Playing matches in the afternoon in the fall!

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  1. dthomas

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    I was wondering how tournament or league players handle the sun this time of the year when it is so low on the horizon between 12:00 - 2:00. I was playing my friend in singles the other day, and he was hitting moonballs and lobs to me that I couldn't pick up because of the sun in my eyes. It was great strategy and neither one of us were able to win very often on the north side of the court because of the sun. I forgot to bring my sunglasses, but I'm not sure how much that would of helped me. I was just wondering how tournament or league players handle the sun this time of year when playing in the afternoon. We both used the strategy on each other, but it wasn't a normal match. Thanks!
     
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  2. LeeD

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    "I forgot to bring my sunglasses"....:)
    How about a baseball cap?
    Ever watch a pro tournament? They serve right into the PM sun, or AM sun.
    I'm a lefty, choose to serve into the sun from 10AM to noon, just for the practice and the handicap. Yes, it sucks when my serve get's broken, but the sun only accounts for one or two points, while my bad play can account for double that.
     
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  3. dthomas

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    Yes, I do wear a cap, and the serve is no problem for me. It's the moonballs and lobs that kill me this time of year when playing around 1:00 in the afternoon. I try to avoid playing at that time, but it must be tough for tournament players and league players to have matches scheduled between 12:00 - 2:00 this time of the year with the sun is so low on the horizon. Also, the top ATP players are playing indoors this time of the year.
     
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  4. g4driver

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    This is a problem on our home courts - this time of year as well.

    I have played singles at 1 or 2 pm for the past six weeks - all I can say is this makes for great practice , just like very windy conditions . Conditions like these make a mental game so much more important.

    When serving, I purposely keep my toss lower. I use sunglasses and a cap, but trying to hit overheads out of the air (my preferred method) is much tougher this time of year, so I like balls bounce that I would normally hit out if the air.

    I also get very aggressive when I am on the shady side of the court knowing the sun is a serious disadvantage to my opponent when he is looking directly into the sun.
     
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    Use your left hand to shield the sun on overheads.
    On serves, low toss, of course. And get that first one IN more often.
     
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    Is not a normal match really, but a cap can solve your problems. Sunglasses difficult my game sometimes but are asdo a good alternative.
     
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    Yeah, the low afternoon sun has been brutal here in SoCal recently. The problem is that it is not high enough for a cap to work -- serve tosses and real overheads are not nearly as bad as balls 2-3 feet above shoulder height. At least both players have to deal with it.
     
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  8. dthomas

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    I need to invest in a good pair of sunglasses for playing this time of year in California. It is brutal in the early afternoon. I noticed that Tipsarevic and Istomin wear some kind of prescription sunglasses during their matches. Those look interesting to me. I wonder what kind they are, and where a person can buy them. Are those Oakley?
     
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    Winter lobbers are evil!
     
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