“I am very disappointed by the decision taken by the ATP. The blue color is one thing and the quality of the court in 2012 in the Caja Magica is a different one. Due to the fact that for the past 3 years our contract stipulated we could only arrange the courts 6 weeks before the event, it was impossible for the organizer to do a proper court.
Starting with 2012 the contract between the organizer, Madrid Trophy Promotion (MTP) and the owner of the Caja Magica has changed. All the courts can stay permanently the whole year long. So the problem of the quality of the courts is solved, no matter if it is blue, red, like in Europe or grey, like in US.
The various studies and feedback from broadcasters show that between the blue color and the yellow ball the contrast is greater than any other combination. So it is good for players, spectators and even more so for TV viewers. I proved that about 30 years ago in an indoor event and it was copied by big tournaments: US Open, Australian Open and most of the hard courts adopted a blue surface. I believe the field hockey at the Olympic Games in London is going to be played on blue grass (artificial). Then why not blue clay? In my opinion the future is blue, but for this the players have to be convinced and the governing bodies of our sport as well.”