If you are a fan of ATP or WTA tennis, you know that a pro tennis game can usually be postponed or terminated by Rain. The tournament referee generally determines when they find it too muddy or dangerous for the match to proceed.
Often, to interrupt the contest, the players will take it upon themselves, but the referee has the final say. There is no judge in club tennis, and the players know whether to call it quits.
You might play tennis in light Rain, but certainly not in heavy Rain. The deciding factor is the rain rate, the court’s condition, and how muddy the court is or does not get.
Many club matches on either hard court or clay are played. Green clay and red clay are two types of clay, but green is more common.
Green clay is sometimes referred to as “har-true,” and red clay is a smoother, softer type of clay that absorbs slightly more water. When enough Rain falls in, every surface (hard court or clay) will be damaged, making it too muddy to risk playing.
Can You Play Tennis on A Wet Court?
Yeah, you can play tennis on a wet court, but it depends on how wet it is. You can have better traction than on clay on hard courts, but the lines can be very slippery.
You ought to be vigilant along the boundaries when played on wet hard courts. Also, you cannot sprint at 100 percent pace or attempt to go too far. Additionally, you can avoid playing if puddles start forming, as the balls will quickly get water-logged and lose much of their bounce.
Clay courts are capable of absorbing water more than hard courts. But if they get saturated, the traction level will be much worse than a hard court.
It becomes like mud until the clay is soaked with water, and it isn’t easy to get traction. You will play on clay in times of light Rain. When the clay turns to dirt, the determining point to avoid is.
If, in a light storm, the clay turns to dirt, avoid playing since you risk slipping or damaging yourself. For a while, hang out by the court and watch the weather.
How long does it take after Rain for tennis courts to dry?
Usually, it takes 15-25 minutes for clay courts to dry enough to be played after a light rain cease. This happens in light Rain.
It will take at least an hour or more to dry out as the Rain comes down hard, and the clay court is mudded out. In most situations, I would say, Heavy Rain, on average, takes
2-3 hours for the clay courts to dry throughout the day. At night, due to the lack of sun, it could take longer.
The time for drying will take longer on hard courts. If there is light Rain and the court looks damp, and the lines are slippery, I recommend that you stop playing. And you probably ought to stop if puddles happen.
It could take up to an hour for the court to dry up after light Rain on a rough court. It relies on the content used and the time of day for constructing the court.
In 30 minutes, I saw some hard courts dry out, while others took more than an hour. Many courts only irrigate faster, while most tend to catch water and puddle up in spots.
When 10 minutes or so of heavy Rain falls, you could be looking at some hours before the court dries out.
To conclude, you can still play tennis on a wet court, so it depends on how much traction you have, how hard it rains, and what kind of surface (hard court or clay) you are playing on.
In the Rain, will a tennis ball bounce?
Be careful that in the Rain, the tennis ball will not jump as usual. Rain-soaked balls and courts will deaden the ball and have a lower bounce.
When the Rain falls moderately, it is normal for a professional game to stop. However, when only a few drops fall, the game slows down, as a layer of mud forms on the surface that causes the ball to lose speed when bouncing. If the game is played on grass, the opposite happens; the game becomes much faster. As the ball bounces, it slips and is thrown at full speed.
Does Rain destroy Tennis Balls?
No, Rain will not destroy the tennis ball, so it can’t be seen again. But for as long as it is wet, it can make the tennis ball virtually unplayable.
If you open fresh balls and it rains right after, the balls will potentially get water-logged if you play for a while. You’ll see the balls are not jumping too much because they’re going to feel weaker.
Tennis balls retain moisture, as we described before, which is why they lose output when wet. Only put the balls back in the can or your pocket if this happens and dry them off before you get home.
They should be good to use once again for practice or a fun match when the tennis balls dry.
Tips for playing tennis in the Rain:
Playing tennis on a wet court is possible. Here are some practical tips for playing tennis in the Rain:
- Be sure there is a decent grip on your shoes. You should use clay court tennis shoes that have additional material on the bottom for grip while you’re playing on clay.
- To cover your head or your glasses from getting wet, wear a hat. If you’re wearing glasses, playing with water all over your lenses is almost impossible.
- Bring towels for extra. To dry off your racket and body, you will need them.
- Carry additional balls for tennis. In rainy weather, one can’t do enough. In order to play in the shower, I suggest having at least two cans, if not three. Let them dry off from the Rain as the first one will get water-logged. Then you can put the second new can into play.
- Bring in new rackets or over-grips. The handle of the racket will readily get soaked in the shower. It is hard to grip the racket if this happens. For this purpose, bringing additional over-grips and rackets is useful.
- Bring additional shirts. Your shirt can get water-logged, too, depending on the severity of the storm, making you feel hot, muddy, and uncomfortable. I consider having at least three (if not more) shirts in the Rain to play in.
I hope the details help you in this article. You’ll know what to think and how to treat it the next time it rains when you are playing.