yeah, I've been beating that drum for a while. I wonder how much of it has to do with their absolute worship of andy roddick. I'm not blaming roddick but he's probably more influential than he realises. As I said in the american clay article I did, if roddick played a full clay court season then the rest of them would have no choice in the matter.
You can probably trace it to Sampras but he at least earned the right to skipping some clay events by dominating iw/miami/wimbledon so often
Anyway, Five thoughts from round 2: