The new blue clay courts of the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open have some of the top players in the ATP in quite a tizzy.
While the change to blue makes sense from a marketing stand point — blue is after all the official color of the events main sponsor, Mutua Madrilena Insurance http://www.mutua.es/ — a little blue dye added to the crushed brick might totally throw off the players’ games.
“You have back‑to‑back Madrid and Rome,” said Nadal, who lost both finals to Djokovic last year. “Madrid is the only tournament you are playing with high altitude, and then now you are putting a different colour of clay. There can’t be too much difference between Madrid and Rome.”
“The timing of it is what makes it difficult for the players,” he added. “I’ve never played on a blue claycourt before. I have no idea how the surface will play. So that will be a new experience.”
For Andy Murray, “The timing of it is what makes it difficult for the players,” he said. “I’ve never played on a blue clay court before. I have no idea how the surface will play. So that will be a new experience.”
The Scot also said that the blue clay “makes the tournament unique and a bit different (which) is good for the tour.”
For Djokovic, “As far as I know, most of the top players I talked to, nobody agreed. I never played on blue clay. Rafa didn’t. Roger (Federer) didn’t. If you don’t have the top players agreeing on that, it doesn’t make sense for me really,” Djokovic said.
“It’s going to be interesting to step on the blue clay obviously. I’m not blaming them… But definitely there is a certain rule within the ATP that the president is able to make decisions by himself without having players agree to that.”
“That rule has to be changed because it’s not fair,” said the Serb, adding that he had heard mixed reports about the bounce on the clay from players who had tested it.
Apparently, a little blue is all it takes to upset some of the top players in the world. If that’s the case, what would a video like this do to their games…