By Steve Annacone
One of the most common strategies in tennis is to get your opponent running. The reason this is so popular is that most players are unable to hit the ball as well when they have to move a lot to hit their shot. The key to hitting the ball well on the run is giving yourself a chance to take the same...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are many different ways to get your shot to go where you want it to go on the tennis court. The position that you set up in is the most reliable. This will make you swing in the direction of your target. However, the best players use the contact point on the ball to help get the direction...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Every time you hit the ball on the tennis court, you should have a purpose for your shot. There are obviously times when your opponent has hit a very good shot and your options are limited. Even in this situation you can try to keep the ball deep, or low, or try to get it to the opponent's weaker...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Playing tennis can be extremely difficult. There are many different variables involved when trying to win the match. The ability to compete is often overlooked when analyzing a player's performance on the court. Competing is the ability to do some things during the match to give yourself a chance...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Tennis players use the split step to establish balance before reacting to the opponent's shot. Both feet come off the ground and then hit the ground simultaneously. In the past, I instructed my students to do this right as the player is hitting the ball. However, the game has gotten faster and...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Over the years, I’ve found that one of the most difficult ideas to communicate to my students has been the benefit of serving directly at your opponent. Most good returners react extremely well when the serve is hit away from them. They are ready to turn, move and stretch for the serve. By hitting...Read more
By Brian Coleman
It is becoming more and more obvious that starting the point well in a match is really the key to controlling more of the points and hopefully, winning the match. Tennis has changed, with more players than ever capable of playing both offense and defense well. However, the best players still...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is human nature to hope that the shot you have just hit will win the point. Unfortunately, this type of thought during a match will not allow you to recover, prepare, and react if the shot does come back. One of the unique qualities of the best tennis players in the world is their ability to...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Sometimes your opponent is just better than you. This does not mean that you cannot win the match. As a matter of fact, it is likely that you have beaten better players if you have played a lot of matches. This is one of the great things about tennis. One of the measures of how good you really are...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Many players these days hit the ball hard. This has produced a large number of players who actually prefer to play against the hard hitters. If it seems like the better you hit your shot and the faster you hit the ball, the better your opponent responds, it may be time to change things up. There...Read more
By Steve Annacone
As a tennis professional and coach, I would like to think that my skills can guide a player towards success in a match. However, a player must be able to do things for themselves on the court that will increase their chance to play well. A player should pick one or two key technique ideas and...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are obviously many aspects of coaching a tennis player. There are fundamentals, technique, footwork, strategy, sports psychology, etc. When a player is about to play a match, or in matches where coaching is allowed either during play or when players split sets, simple is best . Many times you...Read more