Blue Clay Courts

In 2012 the Madrid Open used blue clay courts to enhance visibility and increase the contrast with the yellow ball. Perhaps they could have instead painted the tennis balls blue to increase the visual contrast with the red clay. Just an idea!
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
yellow balls on blue clay benefitted the TV viewer, but the other consideration is the players, who likely would have had difficulty seeing a blue ball against the background and spectators.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
In 2012 the Madrid Open used blue clay courts to enhance visibility and increase the contrast with the yellow ball. Perhaps they could have instead painted the tennis balls blue to increase the visual contrast with the red clay. Just an idea!
blue clay was way too slippery and was making tennis players hurt their ankles and knees. Not good. what about purple clay ?? I think those would be great for TV viewing and pretty too
 
Well, when I watch highlights on youtube and the quality and graphics of the video might not be too good, I suppose there isn't a huge amount of contrast between the yellow ball and light red clay.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
blue clay was way too slippery and was making tennis players hurt their ankles and knees. Not good. what about purple clay ?? I think those would be great for TV viewing and pretty too
It wasn't the blue color that made the clay slippery, it was the salt that was applied. Didn't seem to bother Federer - the Blue Clay GOAT.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
OP, really
men playing with "blue balls!!", haaaaa

btw agree with @mmk , it did not bother the GOAT 1 bit
and it looked great on tv,,
I hate watching the French open or any red clay matches/tournaments, because I cant see the ball properly on tv
 
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