ALTA Players ready for the heat?

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  1. AutoXer

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    Most teams I know of have agreed to an 8am start time. Played yesterday evening in Rome and it was 102 when we started. I feel bad for the line 5 people for teams that only have 2 courts. TWC showing 104 in Cartersville now and tomorrow forecast for 106.
     
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    I complain about the cold weather here in San Francisco, but I can't imagine playing in that heat.
     
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    Every team that I know played at least 1 line early to avoid the line 5 people getting totally screwed. We didn't think to start at 8 but that would have been a good idea. (for the home teams at least) It will definitely be interesting to see how many teams play the matches and how many bail due to it being over 95 degrees.
     
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    I tested the court surface temp last evening with air temp at 102, the surface temp in the middle of no man's land was 137.4.
     
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    We didn't think to play a line early :(

    We have 4 courts and the temp at 8am should be in the lower 80's, so hopefully it won't be too bad on the line 5's.
     
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    We played my ALTA line early, but it was more because the other team had too many people going on vacation this coming week.

    I'm more worried about the mens USTA matches on Sunday afternoon. Start time is supposed to be 4pm, the hottest part of the day. We pushed the first lines back to 6pm for cooler temperatures and hopefully some shadows on the court.
     
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    I feel for ya, guys.

    It's hot as hades here in Richmond too. Luckily, our local league rules list 95F or higher temps as 'inclement' weather and permit a reschedule.

    This is one year I'm glad none of my teams made it to Districts. Hmmmm, mid-July on courts next to the Bay. Can you say Hot and Humid? It's downright miserable and makes for miserable play. I've often wondered if our district and section might be better served with a slightly different calendar or tournament site selection. I know it's hot in AZ...but it's darn hot here too. Deep teams prevail mostly because of attrition...and not necessarily because they have the best core. Oh well, no real rotten apples from me.

    It's just H-O-T. Stay cool everyone.
     
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    Coordinators sent out emails yesterday reminding everyone to stay hydrated, heat has never really bothered me (grew up in central/south Louisiana).

    Luckily, we'll have 4 courts available. Our opponents wanted to start early, but I have a tough enough time getting there by 9...
     
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    My parents' team is starting at 8:30 and they only have two courts. Gonna be a hot one. The only upside is it shouldn't be TOO humid. I'd almost rather have 100 degree heat with 40% humidity than 85 degree heat and 90% humidity.

    I was still in Athens this afternoon and my dashboard thermometer said the temp was 125 when I got in the car. Don't think I've ever seen it that hot before. Literally felt like my face was cooking.
     
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    Are you kidding me?
     
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    Its the same rule for ALTA as well. Over 95 and you can reschedule. Our lower lines still say they want to play... but who knows what will happen when people are actually faced with playing in those conditions. I wonder if there will be a rash of people who lose the first set and not wanting to drag it out to 3 sets will then say its too hot and reschedule. They woudln't get that set back but they could try again on a different day.
     
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    Once you agree to start the match, you have to finish it unless it starts raining.
     
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    Wow... I guess thats a pretty astounding rule for ALTA. Its highly likely that matches Tomorrow will start with the temperature under 95 and finish with the temps well over 100. I assumed that a player could choose to postpone at any time that they felt it was too hot to continue as long as they had the thermometer and were showing at the net that it was over 95. But you are right- the rules say that once a match starts it must be finished.
     
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    Also, I don't care how much I'm dying on the inside, if someone wants to postpone a match while I'm up a set, there's is NO WAY I'd agree to it. I'd suck it up and hope they quit at the very least.
     
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    Forget the rules people. If you feel any signs of heat stroke, stop immediately. No "win" is worth risking your life.
     
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    No joke, man.

    People just don't believe how humid it gets here and how much it affects the Heat Index.

    About mid-page is the NOAA Heat Index Chart. If you combine it with our average morning humidity of near 90% from July-Sept and afternoon readings in the upper 50% range (source: CityRatings)...it makes for some miserable and very dangerous conditions. It puts us on-par with places much further south like New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami. In many other places, you might have the heat...but not the humidity or vice versa. It is the combination that is deadly.
     
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    Well, that was fun...

    Took a relatively easy first set 6-2, legs went away a bit late in the second, lost it 4-6. Went down a break early in the third, but brought it back to take it 7-5. It was frickin' brutal out there, not a cloud in the sky and minimal breeze.
     
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    Wasn't too bad. Won 2 and 3. It was only 91 when we finished. It was over 100 by the time our line 5 finished. Our team wanted to quit, but got a break to go up 4-3 in the third set and decided to keep playing and pulled it out.

    Have a 4.0 men's match tomorrow at 6pm. That's gonna suck.
     
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    My car said 106 when I got out of a movie this afternoon. That's crazy considering my car was in the shade in the basement of a parking deck. I'm playing at 8am tomorrow to avoid the heat. At least it's not humid. This is a weird dry sort of heat we don't get in GA much.
     
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    That was brutal today but we got it done. :)


     
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    I guess that's why they say to stay out of there huh. :) I'm glad I'm taking a break from USTA tomorrow. It's not going to be pretty for singles players.


     
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    Anyone have any defaults today? We had first four lines play, and with a couple 3 setters (even after starting early), it was after 1:00. The 5's decided to reschedule for Monday, not that it'll be much cooler.

    I was just spectatin' but it was still pretty miserable. I know people were struggling out there.
     
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    The other team has a line that can't play tonight, so we rescheduled my line for Tuesday night. I won't have to suffer as much as my teammates.
     
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    I moved all my start times to 8am on Saturday and we have 4 courts so my line 5 was off the courts by 11am. We went 3-2 so it was a good day. My 3.5 USTA men's team was bye this week so we didn't have to worry about that. My wife played at noon yesterday Sunday) and I was showing a temp of 104 but she made it through but unfortunately didn't win.

    As I was driving around on Saturday afternoon there were some areas that were showing temps of 109 F. That was on my temp gauge in my truck which I generally consider to be very accurate. I lived in South Florida for 25 years before moving to Georgia a couple of years ago and we never saw anything close the the temps we have seen here.
     
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    Not playing ALTA (or even tennis for the moment - stupid work), but I must say that I love the heat. I grew up in middle Georgia. The temps are usually 3 to 5 degrees hotter than the Atlanta area with similar humidity. As I was told by someone from the Dominican Republic who thought it was hotter in Georgia, "Hasta los perros sudan." Meaning that it is so hot that "even dogs sweat" in Georgia.

    I did see the effects of heat on people while teaching tennis one summer in Florida. People from cooler parts of the country/world had trouble. A few actually passed out. Luckily not with us at the tennis courts.

    I will play all day in the 100 degree heat, but ANYTHING that seems cold enough to need long sleeves/pants is too cold for me.

    I would rather play in the heat than at 8:00AM. So please reschedule my 8:00AM match for 2:30PM. Thanks
     
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    My mother lives in Roswell, and I HATE the humidity there. You might want to make sure you're really human.
     
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  27. West Coast Ace

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    You guys need to go to Manila - hit for an hour - look like you got pushed in the swimming pool. I grew up in PA and dealt with humidity - but now after yrs in So Cal, by the end of the hour I was having trouble holding on.

    OT: they have a version of The Biggest Loser in SE Asia - I'm shocked some of the participants don't die.
     
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