I'll be playing in my first tournament in a couple of weeks. It's not a big deal. Just a casual level 3.0 round robin type thing for rec players at the park I play at. To be honest, I fully expect to get trounced. The reason is my mental game. I usually do great when I'm just practicing, but when the pressure to win kicks in, I start to play terribly: netting balls; over-hitting instead of focusing on placement; footwork goes out the window; etc... I know this. And I know that it's something I need to work on. And the only way I can really think of to work on it is to put myself in more situations where I will have to face it. Like tournaments. One thing that I thought might help is to view this not as an actual tournament, but as "practice at playing in a tournament." The other thing I thought might help is to set achievable goals for myself. For instance, instead of setting my goal as winning the match, I was thinking that an achievable goal might be something like "winning at least one game out of every set." I realize that might sound like a pretty pathetic goal. That's actually OK with me right now. It seems like it's something I can probably accomplish. And if I do, then I've met my goal, and at that point, I can relax and just play tennis. Whenever I am able to do this, I usually play better. Anybody have any other tips for short term goals that I can focus on in the smaller scale, like within a point or within a game to keep my mind busy and off the "you gotta win this thing" track?