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 Rublev first threw his racket to the clay court at the end of the first set and was subsequently given a warning by the umpire. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 1 June 2024 Hawk-Eye still isn’t used to check calls in clay court matches, with umpires instead coming down to check the ball marks themselves. Matias Grez, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 Nadal’s dominance on the legendary red clay court can’t be understated, as 14 of his 22 major wins came at Roland-Garros. Mark Gray, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 That final was played outside, in a rainstorm, on a clay court that probably would have been better served that day as a slip-and-slide. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Even clay courts, historically the slowest surface, play hard and fast these days. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 The duo decided to put red clay courts in the development (though hardcourts would have been cheaper), and the club became known for having the best clay courts in the region. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 The French Open has those beautiful red clay courts. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 The tournament began in 1899 as the Cincinnati Open, played on clay courts at the Avondale Athletic Club on property that now belongs to Xavier University. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clay court was in 1885

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“Clay court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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