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What’s the Difference Between Playing Pros & Coaching Juniors? ft. Todd Widom

Welcome to Season 12 Episode 10 of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. Coach Todd Widom is back with us to shed some light on why tour players don’t always make the best junior coaches.

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Many of you have had the good fortune to see former professional tennis players come to your local club or academy or other facility and offer to work with developing juniors. Sometimes they make great coaches right away, using the lessons they’ve learned throughout their development and career to teach younger players how to be successful on and off the court. But sometimes they need time to develop into effective coaches, and sometimes that never happens for them.

Todd and I discuss what questions parents should be asking of these former pro players to ensure they are the right fit to coach your particular child. It’s not rocket science, but we just don’t want you to let their star power impact your judgement in this very important decision.

To contact Todd or to get information on his training, you can reach him at [email protected]. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Instagram as well.

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Intro & Outro Music: Morgan Stone aka STØNE

Audio & Video Editing: Lisa Stone


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