Coldest temperature to play outside?

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  1. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'm not coming at you specifically, I'm just tired of people complaining about conditions and other factors. Play or not play, that's it. If you're going to complain about it, then don't play. Don't play and then complain about it, no one forced us recreational/amateur tennis players to play.

    Actually, it's a attitude among recreational/amateur tennis players, that we complain and have built in excuses about our performance on the court. (Too windy, too cold, too hot, not the right equipment, court speed don't suit my game, etc. etc.) But that's another discussion for another day.
     
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  2. Ronaldo

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    Played in shorts, no shirt, 35 degrees. 30 degrees is tough but then if it starts snowing, forgetaboutit
     
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  3. mikeler

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    Thank goodness for weather radars.
     
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  4. Metalica

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    15*C or lower and tennis starts to become unpleasant for me. The balls becomes dead and I generally prefer to exercise in warm weather.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Perfect day today, cloudy all day, 61 degrees, not a breath of wind, top court to ourselves.
    As usual, my play sucked, my partner kept yelling "yours" when it was within his forehand reach, and I was concentrating on the cutie next court who hit serves faster than the 3 players I played with.
     
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  6. IsnerFan

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    i shovel off the courts and play in the snow
     
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  7. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Come now, that's too much work. I'd hot-glue blades onto my Vapors and play speed tennis instead.
     
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  8. max pl

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    why did Djokovic lose the first set of his semi with Ferrer at the US Open this year?
    it wasnt because he's worse than Ferrer, as was evident in the last three sets, but because conditions matter.
     
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  9. MonkeyRacquet

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    We're in fall and my wimpiness is showing. Im sure that if i was willing to warm up and jog a bit, I'd be fine, but for now, If it's less than 70 degrees, no thanks
     
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  10. Sky_Boy

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    Lol Leed.. My advise to u if this happens again is to take a medical time out.. who knows maybe u couold get lucky and get a CPR..
     
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  11. Ronaldo

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    No more lip locking in CPR, hands only
     
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    Wow, I played during the heat spell on Monday, around 88 degrees, approaching 90. Seriously, I almost suffered from heat exhaustion, hitting with my 4.0 bud who hits hard and flat. Had to drink a whole one liter Gatorate, at one time, and sit for 10 minutes in the shade. Could hardly breathe. We had only hit for 20 minutes.
    Oh, second attempt at a serve, DunlopHDHardcourt balls, bounced chest high on the backboard, on a slight mishit swung at maybe 90% speeds.
     
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  13. Power Player

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    thats childsplay for us down here...lol. I pray for 88-90.
     
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  14. LeeD

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    Well, I grew up in the fog belt in SanFrancisco, 45th Ave. and Santiago, 3 blocks from OceanBeach.
    Summers, we'd get blocks of 15-30 days without seeing the sun, any time of the day or night.
    Winters, we get plenty of sun between the rain, but temps likely 42-55 degrees. Downtown SanFrancisco, or where PacBell Park is located, might be 65 degrees while the Sunset District get's to 54 by 3PM, in AUGUST.
    Our hottest time, Indian Summer, is right now. Right now, in SanFrancisco, it's 59 degrees, with fog blowing in strong for a 30 degree cool off after this hot weekend.
    Here in SanPablo, about 14 miles inland, it's still warm out after the 4 day heat spell, about 70 right now just past noon.
     
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  15. Ronaldo

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    Never complained about the temp but when it starts to snow, forgetaboutit.
     
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  16. johndagolfer

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    Coldest I've ever played in is 37 degrees at 12 midnight. We just felt like playing, what can I say.
     
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  17. mikeler

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    I'll take 88-90 any day IF the rain will finally stop.
     
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  18. rtl11

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    34 but sunny was not a problem at all. The sun and no wind makes huge difference.
     
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  19. TennisCJC

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    I played on the side of Sweat Mountain, Georgia for winter mixed doubles about 20 years ago. The air temperature was in the low 30s but the wind was gusting to 30 MPH. The courts are cut out of the side of the mountain. So, you are basically playing on a plateau open on 3 sides with the mountain on the fourth side. On the open sides, you are up above the trees at the foot of the mountain. The wind chill temperature was around 5-10F. On one side, you could hit it absolutely as hard as your could and it would still go in. On the other side, it was difficult to get it to stay in unless you used a ton of spin and just barely cleared the net. It was kind of like the 2012 USO. This was not fun tennis but we won.
     
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  20. OnyxZ28

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    Coldest tennis for me was outdoors in St Louis in winter 2007, IIRC below 30*.
     
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  21. r2473

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    Did you see a witches tit at any point during the match?
     
