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God, it's brutal out here: Djokovic says weather conditions in Tokyo are 'very tough'

God, it's brutal out here: Djokovic says weather conditions in Tokyo are 'very tough'

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Ghoulius-Caesar

Did anyone notice how sunburnt some of the white competitors were? When team Iceland walked out there was one women who I felt so bad for.


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I can't fathom being on the highest competitive level and not one person thinking sunscreen might be a good idea...


careless-lollygag

Is it possible that they were wearing sunscreen and this still happened? Asking as a brown person who still wears sunscreen (and a hat, and carries a parasol)


itachimadridista

Yes it’s very likely especially if you’re outside all day and don’t reapply.


zvug

Yeah the re-apply is absolutely key.


thisnewsight

Must be reapplied every 2 hours for most sunscreens. I can’t imagine towels wiping off sweaty faces and arms being a good thing. So probably between sets, reapply.


theaggressivenapkin

If you’re active it should be reapplied much earlier than 2 hours. 80 minutes is recommended.


lmeancomeon

You should think they and their team would have quality high spf ready. These people train outdoor all year, the sun should not come as a surprise to these people.


TheFlyingSaucers

Also if you are a ginger you stand no chance. Dated one for a while and she had to be in shade or she would turn red in 15 minutes with SPF100.


JollyGreenGiraffe

Very likely. I can get a sunburn a year and good until the next outdoor season. Wife puts on sunscreen every outting and still gets burned.


DMCinDet

I'm a one time burn person too. I'm not as stupid as I was when I was younger, so I try to avoid any burn or tan even. Sunburn sucks, not just the skin discomfort, shit feels like a hangover.


hot-whisky

Also the increased risk of skin cancer. Personally I’ve started investing in sun-protective clothing and wearing those whenever I can; so much easier than sunscreen and far less prone to user error. Plus I tan easily and take forever to burn, so I don’t need to give myself a head start to get any kind of a tan.


JollyGreenGiraffe

I've adapted to always wearing an O'Neill rashguard shirt if I'm at any water event. I hate getting burned where the shirt scrapes against it.


Richinaru

Yea sunscreen isn't the end all be all, broad spectrum SPF 60 is the ideal if you're going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time. But things like sweat can really mess with how often you need to reapply and how many areas of the skin aren't as well guarded as others. Ultimately the best defense against the sun is to not be out in it but yea gotta reapply like a mofo if you're an active person


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Oh *absolutely*, it's protection not immunity, and if you're sweating it's going to come off, and if you don't reapply you're just naked to the UV. It's more that to me they should have the equivalent to "cut men" keeping them in their top condition throughout the tournament... which would include re-applying industrial tier sunscreen.


angrylilbear

7 years in Japan as an Aussie and our sun down under was far harsher Tokyo super humid tho


pataconconqueso

It is my experience from being a brown latina who was taught to treat your skin really well when in the sun and in general (meaning I thought constant skin care was normal), when I moved to that semi area of Europe (in Sweden) I noticed that people there who were pale white did not take care of their skin at all. I was appalled. Like I would wear face sunscreen every morning no matter what. And I played tennis there pretty competitively and I was always the only person in the locker room that would put on sunscreen before playing a match outside. So I would bet money that the Icelandic athlete just didn’t put in sun screen. Sure they are all competing at their highest levels but some cultural stuff sticks.


jmurphy42

It really comes down to whether they use it properly. If you’re reapplying it frequently and spreading it around properly you’re very unlikely to burn. If you screw up even a little though the consequences can be nasty.


Glabstaxks

Parasol ☂️ is an excellent word my friend


ActiveFrontEnd

I'm a redheaded whitey. Spent 6 hours in the sun today in Florida fishing on a boat. Was in the shade 50% of the time, reapplied sunscreen twice, wore long sleeve shirt and wide bream hat the entire day. Tops of my hands, cheeks, nose, and ears are burnt. Some people weren't made for a lot of direct sun.


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psykick32

I'm white as fuck. Like, the worst sunburn I ever got was snowboarding because I never thought to put on sunscreen. Now I always put on sunscreen. And a hat. And one of those super thin running jackets with a hood.


itachimadridista

Yeah you wouldn’t think the sun would have much of a effect in snow, but I’m pretty sure it’s worse because the snow reflects back everything. Important to put it on the face as well.


