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Vida Tennis Tournament & Camps May 15, 2020 - The Vida Team travel with a group of kids from across all Vida Venues 2-3 times per year for Vida Tennis Tournament & Camps. This is an opportunity for players to travel with their friends and coaches to compete in a tournament. All players involved will learn what it’s like to travel to a tournament […]
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 April 8, 2020 - Looking to maintain and improve your fitness whilst at home? Body weight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, mobility, flexibility, and strength without gym machines or equipment. These sessions can be done in your own home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Tennis, Jo Karaitiana. […]
Develop your Tennis IQ April 8, 2020 - Over the coming weeks we will continue to add information onto this page with will help players develop their tennis IQ from home. We will tap into resourses from the Vida Team as well as industry experts. The areas we will focus on with be game analysis, tactical awreness, movements, decision making, patterns of play, doubles […]
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. Over the coming period, we will be adding Body weight Strength Programs to this page for students at Box Hill Tennis Academy to access. These sessions can be done in your own hom. If you have […]
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, […]
Tennis Pathways – Tournaments March 31, 2020 - Entering a tennis tournament for the first time can be a little confusing. The information below is a guide to help you navigate the Tennis Pathways of tournament play. These are: ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play Junior Development Series Tournaments Junior Tournament ITF junior and National Junior Championships Australian Money Tournaments Vida Tennis runs, […]
Tennis Pathways – What life opportunity awaits you? March 31, 2020 - Often the pathways in tennis are not clear from the beginning but making sure the environment is giving “the knowledge to nurture” for your child, anything is possible. The Tennis Australia Hot Shots program has a pathway for taking beginners (age from 3 years old) to competition level tennis. The levels, linked with the colour […]
What program options are there? March 31, 2020 - 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. The 3 main lesson types we have are: Groups Lessons Private/semi- private […]
How to tell if your child is progressing? March 31, 2020 - Whether you stay and watch your child lessons, or drop them off and go do something else, it is important to know if your child is progressing. Not only as a player but also as a person. 5 ways for parents to know they’re on the right track when it comes to their kid’s sports […]
What certificate level are you on? March 31, 2020 - My Vida Journey As part of the Vida Tennis HotShots program, the certificate program is an important part of monitoring each individuals improvement and experience. Certificates are handed out at the end of the term and outline their achievements. They allow the child to take responsibility of their learning and assist the coaches in providing […]
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 […]
Specialist Sports Tennis Academy 2021 – Info Evening March 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 […]
10 Things You Need to Know about Great Tennis Coaches March 2, 2020 - 10 Things You Need to Know About Great Tennis Coaches: First of all, picking great tennis coaches that suits your child’s individual personality and contribute successfully to the players technical and tactically development can be a hard decision. What makes tennis coaches great? What are the habits and things they do made them great coaches? […]
Adult Competition Options February 20, 2020 - There are opportunities to play adult competition at every Vida venue. The Vida tennis club you choose to play for is zoned to a certain region and that will be the regional competition you will participate in. There is mid-week competition during the day, mid-week competition at night and competition on weekends. There is also […]
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 […]
Benefits of exercise on the brain February 19, 2020 - We all know exercising is good for the body. But did you know you might also get a brain boost when you don your sneakers and hit the gym or the court? The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioral […]
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 - 5 Reasons it’s Important to Practice Matches 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 […]
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 […]
Give Your Kids a Head Start January 22, 2020 - Head Start Kids Motor Skills Tennis Program The kid’s Head Start Tennis & Motor skills program is designed to help kids develop and master their fundamental perceptual-motor skills, the building blocks of sport, physical activity and child development. You can read more about the Head Start Program by clicking here. Kids will have a great […]
Launching the new Strength & Conditioning for Junior Tennis Players Program January 14, 2020 - Over the past years at Vida, we have been asked numerous times about strength training for junior tennis players. Working with young players, it is important to get the right balance of training on and off the court. Strength is the key building block for physical development and in turn tennis development eg. Speed, power, […]
