Talk:Clay court

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This article is in need of some serious grammatical revisions.


Here's an article from Yahoo! about the French Open. The last part of the article includes an account of how clay courts started and became fashionable in the late 19th century/early 20th century. This can be included as a further elaboration for this article. Joey80 09:58, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Balls bounce higher or lower on clay?[edit]

This article states that the ball bounces "relatively high" on clay relative to other surfaces. The article on Clay-court specialist states that "the ball tends to bounce much lower than on hard courts, grass courts, or other surfaces."

Which is it?

A top spin groundstroke is going to bounce higher but slower on clay because of the dirt compressing under/in front of the ball as it bounces. A drop shot (the shot being referenced in the clay court specialist artice,) which has a very steep angle of descent, is going to bounce lower because of the dirt "cushioning" the bounce. The specialist article possibly needs to be clarified.


I searched this topic hoping to find out how the lines are done on clay courts. Obviously they aren't just chalk or they wouldn't last more than a few points. Can someone shed some light on this?

Lines are marked using white tape.

Can someone add something on the maintenance of a clay court -- the article merely says it is rolled. What with, how often, between matches, what if it rains etc.Cross Reference (talk) 02:40, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

And if the lines are marked with tape, how does the tape stay in place? Cross Reference (talk) 03:05, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

To answer that question (five years later), its actually nailed down. A long nail with a broad, flat textured head is driven through the tape (itself textured so it doesn't become a slipping hazard) , through the "clay" (actually crushed brick or stone) and into the substrate every inch or so, in a zigzag pattern. However, other methods exist. Sometimes they're metal or plastic inserts into the clay. At Roland Garros, they actually use a permanent layer of resinous paint that goes deep into the substrate, like a fancier version of a plastic insert.The article should probably mention this. oknazevad (talk) 23:00, 11 June 2015 (UTC)


Is gravel an uncommon synonym of clay court perhaps? We use it all the time here in NL, I thought it was English. Found some matches on BBC sites too, so I suppose I'm not entirely stupid.

Perhaps it could be added like ..sometimes also called.. (or more a specific when/bywho, if someone can clarify this some more).

Yellow Clay[edit]

What do people know about yellow clay courts? There have been some recent Challenger events in Kazakhstan played on yellow clay. How do they compare to green and red clay?

en tout cas[edit]

Why isn't there any mention of en tout cas in this article? Isn't it one of the most basic and wide-spread clay based surfaces in use? I grew up playing on it! Paul Roberton (talk) 14:38, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Agreed ... I grew up in Australia during the 50s & 60s playing on en tous cas courts, although all the ones I played on now seem to have artificial surfaces. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:18, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

"The most successful female player on clay"[edit]

I understand that this page is probably maintained by people from the USA, but the section dealing with "The most successful female player on clay" needs more balance. Serena Williams is a great player and whoever contributed the long piece about her on this page is certainly an ardent fan, but there is a long list of women players who have better records on clay. Henin and Evert, for example, should be among the first mentioned and there are good reasons for giving them more space than Williams. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:41, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Alternative name[edit]

Is a clay court the same as an ant bed tennis court? If so, a redirect and brief mention in the article might be appropriate. - Shiftchange (talk) 03:25, 27 January 2016 (UTC)