World-class tennis academy preps juniors for life

At the Vancouver International Tennis Academy at the River Club, the training does not stop at the court. The fully operational club, located on Horseshoe Way in Richmond, believes in a more well-rounded approach when it comes to its junior players.

“Something that is very unique, that’s different from other facilities where you just take a tennis lesson, walk off the court, and go home, is that at VITA we really focus on the basic fundamentals of doing the on court and off court training,” said Todd Quesnel, the General Manager at the academy. “And that’s where our full size gym comes in, which gives us the space and ability to provide that to the student,” he added.

This on court/off court training technique has seen much success with the tennis juniors at the academy. With the time broken into two parts, one with a tennis pro and the other with a personal trainer, Quesnel said “it gives the students the skills they need to take their game to the next level.” Under new management, VITA opened in January 2018 and is one of the few clubs that offers training beyond the court sidelines.

The Vancouver International Tennis Academy is also fully equipped with a swimming pool and weight room, a facility that draws in professional athletes training for B.C.’s Strongman competition regularly. A variety of tennis lessons are offered to juniors as young as 5-years-old. Group and private lessons, alongside the fitness training and match play ensures that juniors are getting to play the kind of tennis they want to.

“We know that all athletes are different and train differently, which is why it’s so important for us here at VITA that we give our students the options so they can play to the best of their ability,” Quesnel said.

To learn more about Vancouver International Tennis Academy, visit or call 604-272-4400. You can also find Vancouver International Tennis Academy on Facebook and Instagram.

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