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By Steve Annacone
Statistics are becoming a big part of coaching tennis players. First serve percentage, points won on first serve or second serve, and percentage of return of serves in play are often compared when analyzing a match. There are still crucial points in a match which may influence the outcome. However...Read more
By Steve Annacone
More and more players are standing farther and farther back in the court these days. Daniil Medvedev has brought this to a new level, showcasing his amazing defensive skills and returning serves from almost the front row of the stands. The increased speed and spin on the ball has played a big part...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis is an amazing sport. It is incredibly difficult to predict who will win a match, even if there have been many previous encounters and one player has had a lot of success. This is true at all levels but is especially the case at the very top of the game. Since 2005, someone named Federer,...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Recently, I asked my brother Paul how Rafa continues to be so successful at age 36. His answer was something that we all hear over and over when coaches give advice to their players: he plays every single point as if it were match point. This sounds like an impossible idea to execute and for most...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is extremely important to get your first serve in and to get your return of serve in play. However, one of the keys to winning a tennis match is to get control of the point more often than your opponent. In addition to making your serve and return of serve, try to get the opponent in some...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most players are much better off leaving their emotions on the sidelines when a match gets tight. There have been a few such as John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Illie Nastase and more who have actually played better at times after getting wound up. However, staying calm and keeping your focus on the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most coaches tend to scout and find out their opponent’s weaknesses, and then tell their player how to play based on that information. But it is better to know your own strengths and weaknesses, play your game, and focus on the ball. Pay attention to what the opponent is doing and make slight...Read more
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