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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kokkinakis turns to Pilates ahead of Hopman Cup – What can we learn? January 2, 2018 - “Thanasi Kokkinakis has incorporated pilates into his off-season preparation as he looks to rebound from an injury-ravaged year in Perth at Hopman Cup 2018.” In a recent article posted on the Tennis Australia website (below), Thanasi Kokkinakis spoke about his “new pilates regime”. It was interesting to read that he “did it a while ago, […]
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, […]
Dynamic & Static Stretching for the Tennis Warm-Up – Mobility April 20, 2017 - As discussed in previous blogs, mobility has never been more important in the modern game. Below is an article by Matt Kuzdub (http://www.mattspoint.com/) which was part of his 3 blog series on mobility and flexibility for tennis. Let us know your thoughts…. BOTH DYNAMIC AND STATIC STRETCHING PLAY A BIG ROLE DURING THE TENNIS WARM-UP This […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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