Dealing with the Rain (@Roland Garros)

What a crazy day here at Roland Garros today. Rain and showers. The players have been on and off the court.

 

It is very tough for the players to handle these kind of situations because they have to stay warm and be ready to go back on court at any time. Injury prevention is a very important issue, especially with the wet and cold weather. The courts are heavy and slippery at the same time which certainly increases the chances of getting injured if not properly warmed up before going back on!image

 

Rain delays are also tough mentally because you have to be to switch the game face on when needed. That is not an easy part either!

 

The players usually go back into the locker rooms to change into dry clothes and makes sure to keep their muscles warm. They get to see their coach/team and speak about the match or strategies. If the break is not too long and the forecast is quite accurate certain players go to the gym. They sit on the bike or do easy movements to keep the heart rate up and the system going.

 

Sometimes rain delays can totally throw off one player who was in control of the match before the rain delay. The momentum can change easily and therefore it is even more important that the players won’t be distracted when waiting to continue their matches.

 

Fingers crossed the rain will stop later on and a couple of the matches can still be finished and played.
Rainy regards,

 

Mats
@matsmerkel

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