What match play opportunities are there? January 14, 2020 - The first step in your child’s competition pathway is playing in the ANZ Hotshots Match Play events! These events are the perfect place to start trying some friendly competition with kids from their own club surrounded by coaches that can help them out. The truth about competitions is that is not about winning, it is […]
Australian Open Kids on Court Experience January 14, 2020 - Every year during the Australian Open, some lucky Vida kids from all our venues have the opportunity to have an on-court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids will play tennis on the Australian Open court before the first match of the day. The kids will play for approx 20 to […]
5 rules for developing super 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, Talent Development Coach (TDC) workshops and more, we 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 that Rome was […]
Vida Tennis Australian Open Camp January 4, 2020 - The 2020 Vida Tennis Australian Open Camp will be held at the various Vida venues over two days and will be jam-packed full of activities, on and off the court. Much of your junior tennis training is only based on the tennis court. This camp gives you the opportunity to experience many of the “off […]
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 […]
Essendon Summer Tennis Camp 2020 December 2, 2019 - Looking for some extra practice during the holidays? Essendon Tennis Club is holding a Summer Tennis Camp for kids Green ball and above who are looking for some extra practice before the NSJTA Competition starts up again. The Summer Camp will be held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th of January, it will be jam […]
A Day at the Australian Open December 2, 2019 - With the excitement of the Australian Open, Vida Tennis would like to invite you to ‘A Day at the Australian Open‘. The Australian Open has so many experiences to enjoy while there, such as, watching the top players from around the world, the great activities in the kids zone and the area dedicated to kids […]
Australian Open Kids on Court Experience 2020 December 2, 2019 - Every year during the Australian Open, some lucky Vida kids from all our venues have the opportunity to have an on-court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids will play tennis on the Australian Open court before the first match of the day. The kids will play for approx 20 to […]
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 - Got a young aspiring tennis player look to take the next stage in the 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 develop their skills even further. Squads thrive in high volume, hitting & game based […]
Djokovic’s Serving Master Class November 12, 2019 - Here’s an article and match summary written by Craig O’Shannessy about the recent Paris Masters Final, the full article can be found at https://www.atptour.com/en/news/djokovic-shapovalov-paris-2019-final-brain-game Imagine a Novak Djokovic match where more than half the points played featured only a serve and a return. Impossible, right? Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 in the final of […]
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 […]
The Future is Female – Advantage Girls Program October 29, 2019 - The Future is Female – Advantage Girls Program After the success of the transition program we introduce the Advantage Girls Squads, tailored for girls and run by an all female coaching team including Ashleigh Richardson and Jo Karaitiana. The Vida Tennis Advantage Girls Squads are designed to empower and develop girls in tennis and everyday […]
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 […]
Tennis Without Barriers: Connecting Cultures October 10, 2019 - After a successful 9 week program in Term 3, with over 70 participants from more than 25 countries we are happy to announce that the Connecting Cultures program will continue this Term. Details for Term 4 When: Sundays 1.00-2.00pm structured lesson 2.00pm – 3.00pm free play Where: MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club 260 High […]
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 […]
2019 Vida Bairnsdale Tournament Camp September 30, 2019 -  While the Giants broke Magpie hearts in the city, a young Vida crew headed east in search of success and a unique experience. It was a great day to be a kite as the wind was howling over the freshly laid classic clay. We all had to adjust to the court and weather conditions […]
Where should you hit your return of serve? September 23, 2019 - One of the most influential shots in the game is the Return of Serve deep down the middle. With the speed and placement of the serve getting better each year, the importance of a great return increases. Arguably two of the greatest returners to play the game Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi have won a […]
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 […]
Footy Season Over? Give tennis a go August 13, 2019 - Tennis is the sport for life, and you can play all year round! So now the junior footy season is coming to an end, why not try tennis! Start Tennis Today with a Free Intro lesson At Vida, there is a program for all ages and abilities at all of our venues, with lesson options […]
