Originally Posted by TennisLurker
Malivai is so insightful!
A question to americans
is it true that a lot of the american players like Roddick grew up playing tournaments on green clay? shouldnt they be better on the red stuff?
Do you think that having again in the usa tournaments like atlanta or boston would be good to improve the clay game of the american players?
Most commentators I've heard on television have said that green clay plays differently from red clay, and differently enough so that it's not a good training surface for red. Supposedly, green clay doesn't play as slow as red clay.
IMO, the most important factor in improving American players' record on red clay is to have the players grow up playing on it. Having a few red clay tournaments at the senior level won't be as helpful, because by then, it's too late, and the players won't think they can win (I don't think that Roddick believes he can win on red clay a major). Chang and Agassi played on red clay when they were juniors, so they had confidence on the surface.