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Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

Federer puts his foot down on blue clay issue

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5/10/09 5:08 PM | Johan Lindahl

Roger Federer joined Rafael Nadal in condemning a back-door attempt by the Madrid Masters to install blue clay courts in the face of all tennis tradition.

The re-launched event, moved from October indoors onto a new surface at the 160-million-euro Magic Box had tried to quietly get approval for blue clay courts, but the men's ATP quickly knocked back the radical plan.

Federer, president of the Player Council, gave a measured condemnation of the aborted plan. "I don't think there a chance for blue clay. I only saw it when I drove past it. But we are against it, red clay is the tradition".

Federer was annoyed by the lack of procedure inherent in the affair, with Madrid officials failing to go through the ATP on the matter. "You (should) go to the ATP and to the board in the normal way", said the Swiss still looking for his first title of the season. "You don't ask individual players".

"That is only dividing us, it should anyway be a unanimous decision".
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

I guess the blue courts give an impression that they're playing on carpet.. not a great way to warm-up for an upcoming Grand Slam tourney...


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I guess the blue courts give an impression that they're playing on carpet.. not a great way to warm-up for an upcoming Grand Slam tourney...
From what I heard, it's only a couple of outdoor courts being turned blue. I hope that's indeed true.

Feds and Nads are of course completely right about this abomination. Only a colourblind player would approve of it, as he wouldn't notice.

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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

well, he would notice, cause it wouldn't be orange.
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Fed is old school so no surprises about the blue clay. I agree with him about the making decisions by following the normal route instead of trying to go through the back door
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

Who cares really? Yellow on blue would be easier to see anyways.
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Who cares really? Yellow on blue would be easier to see anyways.
Exactly.

I wish they would at least watch a game or practice session on television before griping.

The tradition-mongering is ridiculous. Show up with a wooden racquet at Madrid and I'll be impressed.
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

Blue clay, why not, it's green at Wimbledon. No wait, that's an organic hard court.

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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

I agree with you guys whats the big deal of having one blue clay court tournament, theyre already playing on blue on hard courts. I can understand Roger being ike this cos he is old scholl but Rafa is full of shit. If he really cared about tradition he would start serve and volleying or complain about the courts at Wimby. I think one blue court would make things interesting, no threat to tradition.
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

dont get used to the blue clay Fedmug, you wont last 2 rounds anyway
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

"I understand about the blue clay," says Tiriac, "it's about tradition."

"All right then, no more pretty ball girls either."

"Plunk." (Fed and Nadal's hearts sink)
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

Tiriac go and f**k yourself. Shove the blue clay up your arse.
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Re: Federer critical of Madrid blue clay

There is a football team in the US that plays on a blue field, and it looks stupid as hell.

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Green clay was nice to see
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Tiriac go and f**k yourself. Shove the blue clay up your arse.
all that needs to be said, hopefully the players will have the balls to say it in his face and take some action.

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