TFP 083: Paul Annacone — The Championship Habits of Federer, Sampras, and Henman

TFP 083: Paul Annacone — The Championship Habits of Federer, Sampras, and Henman

On Episode 83 of the podcast, Paul Annacone shares the championship habits and characteristics of the greatest players in the world that he's coached, including Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Tim Henman.  

I spoke with Paul about the secrets to his career success on the tour, and why Roger, Pete, and Tim were able to win grand slams and achieve top rankings on the last Tennis Summit that I previously hosted, and it was voted one of the most favorite sessions of the event.  

That's why I decided to bring the audio of that session to this episode's podcast to help you learn the insights from one of the best tennis coaches, and nicest people, on the planet!

Paul guided Federer to two straight year-end championships in 2010 and 2011, a return to the World no. 1 ranking, and his seventh Wimbledon Championship.  He also led Sampras to 7 grand slam titles.  

Paul was a world-class player as well, reaching #12 in the world in singles and #3 in doubles.  He won the Australian Open doubles title in 1985, reached the Wimbledon singles Quarterfinals, and won 3 singles and 14 doubles titles

Paul also recently published a fantastic book called Coaching for Life, where Paul talks about his experiences with the great champions he has coached to give readers a how-to blueprint on overcoming challenges and succeeding both on the court and in life.  You can check out Paul's website at

I really hope you enjoy my interview with Paul!   Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Show Notes

  • The top habits and characteristics of Federer, Sampras, Henman, and Annacone
  • ​How Henman was able to bounce back from the toughest stretch of his career
  • The importance of routines and how they helped the top players
  • How Sampras and Federer are able to maintain laser focus for so long on the tour
  • Federer's evolution during his legendary career
  • A key tip to help us improve our tennis games
  • Why adaptation and openness to learning is crucial to your tennis development
  • Planning for long-term success in your career, and more!

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