Does anybody not bother playing if its too windy? What's considered too windy?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Torres, Nov 3, 2013.

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What's okay to play?

  1. Up to 21mph?

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  2. Up to 18mph?

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  3. Up to 15mph?

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  4. Up to 12mph?

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  5. Up to 8mph?

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  1. Torres

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    I have to admit, I don't usually bother playing if its too windy. I have a relatively high toss, and there's nothing I dislike more than a ball being pulled out of position when serving or when there's a cross wind that pulls what would otherwise be a winner outside of the court. Turns everything into a random lottery.

    10 years or even 5 years ago, it wasn't easy to get an accurate assessment of windspeed (I'd just look at how much the trees were waving around) but these days, the Android weather apps for example are fantastic and give hour by hour readings of weather including wind speed.

    At the moment, its 19mph outside and the tree branches are waving about all over the place even at the lower levels.

    What do you consider to be too windy to stop you from arranging a match?
     
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  2. dlk

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    3.5 hack, if I want to play, I play, throwing caution to the "wind:)"
     
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  3. tennis tom

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    No problemo, played in gaels, snow, and down-pours for hours on Classic Clay (astro-turf with sand) more fun then playing in mud and cleaner too--consider it a challenge--shorten that ball toss.
     
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  4. Devil_dog

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    I play the game to have fun. If the wind is making me frustrated out there, then I'll call it a day and lurk around TT and laugh a bit. ;)
     
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  5. rufus_smith

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    I find it fun to add another element of challenge to the game. Adjusting properly to the wind or the sun takes tennis skill. Of course if it gets over 19 mph or ball is being blown more than 3-4 feet off its intended path, even I might give up. BTW some outdoor courts have really good heavy windscreens that can attenuate the effects of the wind so you can't always go by the general weather report.
     
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  6. Cindysphinx

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    I don't mind. I think it is funny to watch everyone struggle with the wind.

    It is really good practice at not setting your feet too early.
     
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  7. swizzy

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    if it's warm and windy i'll deal.. it can be fun to play the wind.. better than sitting home
     
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    Where is the option for > 21 mph? I've often played in winds higher in the 20s with gusts around 30+ mph. The gusts are no fun but I can oftentolerate fairly consistent winds in the mid-20s. However, if my hand-eye is a bit off (due to mental fatigue or lack of sleep), it can be a real bytch to warm up the strokes in a strong wind.
     
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  9. dominikk1985

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    If there is literally a storm I would only play if it was an official match. doesn't make sense to play in a storm.

    if it only is a nice breeze I'm not really bothered. I don't know about wind speeds.
     
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    I remember one day, it was so windy, we couldn't even play. It felt like a step down below a tornado..
     
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  11. jswinf

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    I feel like when a ball laying on the court will roll away due to the wind, it's too windy. Not real sure what mph.
     
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  12. tennisnj

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    Been playing year round outdoors for more than 20 years w/the same group of people (5.0+) doubles so any amount of wind isn't going to stop us. It's the cold plus wind which might give us 2nd thought to playing, but we figure what better do we have to do?
     
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  13. NLBwell

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    No amount of wind is too windy until they call for evacuations..
     
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  14. MauricioDias

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    The funniest thing on playing with wind is when you can addapt to it and you opponent cant. No problem with wind, i play to have some fun :)
     
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  15. hrstrat57

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    Played this AM - 16-20 mph winds, 42 degrees...No problem.

    My primary local court can't keep windscreens on, they get torn to shreds.....so I am pretty dialed in to high wind play......
     
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  16. corbind

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    You're a special, hard-core breed! Zero wind at at 42 is a no go. 15-20mph wind any day is a no go. Combined? Oh my!
     
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  17. spaceman_spiff

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    I once had to play a match where it was basically raining sideways. Apparently, the home captain, who wasn't playing the match, was completely oblivious of the weather, so he didn't cancel the match.

    It was a complete farce. I hit a number of aces by aiming straight for the returner's forehand with a touch of slice. By the time he'd set his feet, the wind would blow the ball out of reach. The tactic for groundstrokes was to hit lobs aimed for the center of the court, because the ball would move too much to hit an effective overhead (loads of complete misses as well). And at one point, one opponent had to let a toss drop because the ball had blown so far out of reach that it hit the side fence after a single bounce.

    Needless to say, we weren't happy bunnies.
     
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  18. Torres

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    I'm surprised by people's penchant for windy tennis......surely one good hitting session is better than two or three low quality sessions?
     
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  19. spaceman_spiff

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    People around here will happily play with old, dead balls on wet "all weather" courts rather than paying £10 to play on our indoor courts, so nothing about their tolerance for crap tennis surprises me anymore.
     
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  20. Bdarb

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    I played a couple weeks ago in some serious wind. I have no idea how fast it was whipping but whatever that was, thats my gauge for too much wind because that was a waste of time. No fun at all. It's indoor season in New England folks. Except this last saturday, no wind and 65! love it.
     
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  21. tennis tom

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    If you play matches where the scores are reported it's good to practice in the wind since they don't cancel matches due to it. The Aegon Eastbourne grass courts, a warm-up for Wimbledon is located near the sea and is one of the windiest pros tournaments. It's fun to watch the pro having to handle adverse conditions. Actually they make it look easy, you'd hardly know it's windy until you see the flags blowing wildly and hear their ropes banging loudly against the poles--and maybe having to do their ball tosses over.
     
