How do you all take on the heat?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by i.Radical, May 13, 2004.

  1. i.Radical

    i.Radical Semi-Pro

    Apr 16, 2004
    It has been extremely hot these past few days and as a result, it's getting harder to play tennis. I was just wondering how you all cope with the heat. Of course staying hydrated is important, but even if you drink a lot of fluids during changeovers, it still doesn't completely make up for the intense heat. I have a tournament this weekend and it's supposed to be very hot. I just don't want to lose a match because I wasn't completely prepared for the weather. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Keep telling yourself "the heat is my friend". Got to love the heat. Bring it on type mentality. Drink, drink, drink. I learned this from triathlon training, if you begin your hydrating when you feel thirsty - you are dehydrated and it is a matter of time before it nails you in the match. Drink fluids when you dont feel thirsty to stay hydrated and avoid hitting the wall.

    Remember your opponent has to battle the same elements.
  3. champ2087

    champ2087 New User

    Mar 26, 2004
    I agree with Bungalo Bill

    On a side note, i like to pour water into my hat and then put my hat on, it just feels refreshing

    Note:Try not to get the water all over the court
  4. BigboyDan

    BigboyDan Semi-Pro

    May 10, 2004
    I got heat stroke playing tennis - twice. Playing on hardcourts in the heat can be dangerous. Being sure to be well hydrated before you play makes the biggest difference along with frequent stops during play. Treat your practice in the heat like a match: play for ten minutes, rest for two minutes. Drink more than you normally would during play, you really feel it in the last set. When you "hit the wall", you're done. Really.
  5. brijoel

    brijoel Rookie

    Mar 9, 2004
    when i was living in texas and teaching, i made a conscious decision to spend as much time outside as possible, health willing ofcourse, to condition myself to it. after 2-3 weeks of about 5-7 hours a day out in the heat and 3-4 of that time on the extremely hot courts i actually felt quite comfortable with the heat, regardless of being drenched in sweat, lol.
  6. i.Radical

    i.Radical Semi-Pro

    Apr 16, 2004
    Thanks for the replies. I also had another question: How long are you allowed to pause between points (when you're serving) ?
  7. ucd_ace

    ucd_ace Semi-Pro

    Feb 23, 2004
    Get a wet towel or washcloth and get it wet (cold water) and hold it to your face. You'll be able to feal your face temperature coming down so you'll know when to stop. Doing it every change over will help a lot, but I don't know if you have access to cold water like that at all.
  8. Roforot

    Roforot Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    I think it's something like 20 or 30 secconds from when the point ended to your next serve.

    However, it is your preogrative to clear away or pick up the 3rd ball if you want to catch your breath.
  9. bcaz

    bcaz Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I live and play n Phoenix, all year long. It doesn't get any hotter than here. We often play 4 hours at a time in the heat. I'm 50.

    1. Get out and play in the heat. The more, the better. You have to get acclimated to it. No shortcuts.

    2. Get in shape. You should be able to run at least 3-4 miles, at least 3-4 times a week, in 9 minutes/mile or less. Otherwise, take the summer off and play in the fall and winter with the rest of the soft players.

    3. Drink water all the time. Take a bathroom break between sets if necessary.

    4. Wear a hat if it's sunny.

    5. Jump around and grin at your opponent.

    6. Use your towel and a resin bag as much as you can.

    7. Just be ecstatic you are playing tennis and happy to be doing so, rather than sitting inside and whining about the heat. We live with the heat 7 months a year here. It's a *****, but we play all year long.

