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Tennis

Tennis tournaments can be adversely affected by the weather both prior to and during the match, leading to potential rescheduling or cancellations. By taking the weather into account during match planning, this can ensure that match play is efficient and the safety of players and supporters is sustained.

To discuss any of these services further and to speak with one of our team, email us at sports@metoffice.gov.uk or call 0370 900 0100.

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Weather challenges for Tennis:

  • Rainfall will prevent  continuation of play and will require rain covers to ensure soil remains  suitable for use.
  • Prolonged dry conditions can cause grass courts to reach a state of drought, deeming them unplayable.
  • Temperature will affect player strategy due to it’s role in the speed of court.
  • Wind can damage stadia and equipment around the event, particularly at height and also impact conditions of play.
  • Lightning can cause health and safety issues for players and supporters which may cause match postponement if deemed severe.

The Met Office offers a range of services for tennis tournaments that mitigate the above weather risks, ensure the safety of all parties and improve the likelihood that tournaments are played:

VisualEyes™ for Sport Event Management

VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for operations managers, grounds managers, and health and safety teams.

Please visit our VisualEyes for Sports Events webpage for more information

Weather Consultancy

Embedded Forecaster

For very weather sensitive events that require constant on site monitoring and support, the Met Office can supply world leading forecasters for your event to provide the advice and guidance for crucial health, safety and operational decisions.

Talk to a forecaster

Our telephone consultancy service is designed for when you need to speak to an expert immediately, our forecasters are on hand 24/7, to give you additional reassurance and guidance.

  • Ask for any weather information or forecast for any land area in the UK (international locations also available).
  • Direct telephone access to a weather forecaster 24 hours a day
  • Perfect for critical decision making

Forecast Services

Location- specific Threshold Forecasts

Threshold forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather using bespoke parameters and the thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.

Examples of the variables available include: temperatures, visibility and the probability of rain (amongst others).

Weather Sensitivity Analysis

Our Weather Analytics team can help you to analyse the relationship between the weather and performance which can offer valuable insight into resource planning and sport event demand.

We can help you to answer important questions such as:

  • ‘How many people will attend the event in certain weather conditions?’
  • ‘What resources will be needed to serve the event audience?’
  • ‘What preparation, clothing, strategies work best under which weather conditions?’
  • ‘When was weather not a contributing factor to previous poor results?’

Such analysis can be produced in stages to test data before a deeper investigation, ultimately the level of granularity and investigation is tailored to your requirements. Marginal gains in sport are becoming more and more valuable weather services from the Met Office can reduce the impact of weather on your overall event performance.

MORECS Data

MORECS is our nationwide modeled data of rainfall, evaporation and soil moisture. The analysis covers a variety of different soils and topography. Having this information at your fingertips will allow you to make informed decisions, helping you to manage resources.

Why use MORECS data in Sport?

  • Predict evaporation losses
  • Plan and assess pitch drainage and watering

MORECS parameters include:

  • Actual Evaporation
  • Potential Evaporation
  • Soil Moisture Deficit- For assessing field water capacity
  • Hydraulically Effective Rainfall- Rainfall that turns to runoff

The output can be for a single site of your choice with extremes going back to 1960. Data can be supplied in daily, weekly or monthly time periods along with Long Term Averages for comparison.

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