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WTA hoping to phase out grunting

David Cox in Tennis News 19 Jul 2012
Sharapova is one of the biggest offenders (credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The WTA are planning to introduce new regulations in an attempt to phase out grunting in women's tennis.

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Many fans will breath a sigh of relief at the news that the WTA is finally looking to implement plans to curb the excessive grunting which has arguably blighted the women's game ever since Monica Seles started squealing 20 years ago.

Seles' grunts would barely register in comparison to the high pitched screeches emitted by the likes of Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka every time they hit the ball. 

A couple of years ago I was strolling around Wimbledon on my way to Court 5 where Azarenka was playing. I didn't need to follow the signs, I merely followed my ears as you could hear the young Belarussian in action from several courts away.

WTA spokesman Andrew Walker declined to provide full details of how the WTA plan to tackle grunting but according to USA Today, they are planning to develop a 'grunt-o-meter' which notifies the umpire if a certain decibel level is exceeded and penalties will be set in place.

However the WTA do recognise that it will be nigh on impossible to stop Azarenka and Sharapova from grunting at all as they've been doing it for so long and so most of their focus will be on educating the future generations and instilling new rules in junior tennis to try and drive it out of the game.



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