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Paul Annacone (born March 20, 1963) is an American former touring professional tennis player and current tennis coach. He is the former coach of open-era leader in Grand Slams Roger Federer, former World No. 1 Pete Sampras, and US Open champion Sloane Stephens. Annacone is currently a coach at ProTennisCoach.com, a commentator at Tennis Channel and works with Taylor Fritz.

Paul Annacone
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Paul Annacone
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Born (1963-03-20) March 20, 1963 (age 56)
Southampton, New York
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro1984
Retired1998
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Tennessee
Prize money$1,645,515
Singles
Career record157–131 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam and Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 12 (March 3, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1987)
French Open3R (1988)
WimbledonQF (1984)
US Open3R (1985, 1990)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals1R (1985)
WCT FinalsQF (1986)
Doubles
Career record267–177 (ATP, Grand Prix, WCT, Grand Slam and Davis Cup)
Career titles14
Highest rankingNo. 3 (April 6, 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1985)
French OpenQF (1985)
WimbledonSF (1986)
US OpenF (1990)
Coaching career (1995–)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total37
Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total2
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)
Coaching awards and records
Awards

Coach Jim Verdieck Touring Pro Coach of the Year 2007[1]

Records

Contents

CareerEdit

PlayerEdit

High schoolEdit

As an 8th grader, Paul played first singles for Shoreham-Wading River High School and was undefeated in league play. Annacone graduated from East Hampton High School.[2]

CollegeEdit

After graduating from East Hampton, the 6'1, 175 lbs. Annacone played three years of college tennis for the University of Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference over 1982–84. He was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year in 1984. Annacone played 51–3 in singles while winning the ITA Indoor Singles Championship that year. He was named all-SEC and all-American all three years of his college career with the Volunteers, amassing a 115–22 career singles record.

ProfessionalEdit

The right-handed Annacone achieved his career best singles ranking in 1985 of World No. 12 and US No. 6. A serve-and-volleyer who would often chip-and-charge when returning serve, Annacone played on the ATP tour until 1992, amassing a career singles win-lose record of 157–131 in Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and ATP Tour events. He won three singles titles during his career and was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 1984.[citation needed]

Annacone won more as a pro playing doubles, capturing 14 tournaments and achieving a high ranking in 1987 of World No. 3. With long-time partner Christo van Rensburg, Annacone won the 1985 Australian Open doubles title. Teamed with David Wheaton, Annacone was a 1990 U.S. Open finalist, as well.

CoachingEdit

 
Annacone coaching Tim Henman

Annacone achieved even greater success as Pete Sampras's long-time coach. The two worked together from January 1995 until December 2001, and again from July 2002 until Sampras' retirement.[3] From December 2001 to January 2003 Annacone was Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association High Performance Program. He coached Tim Henman, beginning at the Paris Masters in 2003 (which Henman won) until the end of Henman's career in September 2007.

Annacone became the Lawn Tennis Association's Head Coach in November 2006.[4] He also became Great Britain Davis Cup team coach in April 2008, following the resignation of Peter Lundgren,[5] while staying on with the LTA. Under his control the team lost in the 2008 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Austria. The following year they got relegated to Group II. In May 2010, Annacone announced his official departure from November 2010 onwards from the LTA and the British Davis Cup team after losing to Lithuania in Group II first round.[6]

Paul Annacone was hired by Roger Federer to be his full-time coach on August 28, 2010 after a successful one-month trial period. Annacone led Federer to two straight year-end championship in 2010 and 2011, a return to the World no. 1 ranking, and his seventh Wimbledon Championship.

In 2006 Annacone released the Paul Annacone Tactical Tennis DVD Series; a 4-DVD collection that demonstrates the strategies used by the pros in actual match situations. Attack the All-Court Player, Beat the Baseliner, Know Your Own Game, and Neutralize the Net-Rusher present numerous scenarios along with drills and practice games for improving match-specific strategy on both sides of the net.[7]

In 2013, Annacone became a resident coach at ProTennisCoach.com – an online professional coaching site.[8]

In November 2013, it was announced that Annacone had begun working with American rising star Sloane Stephens on a trial basis.[9] She was ranked the world's number 12 player at the time.[10] However, the two ended the relationship in July 2014.[11]

Annacone is also involved with PlaySight Interactive, a sports technology company, where he works together with Darren Cahill on the Coaching and Player Development team.[12]

In 2017 Annacone joined Stan Wawrinka's team for the grass court swing.[13] For the 2018 season Annacone coached Taylor Fritz.[14]

Career finalsEdit

Singles finals 6 (3–3)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Grand Prix (3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1)
Clay (0)
Grass (0)
Carpet (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. April 1985 WCT Atlanta, Georgia Carpet   John McEnroe 6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Winner 2. September 1985 Los Angeles, California Hard   Stefan Edberg 7–6(7–5), 6–7(8–10), 7–6(7–4)
Winner 3. October 1985 Brisbane, Australia Carpet   Kelly Evernden 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 4. October 1985 Melbourne, Australia Carpet   Marty Davis 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. July 1988 Stratton Mountain, USA Hard   Andre Agassi 2–6, 4–6
Winner 6. October 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Kelly Evernden 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3

Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and ATP Tour doubles finals 30 (14-16)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
Grand Prix (12)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (1)
Grass (2)
Carpet (6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1983 Cologne, Germany Carpet   Eric Korita   Florin Segărceanu
  Nick Saviano
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1984 Livingston, U.S. Hard   Glenn Michibata   Scott Davis
  Ben Testerman
4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 1984 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Christo van Rensburg   Tom Gullikson
  Scott McCain
7–6, 7–5
Winner 4. 1985 Delray Beach, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
7–5, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 1985 Atlanta, U.S. Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Steve Denton
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1985 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Pat Cash
  John Fitzgerald
6–7, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up 7. 1985 Newport, U.S. Grass   Christo van Rensburg   Peter Doohan
  Sammy Giammalva Jr.
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 1985 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Scott Davis
  Robert Van't Hof
3–6, 6–7
Winner 9. 1985 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Brad Gilbert
  Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 10. 1985 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass   Christo van Rensburg   Mark Edmondson
  Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1986 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
4–6, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 1986 Stratton Mountain, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 13. 1987 Key Biscayne, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
6–2, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 1987 Orlando, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Sherwood Stewart
  Kim Warwick
6–2, 6–7, 4–6
Winner 15. 1987 Chicago, U.S. Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Mike De Palmer
  Gary Donnelly
6–3, 7–6
Winner 16. 1987 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard   Kevin Curren   Andrés Gómez
  Anders Järryd
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 17. 1988 Schenectady, U.S. Hard   Patrick McEnroe   Alexander Mronz
  Greg Van Emburgh
3–6, 7–6, 5–7
Winner 18. 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet   John Fitzgerald   Jim Grabb
  Christo van Rensburg
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   John Fitzgerald   Kevin Curren
  Jim Grabb
5–7, 4–6
Winner 20. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Christo van Rensburg   Scott Davis
  Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 21. 1989 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 22. 1989 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Christo van Rensburg   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 23. 1989 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet   Christo van Rensburg   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 24. 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Kelly Evernden   Jan Gunnarsson
  Anders Järryd
2–6, 3–6
Winner 25. 1990 Toronto, Canada Hard   David Wheaton   Broderick Dyke
  Peter Lundgren
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 26. 1990 U.S. Open, New York Hard   David Wheaton   Pieter Aldrich
  Danie Visser
2–6, 6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 27. 1992 Newport, U.S. Grass   David Wheaton   Royce Deppe
  David Rikl
4–6, 4–6
Winner 28. 1993 Atlanta, U.S. Clay   Richey Reneberg   Todd Martin
  Jared Palmer
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 29. 1993 Coral Springs, U.S. Clay   Doug Flach   Patrick McEnroe
  Jonathan Stark
4–6, 3–6
Winner 30. 1993 Beijing, China Carpet   Doug Flach   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–3

Doubles performance timeline in major tournamentsEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A W NH SF 3R A 3R A 1R A 1R 2R A A A A 1 / 7 13–6
French Open A QF A 2R 3R A A 1R A A 3R A A A A A 0 / 5 8–5
Wimbledon 2R QF SF QF 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 11 16–11
U.S. Open 2R 3R 3R QF QF SF F 2R 1R 2R 3R A A A A A 0 / 11 24–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 34 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 2–2 13–3 6–2 10–4 8–4 4–2 7–3 4–3 0–3 1–2 5–4 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 N/A 61–33
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
1R A 2R A A 1R A A A A 0 / 3 1–3
Miami A A 1R SF 2R A A A A A 0 / 3 5–2
Monte Carlo A A A 1R A A A A 1R A 0 / 2 0–2
Rome A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada W 1R A A 2R A A A A A 1 / 3 6–2
Cincinnati A 1R A 2R A A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2
Stuttgart (Stockholm) 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 1–1
Paris 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0–1
Masters Series SR N/A 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 15 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 7–3 0–2 0–2 5–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 N/A 14–13
Year End Ranking 76 5 26 9 21 18 29 217 247 72 97 514 - - 1384 1357 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held

PersonalEdit

Paul's son Nicholas attended his father's alma mater. His daughter, Olivia, attends the University of California, Los Angeles.

Annacone resides in Woodland Hills, California with his wife, Elisabeth Annacone, and son Emmett.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Award Recipients". ptrtennis.org. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States: Professional Tennis Registry. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.easthamptonstar.com/Sports/2013403/25-Years-Ago-Bonac-Sports-040413
  3. ^ "More Info on Pete Sampras". espn.go.com. Bristol, Connecticut, United States: ESPN. June 21, 2004. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  4. ^ Hodges, Vicki (November 6, 2007). "Coach Paul Annacone signs new LTA deal". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  5. ^ Whyte, Derrick (April 3, 2008). "Annacone replaces Lundgren as Davis Cup coach". The Independent. London.
  6. ^ Paul Annacone to stand down from LTA role
  7. ^ Annacone, Paul (2006). Tactical Tennis DVD Set. Human Kinetics. pp. 200 minutes. ISBN 978-0-7360-6480-4.
  8. ^ http://www.protenniscoach.com/coaches/paul_annacone
  9. ^ "Stephens hires Federer's ex-coach on tril basis". November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/14824/title/sloane-stephens
  11. ^ Douglas Robson (July 23, 2014). "Sloane Stephens splits with coach Paul Annacone". USA Today.
  12. ^ http://www.tennisindustrymag.com/news/2016/06/annacone_and_cahill_join_plays.html
  13. ^ https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/roger-federers-former-coach-paul-annacone-being-considered-join-stan-wawrinka-team-1649819
  14. ^ https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/American_Tennis/52705/taylor-fritz-happy-to-have-chance-to-collaborate-with-paul-annacone/

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