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 Slam wins 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.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Born||March 20, 1963|
Southampton, New York
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Tennessee|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (March 3, 1986)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (1987)|
|French Open||3R (1988)|
|US Open||3R (1985, 1990)|
|Tour Finals||1R (1985)|
|WCT Finals||QF (1986)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (April 6, 1987)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1985)|
|French Open||QF (1985)|
|US Open||F (1990)|
|Coaching career (1995–)|
|Coachee Singles Titles total||37|
|Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total||2|
|List of notable tournaments|
|Coaching awards and records|
Coach Jim Verdieck Touring Pro Coach of the Year 2007
Pete Sampras#Records and achievements (from 1995)
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.
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.
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 US Open finalist, as well.
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. 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. He also became Great Britain Davis Cup team coach in April 2008, following the resignation of Peter Lundgren, 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.
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 Championships.
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.
In 2013, Annacone became a resident coach at ProTennisCoach.com – an online professional coaching site.
In November 2013, it was announced that Annacone had begun working with American rising star Sloane Stephens on a trial basis. She was ranked the world's number-12-player at the time. However, the two ended the relationship in July 2014.
Singles: 6 (3–3)Edit
|Loss||1.||Apr 1985||WCT Atlanta, Georgia||Carpet (i)||John McEnroe||6–7(2–7), 6–7(5–7), 2–6|
|Win||2.||Sep 1985||Los Angeles, California||Hard||Stefan Edberg||7–6(7–5), 6–7(8–10), 7–6(7–4)|
|Win||3.||Oct 1985||Brisbane, Australia||Carpet (i)||Kelly Evernden||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||4.||Oct 1985||Melbourne, Australia||Carpet (i)||Marty Davis||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||5.||Jul 1988||Stratton Mountain, USA||Hard||Andre Agassi||2–6, 4–6|
|Win||6.||Oct 1989||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||Kelly Evernden||6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3|
Doubles: 30 (14-16)Edit
|Loss||1.||1983||Cologne, Germany||Carpet (i)||Eric Korita|| Florin Segărceanu
|Loss||2.||1984||Livingston, U.S.||Hard||Glenn Michibata|| Scott Davis
|Win||3.||1984||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||Christo van Rensburg|| Tom Gullikson
|Win||4.||1985||Delray Beach, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Sherwood Stewart
|7–5, 7–5, 6–4|
|Win||5.||1985||Atlanta, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Christo van Rensburg|| Steve Denton
|Loss||6.||1985||Las Vegas, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Pat Cash
|6–7, 7–6, 6–7|
|Loss||7.||1985||Newport, U.S.||Grass||Christo van Rensburg|| Peter Doohan
Sammy Giammalva Jr.
|Loss||8.||1985||Los Angeles, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Scott Davis
Robert Van't Hof
|Win||9.||1985||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Christo van Rensburg|| Brad Gilbert
|3–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||10.||1985||Australian Open, Melbourne||Grass||Christo van Rensburg|| Mark Edmondson
|3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||11.||1986||Masters Doubles WCT, London||Carpet (i)||Christo van Rensburg|| Heinz Günthardt
|4–6, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, 4–6|
|Loss||12.||1986||Stratton Mountain, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Peter Fleming
|3–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Win||13.||1987||Key Biscayne, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Ken Flach
|6–2, 6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||14.||1987||Orlando, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Sherwood Stewart
|6–2, 6–7, 4–6|
|Win||15.||1987||Chicago, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Christo van Rensburg|| Mike De Palmer
|Win||16.||1987||Tokyo Outdoor, Japan||Hard||Kevin Curren|| Andrés Gómez
|Loss||17.||1988||Schenectady, U.S.||Hard||Patrick McEnroe|| Alexander Mronz
Greg Van Emburgh
|3–6, 7–6, 5–7|
|Win||18.||1988||Paris Indoor, France||Carpet (i)||John Fitzgerald|| Jim Grabb
Christo van Rensburg
|Loss||19.||1988||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||John Fitzgerald|| Kevin Curren
|Win||20.||1989||Memphis, U.S.||Hard (i)||Christo van Rensburg|| Scott Davis
|7–6, 6–7, 6–1|
|Win||21.||1989||Philadelphia, U.S.||Carpet (i)||Christo van Rensburg|| Rick Leach
|Loss||22.||1989||Scottsdale, U.S.||Hard||Christo van Rensburg|| Rick Leach
|7–6, 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 4–6|
|Loss||23.||1989||San Francisco, U.S.||Carpet||Christo van Rensburg|| Pieter Aldrich
|Loss||24.||1989||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||Kelly Evernden|| Jan Gunnarsson
|Win||25.||1990||Toronto, Canada||Hard||David Wheaton|| Broderick Dyke
|Loss||26.||1990||US Open, New York||Hard||David Wheaton|| Pieter Aldrich
|2–6, 6–7, 2–6|
|Loss||27.||1992||Newport, U.S.||Grass||David Wheaton|| Royce Deppe
|Win||28.||1993||Atlanta, U.S.||Clay||Richey Reneberg|| Todd Martin
|Loss||29.||1993||Coral Springs, U.S.||Clay||Doug Flach|| Patrick McEnroe
|Win||30.||1993||Beijing, China||Carpet (i)||Doug Flach|| Jacco Eltingh
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 Slam tournaments|
|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|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||These Tournaments Were Not
Masters Series Events
|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|
A = did not attend tournament
NH = tournament not held
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. He was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame on Long Island in the Tennis Category with the Class of 1996.
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- Whyte, Derrick (April 3, 2008). "Annacone replaces Lundgren as Davis Cup coach". The Independent. London.
- Paul Annacone to stand down from LTA role
- Annacone, Paul (2006). Tactical Tennis DVD Set. Human Kinetics. pp. 200 minutes. ISBN 978-0-7360-6480-4.
- "Stephens hires Federer's ex-coach on tril basis". November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- Douglas Robson (July 23, 2014). "Sloane Stephens splits with coach Paul Annacone". USA Today.