Australian Open Kids on Court Experience 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 30 minutes and then one of the kids on the court will have the opportunity to toss the coin at the start of the match. A parent and the child is then free to stay for the day and watch some world class tennis and experience all of what the Australian Open has to offer.

This is an amazing opportunity to play on the court your favorite players will be playing on!

In previous years, Vida kids have been lucky enough to:

  • Practice with World Number 1 Novak Djokovic on an outside court (see picture below)
  • Play on Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena
  • Toss the coin on match courts – some kids got on the big screen and even a couple on prime time night matches
  • Being interviewed on the big screen before play started

Each Vida Venue has been allocated a number of positions for our Hot Shots participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate every child, so to make things fair we will once again be drawing it out of a hat if we go over the numbers allocated at each venue.

Registration Via the Form Below

Below are all the dates for each venue. Your registrations come with a practice session at your club before the day. Please click on your venue and read all the information before registering for the opportunity. If you have any further questions please speak to the contact listed;


To be eligible to come on the day you need to;

  • Be a registered Hot Shots player with Tennis Australia  (if you are not, click on the link below and register – Note: you need to be registered for the 2019-20 year)
  • Have lessons at a Vida Tennis Venue

What is included on the day;

  • 1 x ground pass for a child
  • 1 x ground pass for a parent

There will also be some practice options at venues the day before or holiday program options during the same week. Click on the above links for your venue information and then come back to this page to register.

So if you want to have a chance to be part of an on court experience day, speak to your venue contact of fill in the below registration form by December 14th. We will notify the kids who are coming on the day shortly after.

Australian Open Kids on Court - Vida Tennis

Child's Name


Parent's Name


Terms & Conditions

By signing accepting these terms and conditions, I hereby authorise the staff of Vida to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention. I release Vida from any and all liability for injury or illness and costs, incurred while undertaking a program or event with Vida. I agree to Vida’s make up, cancellation, parental involvement, and privacy policy. Photographs and Video make be taken and used in promotions by Vida.

Privacy Policy
Your privacy is important to us. The data collected from you will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent. The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.

When joining a tennis program at a participating Vida venue your information will only be used by the tennis club to join you to the club for a free club coaching membership. This will also entitle you to use the courts at the club during coaching and gives you personal accident insurance through our National Sporting Body, Tennis Australia.

When players aged between 3 and 13 years of age join a Vida coaching program, their details will be registered with Tennis Australia's Hot Shots program to enable to player to receive a free starter gift, exclusive competitions and loads of tennis benefits! All the information can be found on the following link https://hotshots.tennis.com.au/register/

Medical & Liability
I hereby authorise the staff of Vida to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention. I release Vida from any and all liability for injury or illness and costs, incurred while undertaking a program or event with Vida.

Photography & Video Images
I acknowledge that Vida Tennis may film, use video analysis and photography during programs, lessons and events. I acknowledge and agree that this usage, including for marketing & promotion purposes, is without compensation or notice to myself. Images may be used on our website, social media and other promotional material.

Make Up & Cancelation Policy
If you are unable to attend a session due to illness or school camp etc. you must notify your coach prior to your lesson in order to arrange a make-up lesson. Lessons will only be made up if your Vida coach is notified with sufficient time prior to the start of your lesson (preferred 24 hours prior). Notification of absence or arrangement of a make-up can be made directly with your coach. Please be considerate that the late cancellation of sessions leads to inefficient time use for our team & therefore lost opportunities for others. This policy is to deter people from preventing those clients who are seeking a coaching session, missing an opportunity to see one of the coaches. All missed sessions will be made up during the term or in the school holiday period. If this cannot be done a credit can be discussed with your coach for the following term.

Wet Weather & Heat Policy Communications
Where possible your coach will contact you via phone message or email to let you know if your lesson/s will be cancelled due to wet weather or heat policy. If you do not get a call, text or email, please presume the lesson is going ahead as normal. Vida have a policy for all coaches to avoid the use of Mobile Phones while one court coaching where possible to make sure our attention is directed to the current lesson at all times. If you coach does not answer their phone, they are more than likely on court coaching. When the temperature reaches 37 degrees and over at your tennis venue, all coaching sessions will be suspended until the temperature drops. Please be aware the temperature will be taken at the individual venue and your safety is our primary concern.

Registration & Fees
In order to secure your place for weekly programs, camps or other events, Vida require that you complete a registration form (online or hard copy) in the weeks before the start date and return to us with payment. All Holiday, Tournament, Camp or Event program fees are due before the start of the program/s. All term fees are due within the first 3 weeks of coaching term. Places will not be guaranteed if forms and payment are not received prior to commencement of the term / program. Please indicate on your registration form your preferred times and days (for weekly programs) and we will do our best to meet with your request. If you are following on from a previous term please indicated if you require any changes to your current time. Late Fees Any late payments, more than 30 days past the invoice date, shall attract a late payment penalty fee as set down by the Penalty Interest Act 1983.

Parental Involvement
Vida supports Tennis Australia’s stance and efforts in helping educate parents on their important role within the child’s sporting journey. The following are some ideas and education that we would like you, the parent, to be aware off. Vida encourage all parents during tennis sessions not to enter the court while your child is having their lesson. This enables both the coach and student/s to concentrate entirely on the lesson, create independence for the child, promote a child’s decision making skills and build the coach – student relationship. As a parent / guardian of a participant in any activity held / run by Vida you agree to try and meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity, program or event to the best of your abilities:

  • Treat your child the same irrespective of them winning or losing
  • Remember that your child plays for their enjoyment not yours
  • Try to have fun when you are around your children at competitions and training. Well-directed humour can be a great de-stressor
  • Look relaxed, calm and positive on the sidelines
  • Make friends with other parents at competitions
  • Get involved in appropriate ways if your child or the coach behaves in unacceptable ways during competitions
  • Let the coach do the coaching
  • Understand that children will benefit from a break sometimes and that involvement in other sports is okay
  • Be there when the child performs poorly. Be an understanding listener rather than a critic, judge and/or fixer
  • Be prepared to give your child some space so that he/she can grow and develop as an independent person
  • Let your child know that your love for them is not associated with their sporting performances
  • Communicate with your child and ask them how they are really feeling about their sport and about competing in particular
  • Occasionally let your child compete without you being there and hovering over them
  • Emphasise the good things your child did in preparing for and during the match/tournament
  • Try to avoid:
    • saying “we’re playing today”. Instead say “you’re playing today”
    • Give your child credit for accepting the responsibility of performing
    • Getting too pushy or believe that you are indispensable. Let the coach do the coaching
    • Living through your child’s performances
    • Turning away when your child’s behavior is unsportsmanlike.
    • Telling your child what he/she did wrong after a tough match
    • Making enemies with your child’s opponents or family during a match/tournament
    • Making your child feel guilty by reminding them about all the time, money and sacrifices you are making for his or her sport
    • Thinking of your child’s sporting performances as an investment for which you expect a return
    • Badgering, harassing or using sarcasm to motivate your child
    • Comparing your child’s performances with those of other children
    • Forcing your child to go to training. If they are sick of training find out why and discuss it with them
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