Tennis pros adjust to Miami playing conditions for Sony Open 2013

Laura Robson on court in Miami

Heather Watson on court in Miami

Hello from Miami!

There is a big challenge besides the jet lag that some of the players do fight after traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast: the different climate!

Miami is much more humid than Indian Wells. The balls seem to stay much longer on your strings maybe even stick to them. The courts are a little slower and the balls are sitting up. The timing has to be adjusted, and mostly for players who have gone deep in the tournament in Indian Wells, there is only a short period of time to get ready. But then again the seeded players get to start later in the first week.

It has been raining, so the humidity really starts kicking in, and the balls are bloating up, and the strings lose tension quickly.

Drinking plenty of fluid here in Miami and replenishing the electrolyte storage is an absolute necessity. So always remember to stay hydrated when playing tennis or doing sports in such a climate.

This morning, before a 9 a.m. practice time, the courts had to be dried with machines because they do not dry fast enough without any help from outside.

Ayumi Morita is playing versus Heather Watson. It’s one set all at the moment. Also Laura Robson is out there practicing with Zeljko Krajan (former ATP Top 80 player), her coach.

Robson

Robson

Enjoy your day.

Greetings from Miami.

Mats
@matsmerkel

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