By Steve Annacone
Whenever two players step on the singles court for a tennis match, there is a favorite. Usually, the favorite is the person who is ranked higher or has the better career results. However, there is a very strange thing that happens in tennis, more than any other sport: the better player does not...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
It’s hard for us to understand how our attitude can play such a big role in the outcome of a tennis match. Most players believe that if they hit the ball well, use the right strategy, and take advantage of their opportunities, they will win. However, if the other player is matching your hitting...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis needs to be automatic, instinctive, and repetitive. Unfortunately, the thoughts going through your head when you are playing make it very difficult for any of those things to happen. Keeping the most simple ideas in your head can help get your reactions to become less complicated from all...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
I have written about this idea in several different ways in the past. It seems too simple for it to actually work. However, Rafael Nadal just won his 22nd Grand Slam and his 14th French Open by basically doing this better on more of the points than his opponents. When analyzing his last match...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis players on the pro tour rarely step on the court feeling 100 percent physically. They almost always have nagging injuries, soreness, or sometimes even chronic problems that are basically caused by the repetitive nature of the game. A player needs to pay attention to these issues and do...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Watching tennis is a highly underrated way of learning the game. Each player has their own unique style and no one hits the ball exactly the same way. Developing your own shots and adjusting your technique are important learning tools that can help you become a better player. One of the best ways...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The serve is the most important shot in tennis. Serving in a match can become extremely complicated, making it important to focus on more simple keys to hitting your serve well. Start by walking up to the baseline, bouncing the ball once and then touching the ball to your racquet. Keep the racquet...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The desire to “Grow The Game” is a lofty goal because if you love tennis, you want to share your devotion to the sport with others. Coaches choose to spread enthusiasm, passion, understanding and experience because they recognize that knowledge is true power and education is empowering. If you love...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Returning the second serve in a tennis match can be the key to success or failure. Most players’ second serve is the weakest part of their game, and many players do whatever they can just to get the shot in. The speed of the second serve usually drops off severely because of this. Try standing in...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis players are faced with a lot of different obstacles before, during, and after a tennis match. Sometimes the environment is difficult: the hotel is not great, the food isn’t what you would normally eat, or the people at the tournament are not as friendly as they could be. There are almost...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Realizing what type of shot the opponent just hit to you is a very underrated skill. The best players in the world are able to identify the shot and react to it in a split second, usually resulting in a good reply. Since there is so little time between hits, it is extremely important to rely on...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis is a game of repetition. The goal is to repeat the same swings and techniques over and over again. The problem is, your opponent does not cooperate with this idea. Each shot that is hit tends to be a little different than the previous one. Each point you play and each match you play is a...Read more