Charleston is the only top-level event in the world to be contested on green clay, and it's proud of it. "Most tennis fans are playing on Har-Tru green clay," points out tournament director Bob Moran. "We also feel that it's a nice transition from the hard-court season to the red clay of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros." There have been whispers of Miami, which precedes Charleston, going green; but would the South Carolina staple ever consider switching surfaces? "I can't say we haven't talked about it," admits Moran, but he affirmed that it was left at that. Charleston likes its shrimp with grits and its tennis green—without envy.