clay court tennis?

danisac

Senior Member
Spain-Spanish
If you call "lawn tennis" the game played on grass, what would you call the game played on a clay court?
 
  • mllefraesp86

    Senior Member
    Ireland
    We would just call it tennis. Lawn tennis is a specific type of tennis, in other words it is tennis that is played on the grass. As far as I am aware there is no other way of saying what you want.
     

    Yarddog

    New Member
    UK English
    I could be wrong but I think lawn tennis is just the old name for tennis - it dosen't necessarily have to be played on grass. Of course most clubs calling themselves lawn tennis clubs have grass courts - traditional name, traditional surface.

    the name 'Lawn tennis' distinguishes it from real tennis (which is played in a walled indoor court).

    'Clay court tennis' would normally be used in contrast to 'grass court tennis' not 'lawn tennis.'
     

    Yarddog

    New Member
    UK English
    Yes, you would play a game of tennis, not clay-court tennis. Unless you were talking about the professional circuit where a distinction is often made. Then you might say things like 'Nadal dominates clay-court tennis.' etc.
     
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