How to Play (and Win!) on a Clay Court





Step 1:

Be patient. Because clay tennis courts play slower than other surfaces, points usually last longer. Clay courts don’t produce a lot of non-returnable shots so good conditioning is essential since you will be moving back and forth a lot.

Step 2:

Mix up your shots. Clay courts require lots of creativity since the surface slows down your hard shots. Use different spins and angles instead of just trying to hit it hard. The element of surprise is your best friend on clay courts.

Step 3:

Put topspin on your shots. Topspin works well on clay because the spin bites into the clay well, giving it a more unpredictable bounce and it will make it difficult for your opponent to put counter spin on it.

Step 4:

Play deep on clay tennis courts more than you would on hard courts or grass. Playing deep will allow you more time to plan your shots since clay is slower. This will allow you more control over the point instead of just reacting.

Step 5:

Learn to slide on clay. The clay surface is different from the other surfaces in footing as well as bounce. Being able to slide effectively on clay will allow you to get to balls you would not have a chance at on harder surfaces.

Step 6:

Make your opponent back up and hit them with a drop shot. Drop shots can be devastating on clay and mixed with deep balls with lots of topspin, drop shots can give you a great advantage.

Serving tips – Power serves and kick serves video lesson

1) getting power on the serve – click here

2) getting kick on the serve  – click here