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Evert explains how to stop the grunting

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Chris Evert tells the London Times that she is no fan of grunting. "I'd like not to hear it," the 18-time Grand Slam champion said. "If a player shows up, plays one point and says, 'Can I have the referee because it is a hindrance,' it would stop. I had a habit where, if my first serve went in, I would drop the second ball back along the ground and Billie Jean [King] said if I did it again, she'd stop play because it was rolling in her line of sight. I did it, she stopped play and complained and that started the ball tucked in the pants. Someone's got to put the heat on."

This is precisely right, and it is what I have always said. The opponents of shrieking players need to step up and make it stop. The current #1 and #2 have also both made it clear that they have no intention of stopping the noise unless someone forces them, with Sharapova snidely remarking that "No one important enough has asked me to stop" and Azarenka saying outright that she won't stop.

I want to see some journeywoman bite the bullet and demand that the chair do something after the first point. Then we can all look forward to a bitchy post-match interview from the shrieker who loses a bunch of points from hindrance calls.

Sadly, I fear the current tour players are mostly either current or former shriekers themselves or else too nice to complain. We need someone who doesn't care about what Pova and Toria think of her.

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Aravene complained to.the umpire and he said nothing could be done to.stop De Brito screaming
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True. Maybe it's hopeless, then. Or perhaps it depends on the umpire.

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Grunting is quite often considered a hindrance in juniors and at the college level, but not in the pros. I doubt this will change.







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Only if we can also stop KvittyGOAT's bark.

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Only if we can also stop KvittyGOAT's bark.
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Re: Evert explains how to stop the grunting

Azarenka complained about the crowd making too much noise in Australia. Le ridicule ne tue pas.

All the players are too busy finding a new BFF and to be successful off-court, you have to be as beige as possible.

Azarenka and Sharapova are bad but not as bad as some player who randomly screams on some shots.
Quiet, quiet, quiet, ahhhhh, ahhhh, quiet, quiet, dumps it in the net. That should be illegal.

The girls who say they're too focused to hear it aren't fooling anyone. If you can hear the "OUT" call, you can hear Sharapova.
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Interesting reading that Billie Jean changed that aspect of the game and it desperately needs to be done it's absolutely ridiculous and it's out and out gamesmanship nothing else. Martinez Sanchez and Kuzzy making noises when they felt like it during their match yesterday.

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Grunting is quite often considered a hindrance in juniors and at the college level, but not in the pros. I doubt this will change.
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Azarenka complained about the crowd making too much noise in Australia. Le ridicule ne tue pas.

All the players are too busy finding a new BFF and to be successful off-court, you have to be as beige as possible.

Azarenka and Sharapova are bad but not as bad as some player who randomly screams on some shots.
Quiet, quiet, quiet, ahhhhh, ahhhh, quiet, quiet, dumps it in the net. That should be illegal.

The girls who say they're too focused to hear it aren't fooling anyone. If you can hear the "OUT" call, you can hear Sharapova.
The girl has no shame
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Re: Evert explains how to stop the grunting

Or maybe people complaining about it get it over and focus their time and energy on something worth while.
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Azarenka complained about the crowd making too much noise in Australia.
No, she didn't.
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It's a nice idea in theory, but in practice I can't see it happening. The first player to try this in a match against a well-known grunter will be crucified.
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very interesting story about bjk and how that changed the practice.
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