The two-on-one situation is an effective strategy where two players attack and keep the ball on one player to overwhelm them.
  | By Mike Puc
As the number one junior player in Canada on my way to joining Florida’s Flagler College tennis team, which had just won the National Championship, I was full of excitement and expectations. College matches are comprised of both singles and doubles matches with the same players eligible for both...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
Most players have specific serves they use when the match gets close or if it is an important point. A lot of lefthanders tend to hit their serve wide to the ad side with slice. Many right handers with a good kick serve tend to hit their serve wide to the ad side as well, sometimes even on their...Read more
  | By Ricky Becker
One of the biggest trends for the last few years in competitive junior groups block programming is that of “Up-and-Down.” Description For those of you who might be unfamiliar, “Up-and-Down”, also known in some places as “Up-The River/Down The River”, is where you have a few adjacent courts doing...Read more
Tennis is a very complicated sport which makes it difficult to put your finger on the ideas that will help in a match. My best results as a coach and a player have come when I have simplified my thoughts.
  | By Steve Annacone
Tennis is a very complicated sport which makes it difficult to put your finger on the ideas that will help in a match. My best results as a coach and a player have come when I have simplified my thoughts . The most basic and helpful thought I have used is to watch the ball, all the way from the...Read more
A coaching leadership hierarchy helps ensure fluid coordination and management of a coaching team and can be an invaluable tool to broaden the depth and breathe of a young player’s experiences.
  | By Steven Kaplan
While most sports recognize the importance of a cohesive coaching team, tennis culture maintains that multiple coaches will confuse and bewilder the fragile psyche of students. It’s the height of irony to protect players from the perils of diverse ideas while seeking to teach them to become master...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
I recently gave a group lesson to four kids. There was a five-year-old girl, a four-year-old boy, and a couple of two-year-old boys. The lesson was an hour long. I was a little skeptical about whether I could make the situation work, especially since I was unaware that I would be teaching four kids...Read more
It’s a common question parents ask:  “Should my kid play up?”  The correct answer depends on the kid and depends on the situation.
  | By Chris Lewit
It’s a common question parents ask: “Should my kid play up?” The correct answer depends on the kid and depends on the situation. Over the years, I have studied with many different legendary coaches, who have differing views on the subject. Curiously, it seems the coaching world is a divided house...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
Each time you hit a shot, you must recover . The "old school" idea is to get back to the middle of the court. However, in modern tennis you are better off thinking that you are going to move in the direction of the open court as soon as you are finished with your follow through. This is true both...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
As a tennis professional and coach, I have given my students many specific ideas designed to improve the chances of a positive outcome in their matches. I'm sure your pro or coach has given you the "get your first serve in" advice. Another common idea a coach may communicate is to limit your...Read more
  | By Steve Annacone
As a coach, I am constantly trying to get my students more interested and excited about playing tennis. This is not an easy task. Tennis is a very difficult sport with many ups and downs. There is no greater feeling than walking off the court after winning a match, but when a loss occurs, it often...Read more