"Usually, Americans are known to be bad on clay, because we don't play a lot on clay. ... Personally, I hated clay for so long _ up until, like, three years ago," said King, who splits time between California and Florida. "It's a different movement with sliding, and different preparation. On hard courts, you have to play the points quicker, and on clay, you have to be a little bit more patient and work the points more."