Boy- what a hateful and meanspirited article. It drips with contempt. Yes, it is true that clay courters don't do as well on other surfaces but there has been an increasing trend for a good number of "dirt ballers" to try to do better on hardcourts.
It is hard to think of any clay court specialists who have expressed a similar determination to improve on fast courts. As regards Wimbledon, the clay courters are downright contemptuous: they despise the grass and spend most of their time in London loudly and proudly proclaiming their hatred of the green stuff.
Yeah- that's why Nadal has said that the tournament he wants to win most is Wimbledon. And if I recall correctly (I may be wrong) hasn't JCF said he really likes playing on hard courts- which is a faster surface? And the last player who I remember bemoaning grass was Safin- who has won two GS on a fast surface. Which clay courter in the past three years or so has "proudly proclaimed their hatred" of the green stuff?
but no such condemnation ever rains down on the dirt-ballers
I would heartily disagree. I have seen plenty of condemnation (and sometimes it is quite meanspirited) towards clay court specialists.
And I know that this was discussed in another topic but might I say how much I hate the term "dirt baller". It just feels so ...I don't know, mean and dismissive. And since so many clay courters are from Latin America or Spain it also seems dismissive to me in another way. My family hates it as well. I dunno- my grandparents grew up in a time when they sometimes were called "Dirty Spics" etc. My abuelo has a lovely little story where some arsehole told him that apparantely his swim through the Rio Grande didn't wash the dirt off of him. A lot of times in the not so distant past (and maybe still in redneck circles today) "dirty" was used as a hateful way to describe someone who was Hispanic in certain parts of the US (i.e. Dirty Mexican, Dirty Puerto Rican, Dirty Spic, Dirty Wetback, etc.) The term dirt baller just has a little bit of nastiness to me (even though I'm sure most of the times it is not meant in a nasty way.) /steps off of soapbox