Outdoor tennis is an fun way to get into shape and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather Australia is renowned for. But what happens when the mercury starts climbing and the heat takes a toll on your performance? In the hot summer sun, the temperature on the court can even be as much as 10 degrees hotter than the air temperature. To prepare you for keeping your cool during a tennis court, we’ve put together this guide of handy hints.
Wear light, comfortable clothing
Fabric technology has come a long way in recent years. New Balance uses Ice Technology to wick the sweat away from your skin and uses it to keep you cool. Each fitness brand uses similar types of wicking technology to keep you dry and cool. Check out your favourite fitness brands for quick dry, cooling fabrics.
Use a cool towel
Okay admittedly it’s not about looking cool here, but feeling cool. The Mission Athletecare Multi-Cool Towel is a versatile cooling towel that can be worn as a headband, facial mask, a scarf, draped around your neck, and many other different ways. All you have to do is soak the towel with water for cool comfort for up to two hours. It also protects your face from dust, dirt and wind, as well as UV rays with UPF50+ sun protection.
Protect your head
If you don’t have a multi-cool towel, protect your head with a cap. Steer away from dark colours that attract the sun.
Drink plenty of fluids
When you’re out in the sweltering heat on the court, you need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Electrolyte water will replace the minerals lost through physical exertion. Simply drinking water won’t be enough to keep you hydrated if you’re playing physically demanding tennis matches back to back. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol that are known to cause dehydration.