Are Time & Money Keys to Development? with Todd Widom


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A few weeks ago, I received an email from a member of the ParentingAces Community asking if ANY coach can develop a champion if the family has enough time and money to invest in the child’s tennis. I posed that question to one of my favorite coaches, Todd Widom, and in this week’s episode we discuss the query in depth.

There is so much more to high-level junior development than simply time and money. The proper mindset, the proper work ethic, the proper attitude . . . all these things are contributing factors that affect how far a player can take his/her tennis skills. And do not underestimate the impact the right – or even the wrong! – coach can have.

Yes, it helps to have a player with unlimited financial resources. Yes, it helps to have a player who isn’t bound by traditional school hours (however, please note, there are so many benefits to attending traditional school!). However, there are some players who are born with skills that can’t be taught, regardless of time or money. There are some players who don’t have the internal drive to succeed, and that can’t be bought or taught.

It is crucial that parents understand the factors that go into high-level tennis development and make decisions impacting the family accordingly. This week’s episode helps to shed light on many of those factors.

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One Comment on “Are Time & Money Keys to Development? with Todd Widom”

  1. Parents have to realize that the entire dynamic has changed with the new transitional tour and ITF rules. About 10000 players from ages 19-23 that were trying the lower level pros are now shut out. Most did not win enough money and will still be college eligible. The competition for college scholarships will be off the charts. And the ability to even attempt the pros for anyone but a top 10 junior will be pretty much gone. Putting too much time and money into tennis with the new rules is quite foolish for any kid not a 5 star recruit if the goal is a college scholarship. The scholarships that used to be available for 3-4 star recruits will be gobbled up by the older kids who are now shut out of trying the pros.

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