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NS Sports - Clay Court Guide

The Clay Court is a playable tennis court in Nintendo Switch Sports that slows balls down at the cost of increased bounce. Read on to see a full list of features for this court and tips on how to win tennis matches when playing here!

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Clay Court Tips

Avoid Backspins

Clay Court Avoid Backspins

Balls will bounce slower when playing in the clay court, which will make backspins less effective as your opponent has more time to react to the ball changing directions.

Attack With Lobs and Weak Shots

Clay Court Lob

As rallies tend to last longer in clay courts, most players are expecting to receive the ball at the baseline near the edge of the court.

You can catch your opponents off guard by employing lobs and weak returns in your rallies, as this will surprise them by sending the ball near the net.

Speed Up Rallies with Front Player

Clay Court Front Player Rally

Since balls slow down after bouncing, it is easier for the front player in your side of the court to receive attacks.

If you have been rallying with your rear player, speed up the rally a bit by attacking with your front player.

Mind Your Stamina

Since rallies can go on for a long time when playing at clay courts, your opponent will try to send their shots on both sides of the field in order to tire you out. Try to regain stamina with lob shots to give yourself time to recover.

Conversely, you can also try to tire your opponent by doing the same!

Clay Court Features

Chosen at Random

Clay Court

If you play a tennis match, the court you will play on will be chosen at random, regardless if you play locally or online.

If you are playing locally and would like to play at this court, you can start and quit the match until you get it.

Local and Online Multiplayer Features

Balls Slow Down and Bounce High

The tennis ball will bounce high and slow down once it lands on the ground when playing tennis on the clay court. This will give either player more time to receive the ball.

Rallies Easier to Maintain

Since the ball slows down and bounces higher in clay courts, it is easier to receive the ball from the opposing side which will help prolong rallies.

If you are playing online and managed to get the clay court in your match, it is a good idea to take advantage of this and try to maintain long rallies with your opponent. Participating in long rallies will grant you a x1.1 point bonus after the match!

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Earn Point Bonuses

Bonus Points/Multiplier How to Get
Play Bonus 30 Points Finish the match.
Victory Bonus x1.2 Win the match.
Long Rally x1.1 Maintain a sequence of back and forth shots with your opponent for at least 45 seconds.
Right on the Line x1.1 Score a point with the ball landing on top of the line.
Repeat Rocket Serves x1.1 Successfully perform consecutive rocket serves.
Decided by Deuce x1.1 Get into Deuce in the match.

This list is currently being updated.

While playing online, you can earn point bonuses after tennis matches depending on your performance during the game.

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