Tennis Courts – Madrid Blue Clay Controversy Ends With A Federer Win

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Madrid Blue Clay
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The Madrid Open Tennis Tournament got a lot of press this week. We felt here at Tennis Tips Daily that there was great tennis being played throughout the tournament, but various controversies about the blue clay got the most attention from the press, spectators, and players. After a week of high quality tennis, the Madrid blue clay controversy ends with a Federer win. Roger Federer’s win was overshadowed by controversy which is a shame. Also, Nadal exiting the tournament being vocal about his distaste for the Madrid blue clay surface detracted from the fact that the Madrid win moved Federer into the ATP number 2 spot meanwhile bumping Rafael Nadal down to number 3 which is a huge move for Federer right now.

Madrid Blue Clay Controversy Ends With A Federer Win

As you can read below in an excerpt from a SI.com article, Jon Wertheim writes about what players said concerning the dangers of the blue clay and then notes how the recent Monte Carlo tournament had perilous conditions without much negative feedback at all from players.

For a French Open tune-up event, the Mutua Madrid Open garnered all sorts of attention last week. And mostly it was on account of the blue clay. Players hated it and weren’t shy about complaining. Others didn’t mind it and, smartly, kept this to themselves. It was allegedly telegenic. Except when it wasn’t. It was allegedly dangerous. Except that was a tough argument to make, given the perilous conditions of the recent Monte Carlo tournament (that went largely unremarked upon). And the reality is that the worst clay court is easier on the body than the best hard court.

Rafael Nadal complained — as he does with distressing frequency these days — then lost to countryman Fernando Verdasco and then went fishing (in the deep blue sea.) Novak Djokovic complained, lost to a countryman as well, and then — giving new zest to the phrase “surface tension” — vowed not to return to the event until the blue clay turns red.

I am not sure what to make of this blue clay controversy. Djokovic and Nadal seem to have serious problems with the Madrid blue clay surface, so there might be something to there complaints. Roger Federer should be congratulated on his victory because when other top players were stressed to the point of losing their matches and their cool at the same time, he continued to be a class act as usual by just winning his matches and not spending time complaining about the court conditions.

Is The Madrid Blue Clay A Fifth Surface Type?

On a lighter note, some are making jokes about the blue clay surface being a fifth surface type: Ice! This is due to the court being so slippery and fast. The joke then moves on to suggest that this makes Federer the first to win on five different surfaces: Indoor, Hard, Grass, Clay, and Ice. Of course, Djokovic and Nadal are probably not laughing too hard at these jokes to their bad experiences this last week on the blue clay Courts.

Can Federer Win The French Open This Year?

Now that the Madrid blue clay controversy ends with a Federer win, Federer moves to number 2 in the ATP World Rankings at the age of 30. Federer showed us how tough he is mentally, and people think he might do well this year at the French Open due to his renewed confidence. I think he has a good chance of winning this year based on his current level of play and fitness. How do you think Federer will do at the French this year?

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Madrid Blue Clay Controversy Ends With A Federer Win

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4 Responses to Tennis Courts – Madrid Blue Clay Controversy Ends With A Federer Win

  1. Ana August 8, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I’m wondering about seeing the ball as well. It seems like the blue would definitely be a distraction. 🙁

    • David Evans August 9, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Ana, I am not sure if it hurts or helps. Not sure that I want to try the Blue Clay until they get the kinks worked out of how slippery still. I hurt my knee in that past, so slippery (like ice) does not sound fun to me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts, David

  2. Nico May 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Do you believe it is a lot harder of a surface to see the ball? I can completely understand why some players didn’t like it it was probably very distracting.

    • David Evans May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Nico,
      Good question about the Blue Clay being distracting. I am not sure if it is easier or harder to see the ball while playing on the blue clay, but it might have been distracting due to being different. The new color was supposed make it easier to see the ball on TV. Players are complaining that it is harder to run, stop, and slide around the court. It sounds like it was too slippery for some reason, but it might have to do with the preparation of the court. Possibly the clay base was packed to tight. The players like to slide a bit during their shots on clay, but this blue clay did not allow them to have much control during the slide. If the base was over packed, the court probably felt much like having a thin layer of dirt on a cement base which would cause a player to slide too far without any way to control the length and speed of the slide as they normally do on clay due to the softer base under the initial court surface.

      Be sure to let us know if you learn anything more about the Blue Clay in Madrid.
      Thanks, David

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