By Steven Kaplan
The two big stories at this year's French Open are the coming out party of Jelena Ostapenko and the total domination of the men's field by Rafa Nadal. The 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko did more than just fill a void at the top level of women's tennis. She played with the heart of a champion and the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Start the point towards the middle of the court in both doubles and singles. The net is the lowest at this point and your shot will still be in if you hit it a little early or late. Also, if you keep it deep, the shot down the middle takes away the angles for your opponent's next shot. As the point...Read more
By Steve Annacone
With the new technology in the modern game, many players tend to use speed and hitting it through the player to win the point. A better idea is to keep the ball deep and push the player back, setting up a big opening in front of your opponent. Players have a difficult time moving forward in general...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Groundstrokes should be hit crosscourt , especially at the beginning of the point. In doubles, use the crosscourt (or diagonal) idea until you have your opponents in trouble and then change the direction or move forward. In singles, use the crosscourt to get the opponent moving and then use down...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is a great idea to formulate a strategy or plan prior to stepping on the court. A game plan may be as simple as "hitting three or four crosscourt groundstrokes and being patient at the baseline". It could be to "serve and volley on all first serves, and work your way in to the net gradually on...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is always difficult during a match to determine what may have caused a mistake. However, it is extremely important to identify the cause so that you can make an adjustment and hit the shot better the next time. At all levels of play, from beginner to professional, the two most common technique...Read more
By Steve Annacone
If you put 10 different players on the baseline and have them serve, you will likely see 10 different service motions and serves. The most common attribute of the best servers is their ability to keep the toss consistently in the same place. This allows the server to swing with confidence and adds...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis is an incredible sport. As you are learning the game, you can work on so many different areas to improve on. Most of us initially focus on the actual hitting of the ball-strokes, footwork, placement, etc. As you improve, it becomes pretty obvious that winning a tennis match is not always...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Back in the day, men's tennis was ruled for a time by big-mouthed boors who railed against the injustices and perceived slights inflicted by the tennis establishment. The irony, of course, is that these rebels without a clue rarely played by the rules of sportsmen-like behavior. Some of these...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Challenge yourself to go after every ball. Many times during a point, it is natural to watch your opponent's shot and try to figure out whether you can get to it or not. By the time you have decided, it is too late. Instead, focus on turning your shoulders and taking your first step to the ball...Read more
By Steve Annacone
With the spring weather still a little unpredictable, remind yourself to use your feet and early preparation to help allow for some adjustments if the ball does not do what you expected. Adding to this issue is the fact that many people have been playing indoor tennis with very little change in...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The Memphis Open, the only indoor ATP tournament in the U.S., is leaving after 41 years and relocating to The Nassau Coliseum next February. Remember when pro tennis was scheduled to come to Long Island last year at Hempstead Lake State Park? That "event" folded before it got started, but this is...Read more