| By Steve Annacone
A lot of tennis professionals are doing video tips on Facebook and other social media sites these days. I recently saw several video tips from Tom Gullikson, who I know from my coaching days on the ATP Tour. Tom was a great player, winning the 1984 French Open Mixed Doubles title along with Manuela...Read more
While all students are different, and that is one of the things that makes coaching so fun and fresh, there are some universal truths that I find myself saying repeatedly to my students.
  | By Ricky Becker
While all students are different, and that is one of the things that makes coaching so fun and fresh, there are some universal truths that I find myself saying repeatedly to my students. Some things I’ll rattle off more to high-performance juniors, and some of the other things to serious but...Read more
Since most points end after the serve (ace, service winner, missed return or double fault), it is extremely important to get your return of serve in play and force the server to hit another shot.
  | By Steve Annacone
Since most points end after the serve (ace, service winner, missed return or double fault), it is extremely important to get your return of serve in play and force the server to hit another shot. Focusing on the basics will make this more likely and will also give you a chance to get the server in...Read more
I know the COVID-19 crisis is going to be resolved. It may take longer than we had hoped. This is a great time to practice tennis on your own.
  | By Steve Annacone
I know the COVID-19 crisis is going to be resolved. It may take longer than we had hoped. This is a great time to practice tennis on your own. I had not hit a ball in the last three weeks until the other day. I took ten balls and a racquet to the court. After loosening up by doing a five-minute...Read more
Once you have decided that you are 100 percent sure you are being cheated, you cannot let it slide. It will bother you for the rest of the match, and it will devour your confidence.
  | By Tonny van de Pieterman
I have several emotional scars from being cheated during my junior tennis days. Even though I recently turned 50 (what?!), I can remember two situations like it was yesterday. On both occasions my opponent blatantly cheated me, and both times I did not handle it well. I turned into a hopeless mess...Read more
I believe, for juniors especially, coaching is about being a role model and a positive influence in their life.
  | By Michael Forte
“I made it to the final of my tournament last week!” “I got a baby puppy this week!” “My AP History class is killing me!” These are just a few of the phrases I hear on a weekly basis from students during lessons/programs, and it’s easy to assume they are being talkative or only desire attention...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
It’s obviously very helpful to hit a lot of tennis balls if you are trying to become the best player you can be. However, there are times when this is not possible. Doing some things at home can add a lot to your skills on the court. First, make sure you have a good and simple stretching and...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
As everyone knows, we are in the process of being taught a lesson on our ability to control certain things in our day to day lives. That being said, there are things we can do to help the situation even though there are uncontrollable aspects to the problem. Applying this to a tennis match, you can...Read more
  | By Chris Lewit
As a coach, I counsel many families about how much tennis children should train at different ages and whether to cross-train in other sports and it’s a common question on my podcast, The Prodigy Maker Show. The bottom line is that every kid is different. Some can play tennis exclusively from the...Read more
Grip changes should not be undertaken lightly because grips are the most direct connection to the racket and so proprioceptively sensitive that even the slightest change can be overwhelming.
  | By Steven Kaplan
In 2013, my article "Get A Grip" examined why poor grips are often “correcting compensations for movement dysfunction" because they offset poorly linked movements. Today I'd like to explore grip changes. You may not want to read further unless you’re brave as grips are the mysterious enigmas of...Read more