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CyBorg 04-24-2009 06:28 AM

Madrid considering Blue Clay
 
Tiriac and Co. just can't help themselves:

http://www.tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx
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Madrid organizers say they are looking at having blue clay courts in the future to better co-ordinate with the colors of their main sponsor.

One of the tournament's outside courts will be set up with blue clay this year for dubious players to test out, tournament director Manolo Santana was quoted as saying by El Periodico de Catalunya. "Once the players see that it is exactly the same as red there will be no problem."

The Ion Tiriac-owned Madrid event is known for its bold attempts to attract publicity, including the introduction of models as ball boys and ball girls when it was an indoor event in the fall.

gj011 04-24-2009 06:34 AM

I thought AO is played on blue clay.

oscar_2424 04-24-2009 06:37 AM

that was mean :)

Nadal_Freak 04-24-2009 07:10 AM

Blue clay finally coming true. Not just a blast at the Australian Open surface.

JediMindTrick 04-24-2009 08:41 AM

Why don't they try green clay aka Wimbledon grass?

jones101 04-24-2009 08:44 AM

I like the idea of blue clay, its different, modern, and the ball should be esier to track on TV, it will also give the tournament more exposure IMO.

Do you think clay courts will ever become multi coloured like hardcourts? (I known they have green clay in the US but other colours)?

icedevil0289 04-24-2009 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by JediMindTrick (Post 3352271)
Why don't they try green clay aka Wimbledon grass?

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pabletion 04-24-2009 08:50 AM

hmmmm.... considering how full of crap most players are (some not liking paint jobs on their racquets claiming they feel different....), Im pretty sure that most of them will say the courts feel completely off even though technicians say the clay is the same exact stuff.

Dont see a future on that

CyBorg 04-24-2009 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by jones101 (Post 3352279)
I like the idea of blue clay, its different, modern, and the ball should be esier to track on TV, it will also give the tournament more exposure IMO.

I'd watch it.

Sure, seeing Tiriac's self-satisfied mug will sting, but the ball girls should make up for that.

That's what he's counting on.

Zaragoza 04-24-2009 09:28 AM

Terrible idea.

jamesblakefan#1 04-24-2009 09:38 AM

I think it's a good idea. As long as it plays the same, I don't see what the big deal is.

john whilesmith 04-24-2009 11:31 AM

The US Open changed the color of its courts, as did the events that form the US Open Series, so what's the big deal? The courts at Key Biscayne looked purple....

Zaragoza 04-24-2009 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by john whilesmith (Post 3352756)
The US Open changed the color of its courts, as did the events that form the US Open Series, so what's the big deal? The courts at Key Biscayne looked purple....

Clay is a natural surface, changing the colour of a natural surface is an aberration. It would be a shame if all the great job and effort they put into this tournament ended up on this. I can't believe Santana supports this idea, there are better ways to make a tournament more notorious. They're attention seekers.

seffina 04-24-2009 11:46 AM

You know what this is, right? This is the Smurfs' plan for world domination. They started small with the blue shoes and shirts, but soon enough everyone will be a Smurf.

icedevil0289 04-24-2009 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by seffina (Post 3352789)
You know what this is, right? This is the Smurfs' plan for world domination. They started small with the blue shoes and shirts, but soon enough everyone will be a Smurf.

lmao, attack of the smurfs.

veroniquem 04-24-2009 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Zaragoza (Post 3352780)
Clay is a natural surface, changing the colour of a natural surface is an aberration. It would be a shame if all the great job and effort they put into this tournament ended up on this. I can't believe Santana supports this idea, there are better ways to make a tournament more notorious. They're attention seekers.

Seems dumb to me too. I like the natural color of clay. What's coming up next? Pink grass? Yikes.

pc1 04-24-2009 11:59 AM

As long as it plays the same it shouldn't matter. Hey, people in the past complained about the change from white tennis balls to yellow and it worked out.

atac 04-24-2009 12:36 PM

The day Nadal wins the U.S. Open will people be saying its played on blue and green clay? Yeah, thats what I thought...

35ft6 04-24-2009 12:55 PM

Blue clay would be nice. I always thought blue courts, whether indoor carpet or hard, were the easiest on the eyes and allowed you to track the ball easiest.

nadal for number1 04-24-2009 01:00 PM

very good idea to change things imo


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