The Vida group after day 1 practice. You can view all the images from the trip on our Facebook Page

Easter has been and gone as so too has the Swan Hill Vida tennis camp. 42 players and 6 Vida coaches journeyed up to sunny Swan Hill for the annual AMT tournament.

The 4 hour train ride up flew by as the constant chatter and card games entertained all who engaged. Tonkla scored himself a free lunch as he took out the rock, paper, scissors tournament.

After settling into the motel the crew jumped in the minibus and headed to the famed grass courts. 56 pristine grass courts, freshly cut, lined and ready for a big 4 days of play. For many players it was their debut on grass, so the aim of the training was to hit as many balls as possible and adjust to the conditions.

A BBQ dinner was then served up by the lovely Swan Hill committee and our players were certainly filled.

Day 1, saw all our players compete in their respective singles and doubles main draw matches, with some great tennis being played as Swan Hill turned on a ripper day with no clouds to be seen.

Day 2, was slightly hotter on the lawn as the mercury rose to 32 degrees, this certainly didn’t dampen the spirit of the players who fought hard all day. Day 2, also saw the commencement of the mixed doubles events. Coach Sean made his long awaited return as he was carried by Veronika through the first round. Aaron and Leona outlasted Ludolph and Isabella in a 2 hour battle which finished in the dark.

Day 3, quarter and semi final day as the pressure built up on some key matches, with some potential Vida vs VIda finals on the cards the players stepped up another level.

The 2nd Annual tie break shootout was another great success with 48 players competing to take home the title. The unique format consists of doubles tie break matches with pairing being drawn out of a hat each round. It was awesome to see some of our younger players being paired with a few of the AMT players and even a few mums joined in. Our own Ludloph made it through to the final on the go down in what was a heated final with, ball kids, linesmen and a few controversial foot fault calls.

On our return to the motel, coach Nick had organised a games night which saw players placed in 6 teams as they completed various party and team building games to take out the title. The losing team (Full Send) had the honour of jumping in the pool fully clothed as punishment for scoring the least amount of points. Special mention to Miranda who showed off her handstand prowess and she walked her team out of sight.

Day 4, finals day saw the group pack up the rooms and head to the club ready to witness another great day of tennis. With several Vida vs VIda finals bragging rights were on the line.

Here is a summary of our winners and finalists:

  • Under 11 green ball
    Runners up – Scarlett Dattoli
  • Under 12 girls Singles –
    Consolation Wiiner – Sophia Brooks-Gay
    Consolation runners up – Alice Irvine
  • Under 12 Boys Doubles
    Consolation Winners – Omar Hany Kamel & Noah Laureano
  • Under 12 Girls Doubles
    Consolation Winners – Alice Irvine & Angelina Chumbley
  • Under 14 Boys Singles
    Winner – Ryo Shibuya
    Runners up – Josh Mecuri
  • Under 16 Boys Singles
    3rd place – Thomas Shokralla
  • Under 16 Girls Singles
    Consolation winner – Emily Kapsalis
  • Under 16 Boys Doubles
    Winners – Elliot Calba & Aadarsh Kongara
    Runner up – Ben Russi & Thomas Shokralla
    Consolation Winners – Harrison Cutts & Brodie McGeachy
  • Under 18 Boys Singles
    Runners up – Neel Mohan
    Consolation Winner – Daniel Zeiba
  • AMT Mens Doubles
    Runners up – Neel Mohan
  • AMT Women’s doubles
    Runner up – Jo Karaitana & Emily Kapsalis

The train ride home was a lot more mellow as most of the players were exhausted after a big 5 days. We would like to thank all the players and parents who helped out during the camp. It was a fantastic experience for all involved and we can’t wait for Bairnsdale in September!

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