Maybe tennis just isn't a winter game...

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  1. crosscourt

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    At the moment it goes dark in London at about 4:30pm, and for the last two weeks or so the mercury has stuck at about 5 degrees centigrade. My regular partner has been in the West Indies for a couple of weeks, and between that, the weather, the darkness and my two small children there hasn't been much time to play. So when I set off for my club this morning I hadn't played for about four weeks.

    When I got to the club the courts (Rebound Ace) were sitting under a reasonable layer of water. It had rained quite hard in the night. Though there was quite a strong wind -- the streets we had driven down had been dry -- my club is tucked away behind a series of mansion blocks and the wind doesn't get down to court level to dry them out. We rolled the courts for about 20 minutes and got most of the standing water up. By this time it had warmed up to about 7C, but the breeze made it feel colder. The courts were slick and slippery.

    We hit in the service lines for about 20 minutes trying to get some feel. But the slipperiness of the court made us careful in our movements. Because we hadn't played much our timing was off. Slowly we moved further back. We changed balls pretty often and for 5 minutes or so each time they still had some lightness and bounce in them. But then each time we changed them they gradually got wetter and heavier. We put some under the hood of the car to try to dry them out.

    After an hour and a half we only had sodden balls left. Even the South Africans on the next court -- 3 oldish guys who play with a coach for big money -- seemd subdued. You can usually hear their bets -- 100 pounds on the next game, a thousand pounds on the next set. Today they were just cursing the weather. My partner fell over twice trying to get to balls that were bouncing no more than a foot off the ground. Each time he slipped on one of the lines. The wind got up. We gave up. I hope it's better next week.
     
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  2. rommil

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    Winter's not gonna stop me from playing tennis. I actually like playing indoors in the sense that I can time the ball better and there's less environmental distraction. Of course I do not get to play as much as I do but I'd take any chance. I'm in Old Trafford in Manchester now and I can understand what you are saying. i don't think I could ever live in this weather. Going back to Connecticut tomorrow where there will be possibly snow in the ground but after I unpack, I would try to hit the courts.
     
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  3. theazneyes

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    Yes, I wish there was indoor courts around here.
     
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  4. goober

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    It was a bone chilling 55 degrees this morning when I played :) A tad windy too... I had to break out the warm-up suit.


    Move south I tell ya!
     
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  5. Louise_a

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    Its just been so unbelievably cold in the UK the last couple of weeks... Fortunately my club has some indoor courts, there may be some indoor courts closer to you, but Letchworth, in herts, has some really nice, very new indoor courts. Only 30mins on train from london.
     
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  6. ProStaffTour90

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    Well i haven't played in eight weeks because there's no courts near me at Uni, i'll get to play over Christmas holidays though indoors.

    I love playing indoors, it suits my game (it's like a quickish acrylic) but i think it spoils you abit because of the perfect conditions, because when you move outdoors when the weathers ok, the slighest bit of wind plays havoc.
     
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  7. legolas

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    during winter, its better to stick indoors on tennis
     
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  8. POGO

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    You are in socal, and it never snows or temp never falls below 0, and public tennis courts all over the place there, so you still ask for an indoor tennis court?:confused:
     
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  9. Nuke

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    Quit your whining. I grew up in New York City, and played tennis all year round, outdoors. Brought a snow shovel to the courts some days. Learned placement by trying to steer the ball away from the snow drifts on the sidelines.
     
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  10. goober

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    hey it rains in socal :D
     
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  11. doriancito

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    tennis can be played anywhere, any time, with any stick...if you are a good player!
     
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  12. mucat

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    You guys don't know you are so lucky, tennis ball in general does not like to bounce on snow.
     
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  13. mucat

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    hmmmm.....:roll:

    Never been to Canada, hey?
     
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  14. dmastous

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    I actually played in the rain in NoCal. That's because indoor courts are as good as non-existant there.
    Kind of funny to see the water pinwheel off the ball as it's spinning.
     
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  15. crosscourt

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    My tune might change a bit when the snow comes, but like others I am happy to scrape the snow off the court to play. Even when the courts are very cold the ball still bounces on them, even if it's a lower bounce.

    Courts that are wet -- that is have been inundated with water -- mean that the balls don't bounce and that you can't move on them. At least not properly. Tennis is above all a game of movement. The better player you are, the more this is the case. So when you can't move properly the game starts to break down pretty quickly.

    I know that people won't believe me, but it can be very unpleasant here when the temperature is a few degrees above freezing and it's wet. When I was at college quite a few of the other students on one of my electives were visiting from the US. They came from New York, Mass and Pennsylvania mostly, and went to college in places like New Hampshire and Vermont. In the early autumn they kidded me about being ready for winter -- was I ready for it? how cold does it get? what it may snow? that's harsh. They told me that where they went to college it was minus 35F for months on end and the snow never melted from November to April and so on and so on. Well, I remeber meeting them one day on our way to a lecture at the Sedgwick when the wind was coming over the fens from the North Sea, and before that Russia, and it hadn't been dry for about three weeks. The temperature was about freezing. They all said the same thing -- they had never felt so cold and miserable. You might not die if you get stuck out in it, but it's very unpleasant.
     
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  16. gurj_v

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    UK weather sucks for tennis! I live in lincolnshire where it's way colder than London so I dont know what all the whining is about. Plus, I live near the sea so there is a cold wind! But I have to say that I cannot play in gusty winds or snow becuase the balls go everywhere and the bounces are soooo unpredictable.
     
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  17. SMASHER

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    I live in South Florida and the weather not that much of a problem. I played this past weekend and the temp. was around 75, that was 11:00am
     
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  18. vkartikv

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    My university (texas tech)spends all its money on football (red raiders) and our tennis facilities are terrible. We really need an indoor court because it is windy all year round, not to mention the chill during winter..
     
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  19. doriancito

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    yes i have been to canada. toronto, waterloo, and kitchener..
     
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  20. mucat

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    crosscourt, you are hardcore :cool: if you shovel snow to play tennis.

    doriancito, I was just reacting to your "tennis can be played anywhere, any time, with any stick...if you are a good player!" comment. :)

    Here, during winter, snow can get to knee deep and more and temperature can drop to -30C (-22F) and more. Staying outdoor more than 15 minute is not recomended.
     
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  21. Jonnyf

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    Excuse me Scotland is colder than England. As a matter of fact im in London at the weekend and will tell you's all
     
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