Monday, July 4, 2011
Grunters gon grunt.
Grunting in tennis is a very delicate issue in tennis that does divide many fans, everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to the subject.
Definition of grunting, Make a low inarticulate sound resembling this, typically to express effort or indicate assent
- Graham grunted and heaved as he helped the masons fit a huge slab of stone into
Definition of screaming, Give a long, loud, piercing cry or cries expressing excitement, great emotion, or pain
- they could hear him screaming in pain
- a houseful of barking dogs and screaming children
Grunting, is a natural noise that occurs due to effort. Every player that I have seen play - man or woman - has grunted at some point in their career, its only natural, you can NOT stop grunting.
One this that does annoy me about this subject is when people, uneducated to the subject, say grunting is deliberate, and should not be allowed. Well no, that's when you are wrong.
Screeching and screaming, infamously used my Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Michelle Larcher de Brito and more are screamers not grunters. Now we can put a stop to that, or tone it down a bit but...why? It is part of their natural game, to would be like telling Justine Henin she can't use a one handed back hand. If you take away the thing that is so natural, it would be expected that their level drops, I mean Ana Ivanovic when she was criticised for squeaking her shoes she stopped for the final, and her level of play dropped. There is a reason why these people are 'professionals' they should be able to deal with it, if an opponent is honestly distracted by the noise made by her opponent perhaps their commitment and concentration should be questioned.
Grunting and occasionally 'screaming' can add not detract from a match, to be honest its a lot better than watch tow silent players hit back and forth between each other. I do like drama and emotion in my game, I like cries of "C'MON" I like racquet's being broken I just basically love the drama and all these things to add to the match.
So this is me adding my opinion to the subject, let them scream, its natural to them.
On grunting its laughable that people make ridiculous suggestions to stop "grunting"