Clay Court Tournaments

dthomas

Rookie
I am from California, and I love playing on clay, but there are very few clay court tournaments in California for adults. I did notice that there a quite a few clay courts tournaments in Florida. I wish I lived there. I was wondering if anybody new if the clay courts in Florida are mostly green clay or red? Also, does anybody know the difference between red clay and green clay? I heard red clay is slower than green, but I'm not sure if that's true. Also, aren't most of the courts in Europe red clay and not green? I would love to play on some good red clay courts, but I don't plan to move to Europe soon.
Thanks!
 

ssgator80

Rookie
Born and raised here in FL. Never seen a red clay court - doesnt mean there arent any some where. Clay courts here in FL are green Har-Tru. Just played a tournament this weekend on heavy courts producing lousy bounces.
 

FloridaAG

Hall of Fame
There are some red/brown courts in Florida as well - Coral Springs Tennis Center has a couple - but the vast majority are green Har Tru - There are some red courts in the NY area as well - The Riverside Park courts are red -
 

Nanshiki

Hall of Fame
har-tru isn't what you'd call a real clay

it's more like an American semi-hard-court designed for old people...

real clay is much slower and you slide a lot more
 

Nanshiki

Hall of Fame
Yeah, but how often do you see older people playing on hard courts versus old people playing on American green clay courts?

Not too often.

I'd like to give red clay a try at least once... but all we have is green clay and concrete here.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Also born and raised in Florida. Everything mentioned so far is true. I've never seen a red clay court around the state, but the club I played at had them like 30 years ago. I've never played on the red stuff, but a number of my opponents have and they all despise how much slower it is. The har-tru clay courts I play on are not much different from a hard court in terms of speed.

Most of the clay court facilities I've played at are mostly taken care of, but very few places have perfect clay courts. I typically find that the more expensive the club, the better the courts. I love being able to slide into my shots on clay, but I have been injured in the past when the court was too dry. When you expect your foot to slide and your foot stops = torn meniscus in knee.
 

Rob_C

Hall of Fame
I am from California, and I love playing on clay, but there are very few clay court tournaments in California for adults. I did notice that there a quite a few clay courts tournaments in Florida. I wish I lived there. I was wondering if anybody new if the clay courts in Florida are mostly green clay or red? Also, does anybody know the difference between red clay and green clay? I heard red clay is slower than green, but I'm not sure if that's true. Also, aren't most of the courts in Europe red clay and not green? I would love to play on some good red clay courts, but I don't plan to move to Europe soon.
Thanks!

There's a senior clay court tourney coming up in Irvine 2nd half of this month.
 
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