Will you be playing indoors this winter?

LoanStar

New User
Yes, but I will likely limit to singles or one-on-one hits at times when the center is less busy. I will definitely avoid when large group drills, juniors programs, etc. are scheduled.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Fortunately, no need to in LA...

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I live in OC just south of LA and we have no indoor courts here as we can play outdoors all year long. The coldest that it gets in the daytime/evenings is mid-forties for just 2-3 weeks in Dec/Jan and it is still possible to play with layered clothing including compression tops.

Hope they don’t shut down outdoor tennis clubs again as they did in March/April now that the risks of outdoor transmission are better understood in a naturally socially-distanced sport like tennis. It is one of the few activities that people can do safely with their friends during lockdowns.
 
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PMF

Rookie
Here in Michigan, I decided against playing indoors this winter, at least for right now. This will be my first missed season since 1994 or 1995 I believe. So far so good, but come January & February, I will be missing it.
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Here in Michigan, I decided against playing indoors this winter, at least for right now. This will be my first missed season since 1994 or 1995 I believe. So far so good, but come January & February, I will be missing it.
At least you have cross-country skiing.............................................yet?
 
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PMF

Rookie
Thought Michigan got lucky Saturday & Sunday. Got two inches
Yeah, it started snowing on Saturday night and most of the day on Sunday, but it only stuck to the grass, and then melted on Monday. Two inches sounds about right. I remember last year, we got 9-10 inches before the Thanksgiving holiday. It was for sure enough for cross-country skiing! :)
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
No. I played indoor tennis for about 10 years of my adult life. I quit a few years ago. I play platform tennis outside (I also did when i was still playing indoor tennis), but even that has restrictions now - we can't be in the warming hut (it's small) and we're supposed to wear masks during play, but about half the people take them off at some point.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
No. I played indoor tennis for about 10 years of my adult life. I quit a few years ago. I play platform tennis outside (I also did when i was still playing indoor tennis), but even that has restrictions now - we can't be in the warming hut (it's small) and we're supposed to wear masks during play, but about half the people take them off at some point.
Nearly every club has a platform court so it is popular. May the chicken wire be with you
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
My former indoor club actually doesn't, but we have four in a local park. But, yeah, a lot of indoor racket clubs have platform courts - which can also double as pickle courts if allowed.
Neighbor converted his basketball court to pickleball. We had tennis courts converted to The Pickled over 10 yrs ago. YMCA has done the same, basketball to volleyball to Pickledball the same day. Keeps retirees in the game
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Yes absolutely, I’ve played both outdoor and indoor. Everyone has to do what’s best for them, but a little common sense goes a long way.
 

tennis347

Professional
With the uptick in the virus nationwide, I am currently doubtful about venturing indoors to play. The weather was pretty mild last year in downstate NY. Hopefully it will be a mild winter to play outdoors which I did most of last year. I expect to take some time off to rest the body.
 

FiddlerDog

New User
No. I played indoor tennis for about 10 years of my adult life. I quit a few years ago. I play platform tennis outside (I also did when i was still playing indoor tennis), but even that has restrictions now - we can't be in the warming hut (it's small) and we're supposed to wear masks during play, but about half the people take them off at some point.
What made you get into platform tennis and ditched indoor tennis?
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’ve already been playing indoors 5 days a week. I play singles so I don’t know what there is to worry about, we have to wear masks in the club but once on the court they aren’t enforcing the masks very strictly. They want us to wear masks on the court but I pull mine down. I can’t wear a mask and play tennis it makes it too tough to breathe. If playing singles you never get less than 6’ from your opponent so according to the experts I am following the science. I don’t see much risk in catching the virus in a space as huge as a tennis court.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
What made you get into platform tennis and ditched indoor tennis?
I didn't ditch indoor tennis for platform. I played both for years - but it got to be too much. I had platform league on Monday and Wednesday, a regular tennis doubles group on Tuesdays, and I'd still play pick-up matches in both sports outside of that. The racquet club didn't have great fitness facilities so I also had a membership at another gym. It was too much playing all the time and I could save money by quitting indoor tennis. Plus, I just didn't miss playing tennis in the winter after playing all summer.

I never knew what platform was until I was in my 30s and moved to a city (Springfield, Illinois) where they happened to have four public courts in a park - no tony club or location in a ritzy suburb. I knew a lot of tennis guys who played and they introduced me to it and were patient enough to help me truly learn the sport. I was REALLY into it for years - we had a pretty big league for the size of the city, and a group of us would play tournaments around the *******, even Atlanta one year and Pittsburgh two years. It was kind of my thing for a while. I still play once or twice a week, but my platform life isn't like it used to be. Covid, obviously, but also a lot of players moved away who weren't replaced, league is smaller and not as deep, and I don't play as many tournaments. But, I'm still out there fairly consistently. Nice to do something outside, even if it's cold sometimes.
 

FiddlerDog

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I didn't ditch indoor tennis for platform. I played both for years - but it got to be too much. I had platform league on Monday and Wednesday, a regular tennis doubles group on Tuesdays, and I'd still play pick-up matches in both sports outside of that. The racquet club didn't have great fitness facilities so I also had a membership at another gym. It was too much playing all the time and I could save money by quitting indoor tennis. Plus, I just didn't miss playing tennis in the winter after playing all summer.

