When is it too cold to play outside?

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  1. AlpineCadet

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    It's too cold to play when you're the only person on the court wearing gloves, two sweaters, and shorts underneath your sweatpants (in SoCal.)
     
  2. equinox

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    Played in 38 degrees heat yesterday afternoon and pouring rain today. I love tennis.
     
  3. equinox

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    yeah cold can be a problem, played finals last season in 5c and broke 3 strings within 9 games..very sad.
     
  4. Loco4Tennis

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    whats the tension on your rackets? do you change them in the winter time?
     
  5. equinox

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    These are the strings which broke that night. A fresh set of gosen og 60/64, worn 18g ashaway kevlar 58/62, signum pro poly plasma 55-58. Gosen broke weird and unexpectedly.

    Nah, generally play ashaway kevlar/big ace poly setup @ 58/62, lasts from 3 sessions to 2 weeks max generally. Then i restring, reminds me i need to buy another kevlar reel..while the usd is good.
     
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    x-mas eve duathlon

    Gotta love Reno- In the morning I drove up in the mountains and got a great 2 hr classic xc ski in then drove back to Reno and hit for an hour. Only downside was I busted a Klip string but I think that was more due to playing when it was a bit wet the other day here (rare!)
     
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    U ever been in an episode of Reno911? :oops:
     
  8. tlm

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    The high 40's with no wind is still playable.
     
  9. yonexxx

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    kinda late now but i can suggest courts if you want in the chicagoland area considering i hit often indoors. for as cheap as 28dollars still expensive though.
     
  10. Ronaldo

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    Some clubs have a fixed fee for walk-ons to empty courts. $37/mo for unlimited play.
     
  11. nytennisaddict

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    "...pouring rain..." great time to work on slice :p
     
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    It was 27 when I left the house this morning. Funny thing is, we had 8 players lined up, and there were another dozen out there besides our group. I guess everyone was going stir crazy after Christmas. Unfortunately, the clay was frozen, so we had to play on hard courts. Played 5 sets and my body is going to hurt for days.
     
  13. MrSandman

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    Is there any cold-resistant equipment out there? I find balls die easier when it is below 30 degrees F due to the decreased air pressure in the ball.
     
  14. Ronaldo

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    Not sure what you mean by cold-resistant but I microwave a towel then wrap my balls with it, stuff them into a cooler, and take them to the court. Try to keep your balls off the cold ground ASAP, stick them back in your pocket. Or just use pressureless balls.
     
  15. Tennis_Monk

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    i draw line at 50f
     
  16. mental midget

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    i draw the line when, after hitting a few balls, i find myself standing at the baseline thinking, "this bl0ws."
     
  17. AlpineCadet

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    When rallying with two 3.5 women who are ingrates.
     
  18. papatenis

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    Come on, when I lived in Minnesota, we would take our shirts off in 40 degree weather!
     
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    anything under 40 is too cold for tennis
     
  20. agassi fan

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    hey ronaldo what is the club name where it costs $37/mo for unlimited play.
     
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    ...honestly, i'm not trying to be a dyck here...but you don't need other people to tell you when it is too cold to play outside..Listen to your body, a little common sense takes you a long way.
     
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    I was thinking about this last night. The temp dropped to around 45 and I was playing for about 3 hours. When it was over, my knees were on fire and my back was stiff. I also got really cold and had the shakes for a bit.

    What sucks is that when I started it was 58 or so and was doable. I even sweated a bit. The temp dropped so fast that it just hurt.

    Regardless, I did it again today. Just wore more clothes and started at an earlier hour.
     
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    43F is my cut-off, not ideal but if i'm warmed up i can tolerate it.
     
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    i wish it was 43 here... it's like mid 20s right now and i still planned to play today and tomorrow, but it friggin' snowed...
     
  25. JackB1

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    You should be in Atlanta. Wind chill in the mid 20's today. I am supposed to have a league match tommorow, but the high is only supposed to be 39.
    I want to play, but I don't like it under 45 degrees. At least its doubles.
     
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    Yeah it is supposed to drop to around 35-45 all day tomorrow. I think I am going to take the day off.
     
  27. sidzej

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    I will play in 28F tonight....brrr...not my cup of tea, but I can't do much about it, as our indoor court has no heating at all and the temperature is the same (if sometimes not even lower) than outside temps.
     
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    Played in the afternoon yesterday. It was 48 degrees. The balls were not bouncing a whole lot. Not great for my heavy topspin game.
     
  29. goran_ace

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    Once it goes below 50 degrees I play indoors or switch to paddle.
     
  30. heycal

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    Why would you prefer doubles when it's cold? I'd prefer singles since there would more moving around and less standing around getting cold.
     
  31. jazzyfunkybluesy

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    JackB1,

    Where do you live in Atlanta? I live in Marietta. Do you play singles?
     
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    40 and up is good for me. Right now it is 20 and I'm antsy as hell. It is always nice to get a bit of a break to heal up and what not, but at this point I'm good. Time to start running.
     
  33. jazzyfunkybluesy

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    Its too cold when the wind blows and it hurts your freaking face. It must be tough living up north in the states.
     
  34. JackB1

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    I am in Atlanta but on the border of Marietta (I-75 & Windy Hill Rd).
    Yes I play singles and doubles. I am currently a 3.5
     
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    Played a league match yesterday in Atlanta and it was about 30 with lower wind chills! BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
     
  36. zettabyte

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    I've been hitting against the garage the last few days, with highs in the low teens.

    I last for about 15 minutes.

    But hey, it's still practice.
     
  37. charliefedererer

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    In the cold pressureless or MicroX tennis balls are a must. The last time I played it did not reach 32 F, and they still had a reasonable bounce.
     
  38. charliefedererer

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    So far, I think you've the best claim in for the Guiness Book of Records.
     
  39. Shaolin

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    Below 40 it REALLY affects the ball/bounce.
     
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    Outdoor Tennis

    I built a court in my backyard this summer, so I am trying to prove to my wife I can play (at least hit) every day for a year. (When I won the argument to built my court, it was " honey I can play tennis every day, we can only use a pool for a few months!"). I have had to shovel snow off the court twice, but am managing to keep it going so far. I am finding that my tennis partner on the really cold days is Tennis Tutor. This week here in Kansas it has dipped to single digits, but its the wind that makes the difference. If you are dressed appropriately you can hack it. I keep a tub of balls in the house to keep them warm, then about every 20 to 30 minutes I come in to get warm balls (tennis balls from the tote), and go back at it. I know the neighbors are wondering about me, but it really is refreshing to enjoy our sport in all weather. I used to coach college tennis and we would not even practice if under 40 degrees and more than 10 mph wind. I used to hate winter and stay out of the cold, but this bet with my wife has given me a new appreciation of the different seasons and why I love tennis all year long. Try it, you'll like it!
     
  41. precision2b

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    Oh man you just don't know how good that sounds to me. We have been in a deep freeze for the last 3 weeks. (20"+ snow and highs in the teens to low 20's)...

    I agree... Other then the wind, the biggest draw back is the way the ball bounces as others have stated. I think I will give pressureless balls a try…

    Same here...

    My favorite set up is “Kevlar” 18ga in the mains and “Natural Gut” in the cross strings I play this set up all year. When the temp hits 50 and below I drop tension 4lbs and that works great for me…
     
  42. precision2b

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    LOL!!! Nuke I love that

    "I just got a new racquet for my wife. Pretty good trade, huh? "
     
  43. charliefedererer

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    Reading this, all I could think was, "I just wish my wife was more gullible."
    She makes me go the full block away to the nearest courts. Meanwhile, I'm left stewing that I easily could have a combination ice rink/tennis court in my back yard.
     
  44. mikeler

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    Supposed to get up in the upper 50s today, so I'm looking forward to hitting the courts this PM.
     
  45. precision2b

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    That’s always a +, but can be very distracting …

    yes, froze at the top around the lid...
     
  46. yonexxx

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    in chicago? where are these clubs i have never seen or heard of them lol.
     
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    Club a bit north of Saskatoon
     
  48. jimanuel12

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    it has not hit 50 degrees here since back in nov.
    it is supposed to be 56 on sunday but the arm is still healing from TE.
    maybe in a few weeks it will be warm enough to try to hit the courts.
    i hate winter!!!!!

    weathere here still sucks!!!
     
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    Played yesterday at 41 degrees & windy. Hands were cold first couple of games but won 6-2, 7-5:)
     
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    Z-man,

    you guys are tough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is too darn cold when it drops below 55 for me!!!
     

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