Seeking advice for playing on damp clay courts

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  1. Orange

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    My doubles match today will likely be played on wetter-than-usual clay courts.

    What advice would you give a relatively-new player?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    The moisture will make the balls heavier so topspin will be less effective while slices and drop shots will be more potent. You'll be able to do more with your return game since your opponents serves will lose some of their sting. Wrong footing your opponent is a good idea since it is hard to stop on a wet court.
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

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    The bounces will be lower. That means you can stand in a bit on serves and take them earlier. If it is doubles, stand in close, put the return deep, come to the service line. Easy points.

    If you are a woman and you stand on the baseline to receive serve and don't move forward to the ball, you may well find the ball bounces twice before it reaches you. :)
     
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  4. gmatheis

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    Don't assume the ball will bounce as high as normal ... be ready for "soft" bounces.

    Drop shots become more effective also

    Best advice is to really make sure you aren't planting your feet too early for your shots, keep em moving!
     
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  5. Orange

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    Thanks for the advice, all!

    The courts weren't as wet as I anticipated but had damp spots, we won the match, we did indeed lose a few points to drop shots, and I found really helpful the advice not to stand too far back when returning serve.

    Thanks again!
     
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