I have a "story" I would like to share. You see, in Ireland there's this "organisation" called the DLTC(Dublin Lawn Tennis Council) which is seperate to Tennis Ireland. And they run leagues for all the clubs in Leinster. They have a winter league which is going on at the minute where you have 6 on a team, 3 doubles pairings and you play other clubs in a group stage and the top 2 from each group gets through and there's 7 classes. Class 1 and 2 being 5.0-6.0 players and down and down. They also have the summer league where it's 7 on a team and there's 3 singles players and 2 doubles pairings, same format. etc. Anyway, I was playing winter league for my club yesterday and we were playing away. I'm 16 and I was playing with my partner who is 15 (It's 14 and overs) Anyway, we were playing an ok guy in his 20's and a foreign lad who looked like he was in his 40's maybe. Anyway, I played UTTER SH*T. I actually embarassed myself aswell because I turned into a mini McEnroe on court and was throwing tantrums and my dad who's on the same team was playing on the court next to me and after he missed a first serve he told me to shut up and that I have no respect for the other players around me and the people I was playing. I was so embarassed because I'm a pretty nice and mannerly guy off court but on court tennis brings out the McEnroe in me Anyway, we lost in two sets and I was so pissed at how I played that I organised a singles match for 6 yesterday evening. The spring championships are coming up on thursday and seen as I ALWAYS CHOKE in National tournaments I decided I was gonna have to do something. So, after reading Jim Loehr's articles on Tennis Player I decided to try out his "techniques" I was breathing rhytmically and deeply, I had my rituals etc. Anyway, I decided that I was going out and was going to have fun. I always love coaching for some reason and that's because I just love to hit the ball, I could hit it for hours but I get pissed off in match situations. So I told myself I was gonna have fun. Anyway, we were knocking up and at the start I was hitting the ball badly but controlled myself and told myself to shut up when I nearly got annoyed in the knock up lol. Anyway, it improved and when the match started my opponent served first. I had my return ritual and amazingly, I was SOOOO FOCUSED. The ball was like my bit*h. I could do anything with it. My mind was in the here and now, focused on the ball. I lost the first game, oh well, then I went to serve. I was breathing deeply, and doing my new ritual. I stepped up, picked where I was gonna go, and when I began bouncing the ball I could feel the "deep foucs" in me. Then I calmly hit a huge ace down the T bang in the corner of the service box. I repeated my ritual and then stepped up on the ad side and did the exact same thing!! I actually served so well that I was hitting the lines AT WILL when I was focused!! I went down 5-2 in the 1st set and that was because I kept missing groundstrokes long or wide, so I started "focusing" on them and I could do anything with them too and came back and ended up winning the match 7-6, 6-1. I was happy because I didn't curse once and I served amazingly well, hitting around 10 aces. Tonight I was playing a mess doubles match and I wasn't as good in the warm up as last night, I was sloppy and my timing was off. Anyway, my 1st service game, did my ritual, stepped up, missed the first serve but then hit a wide slice topspin ace. I then stepped up and hit a down the T ace. I think I hit around 2-3 more aces in the match but my game wasn't as good as last nights. Doubles is always more difficult though I feel to keep that focus. Anyway, I'm playing a singles match tomorrow night and plan to use my routine and see how it goes. The thing is, does ANYONE know HOW I can do this all of the time. Go out on the court, have this incredible focus and looseness, playing for fun and when you play for fun it automatically takes the pressure off of you and how to keep this focus. Because if I can serve on thursday in the National Spring Championships (one of the "Big 5" tournaments here) then it would be amazing. What should I do before a match to prepare like I did? How do I keep the focus up or even get the focus to begin with? Tips? Please? I desperately need it for thursday. I'm determined not to choke aswell Thanks.