| By Steve Annacone
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There is not one specific coach for all players.

Every player is different and will respond to instruction in their own unique way. A good coach can figure out what type of player and personality they are dealing with and make adjustments to their approach accordingly. Some players need to be given very specific analytical instruction while others will benefit from a broader approach, allowing the player to formulate some of their own unique techniques and strategies that will maximize their potential.

It is very important for the coach to be organized and have a plan for their student. Each time the player and coach walk on the court, there should be specific areas of concentration which focus on both strengths and weaknesses. It is not okay for the lesson or practice to be the same each time the player takes the court.

Despite the fact that tennis is a game of repetition, each experience on the court is different. This means that a player should be given the tools to deal with many different situations and conditions. A good tennis professional can combine the repetitive practice with the ability to adapt to the problems of the day. In my opinion, the most important quality for a coach is their desire to improve the player's game and their relentless pursuit of that goal.

Choose a tennis pro or a coach who exhibits these qualities, and work with them to make your game continue to grow towards the best it can be. 



Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis, www.annaconetennis.com and MyHamptonsPro, www.myhamptonspro.com throughout the Hamptons, NY.  In addition, Steve and Miguel Coelho have introduced the JET (Junior Elite Tennis) program at the Tucson Jewish Community Center (Tucson, AZ) for high level players ages 8-18. Please contact Steve at info@annaconetennis.com