Clay should be red

*stamps foot and pouts*

That blue clay looks…looks…oye.

Posted by vamosrafelnadal.

15 Responses

  1. riqoueiardo says:

    there is nothing wrong with blue clay only that players may not see the ball as clear – red as well is disgusting!!

    • strobi says:

      clay is red, always, that’s it’s natural color. It would be saying that sky blue is disgusting.

    • kalliopeia says:

      Red clay is gorgeous. That blue clay looks kind of nasty. And they’ll look like smurfs by the end of the first set.

  2. dutchgirl says:

    This shirt looks great on Rafa, btw…

  3. nic says:

    Wow, now that I see this video of the press con, and how Manolo Santana is actually seated right in front, not too far at all from Rafa, not easy for Rafa to be as forthright and say all those things he did about the Madrid Masters – his total disdain for the blue clay (“it’s not just show business, tennis” – wow I love that Rafa said that, spot on!), the amenities, about keeping to just the 4 slams. Pretty tough our Rafa, I like that he’s speaking his mind, respectfully. He never fails to amaze me with not just his tennis, but his eloquence too. Manolo looked uncomfortable.

    Oh, and I totally agree, the shirt looks really nice on Rafa. He seems to be wearing lotsa black this week all of a sudden though. What up. Rafa is so gorgeous in all sorts of bright colours. Starting to miss them. It’s usually pretty fun to see what outrageous/ bright colour Rafa’s gonna wear next.

    • dutchgirl says:

      I know, my favourite so far is the yellow/green combination he has been wearing lately.

      Can’t think of any color that will look good on blue clay though…

  4. kefuoe says:

    I’m not a fan of tradition for tradition’s sake (cf, colonialism, slavery etc), but neither am I a fan of innovation for it’s own sake. So my question is, what does the blue clay do for players, fans, the game? If it’s regular clay that’s been colored, it seems like an excessive expense to me. And as a game I associate with the outdoors and in the elements, tennis on blue clay just seems literally unnatural.

    • miri says:

      Exactly. It does nothing for the tennis, the fans or the players. It only does something for the sponsor whose corporate color is blue.

      • strobi says:

        For what i heard, the marks of the bounces are harder to see in blue clay and that’s what bothered the players. And yes, dying something blue that is naturally red, is an unnecessary expense.

  5. June says:

    Yes, I agree with everyone regarding the color of the clay being changed to blue is not a good idea. I hope it’s not too distracting for Rafa, which it sounds like he’s already really ticked off about this right now. Wasn’t the Indian Wells or Miami hard court tournament blue also? I’m starting to get color blinded now, since I can’t remember off hand — AO was green wasn’t it? Great photos as usual Miri. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, including Rafa’s! Here’s praying he wins in Madrid & goes on to RG w/that great confidence level he always seems to have in him :-)

    • kalliopeia says:

      All of the North American tournaments, at least the ones I’ve seen, are dark blue courts. The AO is blue. It used to be green, just a couple of years back even. I think most if not all of the hard court tournaments have blue courts now. I don’t mind for hard courts, but that blue clay just looks bad.

  6. June says:

    Thanks for taking the time to clarify that for me, I appreciate it. I thought our tv was malfunctioning w/the colors when I watched those tournaments that my daughter recorded on tivo. I probably should pay more attention to this kind of stuff but I guess I really don’t afterall. When I watch my daughter play, it’s always on the traditional green hard courts in the US.

  7. Nada H. T says:

    Ofcourse IT SHOULD be red!!

  8. dutchgirl says:

    miri, you asked us for topics for your polls: ask us what color we think clay should be. I would be surprised if not 100% of the voters would say RED!!!! So who are these people that thougth ‘Oh well, let’s do something different, let’s make the clay smurfish blue!?

  9. faecoleman says:

    I agree, the clay should stay as nature intended, what a stupid idea! Its time some of these organizers thought of tournaments thought more about the players, like Rafa says Tennis is more than just a show, and they should show more respect for the sport and its players opinions. Blue clay indeed! btw love Rafa in black, but not too much though please Rafa!