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Blue Clay Featured in Madrid: Why?

May 02, 2012 | 10:00 PM

Good pix of the blue clay with some funny player comments at:

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bgx21?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

If any country was going to mess with clay, arguably it should be Spain, the last place whose players would seem to need a change to benefit.

So why did they do it (who does it benefit)?

You and me - the tv spectators, apparently:

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/04/racquet-scientist-blue-in-madrid.html

We'll find out next week when the men's and women's tournaments start in Madrid.

THIS WEEK

The men are slogging around on red clay in Munich (where top seed Tsonga lost badly to Tommy Haas in the 16's), Estoril (where Del Potro is launching his clay season against a weak field) and Serbia (where without Joker the tournament is... a joke). Of small note on clay neophytes:

- Ryan Harrison was seeded 7th in Serbia, but lost 3-6, 3-6 in the 1st round

- Bernie Tomic is seeded 5th in Munich and beat Olivier Rochus in the 1st round, 6-4, 6-3

Rick

ATP, WTA


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