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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For the following three years, from 1975 to 1977, players took to clay courts, then finally in 1978 the hard-court surface known as DecoTurf became the standard. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How the U.S. Open Changed the History of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 The Cincinnati Met tournament features a clay court. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Ivy League-bound Niraj Komatineni reflects on high school success, prepares for college tennis," 16 July 2019 Halep excels at this type of play, more frequently seen on clay courts than grass, and soon enough was on her way to her fifth Grand Slam final. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019 Halep excels at this type of play, more frequently seen on clay courts than grass, and soon enough was on her way to her fifth Grand Slam final. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams and Simona Halep cruise into Wimbledon women’s final," 11 July 2019 Halep excels at this type of play, more frequently seen on clay courts than grass, and soon enough was on her way. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "After slow start, Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina to reach Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019 There were more than 50 of the top college tennis coaches and scouts surveying the young talent on the clay courts. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Hollywood youth tennis player takes Bobby Curtis Junior State Boys 12 championship," 2 July 2019 Cortés took over as Anisimova’s full-time coach in April after helping her before and during the WTA clay court event in Bogotá. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Amanda Anisimova, Playing Fearlessly, Nears an Early Breakthrough," 7 June 2019 The 28-year-old British star has quietly put in practice hours and matches to lift her clay court game. Vanja Lakic, SI.com, "Johanna Konta's Clay-Court Turnaround is No Coincidence," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of clay court

1885, in the meaning defined above

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