View Full Version : Shreiking on the court

Jan 25th, 2011, 12:19 AM
I must say that I used to follow the tennis quite closely and keenly watched Maria Sharapova's rise up the WTA in 2004. I loved watching her matches and never minded the shreik she emitted when hitting the ball. Actually, to a young(ish) adult male, the sound was actually kinda nice ;). My views have changed a little nowadays.

I recently returned from Melbourne where I had ground passes to the first 5 days of the Australian Open. There I saw the first match I've watched live where a shrieker was involved (I've seen quite a few matches in my time but always with quieter players invloved). It was Azarenka vs (someone... can't remember the name but it was the 2nd round against a pretty young thing with an awful last name to try to prounounce). I thought it would be interesting to hear the shreik live, so I settled into my courtside chair with interest.

First point the shreik emerged. I'd never heard anything like it in my life. Sitting about 10 rows back, the noise was, well pretty awful. When my girlfriend went out for a comfort stop at the end of the set, I asked her to ask at the merchandise stand if they had any earplugs we could wear to make the match more enjoyable. They didn't have any, so we had to put up with the noise. Luckily, the match only went 2 sets.

My second experience with the "live shreik" was not while watching a match at all, but the very same day as the Azarenka match while walking past Rod Laver Arena. Venus Williams was on RLA against (again, the name escapes me but it was anouther tough name to pronounce) and this was even louder than listening to Azarenka! They have speakers outside RLA so you can hear whats going on in there more clearly. They didn't need them. From Margaret Court Arena you could hear the noise. It was unbearable walking past the RLA speakers. "squeak, squeak, HRRRRRUUUUNNNGGGHHHH!!!! squeak, squeak, squeak, HRRRRRUUUUNNNGGGHHHH!!!!"

Since that fateful day, I've watched Sharapova twice on the TV and I must say that while I still find her equally attractive and still like her competitiveness and her game as much as ever, I really had to turn the sound right down on my TV, which was a shame because I couldn't hear the commentary then.

What are your thoughts on the shreik? I'm, sure this has been discussed many times here, but I haven't posted regularly here for many years and just wondered what everyone's opinion was now that it seems that every third player is a jukebox of awful shrieks or screams.

Jan 25th, 2011, 12:31 AM
I used to give Pova a pass because...well, because she was Pova. But after the littany of shrieking clones came along, no more. It's awful. Silly. It ruins the integrity of the game. No need for it. They clearly don't have to do it. It's taught to them to screw with other players. Like Martina says, it's arguably cheating because it interferes with the opposing player's ability to hear the ball come off the racquet. Put Sharapova, Azarenka, Venus and Larcher de Brito in a doubles match and you'd cause actual deafness in the people in the crowd.

Jan 25th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Easily the worst thing about tennis for me. It's ridiculous that it's allowed to go on

Jan 25th, 2011, 01:00 AM
I didn't really notice it in the Kvitova/Stosur match but when Kvitova played Pennetta she seemed to shriek a fair bit when she won a point. It didn't necessarily happen when she was hitting the ball which I found a little strange. It seemed like rather than a fist pump or a "come on" she let out an excited shriek when something good happened for her.

Jan 25th, 2011, 01:03 AM
I love it, itīs funny...

The more louder the better, people always complain about something, itīs ridiculous really

Lord Choc Ice
Jan 25th, 2011, 01:08 AM
I agree Venus VS Sandra Zahlavova was :tape::help:

But Venus was also partly shrieking in pain so I give her a pass for that.