Originally Posted by BH both wings
Doesn't matter much. Madrid is a terrible preparation tournament for real clay no matter what colour they put on the courts. If you play clay court tennis in Madrid, you lose. Too bad it is a Mandatory during the RG preparation phase ...
Yup. People really need to stop thinking it's the colour
of the clay that was the issue
Madrid's ALWAYS been an awful preparation tournament because of (a) the altitude, and (b) the clay is such shoddy quality that it's impossible to move on it like you can on proper clay. You just have to look at Kvitova winning in 2011 despite her game being wholly unsuitable for clay - giving a beatdown to a player who would beat her at RG a few weeks later. The 2010 Madrid finalists did awfully at RG too. Stuttgart and Rome have ALWAYS Been better indicators of who will do well at RG (actually, Stuttgart's been the best indicator of all in recent years, which makes sense seeing as they specifically import the same clay that RG use).