Surviving the Sizzle: Tips to Beat the Heat on the Tennis Court

When the sun is blazing and the temperatures are soaring, playing tennis under the scorching heat can be challenging. However, with the right strategies and precautions, you can conquer the heat and keep your cool on the court. 

Since we want to see you succeed on the court no matter the temperature, we’re here to tell you how to do just that.

Hydration is Key

Stay hydrated before, during, and after your tennis session. Start by drinking plenty of water before hitting the court, and carry a water bottle to sip on throughout your game. 

Dress for Success

Wear lightweight  and breathable clothing that allows air circulation and sweat evaporation. Wear light-coloured outfits to reflect sunlight and hats or caps and UV protective sunglasses to shield your face and eyes from the sun.

Seek Shade During Breaks

Between games or sets, seek shade to cool down. Find a covered area, like under an umbrella or near a shaded bench, to rest, lower your body temperature and avoid heat related illnesses such as heatstroke.

Apply Sunscreen

Protect your skin by applying sunscreen with a high SPF at least 30 minutes before heading out. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after heavy sweating. Don’t forget vulnerable areas like your ears, neck, and the back of your knees.

Use Cooling Accessories

Cooling towels, neck wraps, or ice packs wrapped in towels can provide instant relief during breaks. Placing a wet towel on your neck or forehead helps regulate body temperature. You can also use cooling vests or arm sleeves to stay cool.

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, such as dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, or excessive sweating. If you experience any of these symptoms, take a break, find shade, and hydrate immediately. 

Playing tennis in hot weather can be challenging, but with these strategies, you can mitigate the effects of heat and stay safe on the court. Remember, your health and well-being should always be a priority. Embrace these tips to beat the heat and continue enjoying your favourite sport even during the hottest days of the year!

At Meehan Tennis Academy, our coaching team emphasises the importance of staying safe and healthy while playing tennis. Ask us for expert guidance on playing tennis in hot weather conditions and let us help you maximise your performance while staying cool.