Originally Posted by Rafa = Fed Killa
It appears that to win on clay a player needs to be able to construct a point. Use their intelligence to set the opponent up as in chess.
While on fast courts all you need are good reflexes and serving skills. Nothing which requires higher level strategy.
Is clay disrespected because most people are not smart enough to understand the strategy and athleticism behind it?
I wouldn't go quite that far, I think you need much more on fast courts than just serve and reflexes. But I see your point. Clay is the one surface which reveals the weaknesses in one's game. On clay, you must have good ground strokes, good serve, consistency, good fitness and a lot of tactical skill. You have to master all to be successful. Whereas on grass one could do well even if your backhand for example is unreliable.