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5 week online tennis fitness program August 5, 2020 - Looking to improve your fitness for tennis during lockdown? Join our 5-week online program Over the next 5 weeks Vida, led by industry-leading tennis S&C coach Jo Karaitiana, is offering Tennis specific Fitness sessions for you to do at home. These 40-minute sessions will be held over zoom three times per week and give you […]
US College Tennis June 10, 2020 - The US College System is a great opportunity for student-athletes to continue their tennis journey post their year 12 studies. As a student-athlete, you will be attending college (university) studying your degree of choice, be involved with a full-time training program (on-court training, gym, strength & conditioning, and rehab) and traveling to compete against other colleges and […]
Specialist Sports Tennis Academy 2021 – Info Evening June 3, 2020 - Box Hill Senior Secondary College and Vida Tennis would like to invite parents & students to the 2021 Specialist Sports Academy Information evening. Families will be able to find out more about the school’s academic program as well as the various sports specialist programs, including tennis. BHSSC is a year 9 to 12 school and […]
Hot Shots from Home April 9, 2020 - Your online resource to give your child the opportunity to develop their tennis skills safely from home. We will continue to add more videos of activities for your child to continue to practice from home....You can use small spaces, walls, beanbags, balls and even create your own types of mini nets to continue to play […]
Practice from home – Tennis & Fitness April 8, 2020 - Looking to maintain and improve your fitness whilst at home? Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, mobility, flexibility, and strength without gym machines or equipment. There are also pieces of equipment that can help you develop your fitness, strength, and conditioning from home. Below are a variety of examples to help […]
Develop your Tennis IQ April 8, 2020 - Welcome to the Develop your Tennis IQ page. This page has been designed to help players develop their tennis IQ off-court & at home to support their on-court tennis development. We will tap into resources from the Vida Team as well as industry experts. The areas we will focus on will be game analysis, tactical […]
Bodyweight Strength Training April 1, 2020 - Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, mobility, flexibility, and strength without gym machines or equipment. On this page, you will find three Bodyweight Strength Programs to get you started. These sessions can be done in your own home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Day 1 […]
Work out with a former Vida player and now world class runner April 1, 2020 - Vlad Ixel Many who were part of Vida Tennis in the early 2000 nds would remember a hard working teenager by the name of Vlad Ixel. The Ukrainian born boy had moved from Israel, to Perth and then to Melbounre in the early years his life. He arrived at Vida Tennis as a very raw, […]
COVID-19 Update – Vida Tennis March 19, 2020 - * Correct as of 19/03/2020. This page will be updated as more information comes to hand or any changes in the situation. Tennis Lessons are currently continuing. . We all know tennis is a unique sport with many benefits – the main one being health and wellbeing. The very nature of our game ensures there […]
10 Things You Need to Know about Great Tennis Coaches March 2, 2020 - First of all, picking a great tennis coach that suits your child’s individual personality and contributes successfully to the technical and tactical development can be a hard decision. So, what makes tennis coaches great? What are the habits and things they do to make them great coaches? Moreover, these factors can easily be influenced by […]
Top 5 Tournament Tips February 19, 2020 - Here at Vida we want to ensure everyone has the best possibly experience and opportunity to reach their goals. There are many factors that contribute to creating a successful tennis player. Here we will highlight the Top 5 Tournament Tips that you can implement for your upcoming tournament season. 1. How to warm up without […]
Nick Bollettieri on Tennis Parents and their Role in Developing Tennis Players February 14, 2020 - 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). Dan Materna – Nick Bollettieri coached 10 players […]
5 Reasons it’s Important to Practice Matches February 13, 2020 - Match play is a part of our sport. Whenever you are playing a set with a friend, playing points in squads, or playing Competition & Tournaments you are practicing points. Tennis players often play a lot of practice matches for several reasons. Here are 5 Reasons it’s Important to Practice Matches. 1. Implement what you’ve […]
7 reasons WHY teenage girls drop out of tennis and WHAT we can do about it! January 30, 2020 - This is an opinion piece written by Jo Karaitiana the Director of Tennis at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. With the current rise of female tennis due to the likes of Ash Barty inspiring the next generation of Australian female tennis players, we address some reason as to why teenage girls drop out of tennis […]
Top 10 confidence tips to Improve Your Game January 23, 2020 - 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 of the most important […]
5 rules for developing 10s & 12s players January 7, 2020 - After working with many junior players in their development years (7 to 12 years) through our regular coaching programs, we have found that there is one certainty; no individual players’ development or pathway will ever be the same. But one thing is for sure, is that Rome was not built in a day, and the […]
Vida Coach Profile – Ashleigh Richardson December 24, 2019 - Ashleigh is the Head Coach at Essendon Tennis Club and has been in the Vida family for almost 20 years. Let’s hear more about her very own Vida Journey.   1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket?   As soon as I was able to hold one, I would carry it around the […]
