clay court


Definition of clay court

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

Examples of clay court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a rare hard court loss to Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals at Miami, Osaka struggled in her transition to the European clay court season and lost early in Madrid and Rome. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 July 2021 At the Italian Open in Rome last month, Rafael Nadal tripped over a line that had come unpinned from the clay court. New York Times, 30 June 2021 At the Italian Open in Rome last month, Rafael Nadal tripped over a line that had come unpinned from the clay court. Ben Rothenberg, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Federer, 39, is playing just his third event of 2021 after having two knee procedures in 2020 and only his second clay court event of the season. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 27 May 2021 But there were no tumbles or stumbles on Monday on the most important clay court in the world. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Thirteen days ago, playing his first clay court match since 2019, Federer lost to Andujar in three sets in Geneva and hadn’t played since. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Mari Osaka stated that every time her sister plays in a clay court tournament the press asks her about her poor record on the surface, which puts negative thoughts in her head., 31 May 2021 Yet Williams and Federer both lost clay court matches on Tuesday at relatively obscure events, and dreams of more major titles for both seem almost like pie in the sky at this point. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of clay court

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Clay court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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