Playing tennis after alcohol

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Played a match with a case of beer. Win a game, pound a beer. Split sets, felt great till the morning

ps Played dubs with guys drinking mixed drinks. Human Duck Hunt, booyah!
 
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Dim Sim

Rookie
Is it legal to drink alcohol? Maybe Fed should have tried this serving at 40-15 Double Match Point.
Not when driving heavy machinery or flying a plane but, somewhat confusingly, it’s completely legal to get legless on a ski slope and then imperil everyone else as you slide yourself home.
 

user92626

Legend
We have drunk enough that we really had to focus hard on the ball to not miss it, and we still missed it or framed it and didn't understand why. The ball was right there in clear view.

Another effect of being drunk is everything feels very rigid and manual. Movements and sensing aren't smooth and instinctive anymore. I can't feel the impact of the ball.
 
I've played drunk in both Stockholm and Helsinki. In Stockholm, it was with a very good player, and he had fun making me run and slide on red clay. I was wearing jeans and Ecco boots in Helsinki and joined some politicians, had a blast, then got drunker with them after tennis.
 

Username_

Hall of Fame
You don't feel the nerves.

But you don't feel as focused either.

And you feel like tanking points

i.e you become a kyrgios
 

bitcoinoperated

Professional
No. I did post about serve practice on a date with Lucy in her sky with diamonds and it got deleted as "not relevant to discussion" :(
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
Anyone ever tried?

How does it feel?
I played a singles match, thought I was done, and "rehydrated" with a couple beers over about 10-15 minutes. Then got asked to sub onto a doubles court where someone hadn't shown up. I was pretty buzzed. Surprisingly it didn't affect my tennis at all as far as I could tell.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
During winter leagues I cannot confirm or deny that presence of a medicinal flask in my bag for all practice and play.
 

bitcoinoperated

Professional
Goodness. That must’ve been as difficult as trying to play blindfolded and facing backwards.
You'd be surprised. I wish I could post more without posts being deleted (despite nothing being in the rules about it...) Suffice to say the extra body awareness has profound effects on technique which is well documented anecdotally in other sports. PM me if interested.
 

Dim Sim

Rookie
Are pros allowed to drink alcohol during matches?
Of course. How would you cope with the tedium of tennis as a job and the boredom of the pressers. No surprise why most retire around 30, that’s when the hangover starts to kick like a donkey.
 

Dim Sim

Rookie
You'd be surprised. I wish I could post more without posts being deleted (despite nothing being in the rules about it...) Suffice to say the extra body awareness has profound effects on technique which is well documented anecdotally in other sports. PM me if interested.
The ball moves faster or slower?
 

Cashman

Professional
People often suggest anecdotally that a small amount of alcohol consumed before exercise has helped their athletic performance by relaxing them. Unfortunately there's never been any scientific evidence to support this. All studies indicate that alcohol reduces performance and inhibits recovery.

If you have trouble relaxing before playing, I'd suggest exploring other options.
 
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