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Paul Annacone (left)

Paul Annacone (born March 20, 1963 in Southampton, New York) was a touring professional tennis player and later well-known tennis coach.

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As a college player

The 6'1, 175lbs. Annacone played three years of college tennis at the University of Tennessee, 1982–84, in the Southeastern Conference. He was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association player of the year in 1984, going 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 'Vols', amassing a 115–22 career singles record.

As a touring pro

The right-handed Annacone achieved his career best singles ranking in 1985 of World No. 12 and U.S. 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. He won 3 singles titles during his career and was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist 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 U.S. Open finalist as well.

As a coach

Annacone has made more of a name for himself to the casual tennis fan as having been tennis champion Pete Sampras's long-time coach. The two worked together full-time from 1995 to 2001 and again on a part-time basis in July 2002. From December 2001 to January 2003 Annacone was also Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association High Performance Program. He coached Tim Henman part-time, beginning in the autumn of 2004.

Annacone became the Lawn Tennis Association's Head Coach in November 2006[1]. He also became Great Britain Davis Cup team coach in April, 2008, following the resignation of Peter Lundgren[2], while staying on with the LTA.

Personal

Paul and his ex-wife Tracy's son Nicholas, now 21, attends his father's alma mater. Their daughter Olivia is 15.

According to the ATP website, Annacone resides or has resided in Topanga, California.

Doubles titles (14)

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)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. December 17, 1984 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Tom Gullikson
United States Scott McCain
7–6, 7–5
2. February 18, 1985 Delray Beach, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Sherwood Stewart
Australia Kim Warwick
7–5, 7–5, 6–4
3. April 29, 1985 Atlanta, U.S. Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Steve Denton
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 6–3
4. September 30, 1985 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Brad Gilbert
United States Sandy Mayer
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
5. December 9, 1985 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass South Africa Christo Van Rensburg Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
3–6, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4
6. March 9, 1987 Key Biscayne, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
6–2, 6–4, 6–4
7. April 6, 1987 Chicago, U.S. Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Mike De Palmer
United States Gary Donnelly
6–3, 7–6
8. April 20, 1987 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard United States Kevin Curren Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–4, 7–6
9. October 31, 1988 Paris Indoor, France Carpet Australia John Fitzgerald United States Jim Grabb
South Africa Christo Van Rensburg
6–2, 6–2
10. February 20, 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Scott Davis
United States Tim Wilkison
7–6, 6–7, 6–1
11. February 27, 1989 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–3, 7–5
12. July 30, 1990 Toronto, Canada Hard United States David Wheaton Australia Broderick Dyke
Sweden Peter Lundgren
6–1, 7–6
13. May 3, 1993 Atlanta, U.S. Clay United States Richey Reneberg United States Todd Martin
United States Jared Palmer
6–4, 7–6
14. October 25, 1993 Beijing, China Carpet United States Doug Flach Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 6–3
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Runner-ups (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1983 Cologne, Germany Carpet United States Eric Korita Romania Florin Segărceanu
United States Nick Saviano
6–3, 6–4
2. 1984 Livingston, U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Scott Davis
United States Ben Testerman
6–4, 6–4
3. 1985 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg Australia Pat Cash
Australia John Fitzgerald
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
4. 1985 Newport, U.S. Grass South Africa Christo Van Rensburg Australia Peter Doohan
United States Sammy Giammalva Jr.
6–1, 6–3
5. 1985 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Scott Davis
United States Robert Van't Hof
6–3, 7–6
6. 1986 Masters Doubles WCT, London Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
6–4, 1–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4
7. 1986 Stratton Mountain, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
8. 1987 Orlando, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Sherwood Stewart
Australia Kim Warwick
2–6, 7–6, 6–4
9. 1988 Schenectady, U.S. Hard United States Patrick McEnroe West Germany Alexander Mronz
United States Greg Van Emburgh
6–3, 6–7, 7–5
10. 1988 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Australia John Fitzgerald United States Kevin Curren
United States Jim Grabb
7–5, 6–4
11. 1989 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard South Africa Christo Van Rensburg United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–7, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
12. 1989 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet South Africa Christo Van Rensburg South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4, 6–3
13. 1989 Vienna, Austria Carpet New Zealand Kelly Evernden Sweden Jan Gunnarsson
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–2, 6–3
14. 1990 U.S. Open, New York Hard United States David Wheaton South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–2, 7–6, 6–2
15. 1992 Newport, U.S. Grass United States David Wheaton South Africa Royce Deppe
Czechoslovakia David Rikl
6–4, 6–4
16. 1993 Coral Springs, U.S. Clay United States Doug Flach United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jonathan Stark
6–4, 6–3

Doubles performance timeline

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

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