The Tennis Thread #2
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Interesting contrast to Nole in comments made today by Rafa:
"If I lose here it's because I'm not as good as I should be, not because of the courts."
Apparently he also said that he asked the ATP if he could play with grass court shoes in Madrid and they said no because there's a rule in place forbidding it. According to Darren Cahill if the court is at all damp, grass court shoes will mess it up.
I haven't had an opportunity to watch too much from Madrid yet. But I have seen numerous comments complaining about the extreme lack of TV coverage for the women's event. Supposedly having a combined tournament will bring benefits to both but clearly to the tournament organisers (who partially fund the TV coverage) the women are just a sideshow here. World no. 1 Azarenka is playing right now versus Ana Ivanovic and there's not a single TV camera on them. It just shouldn't happen at a tournament of this size. You get better coverage of a $50k!
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