    8. Move to Minnesota, play 3 months/year.
  10. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Change shirts when one gets soaked.
  11. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    May 3, 2004
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    Water and Viser.
  12. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Bring some frozen water and frozen juice filled about 2/3 full along with refrigerated water and sports juice. Then if the refrigerated stuff gets warm, pour it on the frozen stuff so that you have very cold drinks to help you to keep from getting too hot. Play in the hot weather enough and get yourself into shape so that you can handle the heat. I used to hate heat too but I weather it better now being in better condition and more experienced with it. Good luck dealing with the heat and humidity. So far this year it's just been the gnats and wind that have been the only problems!
  13. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Professional

    Apr 13, 2004
    I handle heat well naturally, because we are used to it here i guess. I just do the basics, keeping water up, wearing a hat and using sunscreen to boot. Played many round robin doubles in 35-40 degree heat. The trouble with the heat here is that it is humid as well, not fun. The guys above have got you well covered.
  14. dozu

    dozu Banned

    Feb 19, 2004
    a friend of mine used to bring a bottle of solid ice to the court during the summer... he basically prepare for it from the night before by putting the bottle in the freezer.

    during the play the ice melts and he has iced water for 2-3 hours.
  15. Brent Pederson

    Brent Pederson Semi-Pro

    Feb 18, 2004
    When I'm playing on a really hot day I'll often take off my shirt, go to the water fountain, and soak the shirt in water, then put it back on. It's like natural air conditioning, as the water evaporates, it helps keep you cool. Sometimes if I have a long match I'll resoak it once or twice if necessary. It really helps alot!
  16. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    coping with the heat

    If it gets really bad, don't forget to douse yourself with cool water. It works better if you wear cotten, but then your clothes may become uncomfortably heavy. Maybe get a cotton rag to tie around your neck; wring it out and douse in ice-water on each changeover.

    I'd like to find a cotten fish-net T-shirt to wear under my tennis shirt. That would allow better air circulation to the skin.
  17. Phil

    Phil Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    In a tent, along the Silk Road
    bcaz -- All good points other than the running one-number 7. Yes, get in shape big time, but I find that distance running does very little for tennis other than exposing you to stress injuries. Sprints and quickness drills work better, as does the stationery bike, stair climber and eliptical machines. And as for playing all year long, you must be in the minority. I've been to Phoenix in the hottest months and NO ONE is playing. I cannot remember seeing anyone on the courts, ever, during the day. You must be slightly insane, like me.
  18. hofertennis

    hofertennis New User

    Mar 6, 2004
    I just posted a tennis tip about playing in the heat on my website. Go to my website and click on "Tip of the Week".
  19. Ace

    Ace Semi-Pro

    Mar 4, 2004
    i love the heat

    i love the heat. i hate the cold.

    i find underarmour clothing very comfortable in the heat.
  20. joebedford

    joebedford Rookie

    Mar 27, 2004
    1) You can definitely become acclimated to the heat by playing in it.

    2) I always have ice water on the court. When I get particularly hot, I will pull a few ice cubes out of my cub and rub them on my face. (My face seems to be where I really feel the heat.

    3) Try to play in the morning or the evening!

    But my problem isn't the heat so much as the sun. I slather on the sunscreen but I still seem to get more sun than I want. I worry about skin cancer. Also, I feel drained for a day or two after getting too much sun. I am thinking about trying a long-sleeved shirt! (Sweat wicking, natch.) Anyone have any other strategies?

    I am surprised that there is not an indoor court in my town with good air conditioning that I know about. It seems like if there was one, especially with lots of windows, it would make a fortune.

    Also, I wonder why you never see covered courts? Outside, but with some sort of covering to block the sun and rain. This seems like it would be a godsend as well.
  21. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    I mount a Pentium 4 heatsink on my back with a couple of Dcells.
  22. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Hot or cool doesnt matter to me.. As long as I'm not hungry.. When I'm hungry, my arms and leg fatigue real fast.. THan I can't serve and I have no power in any strokes!
  23. brtennis

    brtennis Rookie

    Feb 20, 2004
    AVOID caffeine and/or alcohol.

    If your body is loaded with caffeine, no matter how much water you drink you'll get dehydrated in a hurry. I learned this the hard way.
  24. penpal

    penpal Semi-Pro

    Feb 18, 2004
    I've also succumbed to heat exhaustion a couple of times while playing. Problem was I would wear a cloth bandana to protect my rapidly balding head from the sun, and to keep the sweat out of my eyes. Turned out it was actually trapping the heat that was trying to escape from the top of my head.

    Therefore, I would suggest against a hat, or any type of head covering, as that is where most of the body's heat escapes. Try instead a visor or sweatband.

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