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From Russia with Love ft. Egor Shestakov

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 41 of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. Egor Shestakov, a senior at University of Texas at Tyler who happens to be from Russia, shares his junior and college tennis journey with us, one that I believe you will find to be extremely eye-opening.

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Egor was coached by his father at the beginning of his junior tennis career until both of them realized their relationship – and Egor’s tennis – would be better served by hiring an outside coach. Egor continued to play other sports at the recreational level while pursuing his tennis with the goal of coming to the US to play in college.

You will hear him talk about the challenges involved in getting noticed by American college coaches, learning English and taking the necessary entrance exams, and what he’s learned about himself and his tennis since being in Texas the past 3 years.

This young man has a lot of wisdom to share with all of us, so please consider having your junior player(s) watch or listen to this episode.

Egor is happy to help other players however he can. To that end, you can email him at [email protected] or message him on Instagram at

NOTE: Here is the article I reference in the episode regarding my son’s first solo tournament experience –

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Intro & Outro Music: Morgan Stone aka STØNE

Audio & Video Editing: Lisa Stone


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