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Madrid Open unveils blue clay court

11-30-2011 16:05 BJT

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And we move from one court to another as tennis' Madrid Open is making a major change to the look of its tournament. Organizers will replace the traditional red clay court surface with a blue one.

The 10-year-old tournament will get a facelift as it will introduce the blue surface for next year’s event. It will become the first tournament in the world to feature the new court.

But some of the sport’s biggest names prefer the traditional red clay, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Nadal says switching from red to blue goes against the tradition of the sport. But the owner of the tournament, Ion Tiriac, insists the blue surface makes it easier for fans to watch matches on television.

Ion Tiriac, owner of Madrid Tennis Open said: "I really respect a lot these two players you just named two of them but then again I respect also the tens of them like Safin, Safina, Verdasco, Lopez that they tried the court. These two players they haven’t tried the court yet and each player that has tried it they say it’s perfect, it’s much better than the red, not any difference of the bouncing of the ball or of the game over, and it’s going to be much better for television and everybody else."

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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