The Madrid Open’s blue clay is perceived to be more of a stunt than a genuine attempt to better the sport. One need look no further than the mounting headlines or the spike in search volume for the words “blue clay” to understand: Madrid is enjoying massive amounts of publicity as a result of the controversy, fueling the implicit belief that the peculiar surface exists for the sake of the tournament, not the players.
Last weekend in Indian Wells, the number one women’s tennis player, Victoria Azarenka, claimed her fourth straight tournament for 2012 and put her win/loss records at 23-0 for the year. For a while now, there has been concern that the women’s tour is fundamentally broken. Could Azarenka's streak be a step in the right direction?