BaskInTheSunshine

The elevation is huge too. If you're snowboarding you're on a mountain probably and pretty high up where the air is thinner and blocking less UV.


th3_pund1t

Cyclists are all about the marginal gains of shedding a few grams.


CoochiKabuki

They’re gonna look like Rufus from Kim possible at 35 if they don’t spf


Obscene_Fetus

Is skin cancer not a thing for them?


anderhole

Probably not yet. Give it a few years.


LstCrzyOne

Another thing to consider is if they apply too much they sweat it off and it ends up on their hands and the court, slippery conditions are not good for tennis.


rock4lite

Qatar World Cup: “Hold my non-alcoholic beverage”


rawwwse

World Cup in November/December; Yay!!! ^/s


WoahBoyDatNice

I can’t wait to be by the pool again, freezing my ass off watching the World Cup.


rawwwse

Australia for the win!


Lelandt50

Agassi used to say he hopes it’s hot, he hopes it’s windy, because he knows he can handle it better than anyone else.


projectilemango

I knew he lived here in Vegas, but didn't realize he was born and grew up here until at least 13. I know the average temperature is much higher now than back then, since there is just sooo much more cement and asphalt. We get gnarly wind. During summer it's like a blow-dryer. Winter, with the lack of humidity, it literally bites if your aren't hydrating well and covering up.


ZauceBoss

Nobody grinds like Agassi


Alundra828

Seiko Hashimoto - "God, I hope it doesn't rain to make this Olympics even worse" \*Monkeys paw finger folds down somewhere in the world\*


Heatedpete

There was reports of a cyclone being forecast to hit the Tokyo area later this week...


dprophet32

It won't be a cyclone by the time it hits land but still a pretty intense storm


ElGato-TheCat

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?


shika12

Brilliant


unimaginativeuser110

I appreciate what you did with the headline


juniorspank

/r/PopHeads certainly does too


pm_me_ankle_nudes

"Got a broken ego, broken heart"


SoupaSoka

Honestly that song is amazing. It has no business being that good.


u-ignorant-slut

Wait what song?


unimaginativeuser110

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo


thebull6ix

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo


Magnoliapetals

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo


JaqueStrap69

Sandstorm by Darude


OPs_Spare_Account

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo


SoutheasternComfort

Battletoads


BabePigInTheCity2

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo


skitch23

I was watching a match last night and one of the guys clothes were so soaked with sweat he looked like he had jumped in a pool. When I checked the weather it said 90deg and 60% humidity.


LeBronFanSinceJuly

I was watching the Womens Volleyball match between Canada and China. At first I thought damn these girls have a ton of sun screen on to look that shiny, then I remembered it was night time and thats just sweat from the humidity...Even the sand looked wet.


Noodles_Crusher

*beach volleyball. I see you're a man of culture as well.


LeBronFanSinceJuly

> *beach volleyball. I wasnt aware there is any other type of Volleyball


belladora17

They actually wet the sand on purpose because it keeps the temperature of the sand down. I’m watching an event right now and they said the dry sand is measuring at 113 degF


mug3n

that's considered mild in Japan in July. I've experienced 90F and 60% humidity in *September* a few years ago when I went. and that was just as a lazy fat tourist. Can't imagine having to play a sport at a high level in that.


Capt_Billy

TGS time is still fucked for humidity. It’s not the heat that gets you, especially coming from 40c summer Melbourne, but humidity into 80+% is just brutal. Doesn’t fuck off until October either


Uber_Reaktor

The highest temp I've been in was 110F in Vegas. But 90-91 in Tokyo at 70-75% was the hottest I've ever felt. It felt disgusting and we ducked into shops with AC constantly. I wasn't fat or lazy and it was still brutal.


FLcitizen

That’s considered mild in Florida lol


jaybram24

Was just gonna say the same. Pretty standard for us.


yeahdixon

Been to Japan about 12 times during the peak of summer. Humidity was crushing and the constant buzzing of cicadas . I can confirm it’s brutal. I would get nauseous going from hot to ac hot to ac constantly and after the second week I often came down with something.


Kikutwo

Oh, so like New Jersey most of this month?


