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Top 10 Active Grunts

While trawling through the old threads on the men's forum when it resided in WTAWorld last year, I chanced upon a post of mine in which I attempted to list the Top 10 grunts of active players. I've resurrected it here, in no particular order:

Spadea: sounds like a wounded animal on its last legs, begging for mercy; speeds up into a short bark of panic when he gets in trouble. "Euurgghheeerrrr... euurgghhheeeerrr.... eurgh-hey! Eurgh-HEY!"

Saretta: brays mercilessly, maintaining the same rhythm for every shot of every rally of every match. Really quite impressive, and it ground Johansson into the ground during their Wimbledon match in 2002.

Kuerten: perhaps the grunter par excellence of tennis, he has sweeping moans that accompany his shots and can make him appear pretty lame, particularly when he is forced onto the defensive. All together now, "EuurggghhWAAAYYYYYY!"

Gaudio: horse-like features and a horsey, high-pitched shriek to match; increases in volume as he serves, yelps continue during rallies. Commentator quipped during RG 2002 match versus Ferrero that he sounds like in pain when he serves, which given Gaudio's comment that he was suffering from cramps in the post-match interview may well explain it. Pain also caused by another excruciating choke, one suspects.

Mantilla: how appropriate that he be nicknamed Felix the Cat - in moments of stress he sounds like one being dragged forcibly over the flagstones. Squeals his anxiety he loops up the ball and begins working his opponent over and over in endless topspin rallies. Again increases in volume on his tortuous serve... "Aaaaaaaaargheeeeeee!!!" Ha-eeeehhhh!" etc.)

Gonzalez: the flamboyant grunter. "Ah-haah! Ah-heey! Ah-heee! Ah-hwaay!" he yells as he smacks his forehand in all directions, intimidating his opponents through the exuberance of his shouts. In particular, note the change in volume to accompany the change of pace; gingerly he will caress backhand slices cross-court a couple of times, yelping "Ee-ya.... ee-ya..." before exploding into a titanic forehand down the line with a triumphant "Ee-yaHEEEEE! Vamos!!!")

Roddick: desperate, again like a wounded colt as he lugs his hefty frame around the court, emitting shuddering gasps as he flails at the ball and lumbers desperately for shots he can't reach. "Huuuurrrrrrr...!!! Huuurrrrrr!!!!"

Clement: the huffing and puffing grunter. He will emit desperate pants of exertion as he rushes up to chase down dropshots, hustles his opponents into making errors and makes unbelievable gets. "Hya-eeee! Hya-eehhhh! Aargh aaargh aaarggghh!...." (chasing to dropshot from opponent)

Robredo: all Spaniards grunt, but at a pinch he's the most vocal. As an opponent you know you're in trouble when he starts grunting, as it's a loud, nasal whine of determination. He really does drill into the senses with it. "Heuurrrrr! Heuurrrr!!!!"

Nadal: clearly intends to shriek the opponent into submission. "Aaaarrghhhh! AAARRRGGHHHHH!" It's like someone's had a go at his mother and he wants to take out his anger on court.


An honorary mention goes to Ljubicic - has anyone noticed that when he starts to struggle in a match, he begins this strangulated, guttural shriek of exertion? He yelps in pain as he makes contact with the ball, almost as though he's got a bad case of hiccups.

And one more, about a certain young American whose service bark can only be conveyed in onomatopaeic form: "Eeeya-HAAAAAHHHHH!!!!"

Before you ask, a) I have very acute hearing and b) yes, I have far too much time on my hands.

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I haven't seen enough of these guys play (thanks ESPN!) to be able to judge, but... I'll agree on Spadea since I saw (heard?) it in person. oh man, funny stuff. James Blake actually grunts extremely loudly as well. I've never thought Andy grunted particularly loud, but maybe it's just me. Taylor just and Gonzalez..... hahaha yep.

I remember watching one of the matches last week during IW and someone grunted inordinately loudly and I don't remember who it was :/ Some good I am lol

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i haven't heard Andy grunt in a while i dont even remember wtf it sounds like:retard:. but the ATP doesn't even come close to WTA in terms of grunts. WTA has the best there is-Seles, Dokic, Sharapova, Schiavone, Williams sisters, etc.

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It's true, I originally made this list right after RG last year and Roddick was a more noticeable grunter back in the Benhabiles days. There are always loads of players eligible for an amusing grunt, like Zabaleta ("Eaaaarggghh!" in contrast to Coria's "Hweeeeyyyyy!" during their RG epic) or the Ferrero squeal, but I don't know what's funnier; the grunts themselves or the idiotic Wimbledon spectators who make patronising reference to them. "They seem to be grunting an awful lot, have you noticed?" Yes, and I didn't care too much thanks...

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Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

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Andy's in much better shape now than he was and I think he only grunts when he's tired. He definitely did not grunt in Scottsdale when I saw him, I was for sure close enough to hear lol

and Sjengster lmfao that's funny that the spectators comment on it so much! True, though, Coria has a squealy thing and it's cute

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Guga's is really funny !!!

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Paul-Henri Mathieu needs to be on this list, he has an embaressing erm "grunt" if you could call it that, he makes a very distinctive noise that can only be associated with a person engaging in a certain pleasurable activity
I was at his match against Robredo in Marseille year before last and I didnt know where to look alot of people there were rather disturbed by it Paul-Henri on the other hand sounded like he was having a GREAT time, even though he lost

he was so loud he put Robredo to shame

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i dont like it when only one player grunts, Guga many times when he plays on hardcourts faces opponents who do not grunt, and his grunt gets to be something very irritating.

But when two players grunt, and they have different distinctive grunts, I like, it is ideal for long matches on clay, with 15 20 stroke rallies, I like to hear the contrasting grunts arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! /arrgggh!!/ arrrheeee!!! / *winner* Vamos!!!

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Gonzalez: the flamboyant grunter. "Ah-haah! Ah-heey! Ah-heee! Ah-hwaay!" he yells as he smacks his forehand in all directions, intimidating his opponents through the exuberance of his shouts. In particular, note the change in volume to accompany the change of pace; gingerly he will caress backhand slices cross-court a couple of times, yelping "Ee-ya.... ee-ya..." before exploding into a titanic forehand down the line with a triumphant "Ee-yaHEEEEE! Vamos!!!")


I agree his exaggerated grunts are as spectacular as his game is. Feña is such a ham
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Long rallies on clay sometime are very "musical".

I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

Good luck to:

Gaudio, Murray, Florian Mayer, Chela, Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek, Volandri, Youzhny and Verdasco.

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That's the music for my ears
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I like that topic!

I had fun reading it and I agree with lots of Sjengster wrote... a very good feature would be to provide audio files of all those players, that would be funny
(for example, I can't remember/never heard the "sounds" of Mantilla, Gaudio and González)

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I like hearing Coria moan. It sounds so sexy Here are some clips of those clay court musicals

http://2003.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/n...8005daca1.html


~Kiefer~Sluiter~Zib~ Coria~Youzhny ~Verdasco~Llodra~Stepanek~
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I like hearing Coria moan. It sounds so sexy Here are some clips of those clay court musicals

http://2003.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/n...8005daca1.html
thanks for the link!
didn't know that there are still plenty of highlights on the French Open site...

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Paul-Henri Mathieu needs to be on this list, he has an embaressing erm "grunt" if you could call it that, he makes a very distinctive noise that can only be associated with a person engaging in a certain pleasurable activity
I was at his match against Robredo in Marseille year before last and I didnt know where to look alot of people there were rather disturbed by it Paul-Henri on the other hand sounded like he was having a GREAT time, even though he lost

he was so loud he put Robredo to shame
When I was in Montreal last year i was watching uh, some match or another on one of hte other courts that has another one right beside it. There is a big tarp between the two though, so you have to walk all around to get to the other one. Anyways, so during the match I'm watching all I could hear was this loud groaning from the next court, and I just had to go see what vivid pornographic behavior was happening over there. Much to me dissapointment, it was just Paul Henri.

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