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    We played at -10 celsius under that sun. best feeling ever sometimes and you never get tired. at first it's winter jacket, then sweater, then tshirts. the problem is when you stop and the wind gets to you
     
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  23. Ronaldo

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    All Serve & Volley?
     
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  24. ski racer

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    Played against a backboard in the northeast last December a few days when it was under 15F
     
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  25. baoshuxiong

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    From my experience & understanding, It's better play tennis under hot than cold weather. Your body will sweat and you'll feel nausea when overheat. Thus, you'll know when to stop.

    Under cold weather, however, the body 1st priority is to warm up human's ideal temperature 37c or 98.6f. Thus, you can imagine the body muscles will focus on burning fat into fuel to warm up the body.

    Knowing that and witnessing most tennis injuries occurred in winter, I'd rather preping for warmer seasons for safety sake.
     
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  26. Dimcorner

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    My lowest comfortable range is around 40 and up. Anything below the ball and strings feels like hitting rocks. It doesn't bother me at all to hit around 40 degrees out (weird because I have lived my whole life in tropical weather).
     
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  27. Nuke

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    There's more to the weather equation than just the temperature. Wearing long warm-up pants and a sweatshirt, if it's sunny, dry and not windy, I'm good to go right down to the teens. If it's really cold, I'll put an old sock on my racquet hand, with a hole in the toe that I can poke the racquet handle through. After warming up over a few games, the temperature is forgotten. Throw in clouds, wind, rain, and all bets are off.

    Thre is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
     
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  28. Ronaldo

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    Can tolerate 40 degrees and up but the balls stop bouncing well after 30-45 minutes.
     
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  29. Nuke

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    ^ Yeah, the balls turn into rocks in 20 degree weather. You have to put them in your pocket to keep them warm.
     
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  30. Mr.Lob

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    Played in upper 30's f before. Usually anything above 50F... or upper 40's with no wind.
     
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  31. Machspeed

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    Interesting thread, as I started to post something similar after playing in 29 degree weather a few days ago. Surprisingly, the temperature did not bother me at all. Don't think I'd want to do that all the time but hey, if the courts dry and the wind isn't gusting, I'm in.....love the game!!!
     
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    Hit this morning - while snow flakes were flying!
     
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  33. TennisCJC

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    Mid 30s F without much wind is not bad. Below freezing and I pass unless it is a league match. I have played league matches in the 20s F with snow on the grass besides the courts.

    Wear layers.

    Top: short sleeve t-shirt, long-sleeve t-shirt, and light warm-up jacket. Remove layers as needed once you get going.

    Bottom: underwear, tights, shorts, and warm-up pants. Remove layers as needed but stop if you reach your underwear.
     
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  34. Ronaldo

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    Hope this is a mixed doubles league
     
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    My son and I are fine into the mid-30s. We practice several times a week in the 35 - 45 range. But add in any wind, forget it.

    The balls can be an issue (referring to the tennis balls). Our hopper is full of finely-aged balls, not old and dead, but certainly broken in. At those near freezing temps, the balls don't bounce right and don't feel great coming off your strings. We have to open up a can fresh balls every session or two just to keep them bouncy enough to play.

    And when he is preparing for a green dot ball tourney, we try to play with green dots, but in those temps, it's hilarious. You hit the ball, it hits the court and then just stays there like it weighs ten pounds. They are totally unusable on a cold day, even when brand new.

    I know one thing, you middle-aged guys better warm up and stretch in that kind of weather, or else you will lock up like the tin man!
     
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  36. dman72

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    Low bouncing balls on slick worn out courts and cranky 40+ year old backs make for a miserable experience. I will consider 45+, but prefer 55+. That's why I play indoors, and pay mightily for it here on Long Island. I think playing in the cold sucks.
     
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  37. Ronaldo

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    Microwave your balls, keep them off the cold ground, and keep them in a warm box as long as possible.
     
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  38. corbind

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    50 degrees minimum

    50 degrees is minimum. Balls at that temp are still pretty hard and tennis is just not fun there and below. Hard on the arm and takes mighty swings. Even at 55 balls better be new out of the can.
     
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  39. JackB1

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    played a league doubles match the other day and it was 35 deg. (realfeel 27) and it wasn't too bad. If there's no wind, I can do up to around freezing without much problem.

    On a side note, I would prefer to play in 35 degrees than 95 degrees any day.
     
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  40. Topspin Shot

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    I'll go down to the freezing mark, even if it's cloudy and windy outside. Past freezing, I don't want to play because of the risk of frostbite on my fingers and because the rubber in the balls freezes. BTW, I'm from New York, so playing outdoors in the winter is a necessity due to the price of indoor court time.
     
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