Tennis stars' boycott threat over Madrid's blue clay court

Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Open tennis tournament on a new blue clay court Credit: Reuters/Andrea Comas

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has threatened to boycott Madrid's new blue clay court after a disastrous performance, which saw the undefeated champion lose for the first time in 23 matches.

At a news conference, a visibly irritated Nadal said:

And he's not the only player who is threatening officials of the blue clay. Fellow player, Serbia's Novak Djokovic has also labelled the court as "too slippery", and joins a growing list of angry stars.

Djokovic launched a stinging attack on Madrid Open organisers over the surface, claiming that it is "impossible to move".

Organisers have declined to comment, however, the blue clay court is on trial period for one year.