Tennis grunters and screamers have been warned to put on a muzzle on the noise making in the lead up to Wimbledon.
The International Tennis Federation will meet this week to consider giving officials the ability to impose harsh penalties on players - including defaulting the match.
The move to regulate noise levels has come after women's tennis legend Martina Navratilova slammed noisy players as cheaters.
"The grunting has reached an unacceptable level. It is cheating, pure and simple. It is time for something to be done," Navratilova said.
The Times Online also reported she first noticed the issue when playing fellow tennis icon Monica Seles late in her career.
"I couldn't hear the ball. I thought to myself, 'Do I mention it to the umpire, do I say something to her? What should I do?' And Monica was a friend. I had to say something in the end."
Umpires currently have the power to penalise a single point and this week's meeting could see that increased on an increasing scale until a player is forced to default a match.
The 'grunt' issue was most recently to the fore at the French Open. Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher de Brito clashed with her opponent Aravane Rezai over her screaming while playing a shot.
Wimbledon begins on June 21.
Will this be a permanent goodbye to their cheating bitch squeals? Lets pray for it.
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Well I would say they'll only potentially default those who absolutely roar or shriek when they strike the ball and the 5 seconds afterwards. AKA Larcher de Brito and Sharapova.
But really, I don't really think any of the men's grunts are that bad...I mean someone like Nadal has a loud grunt, but it's hard to argue against it when he doesn't do it for periods of a match and on slices and stuff. And because you can see the effort he puts onto the ball.
How are they going to measure this thing?! This is funny, but the link appears to be legit, so I guess it is for real. How are they going to distinguish an almost-grunt from a wannabe grunter from a bonafide grunt of the pros?!!!! GOod stuff