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WTA targets future grunters, leaves today's in peace

The WTA admitted Thursday that grunting is a problem in women's tennis but is throwing in the towel when it comes to the current crop of offenders, choosing to concentrate instead on future generations

In board meetings during the weekend at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., tour leadership agreed to focus on education and enforcement of existing rules for up-and-coming players.

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The WTA said that after consulting with experts such as Nick Bollettieri it would be unfair to make current pros alter their breathing mechanics.

"Excessive grunting is a problem, and we are determined to address it, working in concert with the entire tennis family including coaches, academies and the (International Tennis Federation) among others," the WTA said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "It was also agreed that it would not be fair to force the current generation of players to in effect learn how to play tennis all over again. We have been advised by experts that if we try to suddenly undo years of training, it will have an adverse affect on the ability of these players to play tennis." http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tenni...ing/53870848/1
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Make sense. Sorry but the top players aren't going to stop grunting if they have been doing it for 10+ years. Target the younger kids and make sure they don't pick up on this behavior. I can understand doing it during intense plays, but throughout the whole match is a little ridiculous.

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Oh dear, this again. What, will the umpire stop the match every time a newby grunts too loud? Will there be a specialist for the magnitude of the players grunts?
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Oh my - The world seems really perfect when there is time to discuss
grunting babes on a tennis court....
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As if the players would have to "learn to play all over again"! LOL. Give me a break, the worst offenders (Maria, Vika, Venus) have played plenty of matches where they mysteriously forgot to grunt.

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The thing is that Azarenka may be a top player for the next 5-6 years.
You can't tell a 18 years old junior to be quiet.

I'm looking forward to see some changes in 10 years. How nice.

The entire Tour get bashed because Azarenka and Sharapova are quite noisy.
Having Azarenka as #1 will hurt the Tour if she keep this up.

I pathetic to watch such weak management.
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As if the players would have to "learn to play all over again"! LOL. Give me a break, the worst offenders (Maria, Vika, Venus) have played plenty of matches where they mysteriously forgot to grunt.
This.

What a cop out.

Shrieking like that whenever they feel like it is gamesmanship, pure and simple, and allowing them to get away with that shit is tarnishing the game.

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As if the players would have to "learn to play all over again"! LOL. Give me a break, the worst offenders (Maria, Vika, Venus) have played plenty of matches where they mysteriously forgot to grunt.
thanks, just to reapeat this sentence.

There are times in most intenense and physical most demanding moments when even Masha and Vee started to be calm and just hit the ball without a roar. The shrieking/roaring etc. is not even close to support breathing considering these moments
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As much as I'd like to see something done to make watching the current crop of players bearable, at least it's something. Let's just hope they follow through with it.
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Who the fuck cares if they grunt? If you're a professional tennis player it shouldn't bother you if you're focused and as for the fans...deal with it.
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Yeah, it's about time. Excessive grunting that causes noise pollution should be eradicated.
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The men can grunt rather loud as well.

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Basically the WTA goons are inadvertently admitting that the rules against gamesmanship were being breached all along! Busted!
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The whiners have taken over the world!



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The men can grunt rather loud as well.
Exactly. Wonder when and if that will be addressed.

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