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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. […]
What program options are there? March 31, 2020 - There are plenty of options and types of tennis lessons when you join a club, this can make it difficult to try and decide what type of lesson and how many tennis lessons you or your child should do when they start tennis. The 3 main lesson types we have are: Groups Lessons Private/semi- private […]
10 Things You Need to Know about Great Tennis Coaches March 2, 2020 - 10 Things You Need to Know About Great Tennis Coaches: First of all, picking great tennis coaches that suits your child’s individual personality and contribute successfully to the players technical and tactically development can be a hard decision. What makes tennis coaches great? What are the habits and things they do made them great coaches? […]
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 […]
Top 10 confidence tips to Improve Your Game January 23, 2020 - Self-confidence is probably one of the main reasons why players underperform when they go from practice to matches. It is the reason why when players or parents contact me, they ask me why they or their child can’t perform as well in matches as they do in practice. Confidence is one of the most important […]
5 rules for developing super 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, Talent Development Coach (TDC) workshops and more, we have found that there is one certainty; no individual players development or pathway will ever be the same. One thing that is the same, is that Rome was […]
The Future is Female – Advantage Girls Program October 29, 2019 - The Future is Female – Advantage Girls Program After the success of the transition program we introduce the Advantage Girls Squads, tailored for girls and run by an all female coaching team including Ashleigh Richardson and Jo Karaitiana. The Vida Tennis Advantage Girls Squads are designed to empower and develop girls in tennis and everyday […]
Tennis Without Barriers: Connecting Cultures October 10, 2019 - After a successful 9 week program in Term 3, with over 70 participants from more than 25 countries we are happy to announce that the Connecting Cultures program will continue this Term. Details for Term 4 When: Sundays 1.00-2.00pm structured lesson 2.00pm – 3.00pm free play Where: MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club 260 High […]
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 […]
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 […]
Accepting Mistakes August 4, 2019 - On the tennis court and life in general, most people are afraid of making a mistake and afraid of failure. The truth is that failure is something we all are going to experience at some point in our lives – in sport and life. Even if you are a perfectionist, you are going to make […]
Closed stance; the key to developing junior tennis players June 29, 2019 - By Jo Karaitiana Director of Tennis – Box Hill Tennis Academy My combined background as a strength and conditioning coach and tennis coach has molded my coaching philosophy to believe that all coaches must teach players from a young age closed stance first before skipping ahead to coach any other stance in tennis. Here’s why: […]
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 […]
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Technique V Tactic January 7, 2019 - What comes first the chick or the egg? 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. The majority of private […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 14 plus years (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. […]
Why coaches should go to tournaments March 27, 2017 - by Ignacio Cresini In my years as a touring coach in Asia and supervising tournaments in Argentina, I learned a very ugly lesson: kids with coaches at tournaments have definite short and long term advantages! This is also the case at the pro tour level and is highlights to be more unfair as top players […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tennis Technique App July 13, 2016 - The Tennis Australia Technique App is a must have on every coach at Vida Tennis’s phone or iPad. So why do we use it and how it helps the kids? The app allows the coach to record the player’s shot in HD and then instantly analyze that shot during the lesson. Having the options to […]
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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