| By Joel Ross

Concentrate like anything. Relax and prepare for a long point. Keep the ball in play. Whatever you do, win the first point of every game. It makes it so much easier. Like riding a bike downhill.

Once you have the first point under your belt, start concentrating on the second one. Same thing, no let up, fear the worst and you will probably play your best. Once you have a lead, protect it with "fear" of giving it back. The "fear of losing" is a good thing.

Joel Ross

<p>Joel Ross is owner/director of <a href="http://joelrosstennis.com">Joel Ross Tennis &amp; Golf Camp</a> in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the<a href="http://joelrosstennis.com"> &quot;Joel Ross&quot; tennis camp</a> experience. Joel was NYS High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School on Long Island. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending University of Michigan and was on the cover of <em>Tennis Magazine</em> that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in mens doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at&nbsp;<a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">info@</a><a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">joelrosstennis.com</a>.</p>