clay court


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For those allowed by their OB to play tennis, Rancho Valencia has regularly been named the top tennis resort in the US and has 14 courts, including one red clay court. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Ruud had won 10 matches in a row and 13 of 14, and had led the tour with seven clay court titles since the start of 2020. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 5 June 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clay court was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Clay court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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