Rule 29 on Continuous Play
When dealing with the heat during your tennis match, you need to remember ITF and USTA Rule 29, which is the rule on continuous play. And while it is very important, according to the rule, to keep play continuous, the rule does contemplate that you do have some time in there. And you need to make sure you know how much time you have and how you can take advantage of it.
The 20 Second Break Between Points
The first little break that is built into the rule is the time between points. The rule states that you have 20 seconds between points. And you need to be sure you are taking advantage of that time. So that 20 seconds starts from the time the last hit occurs on the previous point until the first serve of the next point. Twenty seconds between those two things.
That means if you are the server, do not be in a hurry. Do not rush your serve. It is not going to make your serve necessarily any better anyways. Take your time and take that full 20 seconds. It's longer than you think and you need that 20 seconds to recover, to take a little mental pause, and to get ready for your next serve. And it will help you in dealing with the heat, if you don't rush into the next point.
The 90 Second Break on Changeovers
The next little break is the time between games on the changeover. So you are changing sides of court after every odd game. And the rule gives you 90 seconds to do that, one and a half minutes. You are allowed to sit during changeovers if you need to. You can certainly and should be taking drinks of water or a sports drink if that's what you're drinking. Again, 90 seconds is longer than you think it is and you should not rush that. You should not be rushing to the back of the court to get ready for the next point. Take full advantage of that time when it is extremely hot to recover and prepare yourself mentally.
The 2 to 10 Minute Break Between Sets
The final little break that the rule gives you is between sets. And the rule states that you have two minutes between sets and,if you're playing in a tournament and rules of the tournament permit it, you can have up to 10 minutes between the second and the third set. So two minutes between the first and the second set. At least two minutes between the second and third set. And possibly up to 10 minutes if the rules permit in a tournament. You need to check the tournament rules and you may even need to check your league rules to see what kind of breaks they give you.
Once again, the rule contemplates that you will have this little break and you need to take full advantage of it.
Take Your Breaks – Don't Rush Things in the Heat
I'm pointing this out to you because a lot of people, myself included, like to rush things. Like to get things going and hurry it up. That really can work against you when it is so hot outside. It's not just a physical issue. It can also be a mental issue. When you're really hot, it can impact how well you are thinking on court.
So be sure and take advantage of the breaks you are given by the rules. While it may not sound like you get a lot of time, it can make a big difference in what is happening for you on court. And if you reach that point where someone on your court is throwing up, please don't let it go that far, but if that's happening, that person would be better off forfeiting for that day and staying healthy so they can live to play another day!
RESOURCES AND LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
Check out these other Tennis Quick Tips podcasts mentioned in this episode:
- Hot Weather Tennis Essentials – Tennis Quick Tips Episode 8
- How to Beat the Heat on the Tennis Court – Tennis Quick Tips Episode 42
- Hydration Tips for Tennis Players and Endurance Athletes – Tennis Quick Tips Episode 70
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