Induction Year: 1996
A former professional tennis player, Paul Annacone is now one of the world’s leading coaches and commentators in the sport. He is a lifelong resident of Southampton.
During his 14 years on tour as a player, Annacone won three ATP titles and reached a career high ranking of No. 12 in singles. With long-time partner Christo van Rensburg, he won the 1985 Australian Open, and he finished his career with 14 doubles titles.
As a coach, Annacone worked with some of the most esteemed and accomplished players ever to pick up a racket. Alongside Pete Sampras for nine of his 14 Grand Slam Titles, Annacone was called “the court whisperer” by Sports Illustrated. Under Annacone’s tutelage, Tim Henman saw his world ranking soar from No. 41 to a career-high of No. 4. It was also with Annacone as his coach, that Roger Federer brought home two straight year-end ATP Championships in 2010 and 2011, buoying him back to the top ranking and earning his seventh Wimbledon title.
More recently Annacone has worked with tennis WTA rising star, Sloane Stephens, and, most recently, three-time Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka.
Since 2014, Paul has been sharing his wisdom on players and the game worldwide, commentating for Tennis Channel and covering the Rio Olympics for NBC. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Elisabeth, and is the father of their three children, Olivia, Nicholas and Emmett.