Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: London, England
Re: Should they play tennis in the rain.
No. I've played tennis in the rain, and there are several problems with it:
1) If you get rain in your eyes, it seriously hinders you as you have to close your eyes and try clear the water out. This would not help the player serving, or anyone retrieving a lob.
2) The ground is slippy. At the AO (I'm assuming) and the USO the ground is not very porous. If you see the courts at the USO you'll see there are puddles forming, hence why they need to dry it. At the FO and WIM the ground will become muddy and the grass will definitely become dangerously slippy. We want to decrease injuries, not increase them.
3) White clothing and water don't go well together.
4) The balls get messed up. They'd have to change balls more often, and then they become pointless to use a again. If you've ever tried using balls that have been used during rain, you'd know they're in poor condition after they become wet.
5) It won't help line judges or hawk-eye. If players are playing during heavy rain, or somewhat heavy rain, line calls have a larger chance of being in correct. And then if a player wishes to challenge, chances are hawk-eye won't work or will be completely off. If it doesn't work in the shade, I don't think it'd work during rain.
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