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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 […]
Mental Training for Tennis Session – June 18th May 31, 2017 - Would you like to prepare for the upcoming tournaments in the July holidays?  Shift from training to competition and develop your mental skills with Damien from Vida Mind. See below all the details. To join the session please contact Ignacio – ignacio@vidatennis.com.au or 0449 656 058 . Vida Mind provides customised mental training and mental training […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ignacio Crescini Joins the Vida Team January 28, 2017 - Vida Tennis would like to welcome Ignacio Crescini to the coaching team. He will bring a wealth of coaching experience from his many years coaching overseas and in Australia. Ignacio will be based at the MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club Mt Waverley and run squad sessions, private lessons, our Tech Rep program and more. […]
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 […]
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 […]
A guide to help you select your tennis coach May 3, 2016 - The 7 things you need to know before you select your tennis coach, so you don’t waste your time and money! 1. Qualifications and Recommendations (Word of Mouth) One of the first things as a coach, is to go through the Tennis Australia Coaching accreditation process and become qualified, insured and screened. There are also […]
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 […]
How to tell if your child is progressing? August 5, 2015 - Whether you stay and watch your childs lessons, or drop them off and go do something else, I think it is important to know if your child is progressing, not only as a player but also as a person.  Below is 5 ways you can tell if your child is developing both as a player […]
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 […]
First and foremost, its all about FUN! May 14, 2015 - Kudos to you for being the type of parent who takes an active role in educating yourself in how to make a difference in your child’s long-term development. You really are your child’s first teacher and, while this is often a very fun and rewarding role, it certainly is not always easy. This article is […]
Can’t throw, can’t catch: Vida Head Start Program to the rescue April 17, 2015 - There has been much talk about childhood development, particularly in the areas of obesity and physical activity. You may have seen or heard of a recent study by the Victoria University into the skill decline of our children. An article Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge highlighted “evidence is emerging […]
Roger Federer warns against the perils of pushy parents April 17, 2015 - Tennis player Roger Federer says sports stars do not need pushy parents ‘babysitting’ them through their career. The following article was first published on the 26th of Dec 2014 by By Hannah Furness from The Telegraph. Young sports stars do not need pushy parents “babysitting” them through their career, the tennis champion Roger Federer has […]
Nick Bollettieri on Tennis Parents and their Role in Developing Tennis Players April 17, 2015 - The role of the Tennis parent in developing tennis players is always going to draw debate. One of the most experienced coaches (and successful – coaches 10 world number 1 players) in the games history, Nick Bollettieri, wrote the following article on the topic (published on tennisrecruiting.net). Nick will be presenting along side Director of […]
What makes a great coach? April 17, 2015 - In my last post, “5 rules for developing super 10s and 12s players,” I referenced a post by Alistair McCaw. Alistair recently put out his top ten points that makes great tennis coaches, so I have decided to expand on this below. I have further detailed what I believe are the characteristics of a great […]
5 rules for developing super 10s & 12s players April 17, 2015 - After working with many junior players in their development years (7 to 12 years) through my regular coaching, super 10′s team manager, Talent Development Coach (TDC) workshops and more, I have found that there is one certainty; no individual players development or pathway will ever be the same. One thing that is the same, is […]
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Technique V Tactic April 17, 2015 - What comes first the chick or the egg? The connection between tactical and technical development is paramount to the long term progress, enjoyment and development of the game for each individual. Technique is all time favourite topic for most people involved in tennis, be they coaches, parents, TV commentators and more. The majority of private […]

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