August 06, 2011

Djokovic and Nadal give the new clay courts their stamp of approval

On Saturday, the new clay courts on the roof of Uniprix Stadium hosted some VIP guests.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, world no.1 and no.2, met up in the new installations to test the courts and hit a few balls.

The players had only good things to say about Tennis Canada's project to build the clay courts in an effort to help younger players become more familiar with the surface, which is often neglected in Canada.

"This is not about us, this is about the kids and the Canadian players who are going to have the chance to train and develop on these new clay courts," said Djokovic. "This is great news for them and I am happy to be here to celebrate this great initiative by Tennis Canada."

Located atop the stadium, the new courts are indoors.

"With the weather here in Canada and the courts being indoors, players like (Milos) Raonic will be able to play on clay all year," affirmed Nadal. "The clay court season is a very important part of the year with three Masters 1000 events. This is a fantastic idea by Tennis Canada."

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