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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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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