Coldest temperature to play outside?

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  1. damazing

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    I was wondering what others felt was the absolute lowest temperature that they would play tennis outdoors. In my area late fall temps are sometimes in the 70s but more often in the 40s and 50s. There's a friend of mine that plays all winter long - he wears a heavy coat and gloves and says as long as there is no snow on the court he can play.

    I could not play with a heavy coat because it would really hinder my serve motion. And I would be afraid of injuring myself if my muscles were too cold and I pushed them too quickly.
     
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    In Tucson I play mostly in the evening, and in the winter it's usually no problem, 50 or more, but it can get down in the 40s or upper 30s. I think it's possible to play then, but I really don't enjoy it, and I do it for fun, y'know? Likewise I'm not crazy about playing at 5:00 AM or so in the summers to avoid the heat. I can get up ok, not that I'm (terribly) lazy, but my body doesn't like lurching around at the crack of dawn.
     
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    Exactly. I know how that feels.
     
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    Playing with a heavy coat + mittens is just silly. If he is that affected by the cold, he shouldn't play.
     
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  5. Bungalo Bill

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    I have played in the rain and the limit for tennis in temperature for me is 50 degrees. Otherwise your hands are just freezing cold and the balls dont bounce.

    If you want to play something in the cold, look up platform tennis.
     
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    I usually stop playing when the temperature get under 10°C. And we usually go for 6 month of -10°C down to -30°C paying 30$+ an hour to play indoor :evil:
     
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    A thermal layer with a thin windbreaker shell can keep the core body temperature warm. In this video, it was well below 10 celcius - i'm wearing shorts, a merino wool top, a thin windbreaker, and a toque. After about 30 min of play, I took off the jacket and was fine.

    http://www.vimeo.com/7275640

    I imagine that if it got colder I'd need some sports gloves and something for my lower body.
     
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    what a bunch of sissies.

    the low limit is about 10F... yes, F as in F@#$ the cold.

    wear some thermals and some gloves, you are good to go.... the first 10min maybe hell, then it's all happiness thereafter.

    ball bounce does become an issue, make sure you don't let them lay on the court... put them in pants pocket so the body heat keep them bouncy.

    sounds crazy? you see plenty of crazy people jogging in 10F, why not tennis.

    in PA, this should allow playing thru the winter, as long as no snow..... rain is non-issue either, I have an all-nylon racket just for hitting them things when it's wet... you should see, the ball goes like a flying sprinkler head when it's soaked :) :)
     
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    You can play in the cold but few people want too.. That basically the bottom line.
     
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    50° as long as its not too windy. I think the NCAA uses 50°. Below 50 I lose dexterity in my hands.
     
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    Seeing as I live in Minnesota I think I can add to this discussion. The biggest issue is not staying warm - that is no problem for any outdoor aerobic sport no matter what time of year.

    The real issue is that once the temps drop below 50 F the balls do not bounce normally - it really changes play. I've been tempted to try pressureless balls in these conditions to see if they bounce more normally, thereby extending the outdoor playing season.

    Anybody tried that?
     
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  12. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    50's is nothing as it's the norm year-round for night time temperature in SF. Thermal layer for ~15mins and I'm good to go on shorts and shirt.

    However, I have played a few times when the temperature got into the lower 40's. Same story, but the colder it gets, I find it to be more and more tiring. I wonder if it's because the body is spending extra energy to keep metabolism going in colder temperatures.
     
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  13. Limpinhitter

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    80 degrees Fahrenheit.
     
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    I have done 40 degrees F at night
     
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    Don't like it, but the weather kind of sucks around here.

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  16. bhallic24

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    ha i thought i was the only crazy one. I too have played in light rain. My low temp is freezing. If its under 32F then I pack my bags. But otherwise, I wear some knee warmers or some tights, throw on a warm sweatshirt/warm up shirt and +/- receivers gloves and I'm good to go.
     
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    I've had frostbite (twice) of my fingers - mountain climbing. Anything much below 60 degrees F and my fingers/hands (which always sweat a little) start to get too stiff and cold to handle the racquet - not a lot but enough to make playing difficult. Even a light breeze makes it worse. Once things get in the low 50s I start sticking my hands in my pockets and I wear gloves starting below 50 - before most people feel they need gloves. Below freezing I wear mittens with liner gloves. Even playing indoors in sometimes chilly tennis clubs, I carry chemical heat packs which I constantly use to keep my hands warm.

