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WTA to tackle grunting

2012-06-27 20:42

Wimbledon - The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) says it is working with Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation to "drive excessive grunting" out of tennis.

In a statement, the women's professional tour says it is developing a "sport-wide plan" to keep future players from grunting by educating them and instituting rule changes.

The WTA had said in January it was looking at ways to deter players from grunting, noting then that "some fans find it bothersome."

WTA spokesperson Andrew Walker declined on Wednesday at Wimbledon to provide specifics of the plan or make CEO Stacey Allaster available for an interview.

USA Today reported the plan includes developing a device for umpires to measure grunting during matches, and a rule to set limits on how much noise is acceptable.

AP

Comments
  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-27 21:12

    About time too, keep the sexual vocal practice for the bedrooms

      Lynn Skinner - 2012-06-27 21:21

      The cause of this was Monica Seles. Hope this unacceptable behaviour does come to an end as not even the men make so much noise and their game is much more physical

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-27 21:57

    This is why I stopped watching women's tennis. I sincerely hope they are successful in stopping this ridiculous affectation!

  • Ken - 2012-06-27 21:58

    As with orgasms...they are faking it! LOL!

  • Martin B McNamara - 2012-06-27 22:23

    Let woman have the freedom to grunt. What next?!

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-28 11:44

      @Martin B McNamara so what you are saying is "have c*** will grunt" ?

  • Nicolas Plianthos - 2012-06-28 05:32

    About time they did something to stop this. When sharapova grunts, squeals or moans while making a drop shot it makes a mockery of woman's tennis. As long as woman's tennis has players like her playing that way, I will not watch it as it is far too irritating and not enjoyable to watch.

  • A.g. - 2012-06-28 06:08

    Check out the funny youtube video on this at www.agstarling.wordpress.com. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice offers her opinion on the issue. The video is called "Lizzie Bennet Speaks Out on Tennis Scream Queens."

  • bruce.wells.963 - 2012-06-28 07:05

    Then the grunters come on, I switch off!

  • Ingrid - 2012-06-28 08:44

    How has this been allowed to get so out of hand, I do not watch womens tennis if they are grunting, I only go back to get the latest scores. I hope they stop it asap.

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