I am 4.5 teaching pro who has played tennis for over fifteen years. Next weekend I will be participating in a 8.0 mixed doubles tournament. Yesterday, I had my first practice with the team and it was very frustrating. My female partner and I could never get into any sort of rhythm and we lost at least 2 games in which we were up 40-0. Granted this was the first time we had played together. Actually, yesterday was the first time we had ever met. We did manage to win one set out of four that we played against two different teams. My belief is that in mixed doubles your team is only as strong as it's female members since most of the action during the course of a match will most likely be directed at her. Also, I feel that the role of the female player is not necessarily to win the match but not to do anything to lose it. I find myself pressing when I play mixed doubles and I feel my skill level drops down to perhaps that of a 4.0 player. Part of the problem is that the team I play with includes people who all live in another town separate from where I live and therefore there's always this sense that I am an "outsider" playing with other people who all know each other but don't know me, at least where the ladies of the team are concerned. As I stated initially, I make my living teaching tennis but I'm finding it difficult to find a solution for this "mixed doubles mystery." I would welcome any advice from any of you who have experience playing mixed, teaching pro or otherwise.