    It's kind of a drag because it somewhat truncates the outdoor season for playing tennis.
     
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    I've played when it was in the 20s Farenheit. No problem as long as there's no wind. Hands warm up quickly. No need for gloves. Ideal temp. for me is 65 degrees. Start with sweater. Take it off after a few games.
     
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    I bought a pair of leather racquet ball gloves to wear during our winter/spring season (Starts second week of Jan) first half of the season 9:00am matches we often play in 30F to 40F.

    we hardly get snow just cold weather.

    but we will rotate the can of balls under the hood of our cars during play so they do not become frozen rocks..

    I usually drop my string tension during that season and I will wear under armor long sleeve shirts under a nike dri fit shirt.

    and often do all my warmups in a jacket.

    and I already double up on socks when I play anyway.
     
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    i cant play in cold weather as the ball bounces poorly.

    if its cold at night and cloudy the next day, the court wont warm up and feels dead. balls dont bounce as high and overall play is worse as a result.
     
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    45 is my limit, although in the fall here in the northeast the wind is generally more a problem by November than the temperature. 50 degrees is completely playable but not so much with 15 MPH winds. Open up your bank account for the indoor places.
     
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    I enjoy playing in cold weather. I live in SE US and summers are brutal 95 F with 90% humidity, but winters are great for tennis.

    A 35F degree day with little wind is a GREAT day for tennis. I wear layers - a short sleeve t-shirt, a long-sleeve t-shirt and a light warm-up jacket on the top with tights, shorts and light warm-up pants on the bottom. A baseball cap or ski cap is good to have too.

    32F is my limit unless it is a league match and then I will play in sub-freezing temps if others agree to play. I think our league rule is you do not have to play if temps below 35F.

    I also bring gloves and a big pull-over if I plan to stand around and watch teammates after my match.

    I play in a winter league and have played in 28F with snow in the grass around the courts. I ended up in just a short sleeved t-shirt and a long sleeved t-shirt with tights, shorts and warm-up pants. You can skip the long tights above 40F as it will get too hot - try biker's tights and shorts with warm-up pants.
     
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  23. charliefedererer

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    I play tennis down to 32.

    I ski to below 0.

    (Not much difference in activity level, just that the balls and strings don't seem to work well in tennis when it gets too cold.)

    Below 40 degrees, forget about regular pressure tennis balls.

    The Tretorn Micro-X pressureless balls with "700 million air-filled micro cells" will let you play in colder temps and still give a reasonable bounce.

    I like a full gut set up in the cold.
     
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    It's really not. Don't kid yourself.
     
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    I don't know if it's because I live in florida, but if I play in below 60 degrees F the following happens: lowered concentration, stiff fingers, less explosive movement, and unable to read the bounce as well.
     
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  26. charliefedererer

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    Layer.

    It's amazing how warm you will get just running around.

    A regular t-shirt, a long sleeve t-shirt, a sweatshirt and shorts with sweatpants will be all you need when playing down to the 30's.

    You'll be much more comfortable if all of these are wicking nylon/dacron sports shirts and nordic fleece rather than cotton. (The cotton retains a lot of sweat - the cold air will make wet cotton garments cold.)

    Show up to the court with a fleece jacket for before and after play.
     
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    Thank You! I completely agree. I have played when it was about 25 F, with a 15 mph wind. That was brutal! I would much rather play in 100 F whether than 40 F weather.
     
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    Here in NYC the weather can get pretty low in the winter, i play in any teamperature aslong as there is no snow or strong wind, the lowest i played if probably two winters ago, like 20+ F. Of course i got frostbite after a while, because all my other parts are well covered except my racquet hand.
     
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    Think it all depends. We once played the day after Christmas here in Phoenix and when we started it was 35; which is obviouslycold for Phoenix. However, the sun was shining very bright and there was no wind. Turned out to be fine. Woudldn't have wanted to do it with wind or cloud cover. All the years in Arizona have thinned out my blood.
     
