clay court tourny coming up

This weekend im gonna be playing in a tournament. Half of the courts at the tournament site are clay and the other half is hardcourt. I've never played on clay before. Does anyone have any advice on how clay court play?
 
Rob the Tennis Player said:
This weekend im gonna be playing in a tournament. Half of the courts at the tournament site are clay and the other half is hardcourt. I've never played on clay before. Does anyone have any advice on how clay court play?
I hope you know how to slide on clay. It is fun. You will enjoy it. Also, when the ball hits the line, the ball will jump.
 

Andres

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Mountainman said:
I hope you know how to slide on clay. It is fun. You will enjoy it. Also, when the ball hits the line, the ball will jump.
And it will bounce totally unpredictably when it hits the lines. Be careful, because the ball changes its direction after hitting the line.

And the clay makes the bounce more vertical than hardcourts, so pay attention to that details and you'll do fine ;)
 
Nah you won't fall unless you catch your foot on the lines or something. Saves a lot of energy you will need running side to side on a clay court. Enjoy your first time! And probably best of all ball marks. What? huh? out?!!? oh yeah show me the ball mark!!
 

wyutani

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Rob the Tennis Player said:
This weekend im gonna be playing in a tournament. Half of the courts at the tournament site are clay and the other half is hardcourt. I've never played on clay before. Does anyone have any advice on how clay court play?
clay courts will make ur socks really dirty, i had a hrad time washing em'...why is it so dusty red? haha. why is this in tennis and tips instructions???
 

Rickson

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Rob the Tennis Player said:
Thanks.

I just hope I wont fall. I assuming theres no traction on clay?
Rob, American clay courts are not that great for sliding so don't stress it. If you move around like you would on a hard court, you'll do fine and you're wrong, there is quite a bit of traction on clay, but it's obviously not as much as a hardcourt. I play on a clay court where nobody, and I mean nobody, slides because the clay is just not that slideable there. Treat the court like a HC at first and if the clay is very slideable then get the feel of the court and take it from there.
 

papa

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Rickson said:
Rob, American clay courts are not that great for sliding so don't stress it. If you move around like you would on a hard court, you'll do fine and you're wrong, there is quite a bit of traction on clay, but it's obviously not as much as a hardcourt. I play on a clay court where nobody, and I mean nobody, slides because the clay is just not that slideable there. Treat the court like a HC at first and if the clay is very slideable then get the feel of the court and take it from there.
This is basically/generally true but it does vary, and by a considerable amount, from one place to another. Really seems to depend on how much Har-Tru serface material is used, how hard the base is (some never seem to cut it) and how much (and when) water is used.

You really don't get the feeling that your sliding much on clay but when you have to play on hard courts you suddenly realize that your coming to a stop on a dime and it makes me, at least, feel like I might fall forward. Some seem to be better at sliding than others and its a skill that takes some time to develope - I wish I was better at it.

The traction is generally good, as Rickson says, but can also be a factor based on the same conditions as above. Mist and light rain generally make the lines slippery (more so than hardcourts) so be aware of that also.

I think you'll enjoy the experience.
 
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Dunlopkid

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Keep the ball deep. Go high over the net and crosscourt and don't go for the winner.
 
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