This past week, my tennis team had its final matches before sectionals begin tomorrow. However, due to heavy rainfall, several of our matches were either rescheduled or postponed. Naturally, I thought that there had to be some physics dealing with the impact of rain on the total force of friction when one plays on a court. Turns out that a liquid substance like water decreases the coefficient of friction of the surface it is on (in this case the tennis courts). Because tennis requires a lot of quick stopping and changing of direction, friction is essential for both speed and for staying on one's feet. A decrease in the coefficient of friction would mean that it would take longer to stop and turn than it would on a dry court. Not only that, but a decrease in friction makes stopping, in general, more difficult, which could prove dangerous for players on the court. So, our postponed matches were not in vain; our coaches were trying to protect us from friction, or rather, the lack thereof!