Vida Coach Profile – Rodrigo Lencioni December 18, 2019 - Here we have one of our international coaches Rodrigo Lencioni, he spends 6 days a week on court between Altona and Essendon Tennis Clubs. Let’s get to know why he started paying tennis and how he ended up in Melbourne! 1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket? I started playing tennis when i […]
Vida Coach Profile – Ryan Shultz December 13, 2019 - One of the newest members to the Vida Coaching Team is Ryan Shultz. Who currently coaches at the Casa D’Abruzzo Club in Epping. Let’s get to know a bit about how he fell in love with tennis. Ryan Shultz – Melbourne, Victoria 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? I first started […]
Vida Coach Proflie – Nick Opasinov December 6, 2019 - Let’s get to know Nick Opasinov from Essendon Tennis Club a little bit better. Nick Opasinov – Melbourne, Victoria 1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket?  I started playing tennis when I was 6 years old. I used to get swimming lessons at Epping leisure city, and the way to get out was […]
Vida Coach Profile – Sean Hosemans November 29, 2019 - Here we have the Head Coach at the Casa D’Abruzzo Club in Epping, Sean Hosemans   1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket?   10 yrs old. 2.Who influenced you to begin playing? –  I wanted a new challenge. I played a variety of sports as a youngster such as Karate from 5 yrs […]
Andrew Baschetta, Vida’s Bronze Medalist. November 22, 2019 - Since February 2019, Andrew Baschetta has been receiving  lessons at Vida Tennis Essendon with Nick Opasinov and Ashleigh Richardson.  His goal was to improve his game and give himself the best chance to be selected in the Australian team for the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi. In March, his dream came true and […]
Vida Coach Profile – Leon van Voorthuizen November 22, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Operations Manager at Vida tennis Leon van Voorthuizen. Leon van Voorthuizen – Perth, Australia Role: Operations Manager and Director of Coaching at Xavier College   1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket? I first picked up a racket when I was 5 years old. I would play totem […]
8 Benefits from Training in a Squad November 22, 2019 - Have you got a young aspiring tennis player looking to take the next stage in their tennis journey? Whether they are looking to participate more in tennis or trying to take their game to the next level, squads are a fantastic way to further develop their skills. Squads thrive in high volume, hitting & game-based […]
Vida Coach Profile – Danny Oltvay November 8, 2019 - Let’s get to know Danny Oltvay, the Head Coach at MCC Kew Danny Oltvay – Melbourne, Australia Role – Head Coach at MCC Kew 1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket? I first played tennis when I was 4. My dad was an avid tennis player, and used to take my older sister […]
How do I avoid tennis elbow? November 5, 2019 - Tennis elbow is a common problem that often affects avid tennis players. Overuse of the elbow, hand and forearm muscles during long matches or extended play can lead to tennis elbow, which affects an area known as lateral epicondylitis.  Let’s hear what Andrew Wynd, an APA Physiotherapist from Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre has to […]
Vida Coach Profile – Angelo Giampaolo November 1, 2019 - Let’s get to know Angelo Giampaolo, the Head Coach at MCC Glen Iris Valley TC. Angelo Giampaolo – Melbourne, Victoria 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket?  I was 5 years old when I first started playing. My brother used to have lessons and I tried to get involved, causing havoc at […]
Vida Coach Profile – Blake Poyser October 25, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Vida coaches a bit better. He we have the Head Coach at the Veneto Club, Blake Poyser. Blake Poyser – Bendigo, Victoria Vida Venue – Veneto Club, Bulleen Role – Head Coach 1.When did you first pick up a tennis racket?  4 years old in Queensland. 2.Who influenced you to […]
Female Tennis Coaches – It’s Your Time October 22, 2019 - Vida coaches Ashleigh Richardson and Jo Karaitana at a recent Women in Coaching workshop held by Tennis Victoria This is an opinion piece from Director of Vida Tennis Essendon about Female Tennis Coaches – Ashleigh Richardson With the huge rise of girls and women in sport with AFLW, Suncorp Super Netball and the #changeourgame in […]
Vida Coach Profile – Jo Karaitiana October 18, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of Tennis at Box Hill Secondary College Jo Karaitiana. Jo Karaitiana – Melbourne, Australia Vida Venue – Box Hill Seconday Role – Director of Tennis 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was probably around 7 years […]
24 Hour Tennis Marathon Completed! October 14, 2019 - 24 Hour Tennis Marathon Completed! Over the weekend of the 4-5th of October, Essendon Tennis Club hosted a 24 Hour Tennis Marathon. The goal was to raise money for the charity Hands Across the Water with the challenge being; to keep one tennis court operating for a 24 hour period. T-Minus 5 hours before we […]
Vida Coach Profiles – Ignacio Crescini October 11, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of High Performance at MCC Glen Iris Valley TC Ignacio Crescini. Ignacio Crescini – Cordoba, Argentina Vida Venue – MCC Glen Iris Valley Role – Director of High Performance  1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was […]
How do we work out which is the most suitable lesson for your child? October 8, 2019 - At Vida we understand the importance of placing your child in the correct group to help them develop physically and socially. If you have any questions or concerns about the group your child is placed in please don’t hesitate to talk to their coach.
