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Hot Shots from Home August 1, 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 […]
10 Things You Need to Know about Great Tennis Coaches March 2, 2020 - First of all, picking a great tennis coach that suits your child’s individual personality and contributes successfully to the technical and tactical development can be a hard decision. So, what makes tennis coaches great? What are the habits and things they do to make them great coaches? Moreover, these factors can easily be influenced by […]
Nick Bollettieri on Tennis Parents and their Role in Developing Tennis Players February 14, 2020 - The role of the Tennis parent in developing tennis players is always going to draw debate. One of the most experienced coaches (and successful – coaches 10 world number 1 players) in the games history, Nick Bollettieri, wrote the following article on the topic (published on tennisrecruiting.net). Dan Materna – Nick Bollettieri coached 10 players […]
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 […]
5 rules for developing 10s & 12s players January 7, 2020 - After working with many junior players in their development years (7 to 12 years) through our regular coaching programs, we have found that there is one certainty; no individual players’ development or pathway will ever be the same. But one thing is for sure, is that Rome was not built in a day, and the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Teaching Children About Failure August 19, 2019 - Parents will always have a need to protect their children. It’s part of the job. It is important in many aspects of life to be able to protect your children from potential dangers. Protecting children from failure, however, can negatively impact their development. Failure is a part of life. Children need to be able to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Technique vs Tactic January 7, 2019 - The connection between tactical and technical development is paramount to the long term progress, enjoyment and development of the game for each individual. Technique is all time favourite topic for most people involved in tennis, be they coaches, parents, TV commentators and more. When you look at the technique of many of the top players […]
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 Tournaments & Nationals Events November 28, 2018 - Junior Tournaments are the start of the competitive tournament system for tennis players involving the use of Australian 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 in these tournaments with the majority of time it needing to […]
Super 10’s Competition September 13, 2018 - Super 10s is an exciting competition for boys and girls aged 10/u and is now run Australia-wide. This competition facilitates 10/u players to develop a culture of fair play, teamwork, and acknowledgment. Selection trials are held to select teams and players are divided up into boys and girls teams (four players per team) who then […]
Junior Development Series Tournaments (JDS) August 31, 2018 - You’ve decided it’s time for your child to take the next step in Tennis but unsure of what is next after junior club competition. Junior Development Series (JDS) tournaments are for players who are looking for an opportunity to play a higher standard of tennis outside of junior club competition, and also their first taste […]
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 […]
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 […]
Top 5 things parents need to be aware of so they can best support their children in sport March 30, 2017 - After coaching tennis to all levels of players for the past two decades (from the 5-year-old beginner to national junior champions, to the ATP/WTA tour-level player) I have seen one of the key constants in the development, the happiness and the experience of the player is the role of the parent. Looking forward to the […]
Intensity From the Baseline 101 March 8, 2017 - by Ignacio Crescini – Head Coach at Vida Tennis MCC Glen Iris Once, the legend of NCAA basketball, John Wooden, said to his players on a training practice: “In the next match, while we shake hands and wish good luck, I will give the opponent coach my playbook with all of our tactics”. The players […]
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 […]
4 Approaches For Parents to Improve Performance Consistency of Your Child Playing Tennis November 11, 2016 - A lot of parents want to know what it will take for their children to succeed in tennis. The answer is simple: It’ll take everything they have. Only a few people are lucky enough to make a career out of tennis because so much has to go right to get there, and much of it is […]
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 […]
A guide to help you select your tennis coach May 3, 2016 - The 7 things you need to know before you select your tennis coach, so you don’t waste your time and money! 1. Qualifications and Recommendations (Word of Mouth) One of the first things as a coach, is to go through the Tennis Australia Coaching accreditation process and become qualified, insured and screened. There are also […]
The three most important questions when you select your child’s tennis coach? March 1, 2016 - How do you make your decision? As a parent, selecting a tennis coach for your child can be a very difficult task. If you are not a professional coach yourself and don’t have ties in the tennis community, then where do you start. If I take my car to a mechanic, he can tell me […]
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 […]
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 […]

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