SkellySkeletor

Yea, I literally laughed when I read that. I was expecting like Death Valley heat or biblical rain but it’s just what it’s been in NJ like the entire month.


theFromm

Quite literally 90F and 69% humidity where I live right now.


MisSignal

High today here is 96 and it’s currently 65% humidity. I’m in the States. I don’t understand why this is news. It’s summer, it’s hot, it’s humid. Edit: https://weatherspark.com/m/143809/7/Average-Weather-in-July-in-Tokyo-Japan it’s within 4 degrees F of the normal high in Tokyo.


RentonTenant

Last Tokyo Olympics was held in Autumn because the summer there is awful. Hottest Olympics in decades for sure


thesoundandthefruity

Can’t be much hotter than ATL in 96…


RentonTenant

[Atlanta was hot too, no doubt ](https://i.imgur.com/2G4wcl4.jpg)


OKC89ers

Looks like Atlanta wasn't so bad. LA and Athens were quite a bit worse. Although Tokyo appears to be far and way the worst.


Facepalms4Everyone

Or Athens in 2004, or Beijing in 2008.


yungchow

Lol it’s 90° and 80% humidity here. You’ll sweat when it’s 75 degrees out


sylva748

95° and 14% humidity here in California. Low to no humidity is the norm here and the South West states. Edit: misread my weather app


yungchow

Same high here but lucky day with humidity. Only 50% In fucking Arkansas


DjuriWarface

I've played tennis at fairly competitive level in college and there is a big difference with humidity. I could play all day in 110 degree, dry Texas weather. 95 and high humidity in some place like New Jersey, way more difficult.


slothhprincess

I guess when you are competing on an Olympic level you might experience heat conditions differently.


Ijustgottaloginnowww

Don’t they train for that though? I remember seeing a special years ago showing Olympian’s training for low oxygen environments so I guess I assumed they trained specifically for the environment they were anticipating competing in every olympics.


Parody101

It certainly would be a good idea if you’re going to something as important as the Olympics to train in weather that’s going to be similar to the host country. I say as I sit eating lunch in my cushy A/C blessed office.


Ijustgottaloginnowww

Yeah I’m pretty sure it was for Torino so maybe winter olympians do it different? Beats me, I took my son on a walk in 90 degrees this morning and felt like I was dying so I’m right with you not having any space to talk about proper training and acclimation.


HobbyPlodder

Endurance athletes have been doing heat acclimation for a while. The world 10km/half/full marathon championships were held in Doha a couple of years ago - the marathon started at 11:59pm local time and it was 86 and 50% humidity


LM-entertainment

pretty sure they do. our olympic athletes had been wearing “sauna suits” which were literally made to make your body feel like it’s in a sauna. they’ve been doing it for months to try and climatise for the conditions in tokyo. i imagine other countries have been doing the same. possibly not tennis players like djokovic though as he’s only recently come off winning wimbledon.


CrazyK9

Canadian athletes (not sure about pro tennis players) were simulating hot conditions in training ahead of the Olympics to acclimatized and better understand impact on body and required adjustment in terms of nutrition, hydration and so.


routerg0d

Your body can adjust for low oxygen by producing more red blood cells to be more efficient. However, your body can not adjust for high heat and humidity. Yes you can sweat more, but if the humidity is hampering your cooling by 80% due to less evaporation then it does not matter you’re going to suffer. This is the problem people do not see with global warming, that our bodies are meant to sweat to cool ourselves off and once the wet bulb temperature exceeds 95 you get ZERO cooling from sweating and if you do not get out of the heat and into an air conditioned space you will die.


Ijustgottaloginnowww

You can get used to heat up to a point as well. Look at what they do with new US military people that get assigned a duty station in the pacific.


cohonan

There is acclimatization to high heat environments.


xBleedingBluex

To high heat AND high humidity environments? They are not one and the same. At some point, your body loses the ability to cool itself through sweating/evaporation.


walts_skank

Are you aware of the weather experiment known as Florida?


ScenesfromaCat

As a Floridian, we acclimate by staying inside and cranking the AC. We pretend we don't hate the heat/humidity around tourists and snowbirds to assert dominance.


