Day 1 Review..

After a little tease of rain and some coolish weather, the 2015 Vida Aus Open Camp kicked off this morning at Glen Iris. Most of the kids were excited to get out on the court and show off their skills, so we went straight into some directional hitting and general rally activities.  After all the groups got sorted out appropriately, the coaches put the young girls and guys through some technical and tactical activities focused mainly on consistency and ball placement. After a few hours on court we moved back in to function room and had the amazing opportunity to speak to Geelong footballer James Toohey.  James was actually a tennis player before footy, and represented St. Kevins the year they won the title.  What made James an inspirational guest was that he gave all the kids (and some of us coaches too) an understanding on how he was able to accomplish earning 99.95 in his VCE, playing footy, tennis and athletics in the firsts, and also having time to socialise with friends and be with his family.  I’m sure that all the kids today got something out of the talk.

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We then moved into some forehand and backhand video analysis and some mental toughness sessions.  Getting a chance to see yourself on an ipad and getting direct feedback to work on is really important to player development.  Improvement all around the venue was happening in only a short amount of time.  The mental toughness with Damian was also really important as it conveyed the need to think differently and appropriately during a tennis match.

After lunch we did some more video analysis on the serves and also worked on the volley and net game which often gets overlooked in the era of power hitting.  Ryan from Essendon also did a really valuable and again, another overlooked part of tennis, with his fucntional movement,  I’m sure everyone’s legs will feel Ryans session tomorrow morning!

So after going through a little of everything today we move onto tomorrow where most of the focus will be on movement patterns and injury prevention.  Then we we migrate over to Melbourne park and watch some very intense and exciting qualifying.  I hope everyone is excited to watch some professional players display all the aspects of the camp so far so everyone can see the advantages.

We will see everyone tomorrow bright and early at 8am!

The 2015 Vida Tennis Australian Open Training Camp will be held at Glen Iris Tennis Club over three days and will be jam packed full of a variety of activities, on and off the court. Experience day to day training at an elite level in a team environment to help prepare your game for upcoming tournaments and competitions in 2015 and beyond. The 2014 camp was an amazing experience for more than 50 kids and we are planning an even bigger camp for 2015. Places are limited, so check out the following info and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us;

The 2015 Vida Tennis – Australian Open Training Camp

When: January 15th to 17th (Thursday to Saturday)
Times: 9am to 4pm (later finish on day we attend Aus Open Qualifying – Friday 16th)
Where: Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club
Who: All tournament (JT & MJDS) & junior competition players
Cost: $350 for all three days or $130 per day

Early Bird Special $295 (book and pay before 24th December)

Click here to view last years camp overview.

All the players and coaches from the various Vida venues will come together for the 3 day camp. Its a great opportunity to train with different people, improve your game and make new friends.


Once you have signed up, you will receive emails about various presenters and leaders in their fields who will be coming along to share their expertise with the group and the Vida team.

Vida Tennis Aus Open Camp

Over the last two years the group has been joined by the likes of Anthony Rocca (Collingwood Football Club), John Aloisi (International Footballer and Aus captain), Marco Chuidinelli (ATP top 100), Muddy Waters (David Cup trainer), Damien Prasad (current WTA trainer & coach) and more. In the afternoon of the second day (Friday 16th) the group will travel to Melbourne Park to watch and analysis some matches during the qualifying event of the Australian Open

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The 2014 group pictured at Melbourne Park after speaking with Marco about his matches against Top 10 players in the world.

Some specific camp content for the Australian Open Camp

  • On Court Themes
    • Live Ball Patterns of Play
    • Court positioning
    • Game Style awareness
    • Set Plays & Routines
    • Match Play
    • Singles & Doubles Tactics
    • Video Analysis (On & Off Court)
    • Movement Patterns of the Pro’s
  • Off Court Themes
    • Between point process
    • Fitness testing benchmarks
    • Injury Prevention / Pilates / Core Stability
    • Strength & conditioning overview
    • Professional players games style analysis
    • Nutrition
    • Tactics V’s Technique
    • The mental side of tennis
    • Where can tennis take me?
    • What are my pathway options?
    • What is USA College Tennis?
    • How do I combine my tennis & School commitments?
    • How does my technique hold up under pressure?
    • Where is my best court position when I play?
    • What is my game style?
    • Speak with current and elite sportsman / women from other sports
    • How important is managing your body?
    • Why are you getting injured and where are the weakness in your body?
    • How do I put steps in place to better deal with pressure?
    • What do the top 10 players do between points to get ready for the next point?
    • Analyze game styles at the Aussie Open.

There are limited spots available and early bird special offer applies. Once the camp is full we can not take any further numbers.

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For more information or questions please contact Kane from Vida Tennis on 0401 052 636 or email [email protected]

Click here to view last years camp overview.

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