Different times of day

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  1. cluckcluck

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    I usually play in the evening, as my schedule allows, and from time to time I find time on the weekends to get a hit it.

    Why is that when I hit in the morning ~10am I play awful, even with the same hitting partner? It's bad, I find it hard to get my timing and legs where they need to be.

    Any tips out there to play better during times of the day when you usually don't?
     
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  2. Korso

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    I have the same issues in the morning. It takes some time for me to get my body and mind going. It takes a set to get me into the match. I play my best tennis in the afternoon and evenings.
    When I am motivated to play more serious and better in the morning I wake up early and strech out, do some jump ropping, and some kind of cardio. This usually helps a lot.
     
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  3. TCF

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    Like Korso said, if you want to play better in the morning, you actually have to get up earlier and go through a great warm up.

    This weekend our juniors played a tournament where they had 8 am matches both Sat and Sun.....which REALLY stinks by the way! 2 are home schooled and used to getting up later than other kids, so 8 am is doubly bad for them. But thats the luck of the draw. The only solution is to double down and wake them up even earlier, go through a longer warm up than normal.

    But it is what it is, some people's body clocks are set differently. Those 2 are beasts in afternoon matches and struggle in morning matches. Some of our other kids are tremendous in the a.m.
     
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  4. Dags

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    Have a look at your eating and drinking habits, comparing what you do when you play well and when you don't.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    ..and that's why it's so hard to make it at the top levels....
    match's can be played at 9AM, or sometimes starting after 8PM at night.
     
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  6. hawk eye

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    I have the same thing. I hardly ever hit in the morning but when it happens, it just seems everything goes a little to quick for me, i'm out of position a lot and I can barely move my feet. Well these things are probably all related. Good suggestions are already mentioned in this thread. But lazy bugger that i am, I just know I won't follow them. But kudos to you if you managed to get yourself to jump rope right after you rubbed the sleep out of your eyes.
     
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  7. pkil

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    I prefer evening, no sun
     
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  8. LeeD

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    I'm so lazy that 10AM set's are hard for me to fully awaken. Especially knowing I'll be playing thru 1PM.
    For me, a fast start usually ends in a short day.
     
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  9. RajS

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    Mornings work much better than evenings for me, logistically. The weather is good, mind and body are fresh, courts are not crowded, and it leaves the rest of the day to do other stuff. However, I think I've played my best after a short afternoon nap, with some coffee to wake up. :) The air and courts are warmer, the ball bounces better and all my shots, especially my serve, go faster. Also, the body is a little looser, I suppose. I still prefer mornings overall, though.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Good thing about mornings on public courts, lots of slow moving old timers.
    Bad thing about mornings on public courts, no good players.
    Good thing about PM's on public courts, lots of good players.
    Bad thing about PM's on public courts, all the player's are better than me.
     
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