| By Steve Annacone

Groundstrokes should be hit crosscourt, especially at the beginning of the point.

In doubles, use the crosscourt (or diagonal) idea until you have your opponents in trouble and then change the direction or move forward. In singles, use the crosscourt to get the opponent moving and then use down the line groundstrokes when  your opponent is off the court.

Crosscourt or diagonal shots pull your opponent away from the center of the court to a greater degree than down the line shots because of the angle of the shot. This opens up the court and should enable the player to hit a less risky shot to win the point.

Give yourself a lot of margin for error-the angle of these shots will enable you to hit the ball well inside the sideline and still pull the player wide, creating big openings on the next shot.


Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis (http://www.annaconetennis.com). For details on lessons and camps at Sag Harbor Park Tennis and throughout the Hamptons this summer contact sannacone@annaconetennis.com or management@annaconetennis.com

Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis, www.annaconetennis.com and MyHamptonsPro, www.myhamptonspro.com in East Hampton, NY . Steve is also a tennis professional at Ventana Golf and Country Club in Tucson, AZ. In addition, Steve and Miguel Coelho have introduced the JET (Junior Elite Tennis) program at the Tucson Jewish Community Center for high level players ages 8-18. Please contact Steve at info@annaconetennis.com