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By Steve Annacone
When I learned how to play tennis, I remember being told to keep a firm grip on the racquet to help eliminate wrist movement during the swing. Obviously, tennis has changed pretty dramatically since then and almost every player relies on some wrist action to add speed to their shots. Starting with...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most of us play tennis with the idea that it would be best if the ball does not come back after we hit our shot, but it’s extremely important to think that the ball is always going to come back. Try reinforcing this idea by actually hitting your shot so that the opponent is able to hit it back...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Players have become better and better at handling the deep, hard shots that most of the modern players use to get their opponent in trouble or to win the point. Many of today's best players are capable of taking a few steps back and using the speed and depth of the shot to hit an even better shot...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Many players on the ATP and WTA Tours produce powerful shots with swings that do not look extremely fast. Some of this comes from their natural ability, but there are things you can do to improve your power without adding more effort to your swings. First, you must realize that hitting the ball in...Read more
By Steve Annacone
If you have played someone with a good serve and the game to back it up, you know how difficult it is to win the match or even stay close enough to give yourself a chance to win since they will hold serve most of the time. Roger Federer's ability to hold serve has definitely played a major role in...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
If you are the server's partner at the net and the serve lands anywhere from the middle of the box to the center service line, make a diagonal move towards the middle of the court. Most returners are not likely to hit the return towards your alley if the serve is hit well and in this area. If they...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
I once heard someone ask Roger Federer if he swings at his serve at 100 percent speed. He replied that he rarely does. This is one of the reasons why Federer looks so effortless, not only serving, but basically on almost all of his shots. He tends to swing at the speed that he feels he can control...Read more
By Steve Annacone
When someone misses their first serve, they absolutely have to get the second serve in the box. Because of this, even good tennis players can become tentative on their second serve. Try standing two or three steps inside of your first serve returning position prior to the opponent's second serve...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
One of the biggest reasons Roger Federer is able to challenge for Grand Slams and remain one of the best players in the world at 37-years-old is because he uses his position on the tennis court to control the point. Although he sometimes gets pushed back when his opponent hits a deep offensive ball...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
I hear a lot of players talk about closing out matches. In order to close out a match, you must put yourself in a position to win. This means getting a break point, game point, set point, or match point. However, getting one opportunity that you believe is the difference between winning and losing...Read more
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