The Dubai Duty-Free tennis tournament is here and the city is playing host to some of the world's most elite tennis players. However, the road to a superstar status is not easy. Long hours of practice, lack of rest and other factors are common among players as are injuries such as sprains, pulled muscles, and fractures. Research has shown that at some point in their careers nearly 50 percent of tennis players suffer from a painful condition called lateral epicondylitis, which affects the elbow caused due to repetitive motions or strenuous overuse of the tendons around the elbow. The author is consultant, orthopedics at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai "