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Is there a minimum temperature that would cause a match to be postponed?
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Topic: Playing Cold Temperatures
We have some unseasonably low temperatures right now. We had a match this morning with a temperature of 32 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like 18 degrees. We mentioned it was too cold to play but one of our opponents said 'This is called a winter league.' Is there actually a rule about playing in such a low temperature outside?
For tournament play and league play, it is up to the Referee and League Coordinator to decide if conditions warrant a match to be played or not due to temperature (hot or cold) wind, thunderstorms/lightning, etc. If any player has a problem with the conditions, he or she should contact the Referee/Coordinator. I have not heard of winter outdoor league tennis in cold country but if a league wants to do that, they can if it is agreed upon.