PARIS — For decades, the red clay that makes the French Open unique among Grand Slams has served as a gorgeous canvas for the game’s most artful practitioners, looking more like velvet than crushed brick under the Parisian sun.
But from Mallorca to Miami, clay courts of similar composition have served as the ideal classroom for grooming future champions.
Hard courts may dominate the U.S. tennis landscape, but clay, many coaches and pros believe, is the best surface for learning and mastering the game because of the range of skills and qualities it demands. Among them: Fitness, balance and agility; a variety of shots and the smarts to know when to use them; a strategic plan rather than rapid-fire reflexes; and patience, above all.
Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/tennis/french-open-2019-why-clay-courts-mold-top-tennis-players/2019/06/04/268c9188-86e9-11e9-a491-25df61c78dc4_story.html?utm_term=.9f006d41e026
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