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Mental Skills: Goals and Motivation August 16, 2020 - Mental skills are essential and must be integrated into the players training schedule.  It should be viewed in much the same light as fitness training, tactical or video analysis. Over the next few weeks we will look at specific mental skills. The first topic we’ll dive into is Goals & Motivation. Goals and Motivation Plan […]
Practice from home – Tennis & Fitness April 8, 2020 - Looking to maintain and improve your fitness whilst at home? Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, mobility, flexibility, and strength without gym machines or equipment. There are also pieces of equipment that can help you develop your fitness, strength, and conditioning from home. Below are a variety of examples to help […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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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