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  30. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    35 with little to no wind is more than manageable.
     
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    The balls bounce like crap. It really is not GREAT for tennis.
     
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  32. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Then move your feet.
     
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    I'm in this camp. It turns into a slice / drop-shot competiton.

    Also, I think strings break much more easily in colder weather. I remember last year my buddy and I decided to play outside in ~50+ degree weather instead of paying the money for the indoor court. We broke strings on 4 racquets and had to quit (I brought 3 racquets, he brought 2).
     
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    15 c is the limit for me.
     
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    Youre right..i have no idea how to play tennis. Thanks for clearing that up.

    I have trouble anyone would think 30 is great for tennis because it just simply is not. 65 or 70 with no wind would be my zone where i would say ..wow this is great..perfect for tennis . Not 30.
     
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  36. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Do you complain in the wind too?
     
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    Anything before 40 degrees is a bit too much for me. When you can't feel your hands when you play, there is a huge problem.
     
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    Temp wise for me it's about the windchill. I've had some great tennis sessions in mid 40 degrees when the night is still.
     
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    I used to play tennis in temperatures close to the freezing point,
    but that's when I was young and free of injuries.
    Now, I usually don't go out if the temps are much lower than 50 F.
     
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  40. r2473

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    It's better than p!ssing into the wind
     
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    Are you just being combative because you had a bad day? Reread what i said because you are framing it completely wrong.

    I have played in every condition. What i consider great for tennis is obviously what you are not understanding.

    Many people complained that the us open semis should not have been played. I did not, and i am guessing you were not in that camp either. I doubt any player would describe those conditions as great either. In fact djoker complained, so go ahead and email him and let him know your thoughts.
     
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    As long as it's not too windy, I'm perfectly OK with 35, or even 32F. I cant comment on any lower, since my city doesn't get that much lower often.
     
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  43. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Nope, I just don't care for people's excuses about various conditions. It's all about adjustments.

    Unless it becomes a health hazard such as wet/damp courts, and extreme heat, then it's manageable.
     
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  44. Power Player

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    Show me where i ever said i didnt adjust.

    Once again, you dont really understand what i am saying, yet have decided to argue about it anyway.

    Is your ideal day to play tennis 30 degrees? If you could pick one temperature, would that be it?
     
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    Born and raised in SanFrancisco, moved to 45th Ave. by third grade, wading and swimming in OceanBeach from 5th grade till I started surfing in 1962 (this was before the advent of wetsuits), I can't play tennis when it hits 80, so I play down to 40 degrees F.
    Lots of winters in SF get into the lowest 40's, especially if the N winds are blowing.
     
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    Born and raised in SanFrancisco, moved to 45th Ave. by third grade, wading and swimming in OceanBeach from 5th grade till I started surfing in 1962 (this was before the advent of wetsuits), I can't play tennis when it hits 80, so I play down to 40 degrees F.
    Lots of winters in SF get into the lowest 40's, especially if the N winds are blowing.
    I'd love to go to the courts in 100 degree heat, break out a new can of Wilson balls, and hit serves for video. But I'd need icepacks around my neck, and a swimming pool nearby, like McNear's Beach in SanRafael.
     
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    Leed you make a valid point. I play all summer in the fl heat and humidity, and it is brutal. Not ideal conditions by any means, but i grew up in it and just deal. Ill take some weeks off and cycle and do other things just for a break, but for the most part i play through it.

    If i had to choose i think id pick 30 over 99 with high humidity. But i live here for the 70 degree days that are about to hit us for a few months. That is great tennis weather.
     
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  48. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's a nonfactor. If tomorrow's temperature is going to be in the 30s, it certainly won't stop me from playing.

    You don't have control over temperature, much like other conditions, so just deal with it.
     
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    Weather is never a nonfactor in florida. I have no idea where you are at, but down here we watch weather underground like hawks. Anyway, its not the point, and i do deal with it, as stated, so i am not sure what you are coming at me about.
     
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  50. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Hey I used to live around there! Cold condition is a year-round event for us, so yeah, 40s are nothing.

    I've played in 100 Riverside heat during college, it's different, but if there's tennis to be played, I won't complain about it.
     
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