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Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

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Ryan Harrison believes that new junior players can be taught not to grunt, but doesn’t believe that established players can tone down the volume of their shrieks. Harrison’s father Pat is a longtime teaching pro who told his kids not to be noisy.

Ryan Harrison told reporters at the SAP Open in San Jose said that some kids at the Nick Bollettieri Academy, where he occasionally trains, are "a lot more [noisy] than they need to be. If you have a 7-year-old girl grunting louder than I can scream in my entire life, that’s not really necessary. If you make some sort of exhaling noise, that’s fine, but whenever you hear a loud scream, I don’t know if it’s necessary at all times. There are some women pros who can’t stop because they have been doing it for so long, if you tell them to stop if will mess with their game. At that point they’ve gotten in rhythm and they are in their comfort zone. You can’t tell someone like Maria Sharapova to stop grunting because she's been doing it since she started playing. For her it’s not a distraction technique for her opponent, that’s just what she always done."

Harrison added that some coaches are culpable. "There are younger kids at academies like Bollettieri's that are taught to do things like that to mess with their opponents. My dad is OK with some sort of exhaling or some sort of noise, but if he starts getting the feeling some distraction for an opponent… The guy I was playing today [Dimitar Kutrovsky] was trying to dance around during my second serve and I’ve never been one to do anything, from bathroom breaks to grunting to trying to dance during someone’s service motion to try to mess up another player. Anything I’ve ever done is to try to control my side of the court. That’s how I was brought up. My dad never taught me to take bathroom breaks like you see other coaches trying to tell people to do that to try and disrupt rhythm. I always have had the approach that my game is better than yours and I don’t need to disrupt yours because I’m going to do what I can do and that’s going to be good enough."—Matt Cronin
I wonder if Azarenka's coach sent her to like voice lessons to try and make her grunt as annoying as humanly possible.

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Re: Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

lol what about Nadal and Djokovic grunting like pigs? What does Mr. Harrison say about that?

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ryan is such a republican

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That's definitely a main reason. And even a disgusting competitor like Crapova starts playing with her grunt when she's desperate.
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Re: Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

Basically he said that it's OK to grunt but NOT screaming like a pig to the point that it might distract your opponent.
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Harrison is a mug and has despicable behavior. This is kinda expected from him.

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And the news would be ?
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I wonder if Azarenka's coach sent her to like voice lessons to try and make her grunt as annoying as humanly possible.
I don't think she needs any more guidance, that would be fatal
But she did not used to grunt. There is a video of her on youtube where she did not do it so her saying that she's always grunted it's a lot of bullshit.
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Re: Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

He actually has a point. He kind of has articulated what I've always thought about the grunting issue. Telling Maria and Victoria to completely stop grunting is going to mess up the game they've been doing since they started. They've been conditioned to believe that the grunting is part of their game. We've seen plenty of videos of them playing without grunting, it's just they believe they aren't in a 100% zone if they do not do that grunting.
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that arrogant cursing NO result punk should focus on grunting;maybe he'd do better in spite of the goddamn hype

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I always had a feeling this Harrison guy is a jerk Now I have proof he is
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gotta give credit how he describes himself as the moral lighttower of pro tennis.

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Re: Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

I don't think he really said anything that bad to get flamed imo. Sure, he's arrogant but that's only about his game and his results, he's dead on about grunting in the sport though.
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Re: Ryan Harrison says coaches teach grunting to distract

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I wonder if Azarenka's coach sent her to like voice lessons to try and make her grunt as annoying as humanly possible.
Vika is grunting since she was a kid...and she did it because she was very thin and powerless.
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