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Tennis - Outdoors Vs. Indoors  
User currently offlineEricAY05 From Finland, joined Sep 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 976 times:

Two players hit a tennis ball over the net indoors and then move outside and do the same thing on an court with exactly the same surface as the indoor court. It is a very calm day with no wind at all. The players don't change anything in their hitting.

In theory the ball should fly with exactly the same speed and trajectory outdoors as indoors. In practise though, the game is always slower outdoors. Can this be attributed to the fact that there is always at least a very small wind (air moving)outside, or is there some other explanation to this?

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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 972 times:

Couple factors
- an object will always look like it's moving faster in an enclosed space
- the noise is louder in an indoor court, especially smaller spaces, the noise slows your reaction
- Court speed -- indoor courts for one reason or another are almost always faster than outdoor courts, slicker, lower bounce


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9546 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Quoting EricAY05 (Thread starter):
In practise though, the game is always slower outdoors.

Before I put my brain into Hurt Mode and start trying to think about temperature and humidity, etc, I'd quite like to hear what you're basing this claim on... just in case  


User currently offlineEricAY05 From Finland, joined Sep 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 914 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 2):

Playing thousands of hours of tennis on a semi-professional level and watching dozens of professional women's matches from courtside all around the world (different climates, temperatures...). Also, most players and coaches seem to be of this opinion 

This is not entirely related to my first post, but shouldn't hard outdoor courts be on an average faster than indoor courts? Not talking about clay and carpet courts here. One would imagine that exposure to rain, dust, wind, etc. would polish up the surface much more quickly compared to the same surface indoors.


User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 886 times:

Quoting EricAY05 (Reply 3):
One would imagine that exposure to rain, dust, wind, etc. would polish up the surface much more quickly compared to the same surface indoors.

I could see that, but I'm sure the outdoor courts are maintained pretty well, especially at clubs and higher end places.



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User currently offlineEricAY05 From Finland, joined Sep 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 885 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 4):

I agree. I've noticed especially in the USA that the outdoor courts of nicer clubs feel coarse and freshly-painted most of the time. Wears down your shoes unbelievably quickly!


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