By Steve Annacone
Most professional matches have points that follow certain patterns. After the serve and return of serve, many players use a few cross court groundstrokes to get the opponent moving and open up the court. Very often the point ends before any other strategy is implemented. If the point lasts past the...Read more
By Robbie Werdiger
The ATP tour took a trip to Washington D.C. this past week for the first major event of the US Open Series. Under the new ownership of Mark Ein, the Citi Open hosted the most successful week in tournament history, shattering every attendance record in the fifty years of tournament play. Ein...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Many players go out on their own and practice serving. The tendency is to work on your first serve and try to make it a weapon. However, a few basic changes to your focus can make both your first and second serve better. First, try to hit an equal amount of first serves and second serves in your...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There is always a lot of discussion on grips in tennis. There isn’t one grip that is perfect for everyone. Most players change their grip slightly from forehand to backhand. Most have a grip that is different for serving and when volleying . My suggestion is to go with what feels best to you. Your...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The recent Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made me question how someone who is widely-recognized as the greatest of all time can have two championship points and not win the match. I have played plenty of matches where I was in this situation and did not win. However, most...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Against high level players and great movers on the tennis court, it is often better to play the ball down the middle at the beginning of the point . These players tend to cover the open court and use their speed to get the opponent to hit an extra shot and go for more. Many times this down the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
In the heat of the match it often seems like you need to come up with a great shot or a great point in order to win. We often remember that spectacular shot that the top players hit in their victories and forget all of the simple things they execute over and over again throughout the match. I am a...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
It would be great if each time we walk on a tennis court our level of play equaled what our expectations are. This rarely happens. One of the characteristics of the best players in the world is the ability to hang in and keep the match close , despite being disappointed with their play. I think...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Tennis is a great sport, partly because you only need one other person to go out and hit or play. In addition, you can also do a lot of things by yourself to practice and improve . The most obvious is to go out and hit serves. Since the serve is the most difficult shot to learn, and also, the most...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
There are many different approaches to returning serve. Many players like having more time so they can take a bigger swing at the ball. These players tend to stand somewhere behind the baseline. There are also players who use more of an abbreviated swing and try to get the return back to the server...Read more
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By Steve Annacone
Many tennis players rely on rhythm to be successful. Hitting several groundstrokes in a row often gives a player confidence to hit that more aggressive shot as the point gets longer. There are quite a few ways to disrupt your opponent's rhythm. One is to try to keep the points as short as possible...Read more
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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