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Exclusive: Female tennis players who grunt too loudly are putting off their opponents and spoiling the game for the millions of spectators, the head of Wimbledon says.

On the first day of the SW19 championships, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a player often criticised for her wails, edged towards record noise levels as she made her debut on Court No 2.

Noise machines recorded her reach a level of 95 decibels as she shrieked her way through the first round match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

Spectators looked on amused, not only at the volume but also the length of her roars, which exceeded 1.5 seconds almost every time she hit the ball before play was suspended due to rain.

The loudest known grunt came from Maria Sharapova, who sent the sound monitor into new realms with a recording of 105 decibels in 2009.

Fourth seed Azarenka, 21, was forced to defend her noisy play when spectators began to mimic the din two years ago.

“People can do whatever they want but I hope they can respect all the players who grunt, which are about 70 per cent of the whole tour,” she said.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8589772/Wimbledon-2011-grunting-tennis-players-are-spoiling-the-game.html

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 04:11:16 PM »
Every single year this comes up when we arrive at Wimbledon its  :sleeping: now its been spoken about so many years consecutively.

Like that would even begin to bother Vika, she'll just boo the idiots back just ask the Paris crowd about that :rofl_2:
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 04:20:34 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?

To say that 70% of the WTA is that loud is pure B.S.  Nobody minds a little 'oooompf' here and there but these 2 take it to the max.  Why the opponents tolerate it is beyond me.  It is a flat out hinderance and should be treated as such.  btw yous can add the Williams Sistas to that list...
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 04:59:50 PM »
I can't believe Venus's scream on her second serve doesn't rate  :scared:
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011, 05:03:29 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 05:04:37 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

It is costing them fans...especially children from what I've observed. They prefer Rafa grunting because it seems so much more natural


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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 05:35:57 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

It is costing them fans...especially children from what I've observed. They prefer Rafa grunting because it seems so much more natural
Rafa grunts while watching Vika??? :confused1:
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2011, 08:56:02 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

When your watching Serena and Sharapova playing with the volume up...

What do your neighbors think your watching???


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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2011, 08:59:13 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

When your watching Serena and Sharapova playing with the volume up...

What do your neighbors think your watching???

When it's Venus, they think I'm filming a snuff movie. Swear to god, they've called 9-1-1 on me.
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2011, 09:01:29 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

When your watching Serena and Sharapova playing with the volume up...

What do your neighbors think your watching???

When it's Venus, they think I'm filming a snuff movie. Swear to god, they've called 9-1-1 on me.

That's because they already know your a dirty old man... Not that it's a bad thing.  :rofl_2:


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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2011, 09:03:12 PM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

It is costing them fans...especially children from what I've observed. They prefer Rafa grunting because it seems so much more natural
Rafa grunts while watching Vika??? :confused1:

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2011, 09:22:52 PM »
Serena's grunting volleys   :rofl_2: :lmao!:

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2011, 12:19:37 AM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

It is costing them fans...especially children from what I've observed. They prefer Rafa grunting because it seems so much more natural
Rafa grunts while watching Vika??? :confused1:
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2011, 04:50:24 AM »
I wonder if that style is costing them fans?



That's really the point of this article, not whether Victoria gives a rats ass about what they are saying about her. I say, yes, it is costing the WTA fans.

It is costing them fans...especially children from what I've observed. They prefer Rafa grunting because it seems so much more natural
Rafa grunts while watching Vika??? :confused1:
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2011, 05:52:32 PM »
the good old days, Navratilova in 1992 after losing to Seles in the semi, then forcing the Wimby officials to keep Seles quiet in the final vs Graf. the noise and also the lenght of the roar is a disadvantage to the opponent player.
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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2011, 08:17:17 PM »
Your tennis memory astounds me! ://
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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2011, 04:16:55 AM »
Serena, Venus, Sharapova, etc. they are all unwatchable because of the excessive grunting.

It is also unprofessional in my opinion. There should be some rule. Give players a warning that grunt too loud.
I mean, come on. You don't need to grunt in order to hit hard.

It is destroying the WTA. If top players are doing it, younger players will copy this, and eventually the whole WTA is making noise.

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2011, 05:06:19 AM »
I must agree. 
Watching them on TV; it becomes an big annoyance!  I cheer for the opponent if one is grunting and the other is pretty normal.  Maria Sharpova and that Victoria Adzenka is pretty loud too.  I think both of them does it on purpose to unnerve her opponents.  They should past a rule no noise while in play.  I hate them just screaming out their gunts at each and every stroke.  I wish they try that on a volley; they would surely net it 99% of time or on a serve.  Strange they do not!  It really would be funny to see them try.  They do it after they miss it but not during the process.

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2011, 05:10:41 AM »
Serena's grunting volleys   :rofl_2: :lmao!:

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I guess I did not see the William Sister - Venus gunt during her serves like that and Serna doing it volleying.  I  guess I am completely confused now since I stated player do not gunt during the two tennis strokes. LOL! :))

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Re: Wimbledon 2011: grunting tennis players are spoiling the game
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2011, 05:14:02 AM »
Anybody who comes up with the crap of doing it to put off their opponents(I can comment on Maria and Victoria) is talking absolute bull**** and has clearly never been to a tennis tournament in their life, as each time I've watched them practice in Paris, New York, Melbourne, Wimbledon, Madrid, Birmingham etc etc at each place from 1st ball of their practice session to last ball they have made exactly the same grunt/shriek/noise as they do on the match court and both have been doing it from an extremely young age. I know the Williams often start off quiet in a match and then the volume increases but Maria and Victoria start that way. Yes Victoria's grunt shouldn't really go on as long as it does but se's been doing it for years, that's now become a part of her on the court.

And to me the less you talk about it the less you actually become distracted by ANY player making a noise, that's certainly become the case with me with all the women and lot of the men who especially it seems on the clay seem to grunt more, I don't even pick up on the grunts now until it starts to be discussed again!
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