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  22. The Isomotion31

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    no rain or no shelter in place advisory...I'm playing.
     
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  23. mmk

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    A number of decades back I played in winds that were 40+ mph steady, with gusts in the 60s. Not fun, but it was better than when we played while it was snowing. I'm glad I play mostly indoors now.
     
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  24. Torres

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    Under the Beaufort wind force scale:

    34.5mph = Near Gale / Rough-Very Rough Seas
    42.5mph = Gale / Very Rough-High Seas
    50.5mph = Severe Gale / High Seas
    60mph = Storm / Man the lifeboats!
    69mph = Severe Storm / SOS!

    Beyond that, its hurricane conditions! :mrgreen:
     
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  25. sureshs

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    Depends on if it is mixed doubles or not
     
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  26. LeeD

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    Suresh might have the best answer.
    If you need to play tennis, you can play.
     
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  27. gameboy

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    I am too spoiled by indoor play. Won't play in any significant weather situation...
     
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  28. jussumman

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    My parameters are 60F lowest and 15mph highest wind speed. Past that it's not that fun and ball don't fly right. I've played a couple times with the old timers in my area in doubles indoors when one of their regulars is out, it's very nice atop a college building with a roof that lets the sunlight in, so it's very bright and sometimes a hot (f) tennis instructor teaches adjacent to us. Like 10$ each, totally worth it.
     
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  29. Govnor

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    I don't like it, but I'll play if I have to.
     
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  30. mikeler

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    Gusts up to 30 MPH today but I'm still going out there.
     
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    At the local university campus, they built their courts on top of a hill. Every time I play there, the wind is enough to be bothersome. Probably around 10-15 mph is the slowest you will get there.

    Only benefit for me is it is walking distance from my house and the courts are rarely in use. I use it for serve and board practice when I have a couple of hours and no one to hit with.
     
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  32. Bdarb

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    In college in Vermont the Mens season is in the Spring. In my four years there, we had maybe three matches outside. Spring in Vermont is pretty chilly, wet, and windy. I would imagine it to be similar to England haha. Lots of indoor tennis but I got pretty proficient at dealing with wind too.. any other New Englanders in here?? you know what I mean haha
     
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    Fine

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    Too windy
     
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  34. SCRAP IRON

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    I won't play during a hurricane.
     
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  35. sureshs

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    What did you think I meant?
     
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  36. tennis_ocd

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    the other guy wears a kilt?
     
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    I used to hate playing in the wind, now I try to practice a little in the wind. I realized windy days happen more often for me than not.
     
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  38. Attila_the_gorilla

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    Over here in Melbourne springtime is particularly windy. This is my first spring playing tennis and so far haven't adapted well to these conditions, but I'm working on it.
     
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  39. West Coast Ace

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    Tend to agree; when you aren't getting rewarded for a good shot - or vice versa - then it's not the same game.

    Where do you live? How often to you find it too windy?

    And I by the So Cal weather - although except in some early AM instances, there's usually some wind. Remember playing a high school match in PA in early Apr when the center net strap was missing and the net was horizontal...
     
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  40. Rjtennis

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    I don't like playing in over 20 mph winds if I don't have to. I definetly would not want to play in 42 degree weather either. In fact I don't think I could even find a playing partner at that temp if I wanted to. That's what indoor courts were made for.
     
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  41. Chotobaka

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    Nothing like erratic gusts moving your serve toss 3 feet at the last moment.
     
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  42. Fuji

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    I don't bother playing outdoors if it's too windy. It's just a waste of time IMO. The problem is that usually if it's too windy, it gets pretty cold, and I'd rather not injure something because I can't warm up haha. My limit is when the ball starts rolling around on the court due to wind. Once it's like that I pack it in.

    -Fuji
     
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  43. Team10

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    Hhmmmm 30 degrees and steady 25-30 mph winds here in NJ.

    Should I go for it? I have a friend who is pretty crazy and asked me to play. Debating on what to do.
     
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  44. anantak2k

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    I wish indoor courts were that cheap... unfortunately not
     
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  45. hrstrat57

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    45 mph w/ wind chill near single digits.....local ski hill blowing snow....

    No Sunday grudge match today.
     
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  46. Overdrive

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    Woah.. :shock:
     
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  47. HackersRUs

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    Wind is stupid

    I know this because I lost a tournament match on Sunday

    It musht have been the wind

    Obviously

    that is all
     
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  48. sobzJM

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    Yeah, playing in the Southeast I hesitate complaining about cold weather, but anytime its below 40 and we have gusting winds I can't handle it!
     
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  49. TimeSpiral

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    Didn't vote because I've never stopped play due to wind. We live in Florida (USA) and have played what we call "hurricane tennis." (meaning, when there is a tropical weather system in town).

    It's quite remarkable how much wind affects tennis, however; I've never been in a ranked situation where the wind was so bad someone wanted to call the match. In our league there are no rules for wind delays / reschedulings.
     
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  50. mikeler

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    I'll never forget losing a set because I threw a high lob up right down the middle of the court and the wind blew it wide.
     
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