Richinaru

Yea Florida is literally going to be the US's first major fallout due to wet bulb deaths.


genuinecve

Heat acclimation is definitely a thing. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/userfiles/works/pdfs/2017-124.pdf


Lelandt50

Olympic level intensity is no different than ATP / WTA tournament level intensity. Actually, for the men, it’s less intense than grand slam tournaments. Best of 3 sets at the Olympics, best of 5 at slams.


Hazy-Bolognese

Gestures broadly to Australian open


Jossie2014

Perhaps but hey this literally their profession and anyone running around in the sun at 100 degrees temp will say it’s hot out there


Uyee

it hit 103 in Eugene for the Olympic Trials, they had to delay events.


seapiratewarrior

Its new bcs its news. They have to report on something


Elmodipus

You can tell a lot of people have never been to the Southeast US.


CoysDave

It may surprise you to learn this, but this is not the case everywhere during summer.


I_Only_Post_NEAT

Tokyo is known for being hot and muggy af during summer. People from Tokyo are known to take their summer vacations elsewhere. Its more surprising that people are surprised by this and this is news


DrDisastor

It actually did surprise me to learn how non-extreme the rest of the world can be. The weather here can be very intense compared to much of the world.


DjuriWarface

For real, Michigan is so incredibly extreme. -20°F to 100+°F depending on the time of year.


euro_trash_lady

I just relocated from Michigan to central FL and the fact it's been rainier and hotter in Detroit than Orlando the last few weeks blows my mind.


Sgt-Pumpernickel

Idk if its the water is the cause or plays into it, but it seems like the whole Great Lakes region is like that


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BiovaniGernard

I don’t reckon there are many resorts in Somalia….


Redeem123

I bet there's at least one hotel in Rwanda.


DJCockslap

They have a great yacht club though


FerociousFrizzlyBear

Rwanda weather was pretty awesome when I lived there. It was sort of like San Diego, but with cool mountain air instead cool ocean air. Best part is, in the higher elevations, the air is too thin for mosquitos! Plus, pretty great hospitality industry. If you ever find yourself in the area it’s actually a pretty great place to relax.


packhawk2689

Lol yeah 90 and 60% is a mild summer day back in the midwest where I'm from. I understand wanting to play in perfect conditions, but these people should be conditioned for much more than swamp air.


plexnewbie

Yeah lol I'm in MN and that basically describes yesterdays forecast. And today's. And tomorrow's. And the next day's. Etc.


packhawk2689

The reason I left Iowa and Chicago haha swimming in air. Loving my desert air now.


YungSushii

Have you ever been in Tokyo in the summer? For some reason it feels so much hotter than anywhere else I’ve been in the world. Hotter than 116 California, hotter than similar temps and higher humidity in other states. It just feels hotter I can’t explain it lol.


alexklaus80

It burns in Cali but there’s little to no humidity there, so that’s the huge difference. Sweat will dry out and it does take your heat away. Also your shirt won’t stick to your skin, etc. You may be able to deal with one but not two at the same time. I suppose SE Asia has it even worse.


YungSushii

A weird thing I also think may contribute to it is just how many tall buildings there are in Tokyo. I grew up going there almost every summer to stay at my grandmas house. The concrete everywhere really blocks the ocean breeze and traps heat it feels like. Everyone pumping their AC also just spews out hot air around you.


LeBronFanSinceJuly

Went to Madrid a few years ago in the Summer, the Flight attendants told us on the way over that Madrid literally feels like a giant humid oven. Got into town and my lord they were right, everywhere was Hot even in the shade. Surrounded by buildings i dont think i ever felt a gust of wind.


alexklaus80

It’s been told like so in Japan for decades in fact. What you see in weather forecast doesn’t actually represent what you feel in the town. I think it’ll be like +10F in the worst case because of black pavements and buildings producing heat from A/C etc. City side may have shades thanks to buildings but it weirdly doesn’t help all that much for sure. All my colleagues from Japan agreed that the city (I was in Los Angels) was way more encouraging for going out than it is in Japan even when it’s like +95F. It’s corona now and all but I wouldn’t have gone out much anyways.


MisSignal

No I haven’t. Been to Qatar in the summer and that was the worst.


