Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Tennis does not have a clear tennis pathway to achieve many aspiring tennis players’ goals. Weather your goal is the world stage or personal best, the Vida Tennis Pathways will give you an idea of where you currently are in your tennis life and where some of the directions can lead you. It also shows new families getting started into tennis where to start and how to get involved in the “game for life.
You can view all the pathway playing options in the Play section in the navigation bar.
College tennis in the United States is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences an aspiring tennis player will encounter. College tennis gives the student athlete, the ability to improve your tennis, while furthering your education and earning an accredited bachelors degree. College Tennis is a goal for many players and parents, and they should start to learn about benefits, recruiting process, and options as early as possible. There are many pathways to success as a professional tennis player and one of these is the US College pathway.
Vida Tennis has a partnership with one of Australia's leading athlete management agencies and they can help in a wide range of areas. Athletes need to familiarise themselves with core course requirements, grade-point average and SAT tests. Athletes should also note that it is a requirement to graduate with your high school class that is complete years 9-12 in four years. As these rules are subject to change, we advise that you access the latest information on the following websites.
For more information on college tennis Vida recommends you speak with Damian Ward from Aussie Athletes Agency on 0405 928 413.
The ITF, ATP & WTA Tour are the governing bodies who run the professional side of world tennis. There are many levels of events which make up the tour which ranges in prize money, ranking points and status. These include;
- Tour Events
- Grand Slams
Rules and regulations differ from each of the bodies but they all play a vital role in the promotion, management and implementation of tennis and tennis events worldwide. For more information regarding these bodies and the tours log on to the following website
- International Tennis Federation (ITF) www.itftennis.com
- Men’s Events (ATP) www.atpworldtour.com
- Women’s Events (WTA) www.wtatennis.com
On these sites you will find player profiles, events, world rankings and much more.
Many junior tennis players show a desire for knowledge that often leads them down the path to coach tennis later in life. Tennis coaching can be an extremely rewarding profession both personally and from a business stand point and there are many opportunities to get involved.
Tennis Australia (the governing body for coach education and membership in Australia) delivers coaching courses and qualifications across Australia that is among the best in the world.
Tennis Australia Courses and qualifications include:
- Intro to Tennis Hot Shots
- Junior Development
- Club Professional
- High Performance
- Master Club Professional
- Recognition of Current Competence
For more information on any of these courses log onto the Tennis Australia website www.tennis.com.au or speak to your current coach about your options.
The my Vida journey program enables all kids to monitor their progress from when they start tennis through to playing real tennis, club junior competition or entry level tournaments. As the structured levels progress so does the child’s skills, confidence & ability, receiving certificates to show their achievements and progressions along the way. All kids who do Hot Shots Lessons or Group lessons will be constantly assessed to fast track their game so they can play “real tennis” as soon as possible. Tennis lessons use modified balls & equipment and incorporate the Tennis Australia Hot Shots program.