Paul Annacone makes his Olympic debut with NBC Sports Group as a tennis analyst at the 2016 Rio Olympics. A former professional tennis player, Annacone is currently one of the world’s leading coaches.
Annacone trained Pete Sampras from 1996 to 2001, coached long-time British No. 1 Tim Henman (2003-2007). He was also Managing Director of the USTA’s High Performance Program (2001-2003) and in 2006 was appointed to support Paul Hutchins, the then Head of Men’s Tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association. In addition, Annacone was Great Britain’s Davis Cup coach (April 2008-March 2010) and coached Roger Federer from 2010 to 2013.
As a player, Annacone attained a career-high No. 12 singles ranking and picked up three singles titles before he retired in 1993. With his long-time doubles partner Christo van Rensburg, Annacone won the 1985 Australian Open title and qualified for three year-end championships (December 1986, 1987, 1989). He finished runner-up at the 1990 US Open (l. to Aldrich-Visser) with partner David Wheaton, and won 14 team titles and achieved a career-high No. 3 doubles ranking (6 April 1987). He was a member of the 1986 United States Davis Cup team versus Australia, partnering Ken Flach in the World Group semi-final tie at Brisbane.
Annacone attended the University of Tennessee from 1982-84 and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player of the Year in 1984, when he amassed a 51-3 record. He was also a member of the 1983-84 USTA junior Davis Cup team.
Born in Southampton, N.Y., Annacone currently resides in Topanga, Calif.