| By Steve Annacone
Tennis is an extremely complex sport. It is not easy to figure out how to correct a problem or a mistake, and even tougher when you are the one out on the court playing a competitive match. Technique is very important, but often it breaks down because of a player's strategy or noise that is...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
When your opponent hits a good shot and gets you in trouble, try hitting your shot at a speed that is similar to the speed your opponent used. The tendency on a more difficult shot is to either hit it back much slower (to get it in play) or much faster (to try to either win the point or get your...Read more
The goal should be to end up with the ball close to the same distance away from you each time.
  | By Steve Annacone
Watching the ball is a huge part of hitting it solid on the tennis court. Another part of this concept is getting your position to be consistent based on what you are seeing with your eyes. The goal should be to end up with the ball close to the same distance away from you each time. In addition,...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
There are obviously many different styles of play in tennis. Most players are put in one category or the other: offensive or defensive. However, the best players tend to be the ones who can do some of both. More importantly, the player who eventually wins the match is likely to be the one who...Read more
  | By Ricky Becker
Below are three items that I have heard coaches differ on. While I will give my personal opinion and communicate how strongly I feel about it, I realize there are other good coaches out there who believe differently, and sometimes the same, as I do. Additionally, many, if not all, of the answers to...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
In almost every match, one player is usually the favorite. Sometimes this is based on ranking and results and other times it is based on what they look like hitting the ball and the weapons that they possess. If the player who is ranked lower or is perceived as being the weaker player, wins the...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
Watching the Laver Cup last weekend has made it pretty obvious that tennis (at all levels) comes down to combining consistent serving with consistent returning over the course of the match. This is the case in both singles and doubles. Europe did this better than the World in this year's event...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
Back in the day, we were always told to recover to the middle of the court after hitting a shot. Because the speed of the game has changed, it makes more sense these days to move towards the open court immediately after hitting your shot. In addition, try recovering to an area that leaves the...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
I have written about this before but after watching the 2021 U..S Open, I felt the need to repeat. Novak Djokovic was always the poster boy for my idea about following through the same way, regardless of how your opponent hits their shot. However, Danil Medvedev beat Novak at his own game in the...Read more
Angelique Kerber is one of the best counterpunchers on the WTA Tour, and does a great job of redirecting the pace of her opponents.
  | By Steve Annacone
Watching the 2021 U.S. Open, it is pretty clear that there are a lot of players who thrive on using the opponent's pace of the ball to hit their best shots. It is also apparent that when a player is able to mix up the speed, it can help draw errors or weaker shots from their opponent. A well-placed...Read more