Pete's clay game took a dive when he hired Annacone.. Had his old coach Gullickson not died, Pete probably would have won a French Open title before it was all said and done. During his clay prime under Gullickson he made deep runs at the French usually going out to the eventual winner. By the late 90s, the clay court depth took a dive, and there would have been major openings for him to win 1-2.
For whatever reason by 1997, Pete gave up on the french.. Could have been the coach. Look at how well he played from 92-96 and how how much his level took a dive from 97-on
Annacone was not the coach to have if you are looking to achieve on clay.. (Look at Fed's clay level since hiring Annacone).. Its took a complete DUMP compared to where it was prior