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Do players SCREAM in practice?

So I am curious... Do players who are known as 'screamers/shriekers' actually turn into 'screamers/shriekers' when they're in their practice sessions?

If not, wouldn't the excuse of "it helps you breathe" be a total sham?
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Very good question......I've seen many players play and I've even seen more players practise and the screams always came when they are trying to hit harder or exert more power.....

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have you heard of tension emotions etc and the difference between real competition and practice pretend?????

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So I am curious... Do players who are known as 'screamers/shriekers' actually turn into 'screamers/shriekers' when they're in their practice sessions?

If not, wouldn't the excuse of "it helps you breathe" be a total sham?
I know one player who does when practicing hard.
Theyre not exerting themselves as often in training though.
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when i saw sharapova practicing at the nasdaq, she wasn't screaming

also, during her match vs. golovin she randomly went mute for about a point and a half

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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Do players who are known as 'screamers/shriekers' actually turn into 'screamers/shriekers' when they're in their practice sessions?
Azarenka does. So do the Chinese that scream (Zheng I think).

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Very much depends on what they do in practice. I mean Sharapova doesn´t ´scream´ when playing around with a football (soccerball) during practice but she does when she hits with her sparring partner.

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If not, wouldn't the excuse of "it helps you breathe" be a total sham?
Also 'it helps your breathe' i think really means 'it helps me stay focused on my breathing'. I make a lot of noise on the court and for me it's about focus.

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yeah, it usually gets more and more loud for me as the match continues and as warm up moves along, takes some intensity

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I don’t think it has anything to do with breathing; for me, it’s all about tension. I’ve learnt that, the more tension, the more I grunt when I hit the ball. Also, it makes me feel braver. I know it sounds stupid, but in tennis, to have the proper psychological approach is a key factor. Sometimes, especially when you’re playing important matches, you feel restricted and inhibited. Grunting makes me feel that I’m not afraid to hit the ball, to go for my shots.

So I rarely scream when I’m practicing. But I’m sure it’s different for each player.
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