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How Does a Junior Player Go from Good to OMG! ft. Todd Widom

Welcome to Season 10, Episode 43, of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. In this week’s episode, we follow up on our recent podcast with Orlando and Zander Bravo (click here to watch/listen) and talk with Zander’s coach, Todd Widom, about how Zander made such huge strides in such a short period of time.

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If you’re a regular of our podcast, by now you have a pretty clear understanding of Coach Todd Widom’s philosophy on coaching and developing junior tennis players. When he gets a player who is already in high school, wants to play high-level college tennis, but is missing some significant pieces of his/her game, that’s where Todd really shines. In the case of Zander Bravo, not only did Todd have to commit to helping Zander reach his goal of playing at an Ivy, but Zander and his family also had to commit to putting in the work and support needed for Zander to reach his goal. When all is said and done, all parties involved honored their commitment, and Zander will be playing at Brown University starting Fall 2022.

The Junior Tennis Journey is a long one, often met with many ups and downs along the way. Hearing from the coach’s side how to manage that journey should prove valuable to the parents and players out there.

For more information on Todd, visit his website here and be sure to follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You can also email him at [email protected].

As always, a big thank you to Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our intro and outro music this season. You can find more of his music at If you’re interested in House Music, please be sure to check out his social media channels on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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