How Can Weather Conditions Influence Your Tennis Tips?

João Mourato

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 2:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019 2:24 PM UTC

The weather conditions can play a huge role in determining the final result of a tennis match. On this article we’ll take a look at the factors to keep in mind and how they can influence your tennis tips.

<p>Whether you’re betting in tennis, football, basketball or any other sport, research and analysis are the key for long-term success. <a href="" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Tips">Before placing a bet</a> on a tennis match, it’s important to know the players, how they adjust to a specific surface and the matchup against their opponent. However, there are other factors that can influence a match and cannot be overlooked.</p><p> </p><h2>Temperature</h2><p>Most of the tennis events over the year are played on outdoor, which means that temperature can have a significant impact on the outcome of a match. The most obvious impact associated with high temperatures is that some players struggle when playing under extreme heat. For that reason, it is very important to know in detail the players and how they adjust to different temperatures. Nevertheless, temperature has also a considerable influence on the game conditions and the ball speed on air.</p><p>Drag force, also known as air resistance, is the force acting opposite to the relative motion of an object, on this case a tennis ball. From the moment a player hits the ball, it starts to fall and lose speed, not only due to gravity but also drag force. When playing under high temperatures, the air density decreases, resulting on a reduction of the drag force and increase of the ball speed on air. Big servers always enjoy playing under high temperatures with the ball traveling through the air at a much higher speed, making it extremely hard for their opponents to return their serves.</p><p>In addition to that, tennis balls have a hollow rubber-like core filled with gas. With the increase of temperature, the gas molecules inside the ball expand, leading to a higher bounce. Players with heavy topspin are those that benefit the most from these conditions, with their shots bouncing extremely high and making it very hard for their opponents to control the ball.</p><p style="text-align:center"><br /><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check why being left-handed is an advantage in tennis">Why Being Left-Handed is an Advantage in Tennis?</a></strong><br /> </p><h2>Humidity</h2><p>Playing in humid conditions is physically and mentally demanding. The increase of humidity will result in more water in the air, which makes it much more difficult for sweat to evaporate. This will lead to an increase of body temperature and can be a serious problem for the players when they are playing under hot and humid conditions.</p><p>Besides the effects on the human body, humidity also has an impact on the ball. In humid conditions, the ball absorbs a higher amount of water, increasing its mass and the drag force. Topspin and slice shots are the most affected by changes in humidity while flat shots don’t suffer significant changes on these conditions. With this in mind, players with heavy topspin are the ones who suffer the most when playing on humid conditions with their shots landing shorter than usual.</p><p> </p><h2>Altitude</h2><p>To finish, we’ll take a look at the impact of altitude on the human body and game conditions. Playing on altitude can be a brutal experience and because of that, athletes can take several weeks to be fully adapted to the conditions. However, tennis players compete almost every week and they can’t afford to have the time to adjust to different conditions. For that reason, it’s very important to know the players’ background and their experience on these conditios before placing any bet on a tournament that is played in altitude.</p><p>Victor Estrella Burgos is a perfect example of a player who loves to compete on these conditions. Quito is the second highest capital in the world at an altitude of 9,350ft (2850m) above sea level and during four years, this city organized and hosted an ATP Tour event in February. Estrella Burgos won three of the four editions with his experience on ATP Challenger Tour events in altitude in South-America proving decisive for his success on this event.</p><p>Looking now at the altitude’s influence on game conditions, the air density is lower than on sea level, which means that the ball will travel through air at a higher speed due to the decrease of drag force. This means that the conditions in altitude are incredibly fast with the ball bouncing much higher as well. Big servers and hard hitters will benefit from altitude since it will be very hard to break them on these conditions.</p>
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