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Playing my first tournament on green clay... What should I expect?

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I'm playing for the first time ever on green clay this week and I'm playing in a tournament Is there anything I should know about playing on this stuff? I've only played on hard and carpet before and I know the difference in speed will be great.

I'm a baseliner that hits big topspin on the forehand and can do anything on the backhand(slice, top, flat, dropshot) on the backhand. I can volley and my serve has a lot of spin on it but I can smack it too..

What is the best to do on this stuff?
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Hi guys!!

I'm playing for the first time ever on green clay this week and I'm playing in a tournament Is there anything I should know about playing on this stuff? I've only played on hard and carpet before and I know the difference in speed will be great.

I'm a baseliner that hits big topspin on the forehand and can do anything on the backhand(slice, top, flat, dropshot) on the backhand. I can volley and my serve has a lot of spin on it but I can smack it too..

What is the best to do on this stuff?
i've played on grass, carpet and hardcourts but never clay- i would love to though

let us know how u get on!
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basically - geneve's advice is protocol from tennis heaven - so listen to him.
other than that - look fir the weather forecast - IMO green clay tends to change it's feeling way more dramatically than red clay.

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one rule:topspin the crap out of the ball. you will tire them out as it is harder to generate power from the shoulders and the rallies are tougher.

thats all u need to know and just play natural. i dont see why tactics should matter that much unless ur pro . just have fun and playur game

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If you're a true hardcourt player, take the ball on the rise and finish off points with offensive slices and touch volley, dropshots, etc.

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Good luck FLL! I also played few tourneys on green clay, the difference between this surface a slower hardcourts here in quebec is pretty slim. Just be prepared to it more shots, and remember than controlled aggression is the best on clay!

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I played a green clay tournament this week..and I grew up around red clay..the only difference to me is its a bit faster..rush the net alot on green clay because chances are you are also playing against someone who has never played it before so there not going to know what to do..because lobs hardly work on it..

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I played a green clay tournament this week..and I grew up around red clay..the only difference to me is its a bit faster..rush the net alot on green clay because chances are you are also playing against someone who has never played it before so there not going to know what to do..because lobs hardly work on it..
Why don't they work at all?

I'll be in the same situatuion this summer. I will play one of them in Canada, probably in Quebec and CD already warned me of the surface. Nah, not really.

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I hope there are clay courts in Florida because I'm going there this summer

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Hey FLL firstly good luck

All geneve advice was correct, the only other thing is your footwork, if you haven't played on clay before it might be tricky. I tend to slide but I find it easier to gain your balance etc.

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I hope there are clay courts in Florida because I'm going there this summer

Good luck FLL!!!
There are a lot of green clay courts in Florida, hope that you have fun there!!!

I love green clay, it is my favorite surface. I play on it more than any other surface and enjoy it because it is easy on your body and it gives you time to set up for your shots. I hope that you do well in your tournament!!!
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Since you're a baseliner you should probably stick with rallies if you don't go for a winner every shot. Green clay is a lot more fun because it's not as slow and obviously if your game is built to stick in rallies then you'll want to. If you've got an opponent who goes for winner after winner you should probably try and mix things up, slice, moon balls etc. to throw off your opponent...and then when the time is right you go for that perfect shot.
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Because it is green clay- don't be afraid to approach the net. Look at Henman at Roland Garros, you can usually surprise a few people and get some free points. Take advantage of sliding, as well as finesse and placement on the ball. Best of luck!
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TAKE THE BALL EARLY!! Slices die on this surface! Move up to them quickly and take them early. The topspin will jump on you, so move your feet. Just play your game and forget about the surface. You sound really good, so don't worry!!
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There are a lot of green clay courts in Florida, hope that you have fun there!!!

I love green clay, it is my favorite surface. I play on it more than any other surface and enjoy it because it is easy on your body and it gives you time to set up for your shots. I hope that you do well in your tournament!!!

Are you from Florida? Do you know if they have any clay courts in Orlando, specifically, and where? That's where I'll be going this summer, and I can't imagine spending 2 weeks there and not having the opportunity to play on clay!!

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