Monday, May 7, 2012

What say you about the Madrid blue?

I guess I've been reading too much Dr. Seuss to my daughter!

Anyway, the Madrid Masters/Premier event is well under way at this point and players are getting their feet dirty on the famed/controversial/nontraditional/what-have-you blue clay.

I have an adjective to throw in about it: weird.

It just seems so odd and out of place to me, personally. And I also feel that it kind of takes away some of the status of what's supposed to be an elite event. It looks like something that should've been rolled out for an exhibition--or at least a smaller-scale tournament.

Of course, how it plays is a big factor for the folks who have to compete on it and there have been mixed reports from both the ATP and WTA stars.

It's way too late to do anything about it: Post-tournament will be the determining fate of its future.

Or maybe it'll be hear to stay. Either way, it doesn't seem to bother Serena Williams too much, who tweeted the other day that it's OK: She'll play on ice if she has to.

(Photo: Getty Images)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's slippery. The players don't like it.
It interferes with preparations for Rome and Paris.
Maybe it can be fixed to play better.
The "Magic Box" appears to have been designed by Los Angeles Unified School District architects; or maybe in Moscow. Pretty cold-looking place, despite the red and yellow swaths of cloth draped over the railings. Jeez.