How long can you play in the evening? And under the sun?

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    I can play for 2 and a half hour in the evening before fatigue creeps in. Under the sun, maybe one and a half hour. I am 38 so that's not too shabby. Right?
     
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  2. TwistServe

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    Longest I've played is 2.5 hours singles, and 3 hours doubles.
     
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  3. jings

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    All depends on the sun Golden R. I'm 37 and 2 hours of singles in the midday sun here and you're doing some hard work. Oddly it's the humidity that really gets you here - the 38 degrees is quite fun at the moment!
     
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  4. kevhen

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    I have played a 5 set 4 hour match in moderate heat (85-90). I have played indoors for 4 hour stretches as well. I have played over 2 hours in 100 degree heat. I am 33 and do some long distance training with my tennis to stay in shape.
     
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  5. PHSTennis

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    I played like kev except outside... Im only 16 and play singles...
     
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  6. @wright

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    I try to play 8-12 on saturdays, and now that it's getting really hot, i don't know if i'll last that long anymore. I usually start to get really hungry after running around in the sun for that long.
     
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  7. ucd_ace

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    I can play about 5 hours before I start to get tired under the sun. Most of the time in the summer it's over 100 degrees but I guess it's just what I"m used to. I had a lot of singles matches that went for over 3:30 and then after that I played doubles which could go for another hour at the least. I played in a tournament where I was on the court for over 8 hours... I was worn down for the second of four matches but was fine playing the rest of them. Five hours would be the general practice length that I can do.

    I've never really played under the lights as long as I could. I can spend 5 hours in the heat so I could probably play longer than that... the problem here is that bugs start flying all over the court because of the lights and eventually it gets too disgusting and we call it a night.
     
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  8. joebedford

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    I am 36 and I have played six and seven hours in the Tennessee sun, with plenty of water, Gatorade, and bananas. But my friends all think I'm a nut.
     
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  9. Tim Tennis

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    I actually love to play in the heat accept when I get water running all over my glasses and my grip gets wet. I will have to play in the heat about 3 times and work up a good sweat before I get acclimated to it. I can tell when I am conditioned to the heat by how quickly I will start to sweat. I usually can play a tough 3 set match up to 3 hours long but after that my hand starts to cramp around the racquet handle and my calf muscles will start to roll up when I serve. Thats when I know I need to be careful.

    You got to love the game.
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    5-6 hrs of dubs with singles mixed in on weekend 4 hrs on weeknites. But our club is unusual in that members show up, and sit to get mixed into play from 8 am until about 5 pm on weekends, 4 to 8 pm weeknites. Endless tennis on Har-tru. See one guy 63 another 65 playing that much DAILY.
     
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  11. Cypo

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    I find I can play as long as I need to - Yesterday it was 4 sets in five hours, but the day after gets harder and harder and harder :-(
     
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  12. kevhen

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    Wet grips and cramping are about the worst things to deal with when the heat sets in during a long match. I used to hate the heat, but I think I have slowed my heart rate down now to help stay cool during hot matches.
     
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  13. The YoYo Freak

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    I can usually go about 4 hours in the sun before I become too tired to even move around. Obviously, I would have to take short breaks here or there for water and what not, but yeah, 4 hours in the 90-100 degree dry central valley heat.

    Jared
     
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