Dec 172014

As we look forward to the Summer of Tennis in Australia we also look forward to many tennis tournaments, camps and programs at the club over the school holiday period. With the hot weather, we ask members to take extra care with bagging and watering the courts while at the club, before and after use.

The following gives you an indication of court usage on a particular day while we host and run events at the club. If you would like to check usage on a particular day please feel free to contact Kane or Angelo on the below details.

Key Dates

School Holidays Start Date: Saturday 20th December

Dingley Junior Tournament: Saturday 27th to Monday 28th December – All day (two members courts available all day)

Dingley Junior Tournament: Wednesday 7th Jan 2015 – Friday 9th Jan – All day (two members courts available all day)

Vida Tennis Australian Open Camp: Thursday 15th Jan to Saturday 17th Jan – 9am to 4pm (two members courts available all day)

Glen Iris Open Championships – AMT: Sunday 18th Jan to Wednesday 21st Jan – 8am until 4.30pm each day (limited members courts until after matches are finished)

USA College Tennis Practice Match – Wednesday 21st Jan – 3pm to 6pm – (two member court still available)

Glen Iris Aus Day Junior Champsionships: Friday 23rd Jan to Monday 26th Jan – 8am until 4.30pm each day (limited members courts until after matches are finished)

Vida Tennis Coaching program for 2015 starts Tuesday 27th Jan – evening

Term 1 2015 Starts Thursday 29th Jan


All night tennis should not be affected by any of the above events or bookings.

Please call Kane Dewhurst on 0401 052 636 or Angelo 0407 477 798 if you would like to check court availability before heading down to the club.

Nov 172014

The Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club and Vida Tennis would like to invite all members and coaching students to this year Christmas BBQ on Sunday the 14th of December. Its a great way to end the tennis year with family & friends and have a hit of tennis and a festive BBQ.

The BBQ will kick off for the junior members straight after the final match of the junior comp season around 11am so we encourage all away team & Saturday teams to come along and join the players finishing off their matches on the day.

Senior players are invited to come along any time from 12 noon and bring a racquet for a social hit of doubles. The BBQ will be going and the bar open for a festive drink.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Glen Iris XMAS BBQ 2014

Nov 052014
Roger Federer kids tennis lessons

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 lessons focus on technique alone and add to this the development of iPhone apps, cameras, websites, you tube videos and the rest, & technique seems to become the focus.

Tennis is a complex mutli faceted sport in terms of fitness components required; to name a few coordination, balance, agility, strength, speed, flexibility, & mental aspects. Learning efficient technique is a crucial part of tennis development. This is not only the technique of how the shot is produced with the racquet, but the efficient technique of movement and shot production with the body.

Tennis has changed a lot over the past decade with the game speed increasing and movement becoming more important than ever. When you look at the technique of many of the top players in the world, from the outside they may seem different. But when you take a closer look, the key biomechanical positions in each shot production are more often than not the same. What separates them is matching their tactical decision making and the technique required in the situation.

When looking at the relationship between technique and tactical development, you have to agree, that one cannot survive without the other. The key is finding the relationship between the two and coaching a system to flow back and forth from open skill to closed skill activities to link the two. The area in between the two is “ball control” as ball control requires both to work together.

So what comes first, technique or tactical development?

For the majority of coaches these two areas are two very distinct categories, but this could not be further from the truth. As previously mentioned, the development of technology has enabled high speed biomechanical analysis and instant feedback. This needs to be closely linked to the tactical component as technique is only a means to perform a specific tactic.

How many times do you see a junior player who “looks better” lose the match to someone who is tactically better or competes harder? Don’t get me wrong, the development of efficient technique is very important, but it needs to be combined with a tactical, mental and physical approach to produce a holistic player. In a match, each shot requires a decision making process which highlights if the technique will hold up under pressure.

So the simple questions doesn’t have a simple answer but more so it shows that they need to co-exist. The tactic determines what technique needs to be used. On the other side of the coin, if you are deficient in a technical area, this may limit you tactically.

An example of this would be which movement pattern a player must uses at which time when hitting a backhand;

  • Moving forward – Closed stance
  • End Range wide ball – Open Stance

Or which follow through is required on a forehand changes depending on what type of shot is being hit from different areas in the court. The decision of the tactic and the movement efficiency, effects the technical requirement.

So which is correct technique? The answer is all of them, depending on the tactical situation.

This link may seem a little complex but it doesn’t have to be. Wayne Elderton, a world renowned coach educator, summaries it the following way.

The connection moves from tactical to technical or from technical to tactical through three stages.

1)      Tactics

First define the tactic the player needs to perform. The tactic includes the intentions, decisions and problem solving in which a player must engage to win a point.

2)      Ball Control

Determine the key ball control characteristics needed for the tactic to be efficient. Ball control is the key link between Tactics and Technique. The key ball control characteristics are; height, direction, distance, speed and spin.

3)      Technique

What are the mechanics needed to perform the shot consistently at higher speeds, without wasting energy and minimizing injury (efficiency).

This process can be best illustrated below;


Coaches need to remember that technical instruction should be designed to control the ball in order to perform a tactic (not just to look good).

“Learning strokes in isolated repetition (disconnected from play) doesn’t fully equip players to play successfully.”

Is your coach linking the two?

Happy Hitting

Kane Dewhurst
Vida Tennis


Oct 302014

Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club and Vida Tennis would like to congratulate Luke Percy who has recently competed in the Special Olympic National Games 2014 hosted in Melbourne. He was lucky enough not only to take part but to win a Gold Medal in the Men’s Singles – Section 2, and a Silver Medal in the Open Doubles – Section 2.

Luke trains with Glen Iris head coach Angelo on a weekly basis and it has been fantastic to see him on the court improving his game.

There were 1000 athletes competing in the National Games over 16 different sports with 800 volunteers involved. Well done Luke and congratulations to all athletes who reached their potential and represented their State at this event. Awesome!!

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Oct 032014
My Vida Journey Large

The my Vida journey program enables all kids to monitor their progress from when they start tennis through to playing real tennis, club junior competition or entry level tournaments. As the structured levels progress so does the child’s skills, confidence & ability, receiving certificates to show their achievements and progressions along the way. All kids who do Hot Shots Lessons or Group lessons will be constantly assessed to fast track their game so they can play “real tennis” as soon as possible. Tennis lessons use modified balls & equipment and incorporate the Tennis Australia Hot Shots program.

The my Vida journey program is broken down into development areas;

  • Head Start – target kids age 3 to 5 to master fundamental perceptual motor skill
  • My Progress – fast track learning and highlight the pathway
  • Next Steps – where to now? What life opportunity can tennis create?

The levels within each program stage are aligned with key themes; fundamentals, co-operate, transition & compete. There are also strong links to the colour ball used in coaching sessions, to the Hot Shots Program, and to the Hot Shots Leagues and Competitions.

Check out all the information by clicking here or speak with your Vida coach at the club.