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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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
My Vida Journey – Updates to the program October 6, 2017 - The My Vida journey program has been enabling all kids to monitor their progress from when they start tennis through to playing real tennis, club junior competition or entry level tournaments. Since the programs start more than a decade ago, we have seen over 5000 certificates of achievement go out to kids of all levels. Vida […]
Advantage Girls Hotshots Tennis August 2, 2017 - Vida Tennis will be providing an opportunity for all girls between the ages of 5-11 to join a 5 week Hotshots Program developed specifically for girls. The Advantage Girls Hotshots Tennis Program is about creating and encouraging positive behaviours for young girls while learning tennis. This Program is endorsed by Tennis Australia, supporting girls in […]
Competition Time! Guess the number of tennis balls in the basket July 25, 2017 - Vida Tennis is running another Facebook competition! All you have to do is guess the number of tennis balls in the coaching basket pictured below. All entries must be lodged in the comment section of the Competition Post on the Vida Tennis Page (Click Here). You can only have one guess per person, so your […]
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 […]
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 […]

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