Grasping for air: Heat and humidity a major issue at Olympic tennis venue

Frenchy-Player

Professional
Novak Djokovic booked his place in the second round at the Olympic Games after a comfortable straight sets victory over Bolivian Hugo Dellien.
The world number one defeated the world No. 139 6-2 6-2 in an hour and three minutes to book a second round meeting with German star Jan-Lennard Struff.
Despite a comprehensive victory against the Bolivian, the Wimbledon champion described the match as ‘challenging’ due to the ‘brutal’ humidity in Tokyo.

“It was challenging but I’m pleased to overcome the first hurdle,” said Djokovic. “I think I was solid on the court. I could always do better but for a first match I’m satisfied.”
“It was the hottest day so far. Humidity is brutal. It’s certainly hot but also humid, the hard courts absorb the heat and it stays trapped in there. There was not much wind, not much breeze.”
 
Yep this is going to be a huge concern going forward. Not only for Novak but for everyone. Novak looked uncomfortable in a 6-2 6-2 win. Imagine a tough stretched out 3 setter in heat might do.

Every player will be looking for straight set wins. Quite frankly they will need it.
 

Frenchy-Player

Professional

threehandedbackhand

Hall of Fame
“It was the hottest day so far. Humidity is brutal. It’s certainly hot but also humid, the hard courts absorb the heat and it stays trapped in there. There was not much wind, not much breeze.”
These conditions favour Next Gen as 34 years old Djokovic is struggling.
Good news for guys like Struff, Fokina, Rublev, and Zverev.
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
These conditions favour Next Gen as 34 years old Djokovic is struggling.
Good news for guys like Struff, Fokina, Rublev, and Zverev.
His third round and qf will be toughbecause of back to back days, there will be off after semi, so need to win qf in straight
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Really having a hard time understanding this. The high in Tokyo is like 90 or something. Is it just how the stadium was built? Because it can't be hotter than it is at other tournaments just based on pure temperature....
 

daggerman

Hall of Fame
Really having a hard time understanding this. The high in Tokyo is like 90 or something. Is it just how the stadium was built? Because it can't be hotter than it is at other tournaments just based on pure temperature....
It's hot and humid. Heat index around 100 F
 

Demented

Semi-Pro
Nah.. It's like 80 in Miami at most. It's 92 and 60% humidity outside right now and I felt like I was dying while mowing the grass...
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
These conditions favour Next Gen as 34 years old Djokovic is struggling.
Good news for guys like Struff, Fokina, Rublev, and Zverev.
The only guy on that list who has ever defeated Djokovic is Zverev and the last time he beat him was 3 years ago. There's also zero evidence that Djokovic is "struggling," since he destroyed his opponent yesterday.
 

PerilousPear

Semi-Pro
The only guy on that list who has ever defeated Djokovic is Zverev and the last time he beat him was 3 years ago. There's also zero evidence that Djokovic is "struggling," since he destroyed his opponent yesterday.
His "opponent" would hardly pass for a club player. Let's see how he fares when his opponent makes him run for a bit more, provided the temperature doesn't drop.
 

ttwreader

Semi-Pro
Temperature at Ariake is high in the 90s F in the afternoon with humidity from 50% to 75%. You will feel like 100F.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
It seems like it’s pretty much feeling like Houston right now. It’s 93 F (33.8 C) with 50% humidity. It feels like 101 F. I do not leave my apartment much during the summer. I can only imagine trying to play tennis in this.
 

UnforcedTerror

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TOKYO (AP) — French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova grasped for an air tube during a medical timeout and grew frustrated at the lack of ice in a court-side container.

German player Mona Barthel struggled with 10 double-faults in a loss to Iga Swiatek as a blinding sun made it nearly impossible to see the ball once she tossed it.


Heat and humidity quickly became a major issue when the Olympic tennis tournament opened Saturday. The temperature soared to 93 degrees F (34 degrees C) and the heat index made it feel more than 100 F (38 C).

You’re just not feeling great,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “So I wasn’t enjoying it at all.”

Still, Pavlyuchenkova routed Sara Errani of Italy 6-0, 6-1, while Swiatek — last year’s French Open champion from Poland — beat the 172nd-ranked Barthel 6-2, 6-2 in the opening match on Center Court.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev, who also competes for ROC at the Tokyo Games, called it “some of the worst” heat he has played in after eliminating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-6 (8).

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic’s bid for a Golden Slam is alive and well following a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

The top-ranked Serb is attempting to become the first man to win all four major tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

You feel constantly dehydrated,” said Djokovic, who at least played later in the day when half of the court was in the shade. “There’s no circulation of the air.”

Midway through her second set, doubts started to creep into Pavlyuchenkova’s head as she shoved bags of ice up her skirt on a changeover. Then she had trouble fiddling with a tube blowing cold air next to her seat.