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 […]
Box Hill Tennis Academy Open Day – Aug 2019 July 18, 2019 - Box Hill Senior Secondary College in conjunction with Vida Tennis invite you to find out more about our academic and specialized tennis academy program for 2020. We are now taking enrollments for Year 9 and 10 students into the 2020 Tennis Academy Program. If you are looking to combine your academic, tennis and physical development […]
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: […]
Advantage Girls Transition Program June 16, 2019 - Vida Tennis presents the next chapter of the Advantage Girls Program, the Advantage Girls Transition Program in Term 3 2019. The Advantage Girls Transition Program is designed to provide an opportunity for young female adults to continue their tennis journey, no matter what their goals are. The 5 weeks will get the young women to […]
Tennis without Barriers – Connecting Cultures Program June 6, 2019 - Sport is culturally significant in our society and plays a key role in bridging diversity and making our city the great place it is. Vida Tennis is excited to announce our new initiative, Tennis without Barriers – Connecting Cultures. Our vision for the program is to create an opportunity for people new to Australia to […]
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 […]
Vida players selected for Super 10’s May 24, 2019 - Congratulations to Vida Tennis Epping players Mila Masalkovska & Akhil Srinivasan have been selected this season for the Super 10’s teams. This is a fantastic achievement for both players who have been selected at only 9 years old, a year younger than most of their Super 10’s competitors. To get into this prestigious event the […]
Chasing Summer – USA Tennis Camp Experience May 14, 2019 - Chasing Summer with Leon Van Voorthuizen Winter is coming and that means it’s time for me to fly North in search of warmer temperatures and longer days on the courts. Once again, I will be returning to take up my position as Tennis Director at Windridge Tennis and Sports Camps in Roxbury, Vermont, USA. Since […]
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 […]
Box Hill Tennis Academy 2020 April 3, 2019 - Box Hill Tennis Academy and Vida Tennis invite you to find out more about the Tennis program at the school. Enquiries are now being taken for the 2020 program with the dates for school tours soon to be announced. If you would like to find out more about the combined academic & tennis program please feel […]
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 […]
Vida Tennis awarded most popular for kids February 12, 2019 - Vida Tennis was awarded a top 10 place in the Active Activities website for activities for kids in 2018. ActiveActivities is an online marketplace where kids activities, events for kids & school holiday activities for kids can be found & contacted in a few clicks. It is great to see so many people loving playing […]
Ella off to Beijing after Aus Open Ballkids Top Gun was announced February 9, 2019 - This January saw Novak Djokovic winning his 7th Australian Open in a straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka moving to number 1 in the world after her victory. A major part of the grand slam running smoothly are the 360 ball boys and girls that lend their skills and time to the […]
How to have a strong work ethic – Toni Nadal February 1, 2019 - Rafael Nadal is known in sporting circles as having an amazing work ethic. His coach and uncle, Toni, was asked his thoughts on how to have a strong work ethic: Don’t expect instant results. You have to be prepared to work for a long time. “The problem in this life is that young people want […]
Ball Kids don’t just pick up balls January 29, 2019 - The 2019 Austalian Open was the second year Misha Lotze was a part of the Ball Kid team. Read below some feedback about his experience. Ballkids was an amazing experience, as you are an important part of the 10,000 strong AO team who are all passionate about tennis. Ballkids don’t just “pick up balls” – it’s […]
Skyler the Vida Coin Toss Kid goes Viral January 19, 2019 - Each year as part of the ANZ Hot Shots Kids on Court experience kids from Vida Tennis’s coaching program get the opportunity to play on the courts at the Australian Open before matches start. Skyler, who have tennis lessons at MCC Glen Iris, then got the opportunity to toss the coin for the first match […]
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 […]
Tennis training without a tennis ball. What do the pro’s do? January 7, 2019 - The increase on speed in the modern game has placed extra importance on the physical side of the game. Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal have taken the men’s game to new levels in recent times, particular in the area of court speed and movement. Effective and efficient movement patterns, combined with a balance, flexible, strong […]
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 […]
College Tennis December 30, 2018 - Once you have finished your Year 12 education you have the option of trying to get a scholarship at an American College. A great option for players to continue their academics with full-time tennis after high school is College Tennis in America. As a student-athlete you will be attending college (university) studying your degree of […]
