of the Australian Open, Vida kids from all our venues have the opportunity to have an court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids will play tennis on the court before the first match of the day. The kids will play for approx 20 to 30 minutes […]
What level certificate are you on? November 7, 2015 - “What certificate level are you on?” You might of heard this said in your childs junior lesson. The “My Vida Journey” certificate program is constantly being followed throughout the term as part of the junior development program at Vida Tennis. If you are new to the program, your child should be receiving a fresh new […]
The 2016 Vida Tennis Australian Open Camp October 22, 2015 - The 2016 Vida Tennis Australian Open Camp will be held at the Glen Iris Tennis Club over three days and will be jam packed full of a variety of activities, on and off the court. Much of your junior tennis training is only based on the tennis court. This camp gives you the opportunity to […]
Vida Ladies Tennis Day at Melbourne Park October 14, 2015 - The annual Vida ladies tennis day will once again be held at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open. Ladies from the various Vida venues will come together for a day of on and off court fun. This years event will see two section available for ladies with prizes awarded at the end of […]
Follow Your Dreams August 24, 2015 - “Creating life opportunities for each individual through the sport of tennis” “When I first meet Zachary Grabovic at St. Kevin’s College year 7 orientation day, I would never have thought he would have achieved the amazing life opportunity you are about to read a little about. Through hard work, attitude and resilience, Zach has been […]
Vida Charity Day July 31, 2015 - “Supporting sick kids who have had a tough start to life towards a brighter future!” Vida would like to invite you and your family to our annual Charity Day to support a great cause, The Austin and The Mercy Hospital’s in Heidelberg. For the second year, Vida will be hosting an amazing day filled with […]
Wimbledon’s Top 12 players June 28, 2015 - In the lead up to Wimbledon I read this great article (below by Brian Mazique on the bleacherreport.com) about the best Grass Court players in history, men and women. It got me thinking, what makes a great grass court player. If you look at the list of players, you would say they almost all have […]
Jaimee Fourlis continues her rise! June 26, 2015 - Jaimee Fourlis has continued her great start to 2015 with her recent win in the ITF event in Poland. The grade 3 ITF Bytom Cup was an outdoor clay court events and saw Jaimee defeat the CZE player Slovakova 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the final. It was a great way to finish the week after […]
Vida – Joma Introductory Special. June 25, 2015 - It’s finally time to offer all our Vida community the chance to be part of the Vida-Joma Team and wear some great apparel at an introductory rate!   If you missed our last blog regarding the new partnership with Joma, you can click here, or visit the blog link at the end of this email. […]
Behind Stan’s Rise June 18, 2015 - A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Damien Lafont from Vida Mind wrote an amazing article about Stan Wawrinka’s mental conditioning.  It was an amazing success on social media gaining over 130 likes and even more impressively, over 150 shares! Just in case you missed it, here it is. Behind Stan’s rise – Mental Conditioning While […]
Vida Welcomes Joma June 12, 2015 - Vida Tennis is proud to announce that “Joma Sport” is now the official apparel provider for us. Joma is a high quality international sporting brand that offers a huge range of apparel, shoes and accessories over a variety of sports, including a dedicated tennis line. Vida, the spanish word for life, and Joma share a […]
Vida kids have an amazing Australian Open Experience May 14, 2015 - During the first week of the Australian Open, Vida kids from the Altona Tennis Club and Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club got have an on court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids had the opportunity to play tennis on the court before the first match of the day. The Altona […]
How to have a string work ethic – Toni Nadal May 14, 2015 - Rafael Nadal is known in sporting circles as having an amazing work ethic. His coach and uncle, Toni, was asked his thoughts on how to have a strong work ethic: Don’t expect instant results. You have to be prepared to work for a long time. “The problem in this life is that young people want […]
Importance of the right ball with the right size of court April 17, 2015 - The right ball at the right time My experience as a tennis coach in Europe is that all tennis players starting at a young age between 6-12 years old uses the right ball at the right time. In my development of several national champions in my club in Denmark I found that the work with […]
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