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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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Junior Tournament Tour of France – July 2016 March 7, 2016 - Juniors Tennis Tournament Circuit – France, July 2016 Vida Tennis would like to invite any player interested in a trip of a lifetime to France to play tennis tournament, experience the culture and have an amazing experience to check out the following information. On top of playing the largest number of official matches in the shortest period of […]
Advantage Girls – Girls Only Tennis Camp July 22, 2015 - The Vida Tennis Advantage GIRLS camp is designed to empower and develop girls in tennis and everyday life. Girls can come together and have a training environment dedicated to their needs. Players will train with like minded people and be guided by a team who understand female development both on and off the tennis court. […]
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 […]
The Psychology of Djokovic vs Murray in the Aus Open Final April 17, 2015 - A lot has already been said about this match. The amazing first 2 sets, the ups and downs of Novak, his sudden awakening, his bizarre shaky legs, Andy’s anger and relentless talking … etc. But beyond the armchair analysis what do we really learn from this 2015 Australian Open final? First we have to remember […]
Shoulder Mobility for Tennis. Improve your performance, reduce your change of injury April 17, 2015 - The third video is our series will focus on shoulder mobility for tennis. The range of movement in your shoulder will have a direct relationship with the fluency and speed of your serve and many other shots in tennis. Tight shoulders lead to tight backs and necks, which will effect performance, possible injury and lower […]
Core strength for tennis. Where to start! April 17, 2015 - Core strength is vital for tennis players to produce more effective and efficient shot making and balance movement pattern. Core stability is a misunderstood term. Typically, the core is associated with the abdominal muscles groups and stability is associated with isometric or static strength. However in actuality, the core consists of the abdominal muscles groups […]
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 […]
The American college system, how does it work? April 17, 2015 - The American College system is a great pathway for all sporting athletes, in particular tennis players, to balance study and tennis development. The following video was a recent story on ABC TV and gives a snapshot of what opportunities exist. If you would like more information about the process and whether it is right for […]
Serve & Volley Pat Rafter Style April 17, 2015 - Pat Rafter was one of the greatest exponents of the serve & volley, approach the net, style of game. But has this style of game become extinct? Many say it has but as the game evolves there will always be a place for this style if executed well. The following three video’s of Pat Rafter […]
Top 10 confidence tips to Improve Your Game April 17, 2015 - The most important skill Self-confidence is probably one of the main reasons why players underperform when they go from practice to matches. It is the reason why when players or parents contact me, they ask me why they or their child can’t perform as well in matches as they do in practice. Confidence is one […]
Andy Murray post training exercises. What can you learn from the Pro’s? April 17, 2015 - Developing your body for elite tennis is an ongoing process which needs to be planned and monitored. Tennis has no real off season, so as a result, players must continue to develop their physical strength, flexibility, mobility, agility, balance and core during competition play. So what can we learn from the Pro’s? Watch this great […]
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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