When is it too cold to play outside?

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  1. Andres

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    I'm the exact opposite. I don't like playing above 77. I truly can't stand the heat.

    On the other side, I adore mid 30s temperatures. My ideal temperature for a good tennis match is roughly 41ºF

    My father was a viking, my mother was a polar bear. I got good genes :)

    Nah, in all seriousness, I don't like the heat at all. I can play up to 86º, but I do NOT enjoy it. 73-77 is like my upper threshold. Anything above that, and I prefer not to play.
    But between 30-50? Any day of the week. Mar del Plata doesn't have that many sub-30º days, so I couldn't say
     
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  2. jimanuel12

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    anything below 55 degrees is to darn cold for me!!!!
    i need to be a snow bird.:)
     
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  3. Mick

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    the good thing about playing tennis in extreme cold weather is you probably don't have to wait for the court -- that is unless there are other tennis fanatics like you guys :)
     
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  4. Ronaldo

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    Never too cold but I will quit once the snow begins...........accumulates
     
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    samster is getting old! :)
     
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  6. 10ACE

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    Well I would rather play in the 40's. 30's is not my ideal, but I will do. Paddle is like ping pong for me outdoors, haha great sport.
     
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  7. kenshireen

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    You guys are overlooking one very important point... When the temp drops down to the 40's -30's...the balls do not bounce well..
     
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  8. Ronaldo

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    Ken, got this bucket of Tretorns that bounce in the dead of winter. Only ice or snow stops the show.
     
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  9. ebrainsoft

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    When it rains in here in Northern, California I practice on a squash court using my tennis racquet and tennis balls.
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    Are those the Tretorn Micro-X? I had noticed that pressurless balls in general work better in the cold, and am looking forward to trying out my new Micro-X balls in the cold. (I can't complain that its been unseasonably warm the last few weeks though.)
     
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  11. Ronaldo

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    Yes they are the Micro-X balls. Been warm here too, 60s this weekend.
     
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  12. mike53

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    Back in Ohio, we used to roll the balls back and forth under the soles of our shoes to warm them up.
     
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  13. charliefedererer

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    ^^^Thanks Ronaldo .
     
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  14. Phil

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    Under 35 degrees and the experience of playing turns kind of miserable (though not completely so since, well...I AM still playing tennis!).
     
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  15. Ronaldo

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    Its gets worse once the snow flurries start. But this is an El Nino year.
     
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  16. tennytive

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    When I showed up yesterday, all the nets and windscreens had been taken down for the winter. We play on a local high school's (Maine South) courts.

    The doors to every court were padlocked as well.

    So I guess I won't be finding out when it is too cold after all. But playing into the middle of November was quite a treat considering the weather we usually have here.
     
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  17. drewski711

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    I'll play down to about 20 degrees here in Reno. The big issue is whether or not the sun is out. If it's out, it's much more tolerable to play when it gets that cold.

    For those polar bears out there, anyone notice what strings work the best for when the temp drops? IMHO, natural gut seems better than a lot of the synthetics in these conditions.
     
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  18. goran_ace

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    The cold also affects the court.
     
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    Pressureless balls work OK in the cold. Normal pressurized balls are OK too provided you keep them in your freezer. Give them half an hour to warm up before taking the lid off again to prevent them from getting soggy.

    Playing in the cold is fun and refreshing. I can get dizzy under the heat, in the cold I seem to never get tired.
     
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  21. Ronaldo

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    Why freeze your balls? Just microwave them for a minute to pump them up. Handling those plump, warm balls when its cold outside, what a rush. However had one explode, pop.
     
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  22. CHOcobo

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    as long as there is no wind...thats where i like it.
     
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  23. in my high school, we used to havea polar bear club. we played tennis, football, soccer etc.

    it's too cold to play when you feel too cold to play.
     
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  24. jimanuel12

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    when it starts to snow
     
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  25. dParis

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    When you gotta' play, you gotta' play!

    Here in Chicago, low 40's to high 30's if the wind lies down. A little bit of Sun doesn't hurt. I've already played in low 40's this fall. It sucked, but not as much as not playing.

    I have a buddy who's crazy about platform(?) tennis. They'll play while sporting snotcycles.
     
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  26. OHBH

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    The coldest I played at has been 26*F but if there is wind I'll just stay home
     
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  28. imalil2gangsta4u

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    I barely play when its under 60. I start having all types of problems when i get cold.
     
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  29. Blake0

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    I went to newks..and unluckily i signed up for the weekend where it had to be low 30s..high 40s..:(..still fun though.

    I'd say tennis is fine till the 30s..and if theres a wind chill then 40s.
     
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  30. Ronaldo

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    When its cold I wrap the balls in a hot towel 30 minutes before playing or keep new ones on a radiator. Never leave your balls on the ground very long. Pocket your balls asap.
     
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  31. MasturB

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    Last year, I arrived to the courts with shorts and a polo on at 28 degrees... and after 15 minutes of rallying I was shirtless with only skin and shorts.

    It wasn't windy, so I guess that helped. My racket hand was really really feeling the cold weather though, as it felt number after a long rally, and the brand new grip felt not like a grip.

    For some reason weather doesn't really effect me. Since I play on college courts, these girls were coming out of their night classes and went absolutely nuts when they saw me playing shirtless with only shorts whent hey were wearing thick pants, snowboots, thick jackets, and scarfs+mittens. All of the other dudes that walked by were just like "holy $#!+ dude are you not cold?"
     
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  32. tennisguy5

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    I think you should play until your whole body becomes completely numb, and you cant walk straight. haha you cant get me off of a tennis court!
     
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  33. Loco4Tennis

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    30 degrees is my breaking point, wind sucks when its cold,
    i have a small thermometer attached to my tennis bag to be able to tell how cold it is, dont really need it, but i like to know sometimes
     
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  34. Winners or Errors

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    The ball doesn't bounce in sub-40 temperatures. That said, I'm a glutton for punishment and will play all the way down to 32. My topspin game really sucks in the cold, and the balls sit rather than kicking because it's impossible to get much bounce out of them. Good practice, but I never dominate in the cold.
     
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  35. Mick

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    i played tennis in cold weather the other night.
    now i have a cold :shock:
     
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  36. J011yroger

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    I don't need a thermometer. If everyone is complaining that it is too hot, then it is probably fine tennis weather. If no one is complaining that it is too hot, then it is probably too cold. If everyone is complaining that it is too cold, then I am at home under 4 blankets with a cup of hot chocolate watching tennis on TV.

    J
     
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  37. topher.juan

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    The last time I want to play tennis is under "Goldilocks Conditions", I want something about the environment to be bothering my opponent right from the get-go. Too hot, too cold... bring it!!!!!!!!! As long as there's no snow or ice on the court, I'm out hitting.
     
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  38. runningmann

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    never too cold.
     
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  39. imalil2gangsta4u

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    I feel the same way. You will never see me out playing under 50 degrees unless i have to. Ide rather play in 100 degrees than 50 anyday.
     
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  40. tennytive

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    Given the choice between 50 or 100˚, I'd take 50 any day (with no wind).

    No heavy sweat, no cramping up, less sunscreen, better air quality.

    But no women running around in shorts and tank tops, so there is a downside.
     
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  41. Storm_Kyori

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    mhmhm or head nod. i don't know how to type sounds. wear some compressions shirts or a long sleeve with pants. i just have trouble with my ears and nose when it's cold out.
     
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  42. dangros

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    that makes me want to cry. I prefer 95 over 40's here!
     
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  43. Jim A

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    here in Denver it depends mostly on the sun/wind

    if its sunny/not windy I can play down to about 40 without issue, change or start to mix in the 2 (cloudy and windy) and it gets closer to 45-50
     
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  44. Ronaldo

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    May be willing to play in the cold but no one else is.
     
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  45. fed_the_savior

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    Played when the drink I brought froze and the ball bounced up about an inch. Fun to try once, lol.
     
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  46. drewski711

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    How cold

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    Hitting in 37 degrees in Reno last week! They guys who run the courts do an amazing job clearing the courts. There was a good 2-3 feet of snow on the sides. You learn to hit some great slice shots that just don't bounce at all!
     
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  47. onehandbh

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    I've played on courts with a little bit of snow or ice before.
    A couple years ago, my brother and I (up in Seattle) played
    on some courts w/ partial snow covering. Drop shots that
    landed onto a patch of snow were deadly...
    Cold doesn't bother me, but I hate having to wear so many
    layers of clothes. I prefer it being to hot or humid.
     
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  48. GnRFan

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    Hey,

    I've played right around 0 Celcius. The only real problem I worry about at that temperature is the strings breaking. I remember putting in a brand new set of Babolat Hurricanes and they broke in 5 mins in the cold!

    Cody
     
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  49. tennis005

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    If it was 50 degrees, sunny, and no wind, I would prefer 50 over 100.
     
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  50. heycal

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    I'm with you. I would even prefer 25 over 200.
     

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