What can I learn from losing? October 7, 2019 - With another set of school holidays and tournament block in the books, it’s time to reflect on your performance and to look forward towards your next term of training.  I recently came across an article by TennisFitness.com with the title “Every tennis player should read this”. As a tennis coach and player I obviously felt […]
How do I get my child started with Tennis? September 9, 2019 - We often get asked a number of similar questions from many parents who are looking to get their children into playing tennis. This article will cover some of the most frequently asked questions that relate to starting your child’s journey through Vida. If you have a question that is not covered in this article, feel […]
Why Box Hill Tennis Academy August 29, 2019 - Box Hill Senior Secondary College (BHSSC) has been an innovator and pioneer in the provision of specialized sport development programs in secondary college settings in Victoria. The College provides a unique environment where athletes are able to combine their goals in their chosen sport with a comprehensive and stimulating education. The sport development sessions are […]
Teaching Children About Failure August 19, 2019 - Parents will always have a need to protect their children. It’s part of the job. It is important in many aspects of life to be able to protect your children from potential dangers. Protecting children from failure, however, can negatively impact their development. Failure is a part of life. Children need to be able to […]
What life lessons does sport teach kids? August 12, 2019 - Recently I came across a social media post from a sporting parent which I thought was interesting. It made me think about why sport is so important as a child grows up; the life lessons learned, the shared experiences had with friends and family, the habits it creates, and the health benefits. Below is the […]
Pleasure in Pressure August 8, 2019 - Do you love the nervousness? Pete Sampras was asked by Inside Tennis after his retirement what he missed the most about the game? He said, “I miss feeling so nervous that I would throw up before the finals of Wimbledon.” Embracing Pressure Skill and training naturally play a big part in the ability to execute […]
Accepting Mistakes August 4, 2019 - On the tennis court and life in general, most people are afraid of making a mistake and afraid of failure. The truth is that failure is something we all are going to experience at some point in our lives – in sport and life. Even if you are a perfectionist, you are going to make […]
How do I increase the power on my serve? July 21, 2019 - The speed of the serve does account for something and can sometimes win you some easy points. However, you need consistency with your first serve before you start adding speed to your serve. A good percentage for first serves is anything above 70 percent. That being said, who doesn’t love the feeling of hitting a […]
Top 5 Doubles Tips July 21, 2019 - If you love tennis and you live to play doubles, this post was written for you. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, I’m sure the tips in this post are going to be a huge boost to your doubles game. Perhaps you play doubles often, but with no clear idea of what you’re […]
Closed stance; the key to developing junior tennis players June 29, 2019 - By Jo Karaitiana Director of Tennis – Box Hill Tennis Academy My combined background as a strength and conditioning coach and tennis coach has molded my coaching philosophy to believe that all coaches must teach players from a young age closed stance first before skipping ahead to coach any other stance in tennis. Here’s why: […]
How to select the right Tennis Racquet for your child June 3, 2019 - There are many different things to consider when buying a kid’s tennis racquet, beginning with size. But how do you know what kid’s tennis racquet size to buy? Do not fret, we have answers to some questions you may have. How are children’s racquets different? Children’s tennis racquets are typically aluminium-based, which makes them lighter […]
2019 Vida Swan Hill Camp Wrap April 24, 2019 - 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 […]
How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports April 8, 2019 - Being a sporting parent is not an easy job. Recently I read a great article on www.activeforlife.com and thought I would share it will the Vida community. Enjoy. Sean Hosemans Vida Tennis Epping How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports These days, everyone wants to incorporate more mindfulness into […]
How to develop a great green ball squad March 19, 2019 - by Martin Vazquez Jones Coaching talented juniors through their developmental years can be a challenging time for coach and player. These years, as players transition from orange, to green, to hardball, are very important in establishing the foundations for their game. I have been fortunate enough to work with many players in this space, both […]
7 reasons why the best tennis players succeed March 8, 2019 - by Jo Karaitana Director of Tennis- Box Hill Tennis Academy This week the coaches and players at Box Hill Tennis Academy were joined by former world number 1 doubles player Cara Black for an on-court session. While there were so many takeaways from her session and Q&A, there was something she said that reminded me […]
