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The Vida “my Progress Program” enables kids to monitor progress along their tennis journey. The aim of the my progress program is to highlight and fast track their development to playing real tennis. As the levels progress the child’s knowledge, ability and confidence grows enabling transition from the co-operative themes to compete.

Level “40” Theme & Link to Competition

Level 40 has a co-operative theme using the Hot Shots Red Ball in a modified court space but is just starting the transition into orange ball. This is also the time when the child can be introduced into modified game play within Vida Red Ball Comps. 

The my Progress 40 level is the third level in the eight stage program and your child has achieve the following in each of the six key learning areas to achieve their certificate;


  • Can direct a forehand to a target area using a low to high action


  • Can direct a backhand to a target area using a low to high action.
  • Understand the difference between a single & double handed backhand.

Net Play

  • Be able to perform a volley at different heights and positions (clock face method).

Serve & Return

  • Be able to throw the ball up with the left hand and have the ball hit the racquet on the ground consistently.
  • Be able to strike the ball once thrown over head.

Game Base

  •  Ability to have a co-operative rally with multiple hits and bounces.

Physical Development

  • The ability to perform a range of ladder exercises.
  • Is able to perform a squat with correct technique.
  • Can skip using a rope.

Squat       Skipping

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What is the Next Level and What do I have to do to achieve it?

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On Certificate Question

Q. How was the scoring system devised & what are tie breakers?

A. This question is a two part answer, first we will discuss where the system came from and then the basics of scoring in tennis.

History of Scoring (click here for reference)

Clock face scoringThe origins of the 15, 30, and 40 scores are believed to be medieval French. It is possible that a clock face was used on court, with a quarter move of the hand to indicate a score of 15, 30, and 45. When the hand moved to 60, the game was over. However, in order to ensure that the game could not be won by a one-point difference in players’ scores, the idea of “deuce” was introduced. To make the score stay within the “60” ticks on the clock face, the 45 was changed to 40.

Therefore, if both players have 40, the first player to score receives ten and that moves the clock to 50. If the player scores a second time before the opponent is able to score, they are awarded another ten and the clock moves to 60. The 60 signifies the end of the game. However, if a player fails to score twice in a row, then the clock would move back to 40 to establish another “deuce

How to Score A Game in Tennis

A tennis serve initiates game play and the player serving serves the entire game. In order to win the game, a tennis competitor must win a number of points. Each game consists of a series of points and remember a competitor must accumulate at least four points to win the game.

The servers score is always announced first the entire game with tennis terminology voiced in a manner unique to tennis.

  • Points Earned 0 = 0 Games Points or ‘Love’
  • Points Earned 1 = 15 Game Points
  • Points Earned 2 = 30 Game Points
  • Points Earned 3 = 40 Game Points
  • Points Earned 4 = Game Over (2 Point Advantage Required)

The winner of a tennis game must win with a two point advantage. In other words, if the score is 40-0 and the server wins the next point, the server wins the game.

Consequently, if the server loses the next point the score is 40-15 and the server must continue to serve and play out that game.

Deuce is the terminology expressed when the score in the game is 40-40. Remember, in order to win the game, a tennis competitor must gain a two point advantage over his or her opponent. To win the game when the score is deuce, a competitor must score two consecutive points (one immediately after the other) — otherwise the score reverts back to deuce.

The first competitor to score after the score is deuce is ahead by one point and now has what is termed in tennis as having the Advantage or ‘Ad’ for short. Remember the server’s score is announced first.

If the server was the first player to score after the game score is deuce, then the score is announced “Advantage Server”. If the receiver was the first player to score after the game score is deuce, then the score is announced “Advantage Receiver”.

How to Score a Set in Tennis

A tennis set is determined when a competitor has won a minimum of six games with at least a two game advantage over his or her opponent. The potential score outcome for a set could be 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, or 6-0.

Keep in mind that a tennis competitor can only close out a set when leading by two or more games. As a result, 6-5 continues game play until a final score such as 7-5.

If the game score is locked at 6 games all then a Tie Breaker is Played.

How to Score a Match in Tennis

The structure of a tennis match is typically designed with an odd number of sets to ensure a winner emerges at the end of the match.

The majority of tennis competition play is the best out of 3 sets to determine a winner of a match. The potential outcome could end up in a final score of 2 sets to 0 or 2 sets to 1 for the winner of a match.

Men’s professional tennis competitors play the best out of 5 sets in Grand Slam tournaments.

A new form of scoring is best out of 2 sets. If the match is locked at 1 set all then a “super tie break” is played in lieu of the third set.

How to Score a Tie Break and a Super Tie Break in Tennis

A tie break is played when the score is locked at 6 all. The first player to reach seven points wins the tie-break and the set. But if the score reaches six-points-all, the winner is the first player to win two points in a row.

The player whose turn it was to serve in the set serves the first point of the tie-break. Their opponent serves the next two points and after that the serve rotates after every two further points. The players change ends after every six points.

Super tie-breaks are the same format but instead of playing to first player to reach seven points, a super ire break continues until 10. The first player to reach ten points with a two point advantage wins the tie-break and the set.

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Famous score board at Wimbledon after the epic Nadal v Federer final. Image courtesy of Getty Images