Madrid Open (2)

Coverage of the combined ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier Tournament Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open 2010 - April 29 - May 8, 2011

Friday, 06 May 2011 17:14

Madrid Open Mid-Week Review

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Yin and Yang for Nadal Fans
The day session at Manolo Santana central court, with 12,500 seats, was sold out for a second round match for the first time in the Madrid Open tournament history on Wednesday: Rafael Nadal was playing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, and Nadal's fans didn't want to miss it. From one year to the next, I forget how noisy Madrid fans are. When Nadal entered the court for his match against Baghdatis, the roar could probably have been heard in Nadal's home island of Mallorca.

On the other hand, on Thursday, the disappointment was palpable in fans who were approaching the Caja Mágica in troops and had hoped to watch the most anticipated match of that day: Nadal again, against Argentinian Juan Martín del Potro.
Monday, 02 May 2011 11:42

Out with the New, in with the Old

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Blue Clay and Hawk-Eye
On the first day back at La Caja Mágica, this past Saturday, I was eager to know what had happened to Ion Tiriac's project of turning all the courts blue and implementing the Hawk-Eye system on clay. I saw that the umpires still use the old system: climb down the chair, approach the line, look from all angles and raise a finger when checking on uncertain bounces. And maybe because of the uncertain economic situation or the opposition from some of the players – Nadal last year insisted that clay for him needed to be red – the courts are still red. Well... not all. One of the practice courts is now blue. Under the supervision of Tournament Director Manolo Santana , Mikhail Youzhny and Sergiy Stakhovsky were seen practicing on the blue court yesterday and then leaving a trail of blue clay on their way back to the lockers.