By Steve Annacone
It is hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can continue to have the success he has had over the past 20 or so years. The style of tennis that he plays takes its toll on both the body and the mind. There are not many "free points" and winning the point usually involves a lot of moving and running. The...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Being able to run fast on the tennis court is helpful, but many of us are never going to be able to "run fast". Paying more attention to reacting quickly to the direction that your opponent has just hit the ball, will help give you a better chance to get there and have a good swing at it. Try...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are so many resources available these days to help you improve your tennis game. Lessons, clinics, and practicing with other players are all good ways to continue to get better. However, watching other players hit or compete can also be very helpful. There is unlimited video available on the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Many players just don't understand why they play so differently in an actual match compared to what they do in practice. One of the problems is that it is extremely difficult to simulate an actual match situation in practice. Some small adjustments to your practice may help this. Try doing your...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It seems obvious that we should try to repeat a successful point in a tennis match. In the heat of the match, this might not be the first thought that comes to mind. Often, our tendency is to panic or worry about the points that we lose. We try to prevent those from happening again. It is much more...Read more
Nick Bollettieri speaks to a group of kids and tennis players at the 2019 New York Tennis Expo.
By Steve Annacone
Nick Bollettieri was the most successful tennis coach in the history of the sport. He was not always a fan favorite; he wasn't trying to win a popularity contest. He often did and said things that people on the outside did not like or disagreed with. However, the players he coached understood what...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are so many different areas of focus when trying to develop a great tennis player, and this is true for improving at all levels of the game. Technical, physical, tactical, and mental skills are all a part of the game of tennis and should be focused on when practicing and training. Technical...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Everyone gets nervous. The best tennis players have methods that they use to keep nerves from affecting their ability to play the next point the way they would like. Most players have a speed that they normally play the point—they either take the majority of the 25 seconds allowed between points,...Read more
By Steve Annacone
A lot of coaches these days spend hours and hours on scouting and analyzing the opponent. Tennis is a very difficult game to figure out and sometimes knowing your opponent's strengths and weaknesses can be helpful. However, the majority of the time spent training and preparing for matches should be...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There has been a lot of discussion about the difficulty of successfully moving towards the net and winning points with volleys in the modern tennis game. The game has changed and the balls are going faster. However, the biggest obstacle moving forward these days is that most players do not have the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis is a game of repetition. Players get very used to hitting the ball a certain way, playing a point with a certain strategy, and doing things that feel comfortable. Your opponent is trying to get all of these ideas to be difficult and make you feel uncomfortable. It is very important in both...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are a lot of discussions going on about pickleball these days. The sport is definitely growing and if you have been a tennis player in the past, you can likely be very successful on the Pickleball court. I stumbled across a game a couple of years ago that could give tennis some momentum to...Read more