So. How was 2009 for you? Me, I lost a lot of matches, but I'm OK with it. The reason is that . . . :: drum roll:: . . . I got the groundstroke monkey off my back! FH and BH. I can hit either one!! Oh, what a relief this is! You have no idea how horrible it is not to be able to hit a groundstroke. To make gawdawful errors at the worst possible times off of routine shots. To have no clue whether you will or will not get the next serve in play. Those days are *over.* I can hit a groundie as hard as I want and it will still stay in. I can follow a groundie to the net; or I can stay back, it's totally up to me. And get this -- they stay in the court! It's like getting out of prison. I used to avoid the deuce court because I couldn't take my FH crosscourt. Now, I can receive on either side. Oh, how I would love to take these shiny new groundstrokes for a test drive in singles. My other strokes are essentially unchanged, although I am more comfortable with approach volleys than before. I am looking to a fun 2010 as a 3.5 doubles player who can hit a groundstroke.