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 Nadal's dominance of clay court tennis also persists. Ben Morse, CNN, "No.1 seed Simona Halep wins 17th straight match in dominant French Open victory," 2 Oct. 2020 The official poster for the 2020 French Open shows a view of a sunlit clay court through a dense ring of green leaves. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "New for This Pandemic French Open: Fall Weather and Lights," 27 Sep. 2020 Schwartzman, who was playing his first Masters 1000 final having beaten clay court supremo Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, broke Djokovic at the start of the second set, only for the world No. 1 to immediately break back. George Ramsay, CNN, "Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman to win fifth Italian Open title," 21 Sep. 2020 Fish suggested a clay court would be easier to maintain and more helpful to Cousins’ game. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins follows the bouncing ball to stay in football shape," 22 Aug. 2020 Over the weekend, guests played tennis on the resort’s immaculate green clay courts. Julia Echikson, New York Times, "No Trading Floor? No Problem. A Financial Firm Quarantines at the Four Seasons.," 7 Apr. 2020 Having grown up playing on clay courts was another advantage. Emmett Hall,, "Lauderdale Tennis Club hosts USTA National 30’s Clay Court Championships," 12 Dec. 2019 All 14 clay courts and four hard courts have been resurfaced by ProWorld. Gary Curreri,, "King’s Academy freshman competes in tennis tournament," 11 Oct. 2019 Manacor, Mallorca, Spain (CNN)He conquered the clay courts of Roland Garros for a record-extending 12th time, but now Rafael Nadal has set his sights on a third Wimbledon title. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Rafael Nadal ready to conquer Wimbledon once more," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of clay court

1885, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2020

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“Clay court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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