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Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

What do you think of the idea?

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Paul-M...icolo9026.html

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"Miami in my view has a slight challenge of identity. It can never be as big as the US Open (on a similar hardcourt surface in New York) and, as I said, has been somewhat imitated by Indian Wells. I see Miami as the 'Pan American Championships', played in the city which is the gateway from South to North America.
Indian Wells follows on from the hard court season, with an early major at the Australian Open, with other high points mainly in the Middle East, before everyone reassembles again in Indian Wells. For clay-court players, they now have a mini season in South America, big news this year because Rafa Nadal, after seven months out, chose to make his return to competitive play there.
I see Indian Wells being the grand finale to the first hard court season, and Miami being the grand opening of the major clay court season, which culminates of course at the French Open at Roland Garros. I'm not saying that Rafa in the end would have played Miami this week, as his body obviously deserves a break, but I suspect a clay-court Miami would see his juices flow a little more, and have made his decision on the weekend to pull out just that little bit harder.
This would position Miami as a pre-eminent event embracing the entire American continent. It would inspire the Hispanic community in that great city, provide a point of difference to Indian Wells and the US Open and, this time, if a major is looking over its shoulder, it will not be the Australian Open"
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

you would need a longer break between the two or pros will complain that they can't adjust to the clay that fast.
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

There was something similar on tennis com few days ago

“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

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you would need a longer break between the two or pros will complain that they can't adjust to the clay that fast.
Could possibly play Houston this week, Miami next week, then DC before the European clay swing.. I think that fits the current calendar but I'm not certain.
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

No, I don't think so. There are enough clay Masters for a single Slam. And no time to adjust after Indian Wells.

Changing a surface to get one player is always a bad idea. And we do not need more slow big events



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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

Clownish suggestion.

Why don't they make the surface fast HC instead. That if anything would give Miami a unique identity.

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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

You just have to laugh at that last sentence, like they're going to switch to clay and after a couple of years suddenly the ATP will just relocate RG to freaking Miami. That makes so much sense.

I don't see anything close to a good argument here. The main point is that it makes it harder for Nadal to skip the tournament, even though he'll do it anyway? Really compelling.
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

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Why don't they make the surface fast HC instead. That if anything would give Miami a unique identity.
my thoughts exactly

this one is slower than clay already

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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

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my thoughts exactly

this one is slower than clay already
They have a huge South American following there and they are trying to be some kind of "Americas slam" if I understood correctly. Making it very fast would be quite the opposite of that direction

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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

Miami was bigger than Indian Wells for a long time, until I think maybe five or six years ago. I think it suffers now coming after Indian Wells. If anything, they should move it to maybe after Wimbledon as the first hard court lead in to the US Open.

The only way it makes sense to have it as clay is geographically as it is in the US like IW. But the tournament would be a mess with the main contenders not having time to practise which might spring some interesting results, actually.

I think changing it to Clay so Nadal plays is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in Tennis recently.

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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

Miami is already played on clay
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Re: Paul McNamee thinks Miami should switch to clay courts.

good proposition. would speed up the play a bit

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