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  1. jane says:

    And fans and writers divide into camps – unfortunately but it’s true. Tignor puts it well:

    “One thing you can say for Ion Tiriac, he helped heat things up early this clay season. There’s agitation all around as we leave Madrid, and the divide between, in this case, the Federer and Nadal/Djokovic fan camps seems about as wide as its ever been after the players’ very different reactions to Tiriac’s experimental surface. Meanwhile, the dust-up has inspired women’s champ Serena Williams to brand men “weenies” in general. Perhaps Rome can be the calm after the storm this week, and everyone can get their nerves settled before Roland Garros. Then again, the city isn’t exactly known for its cooler heads.”

  2. jane says:

    This is an interesting article you might enjoy Dan; it examines how the blue clay played statistically compared to normal clay and found the following:

    “The stats from this year’s event at Caja Majica are a significant departure from those in past years, and suggest that the blue clay resembles a hard court more than it does European dirt.”


  3. Hi Dan

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    1. Dan Martin says:

      Sounds great – I am just leaving work so I will have to sign up later this evening, but it sounds like an awesome opportunity to share some tennis thoughts.

      Thanks again,


    2. Dan Martin says:

      James, I signed up and will attempt to link/copy my most recent column into the site.



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