I never knew what platform was until I was in my 30s and moved to a city (Springfield, Illinois) where they happened to have four public courts in a park - no tony club or location in a ritzy suburb. I knew a lot of tennis guys who played and they introduced me to it and were patient enough to help me truly learn the sport. I was REALLY into it for years - we had a pretty big league for the size of the city, and a group of us would play tournaments around the *******, even Atlanta one year and Pittsburgh two years. It was kind of my thing for a while. I still play once or twice a week, but my platform life isn't like it used to be. Covid, obviously, but also a lot of players moved away who weren't replaced, league is smaller and not as deep, and I don't play as many tournaments. But, I'm still out there fairly consistently. Nice to do something outside, even if it's cold sometimes.
Can you start a thread or post that talks about the differences between tennis and paddle? Is paddle as complex as tennis or is it basic like pickelball ?
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Can you start a thread or post that talks about the differences between tennis and paddle? Is paddle as complex as tennis or is it basic like pickelball ?
It's like a combination of tennis and racquetball since you can play off the screen/fence - I should clarify, you can't hit it off the fence first and then into the court, but a big part of it is taking it off the screen once it's hit the court. Tennis skills help, but it's really only half of it.
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Yep, playing all the time. Sad to hear that mask madness has gone that far in some places, people are forced to wear them while playing. Reduced oxygen intake and accumulation of CO2 are a thing with masks normally but playing sports with them? That's just nuts. It even might be healthier staying home and watching the "news" 24-7.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Yep, playing all the time. Sad to hear that mask madness has gone that far in some places, people are forced to wear them while playing. Reduced oxygen intake and accumulation of CO2 are a thing with masks normally but playing sports with them? That's just nuts. It even might be healthier staying home and watching the "news" 24-7.
Would anyone that is forced to wear a mask while playing indoors, please comment on the restrictions or performance.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The New York Times Sunday magazine features a weekly column called The Ethicist, giving opinions on two or three ethical dilemmas each week ostensibly submitted by readers. The lead dilemma today is titled "With Coronavirus Still Raging, Is It OK That My Girlfriend Wants To Play Tennis Indoors?"
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
The New York Times Sunday magazine features a weekly column called The Ethicist, giving opinions on two or three ethical dilemmas each week ostensibly submitted by readers. The lead dilemma today is titled "With Coronavirus Still Raging, Is It OK That My Girlfriend Wants To Play Tennis Indoors?"
The Ethicist waffles, rattling off various risk factors, general, local, and personal, one should take into account in making a decision
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Thought about so many seniors playing pickleball indoors at the YMCA. Cyrus has not deterred them so far. However The Governator may close fitness centers again soon.
 
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Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Thought about so many seniors playing pickleball indoors at the YMCA. Cyrus has not deteerred them so far. However The Governator may close fitness centers again soon.
People should have the right to choose for themselves. If not, then refuse to comply:
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
People should have the right to choose for themselves. If not, then refuse to comply:
May need to play outside in the winter with their own net, if they refuse. City took the basketball rims off the backboards just to stop the congregating. Tennis nets were not raised till May/June
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Once my dictatorial president allows his fellow citizens to play indoors (not before Jan 2021 from what he said), I’ll hit the indoors like there is no tomorrow.
One indoor club is so pressed for members they are allowing unlimited ball machine use for $80/season
 

McLovin

Legend
Just an FYI for those of you considering indoor tennis:

My wife made the decision to play her 'fun' doubles weekly non-USTA league back in September. They started outside, and played there as long as they could, but eventually moved indoors. Her doubles partner from the previous week was not feeling well over the weekend and ended up testing positive this past Monday. After we learned of it, we both got tested this past Friday (we learned Wednesday evening, and sites were closed on Thanksgiving). My wife ended up testing positive as well (although right now she's asymptomatic). Currently I'm negative, but that could be a false-negative (from what I've learned, false-positives are < 1%, while false-negatives are more common), and I'm going to re-test later this week.​
Now...could this have happened outdoors? Possibly. Its social doubles, and I'm sure they talked on changeovers. And while they likely were trying to be conscious of proximity to one-another during play, all it takes is 1 misstep. So I'd recommend, if you're going indoors, try to keep it to singles. And if you risk indoor doubles, you'll need to be continuously vigilant.

Luckily my wife is currently working from home, and while my work is requiring I quarantine for 14 days, I will still get paid for it. But not everyone is so fortunate. Stay safe.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
This is the reason I choose not to play indoors. For everyone I come in close contact with in my immediate family. Majority of those playing are retirees, and one has already contracted cyrus
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Would anyone that is forced to wear a mask while playing indoors, please comment on the restrictions or performance.
My club wants us to wear masks while playing but have not enforced it very strictly. There is no way I can play singles and wear a mask. I thought we are supposed to follow the science I get the singles only but I’m either hitting with my wife or a couple of friends that ride to the club with me.

Regardless of who I am playing singles with I never get anywhere near my opponent let alone closer than six feet. I realize we are indoors but a tennis court is a huge area, it’s not like being in a crowded restaurant or bar.
 
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