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Thoughts Of The Week, Featuring blue clay, Sharapova and Chela

May 5, 2012

It’s all over now, Baby Blue…

People need to get over this whole blue clay thing. It irritates me when people form an opinion on something without even trying it, (with the exception of really bad things like heroin). Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have all expressed their disdain of Madrid’s blue clay. I understand that they’re frustrated they haven’t had a say in the decision, but this could work out really well for tennis. It will be easier to see on TV and might even be a nice court to play on. If it isn’t, there’s no harm in going back to red clay next year. Better to have tried and failed then never tried at all.

Sweet relief

Maria Sharapova finally got over the final hurdle and claimed the Stuttgart title by beating Victoria Azarenka last weekend. It’s already been and gone, but it’s obviously a massive boost for Sharapova going into Roland Garros.  It’d be nice to see her follow it up with another title win on clay as Stuttgart is indoors, which obviously benefits her dodgy serve.

Another ATP player reveals his inner male chauvinist

There was some controversy earlier this week when Juan Ignacio Chela posted his rules on ‘How to be a WTA player’ on Twitter. Whilst most were fairly harmless, Chela went too far with things like, ‘Have acne at some stage in your career,’  ‘Never play a match longer than 29 minutes’ and ‘Generate 100 millimeters of tears every day.’ If I was a certain German player with a serious looking medical problem, I’d be pretty offended by the first point. Acne is a confidence-crushing issue and those who deal with it often are the victim of bullying and teasing. I don’t know anyone else on the WTA with acne so the cruel taunt was clearly inspired by her. Chela’s rule about 29 minute matches made out that the WTA lacks quality, which is just completely stupid and offensive. His dig about tears was also pretty ridiculous considering the likes of Roger Federer. Way to stereotype women as bitchy, untalented cry-babies.

In other news…

THIS is not Ok

THIS is not Ok

THIS is more than Ok

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Morgan permalink
    May 5, 2012 3:36 am

    After a single practice on the blue stuff, Djokovic merely stated that while he thought the bounce was a little different, it was too early to predict how it will be in the tournament. Is that disdain?

  2. Peter permalink
    May 11, 2012 2:40 pm

    Even more ironic is the fact that Nadal threatens to boycott madrid in 2013. This coming from a guy taught to play on bad courts by his uncle so he was ready for anything in the future. With all his complaining and sensitivity these days that childhood philosophy seems to have vanished into thin (madrid) air.

    • Morgan permalink
      May 26, 2012 6:37 pm

      Interesting about Toni, I never heard that. In the end, it seemed ironic that there were no injuries attributed to the Madrid surface, when Monte Carlo had a couple (Monaco and Benneteau) and Stuttgart’s clay helped put out Petkovic until after Wimbledon.

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