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08-18-2005, 07:46 PM
Pete's coach after the death of Tim Gullikson - some photos and news about him.

08-18-2005, 07:48 PM

Greg-Pete fan
08-18-2005, 07:54 PM
Very good coach ;) When he started his co-operation with Tim Henman, British player won Paris-Bercy in 2003, but now Henman is playing very bad :confused:

08-18-2005, 07:55 PM
Tim's coach says forget results
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Paul has improved Tim's mental approach

Paul Annacone is one of the world's leading tennis coaches.
Not only is he credited with boosting Tim Henman's game to new heights but he also worked with Pete Sampras.

Here he explains how you can use the same tactics as Tim to improve your game. Paul Annacone
Tim Henman's coach

Once you've developed a good technique it's important to learn how to play.

That's about understanding what type of player you are and then figuring out how you can set up your practice and your matches so you can reach your full potential.

But unfortunately too often tennis players get caught up in what the result is.

With Tim I tell him to believe in what the plan is and then he has to be disciplined to stick with his approach whether he's winning or losing.

Paul used to coach Pete Sampras

If, like Tim, your strength is at the net then why would you want to stay on the baseline?

The answer is that you get into a state of mind where you don't want to make mistakes.

If you're back at the baseline you can move the ball around so you don't make as many unforced errors.

But you're not maximising what your potential is. Ultimately it comes down to backing yourself.

I tell Tim he should lose or win where his strengths are. So he needs to be brave enough to lose and do what he does best.

Essentially you should try to take the emotion out of your results.

Instead of saying, 'oh I played terribly today' try and understand if you played the way you wanted to play.

Ask yourself, 'was I aggressive, did I try and control the point or was I very passive, did I wait for the other person to dictate the play?'

If you look at the way you're playing versus the level you're playing at then I think it will help deal with the pressure a little bit.

Try to be disciplined about playing each point the right way and not worrying so much about whether you win it.

08-18-2005, 08:00 PM
Very good coach ;) When he started his co-operation with Tim Henman, British player won Paris-Bercy in 2003, but now Henman is playing very bad :confused:

Tim henman will never win a grand slam, sorry to say, and he just dont have it in him to do so. :sad: :sad: :sad: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Greg-Pete fan
08-18-2005, 08:05 PM
Yeah, Mentality is very big problem of Henman :sad:

08-18-2005, 08:05 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2000
Coach built rapport, better Sampras

Pete thrives with Annacone's simple, low-key approach

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON — So really, what does Phil Jackson tell Michael Jordan with seconds left in the NBA Finals? What could Bill Walsh say to Joe Montana when he has two minutes to drive for a winning touchdown? What in the world can Paul Annacone advise Pete Sampras at Wimbledon?

“The final at Wimbledon (in '99) when I played Andre (Agassi), I was having trouble with my serve, and he just told me one thing before I went out and played,” Sampras said. “It was something with my toss. There are little things that can make a difference between winning titles and losing them.

“He doesn't get enough credit. Tennis coaches generally don't.”

Sampras has won more Grand Slam titles than any other player (13). He may not be No.1 in the ATP Champions Race or ATP Entry System, but Sampras is pretty much the favorite any time he plays in a tournament.

Annacone has been his coach since January 1995. At the time, he was helping out on an interim basis because Tim Gullikson had become ill at the Australian Open. Gullikson died of brain cancer May 3, 1996. Annacone had retired the previous spring after suffering a herniated disc in his back.

He and Sampras grew close during Gullikson's illness. Annacone could relate: His best friend died of leukemia when he was 19.

“It's hard to tell anybody how to feel,” Annacone said. “Sometimes life is just cruel. It was a hard transition from Tim. The only thing you can do is try to make the best of a bad situation, and that's what we all tried to do.”

Annacone is a good fit for Sampras. Both are low-key. Annacone talked to Gullikson often on the phone, trying to understand Sampras' idiosyncrasies, how he liked things done, how best to deliver suggestions.

“This goal was to try to figure out ways to not screw up everything that he was doing,” Annacone said with a smile.

“The thing about coaching, it isn't necessarily what you know, it's how you say it. The most successful coaches in individual sports are not Bobby Knight types. These guys are professional athletes; you're not molding a 13-year-old kid.”

The job is also about scheduling, making sure Sampras plays in tournaments that allow him to peak for the big events, and keeping him mentally fresh.

Periodically during the year, they will practice on something specific.

The biggest difference Annacone has made in Sampras' game — both agree — is getting him to play more aggressively.

“Early in his career, he didn't use his athleticism as much as he could,” Annacone said. “He's such a good athlete and he volleys so well, it's silly not to play that way a little bit more. He's gradually become a little more offensive-minded in terms of moving in toward the net. He's dangerous when he is on the run.”

Sampras has won many different ways. Annacone said the key is figuring out when to attack and when to pull back, adding, “That's what great players are able to do.”

The two talk for a few minutes before each match, highlighting strategy and maybe a couple key points. After matches, they don't always get together right away to rehash.

After Sampras lost to Marat Safin last week in Toronto, he and Annacone spoke for about five minutes and revisited the defeat for about 10 minutes the next day.

“You can sit and talk about a 21/2-hour match until you're blue in the face, but I don't think he or these other top guys want to dwell on it,” said Annacone, who was ranked as high as No.12 during his playing career.

Said Sampras: “I like to keep things pretty simple, not blow things up and make a big deal out of something. He knows I don't like to hear a lot of things and to overload. The key is communication, and we do that very well.

“He's someone who's played the sport at the highest level, and he knows what it's like to compete. He's seen my game enough to know when it's clicking, or when I'm pulling my head down, and he's got the bird's-eye view that I can't see. It's been a great ride.”

Greg-Pete fan
09-05-2005, 01:59 PM
Paul Annacone with his wife (???) after U.S. Open 2002 final between Sampras and Agassi ;)

Greg-Pete fan
09-06-2005, 06:21 PM
One more photo ;)

Greg-Pete fan
09-06-2005, 06:29 PM
Pete and Annacone :)

09-07-2005, 11:13 PM
Paul Annacone with his wife (???) after U.S. Open 2002 final between Sampras and Agassi ;)

Yes that his, his wife, I think they have a daughter, name Oliva. :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
09-08-2005, 02:40 PM
Yes that his, his wife, I think they have a daughter, name Oliva. :wavey:

Olivia or Oliva? I haven`t heard about Annacone`s family yet.

09-08-2005, 08:43 PM
Olivia or Oliva? I haven`t heard about Annacone`s family yet.

I am sure her name is Oliva, she was a flower girl at Pete & Bridgette wedding, if you can fine the photos of their wedding, there is a photo of her there, dancing bare foot. :rolleyes: :p ;)

Greg-Pete fan
09-08-2005, 08:55 PM
Ok, I will find those photos ;)

09-08-2005, 09:38 PM
here is a pic of olivia anacone

Pete & Bridgette's ring bearer and flower girls:
The bride and groom with the kids in their wedding party. Wilson says: "We didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, just two ring bearers (Zach and Adam Weft) and two flower girls (Olivia Annacone and Brittney Wilson).

09-08-2005, 10:11 PM
here is a pic of olivia anacone

Pete & Bridgette's ring bearer and flower girls:
The bride and groom with the kids in their wedding party. Wilson says: "We didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, just two ring bearers (Zach and Adam Weft) and two flower girls (Olivia Annacone and Brittney Wilson).

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Greg-Pete fan
09-29-2005, 07:05 PM
Paul Annacone and Tim Henman again ;)

Greg-Pete fan
08-14-2006, 02:02 PM
Pete Sampras and Paul Annacone :)

08-15-2006, 02:49 AM
paul is a good looking man :wavey:

08-16-2006, 08:01 PM
paul is a good looking man :wavey:

Yes he is. :cool: :D :)

Greg-Pete fan
08-16-2006, 09:01 PM
paul is a good looking man :wavey:

Of course you are right mimi ;) He is still Tim Henman coach ;)

10-12-2006, 05:25 PM
Annacone in running for LTA post

Tim Henman's coach Paul Annacone is a candidate for a senior post at the Lawn Tennis Association, its chief executive Roger Draper told Five Live Sport.

Draper has been conducting a radical overhaul of the structure of British tennis and American Annacone is in the frame to head up the men's game.

"We're talking with Paul. We'd like to think he's in the running. He's certainly in the mix," said Draper.

The restructure began when performance chief David Felgate was sacked in May.

"We set the bar extremely high in terms of credibility and quality of coaches who'd worked with Grand Slam winners and top 10 players," said Draper.

"Clearly Paul falls into that category but there are a few others as well."

Annacone, who used to coach Pete Sampras, has been working with Henman since December 2003.

We've set out right from the outset to get a top-class team in place

LTA chief executive Roger Draper

If he does team up with the LTA, it will be the second high-profile addition to the organisation after Brad Gilbert was hired to coach Andy Murray and to help with the development of junior players.

Peter Lundgren, a former coach of Roger Federer and Marat Safin, worked with the GB team at the recent Davis Cup tie against Ukraine, and has also been linked with a permanent post with the LTA.

Draper's dismantling of the old structure will culminate with the unveiling of the new management team next month.

Recruitment firm Rockpools have been conducting a wide-ranging and rigorous search to fill the nine senior posts - ranging from head of men's and women's tennis to commercial director - that will form the backbone of the LTA's efforts to re-invigorate tennis in Britain.

Just under 300 applications have been processed with a long list of 60 going forward for interviews, which are currently taking place.

The candidates have undergone 90-minute interviews and have also had to face psychometric tests.

"We've had internal candidates, external candidates, people from this country and people from other countries - it's a world-class list," Dave Fielding, head of sports practice at Rockpools told BBC Sport.

"It's been a very thorough process but we're trying to make sure that we get the right team."

The short-listed candidates will be invited to return to face an LTA panel in mid-November with an announcement of the new team expected soon after.

LTA chief executive Draper has also said that he would like to bring the season-ending Masters Cup, currently held in Shanghai, to Britain.
"We're investigating the possibilities," Draper said. "But obviously more detailed discussions need to take place.

"There's no reason why we can't hold the Tennis Masters Cup in London from 2009 onwards but I'm sure we'll have a bit of competition from our old rivals Paris and a few other cities as well."

10-20-2006, 09:29 PM
Henman coach in line for top LTA post
Friday, 13 Oct 2006 08:38

Roger Draper, chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, has revealed he is considering getting Tim Henman's coach Paul Annacone onboard as part of the radical changes being made at tennis headquarters.

The LTA boss told BBC Radio Five Live that Annacone, long-time coach to the great Pete Sampras, possessed the world-class reputation he is looking for to boost British tennis and take on the new role of head of development for men's tennis.

Draper said: "We are talking with Paul. We would like to think he is in the running. We set the bar extremely high in terms of credibility and quality of coaches who had worked with grand slam winners and top ten players. Clearly Paul falls into that category - but there are a few others as well."

Others in the running for the top job reportedly include Peter Lundgren, the former coach of world number one Roger Federer and Marat Safin.

Lundgren has been working alongside Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd in recent weeks and has been strongly tipped to land a full-time job at the LTA.

Meanwhile, Draper has also said he is determined to seal a deal to bring the prestigious season-ending Masters Cup to London.

Shanghai currently hosts the event but that contract expires in 2008 and Draper believes landing the event could provide a huge boost to tennis in this country.

"We are investigating the possibilities, but obviously more detailed discussions need to take place," he admitted.

"There is no reason why we can't hold the Tennis Masters Cup in London from 2009 onwards, but I'm sure we'll have a bit of competition from our old rivals Paris and a few other cities as well."

12-01-2006, 12:43 PM
LTA appoints Annacone as head coach

The Associated PressPublished: November 30, 2006

LONDON: Paul Annacone has been appointed Britain's head coach of men's tennis while he also tries to revive Tim Henman's career.

The former doubles champion, who was Pete Sampras' coach for six years, will spend 20 weeks of the year working with the Lawn Tennis Association in a new coaching setup announced on Thursday.

Despite the occasional tournament victory by Henman, Greg Rusedski and Andy Murray in recent years, British tennis remains in the doldrums. Not a single woman is ranked among the top 100 in the world and the men's Davis Cup team was relegated to two levels below the world group.

While Annacone takes on the head coaching role for men's tennis, the women's job goes to Carl Maes, a Belgian who is a former coach to Kim Clijsters.

"It was obvious, given the length of discussions between Paul and the LTA, that something was going to happen and I think appointing him is a positive move by the LTA," four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Henman said.

Henman has never made a Grand Slam final and is striving to get back in the top 20 from a current ranking of 39.

"Our relationship has been nice and flexible," Henman said. "I haven't wanted a full-time coach, and he hasn't wanted to travel all the time because of his family."
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01-16-2007, 12:43 PM
15 January 2007
By Lee Reynolds

THE man who helped Pete Sampras dominate tennis believes Andy Murray has the talent to become the first British Grand Slam winner since Virginia Wade in 1977.

But Paul Annacone, who was recently appointed on to the Lawn Tennis Association's coaching team, warned that any talk of Murray becoming world No.1 was premature.

Annacone believes that only when Murray succeeds at a major tournament will he discover his true ambitions in the sport.

Murray plays Spaniard Alberto Martin in the first round of the Australian Open in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Annacone said: "Andy is a tremendously talented young player.

"He has beaten the best players in the world and is capable of winning a Grand Slam tournament.

"Pete Sampras told me that it is only after you win a Grand Slam tournament or get to the finals that you make a subconscious decision what you want to get out of your tennis career.

"That will be up to Andy. But his journey has just begun."

04-17-2007, 05:28 PM
Paul Annacone helping England

By JIMMY HYAMS, Special to the News Sentinel
April 15, 2007

Paul Annacone, the former Tennessee All-American and long-time coach of Pete Sampras, is working with the Lawn Tennis Association in an effort to develop junior players in England.

Annacone, who had been head of the USTA high-performance program, was asked to be director of the Lawn Tennis Association but accepted a lesser role because he is still coaching Tim Henman of Great Britain and didn't want to move to England.

"Paul has other interests, other things that take up quite a bit of time,'' said Steven Annacone, Paul's brother and tennis director at Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy.

Paul Annacone has a management company in California and helps run the Pacific Life Open in Palm Springs, Calif. So, he accepted the role of being head coach to all the LTA coaches in Great Britain, Steve said.

"Paul is organizing the coaches and they're trying to identify the best players and coaches in Great Britain to see if they can get more players playing at a high level on the pro circuit,'' Steve Annacone said.

Paul Annacone travels to England often, spending two or three weeks at a time overseas. He also travels with Henman, whom he has coached since Sampras retired several years ago.

Super Seniors: Four Knoxville teams recently played in the USTA Southern Super Seniors Sectional Championships in Columbus, Ga.

Nell Hayes and Judith Lee captained the 60s 3.0 women's team to a 1-2 record.

Hayes captained the 70s 3.0 team to a 1-3 record.

Gerald Smith's 3.5 men's 60s team went 2-2.

Ron Filbert's 4.0 men's 60s team also went 2-2.

More than 100 teams competed for 15 titles and represented more than 6,000 players in the 60s and 70s age divisions in nine southern states: Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Junior Team Tennis: Summer Team Tennis for juniors will run June 1 to Aug. 31 at Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy.

Registration day is April 21, 1-2:30 p.m. At least 50 players must sign up by May 20. Call 865-670-7682.

Also, SMTA will take a trip to Eagle Watch Junior Super Championships in Woodstock, Ga., May 5-7.

Check out all summer camp information at

Membership Drive: Cedar Bluff Racquet Club is having a spring membership drive May 1 through June 15.

All new members will get free dues for a month (a $74.50 or $84.50 value) and no initiation fee (a $250 or $350 value).

Call 865-690-5700 for the membership drive and information about all spring and summer leagues and clinics.

Junior Tournament: Cedar Bluff Racquet Club will be serving up the first junior clay court tournament of the year April 27-29.

Divisions will include boys and girls 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s. Every player is guaranteed a minimum of two matches.

Deadline is April 23.

Call Rusty Morris at 865-690-5700.

Jimmy Hyams is sports director for The Sports Animal radio station. For tennis notes, call 865-212-4619 or fax information to 865-558-4218.

Copyright 2007, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.

11-06-2007, 09:32 PM
Thought to post this one here :wavey:

Paul Annacone signs new coaching deal with Lawn Tennis Association

The Associated Press
Published: November 6, 2007

LONDON: Paul Annacone, an American who once coached Pete Sampras, signed a new three-year deal with the Lawn Tennis Association on Tuesday to continue as head coach of British men's tennis.
Annacone, who joined the LTA in November 2006, will spend most of his time coaching young players.
"I believe that there has been real progress in British tennis over the past 12 months but there is still a lot of work to be done," he said. "There is much work to be done and I am looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation that has been laid."
Annacone coached Sampras for six years and also spent time working with Tim Henman. Both players are now retired.
Annacone said he would work on the development of players aged 12 to 16 and those moving up from junior to senior tennis.
"Paul is a world class coach and I am delighted that he has made a long-term commitment to the LTA," LTA chief executive Roger Draper said.
"Getting more players on track to reach the top 100 is a huge focus for us and Paul's experience will be vital as we look to get more players winning on the international stage."
The 45-year-old Annacone won the 1985 Australian Open doubles title with Christo van Rensburg.
With Henman and Greg Rusedski retired, Andy Murray is the only British player currently in the world's top 100. Murray is ranked 11th, followed by Alex Bogdanovic at No. 161 and Jamie Baker at No. 231.


11-07-2007, 06:43 AM
thanks a lot Eden :wavey: