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"ITF to crack down on SCREAMERS & GRUNTERS"

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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.



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Clearly an intervention which started at MTF.

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I don't really mind the grunters, as I rarely watch WTA and none of the male grunters bother me. Fed grunts too, btw, although not as regularly as Nadal does.
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How can you police grunting . No one likes grunting but we have managed to live with it for so long that it is not much of an issue now. Navratilova is out of control, she really is a loose cannon ,
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I don't really mind the grunters, as I rarely watch WTA and none of the male grunters bother me. Fed grunts too, btw, although not as regularly as Nadal does.
Fed seems to only grunt when he hits a kick serve.

Anyway, I am glad the ITF is taking action. It is unbearable and as Navratilova points out, it can be used to cheat.

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Clearly an intervention which started at MTF.
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I was scared for a bit, I thought I was reading the porn forum but thankfully it was MTF.
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Excellent news. Tennis will be much more civilized without the grunts.
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I was scared for a bit, I thought I was reading the porn forum but thankfully it was MTF.
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I was like 'wtf, a bit of screaming or grunting adds to it'

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Excellent news. Tennis will be much more civilized without the grunts.
I hope they ban tennis ball colored clothing real soon as well.

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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.
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They will never be able to enforce the rule in my opinion because some players will argue that the grunting is natural. And also how can you default big players like Sharapova and possibly Nadal .
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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
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Re: "ITF to crack down on SCREAMERS & GRUNTERS"

I must confess, I played some tennis saturday.
And I grunted. Or grant? Grunt?

Even being in the past. I feel guilty...A lot!

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