By Steve Annacone
The serve is the most important shot in tennis. Serving in a match can become extremely complicated, making it important to focus on more simple keys to hitting your serve well. Start by walking up to the baseline, bouncing the ball once and then touching the ball to your racquet. Keep the racquet...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The desire to “Grow The Game” is a lofty goal because if you love tennis, you want to share your devotion to the sport with others. Coaches choose to spread enthusiasm, passion, understanding and experience because they recognize that knowledge is true power and education is empowering. If you love...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Returning the second serve in a tennis match can be the key to success or failure. Most players’ second serve is the weakest part of their game, and many players do whatever they can just to get the shot in. The speed of the second serve usually drops off severely because of this. Try standing in...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis players are faced with a lot of different obstacles before, during, and after a tennis match. Sometimes the environment is difficult: the hotel is not great, the food isn’t what you would normally eat, or the people at the tournament are not as friendly as they could be. There are almost...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Realizing what type of shot the opponent just hit to you is a very underrated skill. The best players in the world are able to identify the shot and react to it in a split second, usually resulting in a good reply. Since there is so little time between hits, it is extremely important to rely on...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis is a game of repetition. The goal is to repeat the same swings and techniques over and over again. The problem is, your opponent does not cooperate with this idea. Each shot that is hit tends to be a little different than the previous one. Each point you play and each match you play is a...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Coaches often communicate to their players to “keep the ball deep” when advising them how to get their opponent on the defensive. It might not seem that keeping your shots deep can be the key to winning a tennis match. However, if you hit your shots consistently deep, your opponent will likely be...Read more
Sebastian Korda (right) with his father and 1998 Australian Open champion Petr (left) during a practice session at the 2021 U.S. Open.
By Robbie Werdiger
Tennis fans in the United States have waited two decades and counting for the next male American player to hoist a Slam trophy. Young stars representing the red, white, and blue like Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, and Tommy Paul have struggled to consistently string together good results. Reilly...Read more
By Robbie Werdiger
Novak Djokovic battled back from two sets down against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday in what was a dramatic finish to a French Open that will not be forgotten. The world number one dug himself into a hole early on in the match which was partly due to discomfort from a tumble on the red clay in the...Read more
By Liya Davidov
On March 13, 2020, the entire concept of athletics was shut down at The College of New Jersey, and there was no sign that it would return. Trust me, I looked everywhere. A year later, I found myself back on the campus courts alongside my teammates and coaches, and for those few hours a day where...Read more
By Liya Davidov
The only time I have a preseason is when fall semesters roll around, where perks include moving into campus a few days early and getting first pick of the bed. We’d have a few extra practices on official move-in days for the rest of campus, and maybe even a scrimmage, too, but I think this...Read more
Photo courtesy of USTA/Simon Bruty
By Robbie Werdiger
The first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year is in the books. The 2021 Australian Open included just about everything — from a hard two-week quarantine, a qualifier in the semifinals, hometown Aussie heroes, injuries galore, and a nine-time tournament champion. Players around the world...Read more