“Let’s get real…”
A senior player writes, “The 5-minute warm up is a crazy item which is close to, if not impossible to achieve unless you have ball boys (still waiting for that!). It is a rare occasion that there are warmup courts so, how do you do it? Take two minutes for ground strokes, one minute each for volleys (ever have a guy who wants 5 or more practice overheads, that takes at least three of four minutes itself?), and one minute for serves. Better not miss a ball and have to retrieve it from somewhere.”
“So, let’s get real… a 7-minute warmup should be absolute minimum and 10 minute the norm. With 7-minutes, officials should call for serves at 5 minutes and then hopefully a little flexible. With 10 minutes call for serves at 8 and be a little tougher. Maybe in the first couple matches when there are lots of matches it’s necessary to do 7 minutes, but later on what’s the hurry? 10 minutes should be good for quarters on.”
I agree. In the grand scheme of tournament scheduling, if a match is one hour and thirty-five minutes vs. one hour and forty minutes, that is not going to dramatically impact court time. So I would vote to give it on the front end.
P.S. Larry Turville reports that the January doubles tournament WILL have the full ten minute warm-up period and the CAT II should be able to do at least seven minutes in the early (busy) rounds.
Yesterday, I teamed with Chuck Kinyon in the 2nd Annual Huntington Lakes Senior Tennis Exhibition match vs (my January partner) Matt Davie and George Morton, who crushed us 6-2, 6-2!
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