Earlier in the week, Tennis Tips Daily wrote the article Madrid Blue Clay Court Controversy about how the change from Red to Blue Clay in Madrid might stress some of the ATP Players. Well, we are now mid-tournament in Madrid, and a couple of the top players are now out of the tournament. These same top players vow no return to Madrid Blue Clay if Madrid does not return to the original Red Clay court surface. This is Tennis History in the making one way or another. If the Blue Clay stays in Madrid, and the top players do not show up next year; there will be even more controversy about the Blue Clay. If Madrid returns to Red Clay, the Blue Clay might go down in history as a huge mistake.
Top Players Vow No Return To Madrid Blue Clay
Below ABC/AFP says Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal not only lost their matches, but they made a vow not to return to Madrid if the Clay is Blue next year.
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Madrid Masters on Friday, vowing never to return to play on the tournament’s controversial blue clay.
Djokovic lost 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic, his quarter-final defeat coming a day after an equally frustrated world number two Rafael Nadal had lost to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
“I want to forget this week as soon as possible and move on to the real clay courts,” said the top seed, who beat Nadal a year ago for the trophy.
“They can do what they like, I won’t be here next year if this clay stays.”
Nadal also insisted on Thursday that he, too, would not play the Madrid tournament if the blue clay remains in place in 2013.
I expect the top players to possibly complain a bit for one reason or another, but I did not expect them to act as if other players had an unfair advantage. All of the players are constantly adapting to surface changes as they play the ATP Tour such as Indoor, Hard, Clay, and Grass; so I would not expect that the elite players would have the biggest problems because they are probably the best at adapting to various surfaces due to their skill level and confidence.
The Blue Clay is probably a challenge for everyone because it sounds like it is too slippery and the bounce is inconsistent. We will have to wait until the end of the week to get more input from the players; but at this point, the Blue Clay does not seem to be a hit with the top players at least.
Will more top players vow no return to Madrid Blue Clay by the end of the week?