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View Poll Results: Would you like grunting to still be part of womens tennis in 20 years from now?
Yes, I enjoy the grunting 4 13.33%
Yes, I think it helps players' performance 1 3.33%
Yes, it is entertaining AND enhances performance 3 10.00%
No, I hate the sound of it 1 3.33%
No, it is unfair to other players 1 3.33%
No, it sounds hideous AND is unfair 14 46.67%
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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2011, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

With the subject of grunting back on the agenda, I think it would be good to get an idea of how people think. A lot of recent posts (including my own) on this topic have focussed on the current generation of players. Actually that's a pretty pointless discussion, because there is no chance that current players will be targetted by any measures taken. Considering them only muddies the waters, so let's take them out of the equation.

The question I want to ask is how people would prefer to see women's tennis in the future, say in 20 years from now. If new guidelines were phased in over a longer period, there would be no need for players to be disadvantaged by having to get rid of an existing grunting habit. If the younger players were made aware of new rules against grunting they would never start to grunt in the first place.

The only question is, how would people feel about grunt-free tennis in the future?

I repeat: this is not about the current generation, but about players who haven't even picked up a racquet yet.

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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

there's already a long thread about this:
WTA starts to take action against grunters, Wozniacki agrees.


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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

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there's already a long thread about this:
WTA starts to take action against grunters, Wozniacki agrees.
Yes, but it's muddied by fans' opinions about their current favs. I'm taking them out of the equation
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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

I am undecided. It depends who is doing the grunting and where.
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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

Some sort of noise on certain points is natural when the player is really exerting themselves What I can't stand is the deliberate shrieking on every shot. Also many of the perpetual shriekers are still losing!

I think it's bad for the sport and that it puts many people off womens' tennis.
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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

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Some sort of noise on certain points is natural when the player is really exerting themselves What I can't stand is the deliberate shrieking on every shot. Also many of the perpetual shriekers are still losing!

I think it's bad for the sport and that it puts many people off womens' tennis.
This! Grunting is fine to extent given the ffort to hit certain shots, but there is no need for excessive shrieking. It is completely unneccessary. It's more of a habit for most of them than anything else.
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It's retarded to grunt when your shots are not so strong.

At least Seles was a steamroller, she had the excuse to grunt!

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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

I don't mind grunting. Some is is more natural then others. For example Vika's grunts tend to track the ball down the field; it sounds weird but whatever.
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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

There have been beautiful grunts in women's tennis, like Seles, Dementieva, Serena. It's Azarenka who is causing a riot because her grunt is one of the worst sounds that occur in nature. So if we only silence the offensive grunts, then yes tennis would be better.

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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

How the fuck does this even require thought?

Its the same game minus the noise. The noise does nothing for their games, its stupidty.
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Yes, everyone should shut the f*ck up.

If I were a silent player, I would be pretty mad to see my sport being laughed at because a couple of cheaters decide to sounds like the OctoMom with three babies still to pop out.

That being said, Sharapova gets a lot more crap than Nadal although she is much better.
The guy is probably the worst sportsman on Tour and yet nobody ever say a word about it.
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Tennis witout grunting is boring.
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Really, so the WTA is about the grunt?
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Re: Would tennis in the future be better without grunting?

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Tennis witout grunting is boring.
I am probably getting old but I clearly remember the times when no one was grunting and I must say it was still a very exciting sport. Although Seles appeared shortly after, I am positive the sport was fantastic without the grunt
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