How To Use Wind, Sun, and Heat To Your Advantage In A Tennis Match
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Dealing with the sun will take you out of your game and leave you losing to players you’ve trained to beat.
The one positive is that most tennis courts are laid out north to south, so neither player must stare directly into the sun, but occasionally this will be the case.
If this is the case, you and your opponent will be staring into the sun finding yourselves self-blinded.
Then, if you and the heat factor on a hot or humid day, the results can be devastating.
1. Start your match with conditions in-mind. Let your opponent begin the slow, torturous match by serving in the sun. Your opponent will start off the match with a negative attitude, setting the groove for the match.
2. Don’t wait for the cloud. Worrying about the sun will force you to donate points to your opponent. Again, your opponent is dealing with the same conditions as you are. If you really want to get off the court quickly, let your opponent wait for the cloud.
3. Don’t forget the lob. An easy lob in sunny conditions is as good as a 125 mph ace. You’re opponent will either be forced to let the call drop or give away the point.
4. Be prepared for a sunny day. When it comes to serving, there isn’t much you can do on a sunny day, other than slightly moving your ball-toss or foot-position. The best and most obvious solution is to simply bring a pair of sunglasses or visor with you on the court.
Not only will this give you a physical advantage, but a mental advantage as well. Think about it – the sun is glazing in your eyes, and your opponent is serving as well as a normal day with a pair of fashionable sunglasses.
You’d be highly jealous, therefore thinking only about the sunglasses, and you’d give points away. Simple process.
5. Make it the hottest day of your opponent’s life. On an extremely hot and humid day, let your opponent do more running than your opponent has ever done in their life.
Angles, up-and-back, side-to-side, or anything that will make your opponent use more energy will show you fantastic results in the second-set.
Also, make sure you don’t use a lot of energy yourself.
Stay hydrated, and if you begin to feel tired, slow down the match in-between points.
Playing tennis in windy conditions is about the most wretched thing I can think of. In normal conditions, I hit a shot knowing the ball will be an absolute winner, and the ball flies out.
Then, my opponent hits a ball that would have easily gone out, and their ball lands in for an absolute winner. What can I do to save the match, or even better- What can I do to use it for my advantage?
Often times, the physical and mental drain of windy conditions is too much to handle, even at the professional level. Wind has constantly turned around matches where more talented or “better” player would have beaten the “less skilled” player.
The smart players have a formula for success:
1. Again, start your match with conditions in-mind. Many recreational players don’t know that you can also choose to select which end of the court you start at if you win the coin-toss.
The choice determining which end of the court you start at is extremely important when wind is an issue. A bad start for your opponent can set the groove for you match.
If the wind is blowing baseline-to-baseline, I choose to start with the wind in my face. This gives room for error (see item 2).
Your opponent usually won’t consider the wind, resulting in the usual second choice of serve. This leaves them serving with the wind blowing into their back, giving you twice the advantage.
2. Use the wind to hit harder. If the wind is flying into your face, your shots are going to drop to the ground quicker than if the wind is flying into your back. Don’t hesitate to hit with more pace if the wind is in your face than you would in normal conditions.
3. Put more spin on your shots. The last tip listed gave a solution to solve wind blowing in your face, but you’re probably thinking, “Geez, what do I do if the wind is blowing in my back?”
There are two solutions. The less smart way is to take pace off of your shot, but the best solution is spin. Whether its topspin or backspin, it doesn’t really matter, the important thing is not to hit the ball flat. Wind will knock your shots all over the place if has no spin.
4. Relax: Your opponent is going through the same frustration as you are. Even if it seems that all of your balls are flying out and theirs are landing in, the wind usually balances the error and winners out.
Thanks to Alex Claussen for this article!
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