By Steve Annacone
The better the player, the more difficult it is to win the point by hitting the ball away from them. Sometimes hitting the ball right towards them is a great way to draw a weaker shot, which you can then direct away from them. It is often more difficult to get out of the way of the ball than it is...Read more
By Steve Annacone
A very important, yet overlooked aspect of moving on the tennis court has to do with when to get your feet going and when to be stopped. Whenever you, your partner or your opponent are about to hit the ball (the forward swing is starting), your feet should be set. Using the split step just before...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is much easier to move side to side on the court than up and back. Try to watch the ball coming off the racquet and the height over the net. If it comes off the racquet low with the face flat, immediately take a step or two forward even if it looks like the ball may go in the net. If the racquet...Read more
By Patrick McEnroe
This has been the hardest year of my life. My brothers, John and Mark, and I lost both of our parents this year, including my mom, Katherine, to cancer less than a month ago. I’ve turned to running as a coping mechanism, which has proven to be very healthy for my mind. It gives me time to meditate...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The U.S. Open is about to bring the tennis world together into our backyard, but here on Long Island, the local tennis scene is anything but cohesive and it's worth a discussion. Self-promotion is a great way to grow your program, but sadly, I see many examples of some going too far with dishonest...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Hit three or four of your regular shots in a row on as many points as possible, and there is a good chance you will win the point. Most points last no longer than two hits each and this includes the serve and return of serve. Even at the professional level, a good serve or return of serve and a...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most players try to win the point by making their opponent run. Hitting the ball to the opening is a very basic, yet successful idea against most players. Pay attention to your opponent's position-whichever side they are on in singles, try to hit the ball to the other side-keep repeating this...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most players focus on running to the ball quickly when practicing movement. Being a fast runner is helpful on the court. However, recovering and anticipating the next shot will be much more effective than relying on your speed running to the ball. Immediately after the follow through, you should...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Most players know that the toss is the most important part of the serve. They understand that a smooth, consistent motion using your shoulder turn, legs, and arm together will give you the best result with the least amount of effort. However, knowing these things and getting them to happen in a...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Coming to the net these days is definitely a challenge. Most players do not have the technique and/or experience at the net to be successful. Improvement in these areas will take quite a bit of time and practice. However, there is a simple idea that can help your volleying and make it tougher on...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The most important technique idea on every shot is to watch the ball closely and make contact in the center of the strings. This is even more important on the volley as you are not swinging the racquet much. Watch Federer and Nadal-as the ball is contacting the strings, they are still very focused...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Imaging playing great to get to the finals of the biggest stage in tennis. Here is your chance for immortality, your shot at striking out Babe Ruth or slamming on Michael Jordan and you get flattened over by a runaway freight train. You might just cry. Marin Cilic did and who can blame him? The...Read more