clay court

noun

Definition of clay court 

: a tennis court with a clay surface or a synthetic surface that resembles clay

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Players with special circumstances, like Ms. Williams’s childbirth or Roger Federer’s skipping the clay court season to focus on other tournaments, are penalized, even though those choices may have no bearing on their ability. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Serena Williams’s Return at French Open Puts WTA Rankings in Spotlight," 1 June 2018 In November 2015, Kyle Edmund made his Davis Cup debut for Britain on an indoor red clay court in Ghent, Belgium, in the finals against David Goffin. Geoff Macdonald, New York Times, "Players to Watch at the French Open," 25 May 2018 Rafael Nadal is ambivalent about playing on grass especially after a long and successful clay court season that ended with another French Open title. John Clarke, New York Times, "For Wimbledon’s Grass, It’s Not Easy Being Green," 30 June 2018 Wimbledon’s decision comes a month after the French Open denied Williams, a three-time French Open champion, a seeding at the lone clay court Grand Slam. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams rewarded with Wimbledon seed, leaving Slovakian questioning fairness," 27 June 2018 Rafael Nadal and clay court tennis are a match made in greatness heaven. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Eleventh heaven: Nadal As Good As Ever in Winning 11th French Open," 10 June 2018 Despite being hampered by injuries and suffering surprise defeats early in the clay court season, Nadal grinded out arguably his most impressive Roland Garros victory. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal: Who can stop the 'King of Clay' at the French Open?," 21 May 2018 Serena Williams flaunted her post-pregnancy physique during her first-round matchup at the French Open on Tuesday, wearing a black Nike catsuit on the clay court. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Serena Williams Wears Catsuit to Honor Mothers Who Had Tough Pregnancies," 29 May 2018 If Nadal had never entered a clay court tournament in his life, his tennis record (including six Grand Slams) would compare favorably with many all-time greats and gain him instant Hall of Fame entree. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Looking Back at Roland Garros," 13 June 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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