Tiriac: 'Save your whistles for me'
"Do not whistle at him, but at me," Tiriac told reporters. "I take responsibility for those whistles, Santana should not be blamed. It's been a tough week for everyone. Not so much for me, because I'm too old. The technicians have worked like dogs until 5 AM to correct the condition of the courts. That the conditions are not perfect is obvious, but they are the same conditions for all players. We have only had about five weeks before the start off the tournament.We tried to make the bounces adequate, but we have not been able to get it."
The government of Madrid came to an agreement with Tiriac on Thursday and promised to maintain the courts throughout the year. Tiriac has noted that it's impossible to get the clay courts right when they are taken out and reconstructed every year.
Tiriac also stated that he is planning on keep the clay blue and said that players must keep the changes in perspective. The ATP has yet to decide whether they will allow blue clay in 2013.
"A worldwide tournament is not created for one player, if it was it would fail," he said. "I don’t know when they are going to decide about the blue court, but we can't go against their decision. [The players] should consider television audiences. We fight for money, sponsors and television time. And there are studies that tell us that the visibility of the ball increases with the blue."