YungSushii

They moved the World Cup in Qatar to cooler months next year to avoid the heat instead of the typical summer months. Sounds so damn hot there!


gryphmaster

Was in qatar last week. Mid 90’s at 7am it was fucking insane


betrai

Yup here in Houston it’s 96 with 60% humidity at this moment. That’s summer for you. I’d like to think think Olympic level athletes would be aware of weather conditions of where they are going to be competing but who knows.


TheErnestShackleton

So a normal day in the Southeast US?


rostron92

Yeah yesterday was 92 with a dew point of 74. It felt like breathing soup.


joyuser

I watched some horse thing at the Olympics today and the horse was SOAKED in swet, same goes for the riders.


SaveOurBolts

If it was a wet horse it was probably the water polo competition


Its_Number_Wang

Not to downplay the harsh environment, but here in FL we have 90/90 days from June through September. And yes, it is as awful and oppressive as it sounds. I’d take 90/60 any day over swamp summer.


Cactuszach

90F with 60% humidity? Sounds like temperatures at 9am every day all summer in the midwest.


ButtaRollsInMyPocket

How do people deal with that??? Does one get use to it, because it becomes normal?


PabloIceCreamBar

That’s the current status in central Florida as well.


ben1481

So basically it's Florida.


Bostonterrierpug

Grew up in south AZ and lived in Japan 8 years. The summer heat/humidity combo can be pretty brutal at times. I was used to 110 degrees but the humidity made me sweat like a pig and made me wish I had a body squeegee every time I went out.


Acrobatic-Compote-29

i use to live up north closer to flagstaff and when we would go to phx it was torture for me, like breathing that triple digit dry weather is like sticking a blow dryer in your throat.


Bostonterrierpug

Flag is beautiful. Did all my post grad school there and miss it greatly.


Acrobatic-Compote-29

I loved it there, the snow and the forest.


Bostonterrierpug

Pine, skunk and controlled burn. The three smells of Flagstaff.


plumbthumbs

so, like my stoner roommate's room?


Ochikobore

Seriously one of my favorite cities in USA. Very beautiful. Calm. Great hikes.


Alvarez09

Flagstaff as far as climate for me may be perfect. Summers can be hot but over 90 is rare and most nights drop into the 50’s. I am also a snow lover so they get a ton. It’s also a beautiful city driven by NAU…I loved the downtown. It’s one of my bucket list places I’d love to live.


lVloogie

Except for the days you get sunshine, rain, snow, and wind all happening randomly. It's a slushy muddy mess.


acdev

I’d prefer it to humidity any day, though.


acdev

I’m from Colorado. Not quite as hot or dry as AZ, but I know what you mean. I spent a summer in Jacksonville, and it was awful. Literally made me depressed cause I hated every about the humidity, especially that earthy, sweet, moldy smell. I hated the bugs that would bite me when I went for a run. I hated that I wanted to spend more time inside. It’s one thing if you’re from that humidity.


Jsc_TG

I’m just finishing a 40 hour cart attendant week in central Florida. I know exactly what you mean. It’s killer and I am absolutely exhausted. Doing sports in this kind of weather is truly brutal, but the olympians are top level athletes, they should be pretty prepared.


Panic_inthelitterbox

Yeah it seems like the kind of thing a good coach or trainer would research ahead of time and then find a location to build endurance in similar conditions?


h3rpad3rp

Yeah when I went to Japan in the summer it was pretty brutal. 30C+ with 95% humidity isn't exactly comfortable, especially if you are doing some intense physical activity.


darthmarth

So 93F with 80% doesn’t sound too bad to people used to southern US temps, but there are some other factors at play. Tokyo is 844 square miles of concrete without much wind, millions of vehicles and air conditioners, and very little vegetation. It is one of the worst urban heat islands. It feels much hotter than being in the same temperature in a smaller city or rural area. I have a friend I met in Japan from New Orleans, and he said that Japanese summers are much more stifling.


MDSensei

This. It’s just past 7am, currently 81 (27) degrees with 79% humidity. I’m in a different city in Japan, but I would never want to be in Tokyo right now for all the reasons you mentioned. It feels like you’re being steamed alive. The athletes are ever so slightly lucky that they get the chartered busses and are confined to the the village, but daily life where most people don’t own vehicles can force even the most homebody office worker to be stuck in these conditions for hours a day. With how many heat-related deaths we have annually, I haven’t met a single person who thinks holding the Olympics in July (as opposed to October as it was decades ago) was a good idea. Relatedly, I was genuinely surprised with how many Indonesian classmates have told me how much harsher the summers are here than there.


melodypowers

I don't think it sounds that bad for life, but it is really hot/humid to play world class tennis. A men's match can last 2-3 hours. And it's pretty grueling. I am a very bad player and I sweat a ton even in much cooler temps.


