I have my first tournament in 8 yrs coming up in two days, and want to run a thought by you folks. Last time I played a tourney, I was a very weak 3.5, and I was badly inconsistent now that I look back. I have spent literally *years* working on building skills with no tournament play. I hit with a good 4.0 all courter on weekends about 4 hours, and finally I have come out ready to play some tennis again with others. I went to our local tennis center, and have been winning plenty of games against other 4.0's, so I am excited to enter my first tourney in a long time. I am a 4.0 (self rated - not official yet) 41 yr. old all-court player. Stengths - Speed - I can get to all of them. Net Game - I can volley well and cover IDP, DVP, etc. Backhand Slice deep and angled short Forehand topspin, all paces Aggressive Moonball with big topspin Consitency Decent Accuracy - very accurate with slices on both sides Chip and Charge (medium) Weaknesses: Tendency to get excited and jerk a stroke Slow second serve, not a duck...but not a heater -lotsa spin Overheads Have been guilty of making dumb shot selection Since it has been a while...I don't know what to expect opponent skill wise. I expect some very good pushers, and then some very good ball strikers with pace. Obviously, I have no idea what I will get sytle wise since I don't know any of these guys. My question concerns my strategy. I *plan* of course to play my game, which many times depends on the opponent I hate to say. I always start out keeping balls deep, and play the ground game off both sides. If I start losing a lot, I move in a play the net game. However, good players can be hard to do that to depnding on their strengths. See...here is the real deal. I can push. I can out push a pusher. I have more strokes than a guniune certified pusher, and I can play net, and pass. But if I start losing on the ground, and I can't seem to dial it in at net.....given that this is a tournament, and if all else is failing in the last set, should I start the dreaded push game? I can hit those slow medium high paceless balls pretty much all day. And the beauty is...pusher counter-tactics don't really work for the opponent because I am not a real pusher. The real dilema for me, is if I get under pressure, and stressed, should I just suck it up, and keep trying to play my game, and fight through the mental part or give up, and go for the win by pushing. My logic is that I give up an opporitunity to grow out of a funk by doing that....but may extend my chances to play another match by just winning any way possible. I loathe pushers too. I love to play them, but I loathe the philosophy. Thoughts? PS. My main goal is to improve...not just win.