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Tennis Pathways – Tournaments March 31, 2020 - Entering a tennis tournament for the first time can be a little confusing. The information below is a guide to help you navigate the Tennis Pathways of tournament play. These are: ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play Junior Development Series Tournaments Junior Tournament ITF junior and National Junior Championships Australian Money Tournaments Vida Tennis runs, […]
Tennis Pathways – What life opportunity awaits you? March 31, 2020 - Often the pathways in tennis are not clear from the beginning but making sure the environment is giving “the knowledge to nurture” for your child, anything is possible. The Tennis Australia Hot Shots program has a pathway for taking beginners (age from 3 years old) to competition level tennis. The levels, linked with the colour […]
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 […]
What certificate level are you on? March 31, 2020 - My Vida Journey As part of the Vida Tennis HotShots program, the certificate program is an important part of monitoring each individuals improvement and experience. Certificates are handed out at the end of the term and outline their achievements. They allow the child to take responsibility of their learning and assist the coaches in providing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How to select the right Tennis Racquet for your child June 3, 2019 - There are many different things to consider when buying a kid’s tennis racquet, beginning with size. But how do you know what kid’s tennis racquet size to buy? Do not fret, we have answers to some questions you may have. How are children’s racquets different? Children’s tennis racquets are typically aluminium-based, which makes them lighter […]
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 […]
2019 Vida Swan Hill Camp Wrap April 24, 2019 - Easter has been and gone as so too has the Swan Hill Vida tennis camp. 42 players and 6 Vida coaches journeyed up to sunny Swan Hill for the annual AMT tournament. The 4 hour train ride up flew by as the constant chatter and card games entertained all who engaged. Tonkla scored himself a […]
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 […]
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 […]
The importance of the right ball and court at the right time January 8, 2019 - by Christoffer Madsen The right ball at the right time My experience as a tennis coach in Europe is that all tennis players starting at a young age between 6-12 years old uses the right ball at the right time. In my development of several national champions in my club in Denmark, I found that […]
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 […]
Why is tennis so good for a child’s motor skills? February 20, 2018 - Tennis, and sport in general, is a great way to help children develop their motor skills. Kids between the ages of 3 and 5 years are starting to develop their gross motor skills and enjoy a wide variety of activities. Gross motor skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such […]
How to select the perfect tennis racquet February 19, 2018 - While picking a racquet is a very personalized preference, there are many factors to be considered and you must also try to match these factors with the style of game you play. Here at Vida Tennis we give you the opportunity to try out different racquets prior to purchase through our demo program. Your coach will […]
Ball Kids – Australian Open 2019 February 18, 2018 - Roll with the best next year and become a ballkid. Applications for the AusOpen 2019 are open now and close on 1 March 2018. Are you up for the challenge? What does a ballkid do? Ballkids play an integral role in ensuring that tennis tournaments run smoothly. Throughout the Australian Open series, each ballkid is […]
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, […]
2017 Club Coach Of The Year – Kane Dewhurst December 5, 2017 - Vida Tennis and the MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club would like to congratulate Kane Dewhurst from the Vida team on winning the 2017 TCAV Club Coach of the Year. The George Gilmour Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Club Coach of the Year for successful coaching programs and pathways within their community and demonstration of loyalty to his/her club. In 2017, […]
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 […]
My Vida Journey – Updates to the program October 6, 2017 - The My Vida journey program has been enabling all kids to monitor their progress from when they start tennis through to playing real tennis, club junior competition or entry level tournaments. Since the programs start more than a decade ago, we have seen over 5000 certificates of achievement go out to kids of all levels. Vida […]
Tennis with Sporting Schools September 26, 2017 - Tennis Australia aims to provide more opportunities for people to play tennis more often. Tennis is proud to be associated as one of 32 sports with Sporting Schools and we look forward to building on the already existing relationships which have been established with schools through our National Schools Programs. The Sporting School tennis programs […]
Simple off-court mental skills training September 23, 2017 - Off-court mental skills training is essential and must be integrated into the player training.  It should be viewed in much the same light as fitness training, tactical or video analysis. The mental skills such as concentration, emotional control or confidence, can also be improved with specific off-court training. Here are some practical off-court mental skills activities that […]
Competition Time! Guess the number of tennis balls in the basket July 25, 2017 - Vida Tennis is running another Facebook competition! All you have to do is guess the number of tennis balls in the coaching basket pictured below. All entries must be lodged in the comment section of the Competition Post on the Vida Tennis Page (Click Here). You can only have one guess per person, so your […]
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, […]
Vida Mind – Changing Your Posture Can Make a Difference May 9, 2017 - At the university of California San Francisco, researchers studied people with mild to moderate depression and noted that they assumed a particular posture. They kept their heads down. They slumped their shoulders. Their breathing was high and shallow. Their facial expression was somewhat contorted, and they looked distressed and disappointed. By contrast, people who were […]
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 […]
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 […]
Competition Time! That’s an odd place to see a Vida Tennis Ball February 24, 2017 - Ever seen a Vida Tennis Ball away from a Vida Venue? Vida Tennis is giving you the chance to win some great prizes if you can take a photo of a Vida Tennis Ball in a strange location! Now, over time we have been sent photo’s of Vida Tennis balls at lots of different tennis […]
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 […]
6 reasons you should get back into tennis October 19, 2016 - Ladies and gentlemen if you’re looking for a new hobby, adding some fitness to your week or wanting to challenge yourself with learning a new skill; then tennis is the sport to try. Here are 6 reasons why you should get back into tennis- Social Tennis is a great way to meet new people and make […]
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 […]
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 […]
Vida Welcomes Joma June 12, 2015 - Vida Tennis is proud to announce that “Joma Sport” is now the official apparel provider for us. Joma is a high quality international sporting brand that offers a huge range of apparel, shoes and accessories over a variety of sports, including a dedicated tennis line. Vida, the spanish word for life, and Joma share a […]
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 […]

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