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Blue clay courts will star at the Madrid Open

May 4th, 2012
Staff writer / LifeApps Media

The blue-clay courts are attracting more attention than the tennis stars as the Madrid Open gets underway this weekend at La Caja Magica in Madrid.

The tournament is the first elite tournament to be played on blue clay instead of the traditional red clay courts.

The clay, nicknamed "Smurf" clay, has garnered a range of comments from the pros. Roger Federer and Andy Murray have said they are okay with the surface while Rafael Nadal told the New York Times. Maria Sharapova said she likes it.

"It’s a little bit different," she said. "I’m here for the first time, but I think it’s unique. It’s obviously what the tournament wants. It’s all about being unique and different. I think that for the show and the excitement of the tournament. It’s very nice."

Tournament directors say the blue courts are great for spectators, allowing them to follow the ball easier against the blue backdrop.

Photo credit: Mutua Madrid Open