In all due respect to the clay events in Monte Carlo and Madrid, I feel the real heart of the clay circuit is Rome and Paris. The stadium in Madrid is weird and the Spanish people who attend the matches all seem dressed up to the nines like they're enduring the tennis so they can go out to a really super party afterward. It's only in Rome where the people come out en masse and the courts are so gorgeous with the white statues adorning the stadiums.

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