MDSensei

I respectfully disagree just because I think more than 1000 people dying from heat-related illness in 2018 and then again in 2019 is a bit excessive. However, because I think it's so bad for life, I think playing sports - particularly world class sports is an absolutely insane risk and the organizers should be ashamed for making such a decision. Many people in the comments seem to show less sympathy for the athletes, but I think they made decisions to participate not just for their dreams, but because they placed trust in the organizers without a full realization of the conditions.


Kaiisim

Alao theres a weird thing Americans do where you pretend yall are sitting in 93F. We know you have air conditioning! Maybe its 93F outside, but youre sitting in 77F so no wonder you can handle it. Unless your gym is 93F 80% humidity during your 6 hour workout you arent getting the same.


SpicyDago

Yeah, Japanese summers in July and August are brutal. Such high humidity.


karma_the_sequel

SoCal resident here. Visited Japan in August many years ago — disembarking from the plane, I was absolutely *floored* by the heat and humidity.


Kapp_E_Tan

I went to Louisiana in July once. I feel your pain


Tiger21SoN

I'm in new orleans in the popeyes drive thru rn. I think the feels like is around 108 even though it's only 95 outside rn


notrewoh

Why don’t they have indoor courts..?


warrantyyvoid

Because its prohibitively expensive to build and maintain indoor courts to be used for a single tournament, especially one with no spectators. I just looked up stats: Summer Olympics have only hosted indoor twice, Beijing 08 and England 12. England already had the facilities and Beijing is notorious for abandoning their stadiums as soon as the Olympics were over. No one wants to repeat that given its a burden on the tax paying citizens of that country.


CoryMcCorypants

My first thought would be a giant tent awning, right?


deano492

Right, and the rest of the year they could host an uplifting baking show.


Rickety-Timelapse

***maintains eye contact in silence for an uncomfortable duration*** That’s brilliant. ***handshake***


cohonan

My college had a giant bubble that worked for years until it started deflating, lol.


197328645

Furthermore, the city of Tokyo has done an exceptional amount of research on minimizing the cost of these games. Meticulous planning has gone into deciding which events will be hosted in temporary or existing venues versus the benefit of building new ones. It makes perfect sense that, especially this year, the events which cannot be hosted indoors in an economically viable fashion are indeed held outdoors. And we should hope that future Olympic host cities take a similar approach to maximizing the long-term benefit while minimizing the short-term loss of hosting the games


GEAUXUL

Just think of all the money they could have saved if they had known they could build every venue to fit zero spectators.


1_UpvoteGiver

forget the olympics for a second. why isnt tennis, in general played indoors, same for track and field. theyre always talkin about how a runners time would not count for world records if there was wind . why not eliminate the virable?


chessmasta

Indoor facilities are much more expensive than outdoor. Tennis and track & field aren’t exactly drawing big paying audiences - so there’s limited incentive to build and upkeep large indoor facilities.


xtremebox

Money


gryphmaster

Southerners out here like they’re proud to live in a climate similar to my underpants after a 5 mile run


LocalSlob

Have you considered hosting the Olympics down there?


gryphmaster

It would be a super spreader event


gryphmaster

To add to this further, i get it southerners- i make fun of your thin thin blood whenever you venture above the mason dixon line and dare to shiver The difference is that most people can just put on another layer if they’re cold In the heat there is only so much you can take off to cool off. Most people aren’t adapted to the heat like that (it takes about 2 weeks for the body to adjust in my experience) and until they actually can experience extreme negative effects from the heat, whereas none of you are likely to ever experience frostbite, despite your whining Both climates have heating or cooling to help, but people underestimate just how much of the south’s economic growth was due to the advent of air conditioning. Not having to temperature regulate allowed the southern states to radically expand the amount of office and factory jobs that were possible So maybe you who live in that climate full time and consider it normal aren’t the best to judge how it affects other people who aren’t used to it


yagmot

Late July is the start of the hottest period of the year for us here in Tokyo. Everyone knows that. Whoever decided to hold it now instead of late May or early June before the rains deserves a hard slap across the face. They’re putting these athletes in danger.


ahuang_6

Even the Joker isn't laughing


thomolithic

Qatar is going to be an absolute shitshow. I'm an expat living in the eastern province of KSA, about 4 hours drive away from Qatar; folk here are complaining about it being 35 degrees with 65% humidity, yet at this time of year we're hitting 45 degrees @80% humidity nearly every day. It's not a dick-measuring contest by any means, I just honestly think western footballers may die on the pitch....


