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Real Tennis Players - Like You! - Asking For and Offering Advice on the Sport They Love
Player to Player is USTA.com’s regular feature in which everyday tennis players are given a forum to ask advice on the sport they love – and their fellow players will dish out advice. We’ll post a number of the best responses we receive to our question.

Latest question from Cindy: How often is best to restring your racquet?

Do you have any advice for Cindy or a question of your own? Please share your thoughts by e-mailling Player@usta.com, and include your name for a chance to receive advice from your fellow players!

Last question from Krissy: I'm a 4.0 club and USTA league player. Sometimes I find it difficult to maintain focus at points in my matches. What are some ways to help me maintain focus and not mentally check in and out?


From Mike:
If you come to play tennis with other things on your mind, you will never be as effective as you can be. Try to remember that you are PLAYING, it's not that serious. It is supposed to be fun!!! Leave all the other stuff at home. Take time to enjoy tennis while you are playing.

From Vanessa: Focus on your breathing and the seams of the ball. That's it!

From April: I tell myself to breathe then I also say, "One point at a time." It keeps me really focused on the here and now and I don't get ahead of myself.

From Sue: Do what some of the pros do. Read a short list of do's and dont's to yourself, about your game, during changeovers.

From Teri: Between points don't look anywhere but at your strings, keep watching the ball, keep your feet moving and swing out!

From James: Think about a few simple things and don't let your mind wander. Think of a few mantra phrases, to bend your legs, how you manipulate the ball with your racquet, an opponent's weakness, etc. Focus on those things and nothing else. Always positive.


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