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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Cool Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

Only a few do. When it's sunny, I can't play tennis without them, because the sun distracts me so much and makes me squint. Or when you play facing the sun, and if you serve or the ball goes high, it's impossible to hit it without becoming "blind" for several seconds. Do tennis players close their eyes when hitting?
Players play in many sunny locations, like AO, Madrid, Miami, etc., where the sun is CRAZY.
...Or their eyes are different?
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

They don't like the way it look.
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

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They don't like the way it look.
Imagine Serena or Maria playing in sunglasses
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

if henin wore them she would never have raised her hand
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

One theory I've heard (not from pro players) is that it makes it harder to read the spin on the ball.

I assume that as they spend a lot more time on court than we do they have learned other ways of dealing with the sun.

I broke my shades awhile ago (prescription) and I have to say I don't really miss them that much. My son who plays junior at a reasonably high level hates shades because he can't see as well (he's one source of the spin theory, but not the only one). Most juniors he plays don't wear shades either. And we're in Texas where the sun is definitely bright.
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

Sight is definitely not my best attribute, but I've tried playing tennis with sunglasses and, as Miffedmax said, it makes it harder to read the ball's spin.

It may work for serving when the Sun blocks your sight, but otherwise I find them pretty annoying.

Ormaechea and Castaño usually wear them, though. Not that their current form indicates any success.
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

I'm so glad they don't. They're fug. One of the top reasons why I absolute hate Stosur. It feels like she's trying to hide her emotions with those sunnies. I think if anyone plays a competitive match in sunglasses I'll stop liking them. I almost died when I saw Monica wearing sunnies and playing tennis in an ad.
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 11:09 PM   #8
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

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One theory I've heard (not from pro players) is that it makes it harder to read the spin on the ball.

I assume that as they spend a lot more time on court than we do they have learned other ways of dealing with the sun.

I broke my shades awhile ago (prescription) and I have to say I don't really miss them that much. My son who plays junior at a reasonably high level hates shades because he can't see as well (he's one source of the spin theory, but not the only one). Most juniors he plays don't wear shades either. And we're in Texas where the sun is definitely bright.
When I try to play with sunglasses on, it throws off my depth perception, and I wind up hitting the ball late.
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I'm so glad they don't. They're fug. One of the top reasons why I absolute hate Stosur. It feels like she's trying to hide her emotions with those sunnies. I think if anyone plays a competitive match in sunglasses I'll stop liking them. I almost died when I saw Monica wearing sunnies and playing tennis in an ad.
Stosur doesn't seem to wear them so often anymore.

Also, Flipkens and Shvedova have worn them.
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I'm so glad they don't. They're fug. One of the top reasons why I absolute hate Stosur. It feels like she's trying to hide her emotions with those sunnies. I think if anyone plays a competitive match in sunglasses I'll stop liking them. I almost died when I saw Monica wearing sunnies and playing tennis in an ad.
You're right. Stosur looks like an alien when she wears shades. Tommy Robredo now wears sun glasses and he doesn't look so sexy anymore.
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

Cause they just get in way in so many ways.
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Old Apr 16th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #12
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

I've tried playing with sunglasses and it impairs my vision. Just uncomfortable wearing them. I'd have to wear them consistently to get used to it, which i don't want to do.
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I've tried playing with sunglasses and it impairs my vision. Just uncomfortable wearing them. I'd have to wear them consistently to get used to it, which i don't want to do.
Perhaps you could get another pair with a better fit? I wear oakleys and I don't feel hindered any way at all.
I wear prescription glasses so I do know that a heavy pair of glasses can get uncomfortable especially while playing sports.

The spin theory Max mentioned sounds interesting, although I thought one can read the spin with the opponent's stroke prepartation and execution, before the ball even bounces on your side of the court?
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Re: Why don't tennis players wear sunglasses?

Yaroslava Shvedova and Natasha Zvereva looked really cool in their sunglasses.




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Uncomfortable.
Weakens my peripheral vision.
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