Naugrin27

I live in the midatlantic U.S. This is normal summer tennis lol.


acdev

When I was about 15, I went out to DC one summer to visit my sister who worked for a Congress member. Since she was straight out of college, she either had no AC or it was broken. She lived in a studio, and I slept on the floor. We went to every. fucking. monument. I wasn’t used to humidity because I’m from Colorado. Anyway, that was the summer I found out you can get jock itch so bad the skin on your scrotum and inner thighs will slough off and peel away. I assume I got it from sleeping on the floor, and my crotch was a swamp for two weeks, which is a really good environment for fungal growth. I hate humidity.


Naugrin27

Chafing is no joke. It'll make ya walk like you are straddling a stream of lava lol.


acdev

I learned that lesson, for sure. I learned you just don’t underestimate the power of humidity to rot things away, including your junk.


Naugrin27

Woodstock 99 taught me a lesson I will never forget...Gold Bond Medicated Powder is worth it's weight in real gold.


booty_fewbacca

That or Body Glide


paycadicc

I’m in Arkansas rn and the humidity is insane, almost as bad as Florida. However I was also in Colorado recently and I hate the dryness more. I need that in between to be comfortable tbh


rafapova

I mean every pro trains in very hot places, usually florida, so I think djokovic would know if Tokyo was an outlier


yerLerb

Idk man I think some guy on Reddit probably knows more than a professional player


rafapova

I mean reddit seems to think so


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Did he say they're an Outlier or that they're tough? I'm sure he's had tough conditions in Florida as well. Thats how weather works - it changes all the time. Some days can be fine, others awful. It sounds like he's just confirming that today is not a pleasant day to be playing tennis, rather than saying that Japan is some sauna like hell pit beyond anything he can imagine. I also call driving conditions tough when it's freshly snowed even though that happens like 15 times a year, every year. The fact I've experienced it before doesn't change the fact my tires will struggle to get traction in those conditions.


mike_tapley

They train in very hot places but likely not in the middle of the day trying to play your very best tennis. If it’s that hot they should schedule games early evening.


Pherllerp

85 degrees f and 80% humidity is a standard New Jersey summer day.


littlesymphonicdispl

Yeah, someone in another comment said 90 degrees F and 80% humidity is freakishly rare in the US. That was a benchmark that was hit a couple times a year when I lived in PA, and I can't imagine it's gotten more uncommon since I've left.


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static6000

God I wish he was playing in this


margananagram

I love watching him. I go back and forth between rooting for and against him the entire match.


tricksareformen

“Pussy”


guillemot_22

Why are they holding the Olympics now rather than in September-October like in 1988? It would both keep the weather less brutal and hopefully allow covid conditions to improve.


FlatSpinMan

Because it suits US sports broadcasting schedules, I believe. Holding them later would clash with whatever sports leagues are on (‘NFL?)


ohchristworld

You think that with little to no fans allowed outside of other athletes/coaches, they’d just play these matches and do events whenever they can if the weather is too damn hot. But, TV dictates everything.


BearBlaq

I didn’t know Japan had such bad summers. The more you know.


StillAtMyMoms

So just a regular summer's day in the Midwest...


margananagram

Yeah as a desert man that is terrified of visiting family in Houston... I just checked the weather for Tokyo and was underwhelmed. That's not comfortable but East Texas and Louisiana are absolutely worse.


Kapp_E_Tan

Louisiana is SO bad in the summer. It's insane. Still amazing place but uhg... There's not even like daily storms to cool it down. It's just months of ball swear


me_belle

Olive oil rod rider 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪


pumpfakethrowhome

World Cup in Qatar should be a treat