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.

Sep 182014
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Our 2014 Winter season has been one of our most successful seasons to date with an incredible 8 out of our 13 teams making the Semi Final with 6 of those teams going on to make the Grand Final. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 45 players who took to the court, all parents who were team managers and supervisors and also a big thank you to Blake Robertson who put his hand up to be our Sunday Junior Supervisor for the entire season. This was the first season where all players were wearing the new Glen Iris Valley club shirt. The players loved there shirts and loved showing off which club they belonged to. All Glen Iris Valley players represented the club in a manner which was second to none, showing respect for opposition teams and also showing great encouragement for teammates. With Glen Iris Valley hosting 12 teams on Sunday, it was great see all players taking to the team aspect of tennis which interm created an incredible atmosphere at the club. We look forward to another successful season with our Summer Competition starting in October.

Our Saturday C2 team consisting of Akash Deo, Gabby Kitchingman, Luke Vazquez and John Stamellos, who had made there 3 successive Grand Final, unfortunately lost by 2 games. An outstanding effort to get that far, Well Done!!

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Our 3 premierships came from our Sunday Teams. A big Congratulations to our players in our A Reserve 2 team, Martin Dowman, Daniel Baroudi and Demetri Kaminis. The boys only lost one match all season and were our best performed side, well done boys!!

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Our D Special 3 team come from 3rd on the ladder to take the title in a hard fought Grand Final. A big well done to Marcus Russell, Felipe Herrera, Stefan Tikellis and Oliver Chen for a wonderful season.

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Our C Special 2 team also had dominant season winning both the semi final and grand final extremely convincingly. A big congratulations to Jerry Yu, William Maligin, Austin Co and Nick Kardis. Well done boys!!!!

C Special 2 Pic

A big congratulations goes to our runners up teams: B2 Rubbers (White) team of Daisy Hingston, Julian Scaturchio, Rajiv Kumar and our members of the C2 team Arielle Rusman, Daniella Gorr, Joseph Teoh and Lachlan Crestani. A great effort to get that far!!

Runners Up B Grade 2 Glen Iris Valley team       C2 Sunday Pic

The club would also like to recognize the teams who narrowly missed out on making the Grand Finals and Semi Finals. Well Done to our B Special 2 (Black) Rubbers team, Daniel Zieba, Harry Hingston and Jason Dong. Our B Special 2 (Red) Rubbers team, Prakash Shreevijayan, Adam Wong and Ben Lillie. Our B2 (Blue) Rubbers team, Gregory Pletsias, Joshua Palmer and Kenny Yu. Our C Special 1 team, Rachel Berchtenbreiter. Georgia Wyett, Valeria Tarasova and Emma Jepsen. Our D Special 2 team, Joshua Wallace, Andrew Pagliaro, Joel Burgess Heath and Alexander Dowman. Our D1 team, Alisia Aloisi, Jessica Vicino, Ella Wallace and Dominika Tarasova and Our D2 team, Renae Zouros, Lara Cunningham, Katia Aloisi and Anthony Atherinos.

Well done to all teams in the winter comp and we look forward to the Summer season starting in October.

Angelo Giampaolo