I've had tennis elbow consistently for about two to three years. It ranged from bad to very bad. I pretty much missed the last two winters because of it. I've been reluctant to get a cortisone shot or have surgery for the obvious reasons. Several months ago I decided to get serious about fixing the problem. I basically did two things, both of which I learned about through this board. I bought a new racquet, a Pro Kennex, and had it strung at its lowest possible tension. I also started doing the standard wrist and forearm exercises and lots of the standard stretching exercises. I also used heat before exercise and ice afterwards. Finally, today, for the first time in years, I am unable to locate the sore spot on the elbow by poking with my opposite fingers. Probably not a 100% cure but I'm optimistic I'll never have to take off another day because of it. BTW, I've been playing a lot the last week or so. Hope this info is helpful to someone.