Our vision of creating life opportunities through exceptional experiences is comes to life in the below events and programs. Check out some of the example of experiences our tennis community has had and can look forward to.
All at Vida are always looking at how we can create life long tennis memories with all in our community.
Arguably the biggest event on the Vida calendar, the Vida HotShots Challenge Day brings all six Vida venues together at the home of the Australian Open Melbourne Park.
That’s right! Your children will get to play on the AO courts, including the 3,000-seat Showcourt 3.
Players represent their Vida venue in a series of round robin doubles matches and off-court activities to claim points for their team. With over 200 players from 6 venues, the enthusiasm and energy is infectious.
Each player will receive a team hat and are encouraged to suit up in their club colours as a sign of unity.
Keep and eye out for an email announcing the opening of registrations.
Would you like to play on Rod Laver Arena, meet Novak Djokovic, or get interviewed on Live TV?
Every year during the Australian Open, some lucky Vida kids from all our venues get 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. They will play for about 20 to 30 minutes, with one of them getting the opportunity to toss the coin at the start of the match. Each kid, along with one parent, are then free to stay for the day and watch some world-class tennis matches and experience all of what the Australian Open has to offer.
Here’s a video of our past events to give you a better idea of what you can expect:
Registration opens in November.
Each year as part of the ANZ Hot Shots Kids on Court experienc,e kids from Vida Tennis’ coaching program get the opportunity to play on the courts at the Australian Open before matches start.
Skyler, who takes tennis lessons at MCC Glen Iris, got the opportunity to toss the coin for the first match of the day on Margaret Court Arena. You can see from the following video what happened next:
His video has been viewed over 1,000,000 times, and he is currently in need of a good manager after his appearances on radio, tv, and in print. It was also great to see Ash Williams, who plays Tennis with us at the Veneto Club in Bulleen interviewing him.
Thanks to the Tennis Australia Hot Shots team for giving kids an amazing life experience.
As part of the Kids On Court Experience, 10 lucky Vida players had the opportunity to practice and spend some time with Novak Djokovic.
Looking to keep your kids active during the school holidays?
Vida Tennis provides the opportunity for your child to get unplugged, come outdoors, and get active during the school holidays.
School Holiday programs are developed with the child’s age, level, and ability in mind. We create them a tailored program that can help them continue to practice their tennis skills, meet new friends, and have fun in a safe environment. We also encourage each child to bring their friends along to come and play.
We have a wet weather program to ensure the program continues rain, hail, or shine.
To find the next Holiday program at your venue check out the calendar in the program’s navigation tab.
January 2019 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 is the 360 ball boys and girls that lend their skills and time to the event as ball kids.
The ball kids team included a significant number of Vida students from a range of clubs between the age of 12 to 16. To be selected for such a significant worldwide sporting event out of the hundreds who tried out is a monumental achievement, and the Vida family would like to congratulate all of these boys and girls on their efforts.
A very special mention must go to MCC Glen Iris Valley’s Ella Wallace who has been a part of Vida’s coaching program since the age of six and has just completed her fourth year as a ball girl. This year at the age of 15, she was awarded runner up Top Gun out of all girls at the open. This incredible achievement gave her the opportunity to travel to Beijing and ballgirl at the China Open for ten days. The trip overseas in late September 2019 was a much-deserved reward for all of her hard work, and we at Vida are all extremely proud of her efforts.
Junior Development & Performance
Six lucky Vida players had the opportunity of meeting and having a serving masterclass with Serena Williams.
Vida partnered with the Gatorade team to set up a half-size tennis court in the carpark at Woolworths Ashburton. Serena was joined by Gatorade ambassadors Luke Hodge, Joel Selwood, and Peter Siddle to test their serving skills against the Vida kids.
It was a great opportunity for the players to meet some of their sporting heroes.
Here are some snaps from the day:
Would you like to travel like a pro? If yes, then Vida tournament camps are for you. Each holiday period provides the opportunity for players to travel to various tournaments around Victoria and Australia.
All players involved will learn what it’s like to travel to a tournament with a team, working together and supporting each other while training and playing matches. It is an amazing learning experience, helping foster an environment for boys and girls to get the best out of themselves.
Players will be grouped into accommodation based on their gender and age to ensure they feel comfortable away from home.
Apart from this, the tennis players will also have the opportunity to visit local attractions and join in activities such as mini golf and bowling.
Do you want to meet and greet ATP and WTA players and learn more about the off-court training routines?
The AO camp is a full two-day event focused on high-intensity and high-volume activities both on and off the court.
- On court practice:
- Live ball patterns of play
- Court positioning
- Game style awareness
- Set plays and routines
- Match play
- Singles and doubles tactics
- David Cup/Fed Cup style team tournament
- Off-court themes
- Between point process
- Injury prevention/pilates/core stability
- Professional players’ games style analysis
- The mental side of tennis
- What are my tennis pathway options?
- An afternoon at the AO
- Players will catch the train into the AO to watch the pros practice and play qualifying matches
- Meet and greet some professional players and support team
Registration opens in November.
We want your kids to have the best experience they can at the Australian Open and encourage them to come with their coach and friends from their Vida club to join in the fun!
This is a two-day experience held on one of the first few days of the Australian Open, including:
- Practice session at your local Vida club
- BBQ at the end of the training session
- Free ticket to the Australian Open
- Tour guide (your coach!) and supervision for the day
- Opportunity to meet and take photos with top Australian and international tennis players
- Fun with friends at the Australian Open
In the past couple of years our players have been able to:
- Meet top 10 Spanish player Roberto Bautista-Agut, former top 10 Fernando Verdasco, and top 100 player Krystina Pliskova
- Watch Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Dominic Thiem practice up close
- Meet and chat with Australian young up-and-coming players Jaimee Fourlis and Blake Mott
- Watch top players on the show courts
- Have fun at the kids area at the Australian Open Kids Spot
Chasing summer with Vida Operations Manager 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 joining Vida in September 2018, I have met some amazing individuals and have been inspired by the culture of Vida and its goal of creating life opportunities through tennis.
Tennis has allowed me to travel the world, and over the last four years, it has allowed me to impact over 60 coaches and 600 players at Windridge.
This year, Cian Brien, the head Coach from Altona Tennis Club, will be joining me on the courts as we bring Vida and Windridge together. Over the course of the Summer (Aussie winter), we will be posting about our adventures on our social media, and we invite you to follow the journey.
The upcoming summer will be the 52nd at Windridge. Apart from tennis, Windridge also offers expert instruction in horse riding and soccer as well as an extensive electives program filled with activities such as a high ropes challenge course, archery, golf, and mountain biking.
My goal for 2020 and beyond is to provide an opportunity for Vida players to travel to the US with me to immerse themselves in a three-week summer camp session.
Here is a short video about life at Windridge: