Paul Annacone Opens Up On Lessons Learned From Coaching Roger Federer, Pete Sampras

Paul Annacone talks about the lessons learned from coaching Roger Federer and Pete Sampras


Coach Paul Annacone described the training as «one of the most enlightening things» as he admits he has learned a lot from coaching the likes of Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka etc. Annacone, 59, is one of the most respected coaches in the game and his resume speaks for itself.

Annacone began his coaching career in 1995, when he began working with American tennis legend Pete Sampras. After Sampras finished his career, Annacone worked with Federer, Wawrinka, Tim Henman and Sloane Stephens. Since 2018, Annacone has been coaching the top US men’s tennis player, Taylor Fritz.

Annacone on coaching Sampras, Federer etc.

«The amazing thing about being a coach is that I learn more from each player than they learn from me. I’ve been very lucky to be with Pete, Roger, Sloane, Tim Henman, Stan and now Taylor, and every experience is new.

I’m learning more things with Taylor (Fritz), things I’m thinking of that I haven’t been to before. I really think coaching is one of the most enlightening things you can do because for sure you have this foundation of what you believe in and what you want to do, but in an individual sport, you better be open-minded and willing. be a sponge too.

And then, most importantly, how can you say it so that the person buys,» Sampras explained in a podcast hosted by tennis.com. This year, the 25-year-old Fritz enjoyed the best season of his career. Now, Fritz is a Masters champion, he has an ATP Finals appearance on his resume and also recently broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career.

In the future, Fritz’s goal is to win a Grand Slam. US men’s tennis hasn’t had a men’s Grand Slam singles champion since Andy Roddick won the US Open title in 2003. It remains to be seen if Annacone can guide Fritz to a first win in a Grand Slam.

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