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I used to really hate clay, but I've been playing on it more lately (mostly Har-Tru) and am starting to enjoy it. I especially love how I can play all day without feeling banged up and sore, like I do from hard courts.

My game is getting better on clay. Although, I'm still trying to master the slide and handle the balls that kick up high. If given a choice, I'd always pick hard courts, but these days, I look forward to playing on clay too.

How does everyone else feel? Any tips you have for clay? My main mantra when playing on clay is to just not let the surface psych me out anymore and just enjoy it.

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Clay is enjoyable to play on. However, points can get quite long and you better bring your mental mettle to any match on clay.

My only advice for clay is be as opportunistic as possible. This holds true for any surface, but on clay it is extremely vital to be patient in point construction and then finish the point when given an opening (short ball, floater that can be cut off for a volley, etc.)
i've only played on the green stuff and you know, i dont seem to notice how it affects the body in relation to hard courts. call me crazy. i do notice how much less penetrating my shots seem to be though. i like the sliding, but also have not played enough on it to perfect it. never played on the red, but walked by some in europe! actually, i've stood on the center court at roland garros. no joke. i was doing a study abroad during college and got to travel around a bit and went to Paris (this is mid July) and sought out Roland Garros. the whole grounds were empty except for a french junior practicing on one court with his three coaches. i walked into the Chartier stadium and, again, empty. so i walked down courtside and walked out onto the court. it hadnt been watered in awhile and there was no net up, but i just looked around and recognized i was standing in the same place as borg, lendl, lacoste, and more. i filled a little camera film container with some of the clay and still have it. kinda got off track here - so, yeah, clay's great!
for me clay is my favorite surface. sliding also puts a new dimension to the game. most people i see though don't know how to slide. it came naturally to me
Clay is easier on my body, however I hate it. The bounce was what got me all the time. All the tournaments in North Carolina were played on clay except the indoor events, I allways did real well indoors; but on the clay; I was lost. One reason why was after the matches started they never swept the courts the rest of the day, we whould do it ourseves and they would be allright for a set; but the lack of them being watered never helped. I now live in texas and tournaments are on hard courts; THANK GOD.
Like playing on clay but not as good as on a hard court. Maybe should start hitting again at Dante Fascell or Flamingo
You must be very good on clay

Jay Sridhar said:
Clay is enjoyable to play on. However, points can get quite long and you better bring your mental mettle to any match on clay.

My only advice for clay is be as opportunistic as possible. This holds true for any surface, but on clay it is extremely vital to be patient in point construction and then finish the point when given an opening (short ball, floater that can be cut off for a volley, etc.)

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