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Blue Clay Works for me

Madrid Open introduces new surface color to the stars


May 07, 2012 | 08:12 PM

As a spectator, I find the blue key easier to see the ball in play on our small kitchen fridge (not high def). The top three women, Vika, Maria and Kvitova have already played and won easily on it without controversy or comment, as has Serena. Venus lost to Kerber, but that's no upset.

The top three men have each won one title at Madrid (Rafa is 1 and 2 in Madrid finals), and none of the three are likely to make up their mind on it until the week is over. Odds are that if the final features two of the top three, and if other players don't complain as Rafa, Joker and Raonic did after their first practice sessions, the ATP will have no reason not to declare the test this year a success, paving the way (so to speak) for other venues to follow - at their own considerable expense. Converting the red clay to blue in Madrid cost the tournament twice as much as normal, a cost tournament owner and billionaire Ion Tiriac can better afford than other venue operators except Larry Ellison (whose courts are already paved).

American Ryan Harrison had no cause to complain after he won his first round 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), over Stakhovsky. Christina McHale won her first round and took a set from Stosur before losing 6-0 in the 3rd.

JOKER, Raonic, Simon and Del Potro - fresh off defending his title on clay in Estoril - dive into the blue tomorrow. Joker faces Gimeno-Traver, Milos faces Nalbandian, Simon faces Fognini, and Del Potro faces Mayer.

Rick

ATP, WTA 5.7.12


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