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Old 05-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #64
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Blue clay
Ion Tiriac, owner of the Madrid Masters that as of 2009 is being played on clay, has proposed for next editions of the tournament to be disputed on a new blue clay surface, thus reflecting the main sponsor's color (the insurance company Mutua Madrileņa). This controversial change is still pending for acceptance on the players' side. In the meanwhile, effective 2009, one of the outer courts has already been made of the new material for the players to test it. Manuel Santana, the Open's current director, has assured that aside from the color the court keeps the same properties as the traditional red ones.[2]
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