Tiriac and Co. just can't help themselves:
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.