Rafael Nadal has hinted that he will not play the Madrid Open next year unless there are modifications made to the controversial blue clay.
Following his surprise third round loss to his Spanish counterpart Fernando Verdasco 6-3 3-6 7-5.
Speaking after the match Nadal told the press “I never was in control of the match, I didn’t know how to win a point, movement is very important for me and I couldn’t move. I couldn’t hit ball the way I wanted. I lost because I deserved to lose. I couldn’t close out the match at 5-2. He played better than me”
It is the world number two’s first loss on the clay since last year’s defeat in Rome to world number one Novak Djokovic. The Serb aired his dislike for the newly installed blue playing surface and Nadal has now echoed the same sentiment.
“The ATP and the tournament can do what they want, I tried my best, I’ve trained here since Thursday. I was as prepared as I could be. I was not good enough to adapt my game to this court. If things continue like this, it will be very sad” he continued.
“Next year this will be one less event for my calendar.” Nadal added.