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 […]
Welcome Jo Karaitiana to the Vida Team December 12, 2018 - Vida Tennis would like to officially welcome Jo-Anne Karaitiana to the Vida Team. Jo will start her role with Vida as Director of Coaching at the Box Hill Senior Secondary College Tennis Academy in January 2019. Jo has had a close relationship with Vida for more than a decade through her playing days and we are excited for her […]
Junior and Senior Pennant December 11, 2018 - Following club competition, your child can also participate in Junior/Senior Pennant held on the weekend. Pennant is an inter-club competition where players are apart of a team and aim to win the most rubbers (matches), sets, and games. In the best of 3 tie-break sets your child will receive great match play against other competitive […]
Junior Tournaments & Nationals Events November 28, 2018 - Junior Tournaments are the start to a competitive tournament system for tennis players involving the use of 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. Please talk to your coach directly about which tournaments would best suit […]
Vida Tennis to oversee the Box Hill SSC Tennis Academy Program from 2019 November 25, 2018 - It is with great excitement that the Vida Team would like to announce that we have been selected to oversee the Box Hill Senior Secondary College Tennis Academy Program from 2019. The Box Hill Tennis school program was established in 2005 to enable gifted athletes to combine their goals in tennis with a comprehensive and […]
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail October 31, 2018 - Melbourne Cup weekend will have most of our tournament players competing in the middle of the term, the weather is nice and its a great time of year to compete. Ignacio, from MCC Glen Iris Valley, gives you a few things to consider in your planning. We can divide the preparation for a tournament in […]
Super 10’s Competition September 13, 2018 - The 5th installment of our tournament and competition pathway is the Super 10’s Competition. Super 10’s is a Tennis Victoria competition run for talented players aged 10 and under. Run by Ian Barclay (Pat Rafter’s coach) and Ash Naumann (Talent Development Manager), this competition brings all elements important to making a great tennis player and […]
Junior Development Series Tournaments (JDS) August 31, 2018 - The 4th instalment of our Competition Pathway Blog Series focuses on Junior Development Series Tournaments otherwise known as JDS Tournaments. You’ve decided it’s time for your child to take the next step in Tennis but unsure of what to do next. Junior Development Series tournaments are for players who are looking for an opportunity to […]
Vida Tennis Charity Day 2018 August 30, 2018 - Come and support Vida Tennis Coaches Ashleigh Richardson and Blake Poyser at the Vida Tennis Charity Day 2018! All money raised will be donated to Hands Across the Water – a foundation that supports at-risk & underprivileged kids and communities in Thailand. Hands Across The Water, was originally formed after countless Thai children were left alone and […]
Vida Venue Junior Competition Information August 24, 2018 - At each Vida venue the junior players have an opportunity to play competitively with a wide range of grades to suit the needs of everyone. Every Vida venue is zoned to a certain region for competition, the kids will play in different formats depending on that zone.  It is a great opportunity to take the […]
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 […]
My trip and presenting in Argentina: Pros and Cons of a success based tennis powerhouse July 24, 2018 - During the July school holiday break, Ignacio, our Head Coach at MCC Glen Iris went back his home country Argentina. Below is an account of some of his experiences. Sometimes, hopefully not too often, we forget who are the people responsible for where we are, but going back to places where you learn your craft […]
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 […]
Why is tennis so good for a child’s motor skills? February 20, 2018 - Tennis, and sport in general, is a great way to help children develop their motor skills. Kids between the ages of 3 and 5 years are starting to develop their gross motor skills and enjoy a wide variety of activities. Gross motor skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such […]
How to select the perfect tennis racquet February 19, 2018 - While picking a racquet is a very personalized preference, there are many factors to be considered and you must also try to match these factors with the style of game you play. Here at Vida Tennis we give you the opportunity to try out different racquets prior to purchase through our demo program. Your coach will […]
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 […]
Ball Kids – Australian Open 2019 February 18, 2018 - Roll with the best next year and become a ballkid. Applications for the AusOpen 2019 are open now and close on 1 March 2018. Are you up for the challenge? What does a ballkid do? Ballkids play an integral role in ensuring that tennis tournaments run smoothly. Throughout the Australian Open series, each ballkid is […]
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