Tennis Identity

Paul Annacone Authors New Book, “Coaching For Life”

Paul AnnaconeFormer American pro Paul Annacone played on the pro tour for 11 years, reaching #12 in the world in singles. He won three singles titles and 11 doubles titles before turning to coaching. He spent over seven years with Pete Sampras, three seasons with Roger Federer, five years with Tim Henman and a season with Sloane Stephens.

Both Federer and Sampras won Grand Slam titles and were ranked No. 1 while working with Annacone.

His coaching tenure also included time in the USTA High Performance Program and as Head Coach of Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association. Annacone has been a commentator and analyst with Tennis Channel since 2014.

Now, Annacone has a new book out called Coaching For Life: A Guide to Playing, Thinking and Being the Best You Can Be. Annacone uses tennis as a metaphor, as well as a guide, to teach how we can strive toward a goal and overcome the obstacles. In other words, even if you don’t play tennis a lot, you can apply these concepts to everyday life.

I am often asked, what makes the great so great? What can we learn from their level of excellence? I answer these and many more questions in Coaching for Life. The anecdotes are taken directly from the tennis court, and they are presented in a step-by-step way that can help anyone in any walk of life, regardless of the challenges. You can achieve success, the book points out, but you have to follow certain procedures. As I say in the book, the will to win is nothing without the will to prepare. -Paul Annacone

Coaching For Life

(There’s Paul in the center with Fed and Sampras.)

Annacone and some guys

Coaching for Life is not about the sport of tennis as much as it is a process-oriented journey based on the sport of tennis. It is the life I have lived, and the front row seat from which I have watched some of the greatest players compete on the most majestic courts in the world. But it is also something that can be applied to our own day-to-day life. -Paul Annacone

If you plan on attending the Western & Southern Open in Mason, OH near Cincinnati, or the US Open, keep an eye out for book signing events with Annacone.

Coaching For Life: A Guide to Playing, Thinking and Being the Best You Can Be is available via that link.

*Feature photo/inset and Sampras/Annacone/Federer shot from Annacone’s Facebook.

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