Heat tolerance and aging

Dimcorner

Professional
What if you play someone from Ecuador?
Then I would hope he is up from mountains and the humidity from Atlanta would be oppressing!
Besides isn't Ecuador actually not bad in temperature? Google says average in Quito is like only 68 during daytime at summer (actually almost all year). I would consider that kinda cold actually :).

And yes I don't like playing when it's less than 60F....
 

Matthew ATX

Semi-Pro
For a single match, the heat doesn't bother me at all, but was in a tournament last weekend, only playing one draw, and I really struggled in the second match on Saturday.

Idk how I'm going to play four matches in a day in July when I play two draws next month.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
One of the best matches I saw was an older (estimate 55+) woman vs a younger (~30) one on a hot summer day. The older woman clearly had better skills and won the first set by a couple of breaks. But towards the end of the first set, the younger woman started extending points with defensive deep shots. Essentially pushing. The older woman still won more points, but it was clear that the younger one was planing to just plain outlast her through then 2nd set and tiebreak. Then...

The older woman just punted the 2nd set. Never ran anything down. Fluids + rest in switchovers, taking almost the full 90 seconds. On the tiebreak, the points were longer but the older woman prevailed because had enough stamina to win 10 points.

So she had lost some speed, endurance, etc over the years but still had enough to win 6 games + tiebreaker and punt 6 games.

Poor sportsmanship or brilliant strategy? I say brilliant.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
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MathGeek

Hall of Fame
One of the best matches I saw was an older (estimate 55+) woman vs a younger (~30) one on a hot summer day. The older woman clearly had better skills and won the first set by a couple of breaks. But towards the end of the first set, the younger woman started extending points with defensive deep shots. Essentially pushing. The older woman still won more points, but it was clear that the younger one was planing to just plain outlast her through then 2nd set and tiebreak. Then...

The older woman just punted the 2nd set. Never ran anything down. Fluids + rest in switchovers, taking almost the full 90 seconds. On the tiebreak, the points were longer but the older woman prevailed because had enough stamina to win 10 points.

So she had lost some speed, endurance, etc over the years but still had enough to win 6 games + tiebreaker and punt 6 games.

Poor sportsmanship or brilliant strategy? I say brilliant.
I'd venture to say there have been a couple matches I would have done better in had I employed that strategy.
 

ShaunS

Semi-Pro
Poor sportsmanship or brilliant strategy? I say brilliant.
There's no bad sportsmanship here at all. There's minimal difference between the older woman's strategy and what the younger woman was doing anyway.

I've definitely conserved energy in games before when I thought the effort to come back wasn't worth the chance of winning (relative to going for the next games). It doesn't come up a lot, but I don't view it any different than going for a lower percentage shot.
 
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