By Steven Kaplan
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around it or through it."—Bruce Lee This last weekend inspired me to remember that the heart of a champion refuses to quit with the adamant belief they will succeed. Now I'm no fan...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Every tennis player is different. Some of us are Type A and some of us are laid back and just willing to take it as it comes. The best tennis players are able to find the right combination of consistency and aggressiveness. Credit photo to OSTILL Some of us should be on the more aggressive end and...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Venus versus Serena, Roger versus Rafa in a Grand Slam finals. It happened this weekend after a nine-year hiatus and it was well worth the wait. The storylines were dramatic and the stakes were high. Serena was going after Grand Slam title number 23, hoping to break her modern record tie with...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Time for one of the most basic technique tips that everyone can use. The groundstroke follow through is more important than you think-it helps keep the path of the swing consistent and allows your racquet to gain momentum through the point of contact. The modern follow through has changed. With the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Although it is extremely difficult these days to get the tennis ball to go exactly where you want, it is important that you aim for a specific target for your shot. If you tell yourself to just try to get the ball to land in, your focus and concentration is not likely to be as good as when you tell...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It's time for a New Year's resolution. How about designing a plan to improve your tennis game? Start by dividing the year into 4 quarters. The first quarter, work on fundamentals and technique-watch the ball longer and more closely, get ready earlier and get back to ready position right after...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Credit photo to CentralTAlliance All of the best tennis players realize that they will play at their optimum level only a couple (maybe) times a year. This means that a player must be able to come up with things that are working well on that given day to have a chance to win matches when everything...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The new shiny USTA Center in Lake Nona, Fla. looks amazing, but looks aren't everything when it comes to building champions. This beautiful facility is 64 acres on a $63 million dollar (at least) campus with more than 100 tennis courts. The USTA claims that it is the "Most technologically advanced...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis has become a power game. Because of this, many players are getting stuck back at the baseline or even behind the baseline. It is extremely effective when opponents have assumed this more defensive position, to be able to hit balls low and up in front of them. The correct way to keep the ball...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Photo Credit: Active.com The goal of your footwork on your groundstrokes should be to get to the ball so you are able to make contact between waist level and shoulder height. Some players seem to like the point of contact a little below waist level but this means the ball must go up significantly...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Photo credit: cdwheatley Most people prefer their forehand to their backhand. Try this idea to get more balls hit to your stronger shot. When you are at the baseline, adjust your recovery position so it encourages your opponent to hit it towards your forehand side. If you are right handed, stand...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
A new study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine using data from 11 health surveys for England and Scotland between 1994 and 2008 suggests that tennis reduces mortality rates 47 percent, the highest rate of any sport studied. In comparison, swimmers had only a 28 percent reduction in mortality...Read more