10 Values Tennis Teaches Kids For Life February 26, 2019 - by Leon Van Voorthuizen Tennis is a great sport to start when you are young and recently I came across a post first shared on “playyourcourt.com“, and thought I would share it with the Vida community. Tennis teachers so many amazing values! Build self-confidence One of the first things you learn in tennis practice is […]
Can’t throw, can’t catch: Vida Head Start Program to the rescue January 14, 2019 - 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 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 that […]
The importance of the right ball and court at the right time January 8, 2019 - by Christoffer Madsen 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 […]
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Technique V Tactic January 7, 2019 - 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 […]
ITFs Futures & AMT Tournaments December 23, 2018 - Once you have competed in the many Junior Tournament and National Points Events as a junior and you are ready to challenge yourself at a higher level you can enter into ITF, Futures, and Australian Money Tournament events. It is important to talk to your coach before you enter these events because they are at […]
Junior Tournaments & Nationals Events November 28, 2018 - Junior Tournaments are the start of the competitive tournament system for tennis players involving the use of Australian ranking points. There are 4 different levels to JT Tournaments (lowest to highest); Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Players can enter in singles and doubles events in these tournaments with the majority of time it needing to […]
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail October 31, 2018 - As a player heads into a tournament there are a few things to consider. We can divide the preparation for a tournament in three different categories: The night before a match Morning of the match Post-match, preparation for the second match The night before the match is very important to be well hydrated, that is […]
Super 10’s Competition September 13, 2018 - Super 10s is an exciting competition for boys and girls aged 10/u and is now run Australia-wide. This competition facilitates 10/u players to develop a culture of fair play, teamwork, and acknowledgment. Selection trials are held to select teams and players are divided up into boys and girls teams (four players per team) who then […]
Junior Development Series Tournaments (JDS) August 31, 2018 - You’ve decided it’s time for your child to take the next step in Tennis but unsure of what is next after junior club competition. Junior Development Series (JDS) tournaments are for players who are looking for an opportunity to play a higher standard of tennis outside of junior club competition, and also their first taste […]
Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day August 17, 2018 - The biggest event on the Vida HotShots Calendar is the  Challenge Day The Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day is an event held by Vida Tennis annually at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open. There have been five Vida Hot Shots Challenge Days in the past with numbers growing exponentially each year.  Players come together […]
APS Tennis: St Kevin’s Go Back to Back March 25, 2018 - Congratulations to St Kevin’s College 1st Boys Tennis team who have gone back to back taking this seasons APS school tennis title. The team, led by Vida coach Kane Dewhurst, finished the season undefeated in 2017/18 after some close matches against Melbourne Grammar, Brighton Grammar, and Haileybury College. The team, captained by Nelson Walker, had […]
Vida Hotshots Club Challenge Day 2018 February 19, 2018 - The fourth Vida Hotshots 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 April 15th, for […]
2017 Club Coach Of The Year – Kane Dewhurst December 5, 2017 - Vida Tennis and the MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club would like to congratulate Kane Dewhurst from the Vida team on winning the 2017 TCAV Club Coach of the Year. The George Gilmour Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Club Coach of the Year for successful coaching programs and pathways within their community and demonstration of loyalty to his/her club. In 2017, […]
5 Reasons why your child should play Junior Competition November 13, 2017 - Junior Competition is the next step in your child’s tennis journey once they have completed or are near completing the My Vida Journey Program. So why should you get involved in Junior Competition and how does it work? How does it work? Competition is played on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays and works in a ‘Home […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 two decades (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. Looking forward to the […]
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 […]
How to Warm Up for your match when there is No Tennis Court? January 14, 2017 - Often junior tennis players arrive at a tournament and there are no practice courts to warm up on. Even if you have been able to get on court at another venue the player will still need to do another physical warm-up before they go on the court. The aim of a warm-up is to physically […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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