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Why the Orange Bowl switched to clay

Originally Published: December 9, 2011
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

PLANTATION, Fla. -- For its 65th anniversary party this year, the prestigious Orange Bowl junior tournament returned to its original roots: clay courts.

For the first 51 years of the Orange Bowl, the players toiled in the dirt. But getting dirty on clay courts came across as almost un-American to the Yanks who prefer the art of speedy hard-court tennis.

So 13 years ago, the tournament left the Har-Tru courts at Miami's Flamingo Park for the cement of the Tennis Center at Crandon ...

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