I spent 8 years not playing any tournaments, and in the last 5, I would say, I have worked hard with a hitting partner to improve all skills. We hit on weekends, and this evolved from warming up and playing to eventually, about 1.5 hours of drills, then playing matches. In these matches, we would critique if we saw glaring problems, and work on them next time. My point is I increased my skills a lot, and started to have breakthroughs in stroke production, consistency, and ball depth. I took this new game to the local league, and was able to play the top 4.0 guys and win in singles matches. Then this weekend I did my first 4.0 tournamnet, and understandably, I got really tight. Not scared tight, just tight you know? I had close games, and even won a set, but my game was 50% of what it has been in recent play. I realize now that I thought too much, and didn't hit out smoothly, but reacted too much. I plan to make serious adjustments to the mental side of things. My question is this. How long or how many tournaments does it take to calm down and transition your practice skills to a competitive match? My practice games are competitive, but in no way do they come close to the same stress of a tournament. I know I just need more tournament play. I can't wait for my next one to try to practice (lol) staying more focused on the ball, and not the opponent. Any experiences anyone here would care to share on how long it took you to play your A game in a tournament and leave the tightness behind you? Thanks!