“It’s not easy to find the right position because it’s just on the bench and somebody has to hold it so the air is blowing on you,” the Russian said.

Ice melted in court-side containers.

Every time I had to take the ice pack or ice towel it wasn’t cold at all,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “They expected the heat and it wasn’t 100% ready for us.”

Pavlyuchenkova needed more than an hour after her match to recover before talking to reporters.

I feel a bit better, but I just have a massive headache now,” she said. “I think they somehow could have tried to make it a bit easier.”

On one occasion, Barthel lost sight of the ball completely on her serve.

I was blinded by the sun,” the German player said. “I couldn’t see it anymore.”






If only there was a players association. :unsure:
 

ibbi

Legend
Honestly complaining about the heat (and the SUN :-D ) for people who play in the Australian summer every year is pretty lame. It's the humidity that is the killer, and it's baffling to me that this hasn't been taken into consideration. They moved the marathon and walking events to another frickin' city to combat this issue. They could surely have the tennis at the indoor location they used in 2018, which I believe they're using it for Badminton. Can they not share? Or schedule it later in the day and into the evening?
 

Checkmate

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Honestly complaining about the heat (and the SUN :-D ) for people who play in the Australian summer every year is pretty lame. It's the humidity that is the killer, and it's baffling to me that this hasn't been taken into consideration. They moved the marathon and walking events to another frickin' city to combat this issue. They could surely have the tennis at the indoor location they used in 2018, which I believe they're using it for Badminton. Can they not share? Or schedule it later in the day and into the evening?
Badminton is more important. 5 Golds are on the line there.
 

Checkmate

Hall of Fame
5 for tennis too!
Nope. Except Osaka, nobody is good enough to bag even a bronze medal.

In Badminton

Kento Momota (MS)
Okuhara, Yamaguchi (WS)
Watanabe/Endo, Kamura/Sonoda (MD)
Fukushima/Hirota (WD)
Watanabe/ Higashino (XD)

can easily win Gold in their respective disciplines.
 

UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
Nope. Except Osaka, nobody is good enough to bag even a bronze medal.

In Badminton

Kento Momota (MS)
Okuhara, Yamaguchi (WS)
Watanabe/Endo, Kamura/Sonoda (MD)
Fukushima/Hirota (WD)
Watanabe/ Higashino (XD)

can easily win Gold in their respective disciplines.
Ah you mean for Japan, makes sense. But again even if it's not possible to play indoors, they can delay the matches a few hours, why is that not possible?
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
TOKYO (AP) — French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova grasped for an air tube during a medical timeout and grew frustrated at the lack of ice in a court-side container.

German player Mona Barthel struggled with 10 double-faults in a loss to Iga Swiatek as a blinding sun made it nearly impossible to see the ball once she tossed it.


Heat and humidity quickly became a major issue when the Olympic tennis tournament opened Saturday. The temperature soared to 93 degrees F (34 degrees C) and the heat index made it feel more than 100 F (38 C).

You’re just not feeling great,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “So I wasn’t enjoying it at all.”

Still, Pavlyuchenkova routed Sara Errani of Italy 6-0, 6-1, while Swiatek — last year’s French Open champion from Poland — beat the 172nd-ranked Barthel 6-2, 6-2 in the opening match on Center Court.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev, who also competes for ROC at the Tokyo Games, called it “some of the worst” heat he has played in after eliminating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-6 (8).

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic’s bid for a Golden Slam is alive and well following a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

The top-ranked Serb is attempting to become the first man to win all four major tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

You feel constantly dehydrated,” said Djokovic, who at least played later in the day when half of the court was in the shade. “There’s no circulation of the air.”

Midway through her second set, doubts started to creep into Pavlyuchenkova’s head as she shoved bags of ice up her skirt on a changeover. Then she had trouble fiddling with a tube blowing cold air next to her seat.

“It’s not easy to find the right position because it’s just on the bench and somebody has to hold it so the air is blowing on you,” the Russian said.

Ice melted in court-side containers.

Every time I had to take the ice pack or ice towel it wasn’t cold at all,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “They expected the heat and it wasn’t 100% ready for us.”

Pavlyuchenkova needed more than an hour after her match to recover before talking to reporters.

I feel a bit better, but I just have a massive headache now,” she said. “I think they somehow could have tried to make it a bit easier.”

On one occasion, Barthel lost sight of the ball completely on her serve.

I was blinded by the sun,” the German player said. “I couldn’t see it anymore.”






If only there was a players association. :unsure:
With all this going on, global warming is still being ignored
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
we need more people like you to save our world
I'll do whatever I can. Have been planting and taking care of 2 trees each year since I was 4. I don't eat meat. There goes my contribution.
To make a serious impact, we all need to contribute towards making deserts of sahara, gobi etc green forests to offset for the loss of forests everywhere else. And need to provide enough ferrous material to phytoplanktons at the poles so they can grow and eat up some more CO2.
 
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