At the start of the 2024 season, the first two tournaments on the circuit Premier Padel took place outdoors. And whether it is Riyadh, or in Doha, we are far from the temperatures we currently have in France: 25 degrees in full sun, in particularly dry countries… Suffice to say that it is very hot.

So what differences does this really make?

Weather conditions

Unsurprisingly, the conditions outdoor are more complicated for players to manage than the conditions indoor. Indeed, you will have understood, the weather has a real impact on the game. The sun hinders the players' vision… the wind blows the ball a random direction. Sometimes it takes several games for players to really get used to these particular conditions. We remember the tournament in Riyadh very well, with lots of wind and sun, which really bothered the players, especially on lobs.

Moreover, in these countries, it is often very hot during the day. The air is heavy, the sun is strong and the feeling of temperatures is sometimes much higher than the temperatures themselves. Playing at 16 p.m. does not have at all the same impact on organisms as playing at 21 p.m.

Playing at night, an advantage?

We often wonder if players who play at night are “benefits” compared to teams who have their match in the afternoon. You have to remember that when playing in the middle of the day, you have to manage the sun and the heat, while avoiding sunstroke...

In the evening, the only light that can be disturbing is that of the spotlights. So obviously, the inconvenience caused is less. It is certain that an away match during the day is much more difficult for the players to manage than an evening match.

outdoor conditions night

On the other hand, playing in the evening, with matches that can end very late, is not a gift for the players either. Recovery time is not equal for everyone, which can also pose a problem in the end.

In the end, day or night, outdoors or indoors, the conditions are never completely the same. Play in summer, the game will be fast. Play in winter, the balls will go slowly. You will have a hard time slamming one Par 3 at sea level with spent bullets, and so on.

Do not believe, the weather has a real impact on the game padel !

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.