Haven’t seen a presser transcript yet, but various quotes have started popping up in articles.
Nadal fears Madrid effect on French Open hopes – which sounds like a classic exaggerated attention-grabbing headline
“The altitude is a serious problem so close to Paris. It would be better if Rome were the last event before Paris since the altitudes are similar,” said the top seed.
Ion Tiriac (the head of the Madrid tournament) wants to position Madrid to be a “5th Slam” and Rafa shows his usual allergy to change:
“There are four Grand Slams, not five,” said Nadal.
“Madrid is a great venue but tradition says there are only four majors. Madrid is great – but so are Rome and Monte Carlo.”
What about changing the courts to blue like Tiriac has suggested?
“Orange is the perfect colour, I’m totally against blue,” said the world number one.
“The colour is historical, clay is red, not blue. Tennis not only is show-business, it has more value than that including history and tradition. Some things should just remain the same,” said the Spaniard.
I’ve heard reports that the facilities are mayhem an not entirely finished and Rafa seems to agree:
“The facilities here are good, but things are a little disorderly,” he added of the huge complex which still resembles a building site.
“The bounce is complicated. I trained on Friday and had a lot of bad bounces on the courts.”
According to the official Madrid site, he also said:
“I have time to adapt to the environment. With the altitude it’s a little more difficult to control the ball and opponents can do more damage, but the conditions are equal for all.”
Oh, and I found some more photos. :)
(Photos by Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)