As you very well know, for the first time in the history of Tennis in an ATP 1000 event, Blue Clay Court will be used at Mutua Madrid Open, 2012.
So, after a comprehensive study & research here's a detailed explanation on how Blue Clay court is made :::
How Blue Clay Court is Made & Produced
The Manufacturing process is more or less identical to the process used in the manufacture of Red Clay ::
1. All Materials are identical
2. Even the color of the substance used in the Manufacture is the same that is used in manufacture of Red Clay.
3. The Iron Oxide is extracted, repainted in to Blue & cooked, for the original gravel that is used in the manufacture of Red clay.
Thou most of you would be aware, still I am repeating how Red Clay Court is produced :::
Almost all red "clay" courts are made not of natural clay but of crushed brick that is packed to make the court. The crushed brick is then covered with a topping of other crushed particles. This type of surface does not absorb water easily and is the most common in Europe and Latin America. True natural clay courts are rare because they take two to three days to dry.
According to Andreu Puigserver, the chief court specialist at Madrid Open,
The main Element is Clay,
- On This very Clay, Iron Oxide & other materials are extracted,
The Extracted Iron Oxide & other materials give a White Coated Clay Component
Then this White Coated Clay Component goes through a cooking process or a Calcination at an average temperature of about 950 degree celsius.
After the completion, the elements are taken to a Crushing & Filtering process to create the necessary white coloured clay.
After this the white coloured clay, is painted with the necessary available Blue Natural colours.
Then, the Drying process to ensure that the surface will have a good response to Sun, Water, Rains & other environmental factors.
Critics Response to the Blue Clay Court :::
The Critics have often opined that the Blue Colouring of the court is just to advertise the colour of the principal sponsor Mutua Madrilena .
Players response to the Blue Clay Court :::::::::::
This is what Rafael Nadal had to say about the Blue Court
“Madrid is the only tournament you are playing with high altitude, and then now you are putting a different colour of clay. There can’t be too much difference between Madrid and Rome.”
Roger Federer against blue clay for 2012 Madrid Masters..
Details on what Roger Federer had to say about Blue Clay Court , please click here
World number four Andy Murray, who won the Madrid tournament in 2008, was unsure how the clay colour change would pan out.
“The timing of it is what makes it difficult for the players,” he added. “I’ve never played on a blue claycourt before. I have no idea how the surface will play. So that will be a new experience.”
The Scot also said that the blue clay “makes the tournament unique and a bit different (which) is good for the tour”.
Novak Djokovic, who is aiming for a fourth consecutive grand slam victory at Roland-Garros, said changes were needed to improve the tour and to have more attractive venues but thought the players were not listened to when it came to major makeovers.
“As far as I know, most of the top players I talked to, nobody agreed. I never played on blue clay. Rafa didn’t. Roger (Federer) didn’t. If you don’t have the top players agreeing on that, it doesn’t make sense for me really,” Djokovic said.
“It’s going to be interesting to step on the blue clay obviously. I’m not blaming them … But definitely there is a certain rule within the ATP that the president is able to make decisions by himself without having players agree to that.
“That rule has to be changed because it’s not fair,” said the Serb, adding that he had heard mixed reports about the bounce on the clay from players who had tested it.
In the opinion of Ion Tiriac, Romanian owner of the Madrid Masters, said the Blue Clay court also makes the ball easier to see for spectators.
My Opinion :
I am always in favour of a change, as change is the law of Nature. So, looking forward to how the court reacts.
Your constructive comments are welcomed.
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