By Steve Annacone
Most players try to hit the ball away from their opponent. This is a great way to make them hit the ball on the run and draw some errors. However, playing the ball more down the center of the court at the beginning of the point will help you establish the consistency of your timing as well as...Read more
By Steve Annacone
When facing a player with an extremely strong forehand or backhand, our instincts are to try to direct all of our shots to the weaker side. The problem is that most of these players are very good at covering up their weaker side and eventually hit more balls with their weapon or stronger shot. By...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The server can hit the first serve in any direction, with varying amounts of spin, and at any speed they want, on any given serve. Too often, a player hits the first serve very hard and flat and either out wide or down the “T”. This tends to produce a low percentage of first serves made and forces...Read more
By Steve Annacone
If you watch and listen to professional tennis on television you will often hear "serve plus one or return of serve plus one" mentioned. Today's best players focus on and try to execute a good serve or a good return of serve as well as a good first shot following the serve or return. Most of the...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Almost every player has been told by their coach or tennis professional to "watch the ball". This sounds like such a basic and easy instruction to follow, yet many of us still struggle to execute it. One of the problems is that seeing the ball actually make contact with the racquet is not likely,...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There is not one specific spot you should stand in to return serve. Each player has a certain area that they feel most comfortable returning serve from. Some players stand right on or inside the baseline. Many stand just behind the baseline and some even stand far behind the baseline. Players also...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Even though the newest racquet and string technology has enabled players to hit the ball with more speed and spin than ever, it has become increasingly difficult to hit a shot through your opponent. The modern player has learned how to take a few steps back from the baseline and turn defense into...Read more
By Steve Annacone
One of the most difficult tasks a player faces on the court is executing their "regular" shots and "normal" swings regardless of the type of ball that is hit to them. Using the swing that you have practiced and repeated over and over in previous matches will give you the best chance to hit a solid...Read more
Many tennis professionals rely almost exclusively on feeding drills to teach players how to hit a tennis ball. A good pro can feed the ball in a manner and to a location that makes the player look very good. In other words, they can give you that ball tha
By Steve Annacone
Many tennis professionals rely almost exclusively on feeding drills to teach players how to hit a tennis ball. A good pro can feed the ball in a manner and to a location that makes the player look very good. In other words, they can give you that ball that you are dreaming about in a match so that...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Holding serve in the modern game of tennis has become more and more difficult. Players can now return serve more often and even use the speed of the serve to add to the offensive nature of their return. Holding serve now requires a one two punch on most points-a good serve and a good first shot...Read more
We have all heard the advice about hitting the ball to the middle in doubles whenever you are not sure where to go. This is very sound advice and usually works well.
By Steve Annacone
We have all heard the advice about hitting the ball to the middle in doubles whenever you are not sure where to go. This is very sound advice and usually works well. Another idea is to always go towards the baseline player (if there is one) to set up the point or if you are in trouble. This will...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Tennis players, coaches, and observers often speak about finishing or closing out a match. Some players seem to have great success in this situation and others struggle. The players who handle this scenario best tend to play “their game” despite the pressure. This means approaching each point the...Read more