Junior Coaching & Development

I Want to Quit Tennis


The following article was written by Eric Buterac, former top junior player and now a top professional doubles player and president of the ATP Player Council. Eric’s experience through junior tennis just reinforces the point that there’s more than one way to tackle this journey – there’s certainly no One-Size-Fits-All way to get from A to B. Sometimes we parents need to be reminded of that fact and also the fact that points and rankings DO NOT make the player. Eric is a wonderful example of a More >

How to Adapt from Indoor Tennis to Outdoor Tennis


Today’s Guest Post is from Coach Todd Widom.

As the Orange Bowl Boys and Girls 16’s and 18’s International Tournament in South Florida is coming to a close, and the Boys and Girls 12’s and 14’s are getting  underway, it is important to note there are some players that come from different climates to play in this prestigious event.  I coach players who come to South Florida from the northeast that have to learn to adapt their games to be able to succeed outdoors.  This is also going to be true More >

The Academy & Tennis Coach Hopper


Today’s Guest Post is from Coach Todd Widom:

I cannot speak for the rest of the country, but where I train my students in South Florida, there is an overabundance of tennis coaches and academies.  One month a particular player is with one coach and a month later they are with a different coach or even at a different academy.  They just cannot stay put and they bounce around to multiple coaches or academies.  This is a sure way to not have your child progress in tennis.

I was blessed to have More >

Introducing Dr. J


We are very fortunate to have Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, Tennis Medicine Specialist, sharing his insights and work here on ParentingAces.com! For those of you who missed this week’s radio show, Dr. J was my guest and talked about when young athletes should specialize in tennis and how that impacts the risk of injury. You can listen to the podcast here.

Dr. J has also shared with me his PowerPoint slides on tennis and specialization which you can download then view at the link below.

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Love of the Game


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Today’s post was written by Coach Ryan Segelke (yes, I’m sure this time!) of High Altitude Tennis. Enjoy!

This month’s article is a little different from my previous ones in that I am not really going to talk about fitness techniques, exercises or best practices.  I am going to talk a little bit about what I have seen in my own personal experience that truly separates the most successful athletes in the world from the rest of the pack.

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The 12’s and 14’s Tennis Superstar Curse


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Today’s Guest Post is written by Coach Todd Widom.

We have all seen it.  We go to a junior tennis tournament and there is a young kid playing and everyone is just in awe of this player.  They win so much and it seems like they are unbeatable at such a young age.  They may in fact be on a great path to becoming a great player or unfortunately they may not be.  Sometimes I even look at a particular young superstar and think when they get older, More >

Process Based vs Results Based Tennis Players


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Today’s Guest Post is by coach Todd Widom.

If you have read some of my previous articles, I speak about how tennis is a never ending pursuit in trying to become the best you can be day in and day out. The best tennis players I have ever been around go through this process in a disciplined manner each and every day they step on the court. To go one-step further, there are players that are process based and there are others that are results based during the More >

Coaching Conference in ATL: Parents Welcome!


This weekend (September 11-13), Oscar Wegner is bringing his Modern Tennis Methodology approach to Atlanta in the form of a 3-day conference. Each of the three days will include speakers, on-court coaching for both junior and adult players, and the opportunity to become certified in the MTM method. Conference presenters are both local and international. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

Friday’s sessions will be held at the Fieldstone Tennis Center in Cumming, a suburb north of the More >

Facilitating Match Play


Ever since my son arrived home from his stint in SoCal, he’s been arranging hitting sessions and practice matches for himself. He’s built up a nice network of hitting partners around Atlanta, and they meet up at a public park or neighborhood courts for a no-cost training session that keeps both players match-tough and in top physical shape. After 10+ years of paying for drills, lessons, and tournaments, I can tell you my bank account has greatly appreciated the break (see my last post for more More >

Is There A Way to Make Junior Development Less Costly?


We’ve all seen the estimates of how much it costs to take a junior player from beginner all the way to college or the pro tour (click here for a thorough breakdown). Upwards of $300,000. That’s insane!

What if there were a way to significantly reduce that number? After having gone through this journey myself, I have some concrete ideas that could make tennis more affordable without jeopardizing the quality of training and development. I welcome you to add your suggestions in the Comments More >

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