25 Jun 2012

Blue clay banned

12:18 pm on 25 June 2012

The governing body of men's tennis has decided the controversial blue clay courts used for the first time at the Madrid Open last month will be banished next year.

The Association of Tennis Professionals' executive chairman and president, Brad Drewett, says that even though he believes in innovation, the blue clay courts will not be allowed next year.

He says while the blue clay may have offered better visibility on television, there were clearly issues with the quality of the courts in Madrid which were not acceptable at an ATP tournament.

World numbers one and two Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal led the complaints against the new surface, saying it was too slippery.