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Old 04-17-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default How will the italian commentators call Madrid's surface?

For clay, they say "terra rosa", which means "red dirt".

Will they call Caja Magica's surface "terra azzurro" or different?

Just wondering in a moment of silence...


Otoh, in the Romanian press there were some articles several days ago about some conflict between Federer, Nadal on one side and Ion Tiriac on the other, regarding the blue color of the surface.

I think it's about the old one (so called conflict) and they just wanted to rekindle a dead subject (they cited TennisTemple here, but I didn't find anything recent regarding the subject). Do you have any "intel" on new declarations on the subject?
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For clay, they say "terra rosa", which means "red dirt".

Will they call Caja Magica's surface "terra azzurro" or different?

Just wondering in a moment of silence...
terra battuta
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Maybe just the Italian way of saying 'blue dirt'?
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Maybe just the Italian way of saying 'blue dirt'?
that's "terra azzurro", if I recall correctly the bit of Italian I learnt some years ago...
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That's simply "clay", but I often listen to italian live feeds and the comms are saying "terra rosa", which means "red clay". That's why I was wondering about "blue clay". The mot-a-mot translation would sound strange to the Italian tennis afficionado, I'm sure of it...
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that's "terra azzurro", if I recall correctly the bit of Italian I learnt some years ago...
terra azzurra or terra blu


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That's simply "clay", but I often listen to italian live feeds and the comms are saying "terra rosa", which means "red clay". That's why I was wondering about "blue clay". The mot-a-mot translation would sound strange to the Italian tennis afficionado, I'm sure of it...
they use both terra battuta and terra rosa
so in this case they'll stick to terra battuta
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Default Re: How will the italian commentators call Madrid's surface?

The colours should just be abandoned - in ages past they meant a completely different playing environment, but now we have red/yellow/blue/marroon clay, and there's not much difference between them (or at least, there's as much difference between different types of "red clay" courts as there in between the colours).

Madrid will just be standard tierra batida/terre battue/terra battuda, with a dye added. It's made exactly the same as previous years, and should play exactly the same too.
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"terra rossa" (with two "s": rosa means pink) = red dirt

"terra rossa" also refers to other things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_rossa_(soil)

so in general we use more "terra battuta", which of course contains also the "terra blu" ("terra azzurra" means light blue clay, I would always say "terra blu"), the "terra verde" (the green har-tru kind) and so on

generally speaking terra battuta is used as a sinonym of terra rossa, while in front of uncommon courts as the caja magica one we most likely say "terra blu", as you can see here
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my italian is a bit rusty but they should just call it

terra blu lento come il culo
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Default Re: How will the italian commentators call Madrid's surface?

Blue clay is the future.

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"terra rossa" (with two "s": rosa means pink) = red dirt

"terra rossa" also refers to other things: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_rossa_(soil)

so in general we use more "terra battuta", which of course contains also the "terra blu" ("terra azzurra" means light blue clay, I would always say "terra blu"), the "terra verde" (the green har-tru kind) and so on

generally speaking terra battuta is used as a sinonym of terra rossa, while in front of uncommon courts as the caja magica one we most likely say "terra blu", as you can see here

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Default Re: How will the italian commentators call Madrid's surface?

I'm happy someone was able to give you a definitive answer. For me though, like always, I'm interested to see what the players think of the tennis court surfaces throughout the tournament. Do you guys think they will play fast or slow?
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terra blu of course
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Nel blu dipinto di blu?
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Default Re: How will the italian commentators call Madrid's surface?

We say "terra blu" or "terra azzurra".

Oh and BTW clay is "terra rossa" not "terra rosa".

Blu = Blue
Azzurra = light blue
Rossa = red
Rosa = pink



EDIT: didn't see Helevorn already explained that.
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