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Monday, June 20, 2005

Slow news day

On days like this, these stories start to look interesting:

It has long been a source of irritation for opponents and tennis fans alike.

Now women players who grunt loudly when hitting the ball have been accused by the referee in charge of Wimbledon of doing it deliberately to win matches.

At last year's championship, Russian Miss Sharapova produced the loudest grunts, yells and squeals ever heard on Centre Court.

The noise the 18-year-old makes when striking the ball has been measured at 100 decibels, equivalent to a small aircraft landing nearby.

Imagine the racket she makes trying to open a stubborn bottle of ketchup. (Hat tip to NealeNews)

Posted by Steve Janke on June 20, 2005 in Games | Permalink


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It isn't the first time this has come up. Years ago, mid-match at a final--maybe Wimbledon but I don't recall, Martina Navratalova complained of Monica Seles's grunting. It made no sense, of course, since Seles grunts as *she* was hitting the ball, not as Navratalova did. Officials had a word with Seles, the grunting was reduced, but Seles's play went way down hill and she lost. But not as much as the fans lost: they lost what had been a first-rate performance by Seles and the has-been Navratalova padded her titles list at everyone else's expense.

Posted by: Cdn Expat | 2005-06-21 1:28:23 PM

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