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
 
"The half clay and half grass spectacle cost approximately $1.6 million to create."
https://www.tennis.com/baseline/articles/revisiting-the-epic-battle-of-the-surfaces

A divided court surface of clay and grass might be expensive but what about another combination? Artificial grass with artificial clay? Or one side hard court with the other side being concrete? Maybe we could mix it another way like having grass on the outer court and artificial grass inside the court boundaries. The different bounces would then be more noticeable if the ball landed out!
 
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Perhaps we could play tennis with one of those really small bouncy balls where our lives would be on the line if we got hit! We'd have to wear body armour!
 
We could alter the net height while we're at it and make it 3 meters high. We'll have 30 shot rallies full of lobs! It'd be like volleyball!
 
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We could also reduce the net height as if it were one of those old public courts without a net. One shot rallies full of unbeatable winners! We'd essentially be playing table-tennis with big rackets!
 
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When we were short players we might practice so-called American doubles where it'd be one player with no tramlines against two in a doubles court. It'd be cool if Federer or Nadal could enter doubles tournaments on their own and see if they could win by themselves!

https://m.youtube.com/shorts/3J6tD9w9108
"Incredibly smooth from Roger Federer training on grass" (American doubles practice session - twice the training!)
 
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cant see the ball properly on tv

I usually watch tennis on medium-to-low volume on my computer because it's held very close to me. Recently I turned up the volume on an internet tennis rally to maximum sound output and I noticed that I could feel the timing of their shots much better. We tend not to care too much about the sound off our own racket but we subconsciously use sound from our opponent's shot to help our reaction speeds. Furthermore the sound of the impact can help us concentrate on the location of the contact points when the TV's graphics are imprecise.
 
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(Small artificial grass mat placed before baseline on a hard court)
Elite Grass Court Tennis - Baseline Tennis

Interesting idea. Maybe we could extend it by having a small clay pit on a tennis court much like a sand bunker in golf!
 
Perhaps we could also wear colour tinted sunglasses or use tinted camera lenses to see the yellow ball on TV instead of just closer camera angles!
https:// youtu. be/eo4GYDE9fnc?si=mwa0eg4oydHYDP-Y
Intuitive Tennis - Clay court season is tough on the eyes - Challengers Movie - MMTR

Flicking the vibrancy and contrast dials on editor(!):
Difficulty Seeing the Tennis Ball?! (Bat Mode)
 
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