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stromatolite
Oct 28th, 2011, 09:22 AM
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.

Beat
Oct 28th, 2011, 09:26 AM
there's already a long thread about this:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=447683

stromatolite
Oct 28th, 2011, 09:28 AM
there's already a long thread about this:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=447683

Yes, but it's muddied by fans' opinions about their current favs. I'm taking them out of the equation

Mashabator
Oct 28th, 2011, 09:57 AM
Love grunting :inlove:

Uncharted
Oct 28th, 2011, 10:10 AM
I am undecided. It depends who is doing the grunting and where.

Londoner
Oct 28th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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.

John.
Oct 28th, 2011, 11:41 AM
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.

Juju Nostalgique
Oct 28th, 2011, 11:58 AM
It's retarded to grunt when your shots are not so strong. :weirdo:

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

Pushers grunting ---> :weirdo:

Irute
Oct 28th, 2011, 12:39 PM
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.

Kworb
Oct 28th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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.

Bronx19
Oct 28th, 2011, 12:46 PM
How the fuck does this even require thought?

Its the same game minus the noise. The noise does nothing for their games, its stupidty.

Wiggly
Oct 28th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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.

kaktusino
Oct 28th, 2011, 12:58 PM
Tennis witout grunting is boring. :yawn:

Bronx19
Oct 28th, 2011, 01:21 PM
Really, so the WTA is about the grunt?

pla
Oct 28th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Tennis witout grunting is boring. :yawn:

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 ;)

John.
Oct 28th, 2011, 01:45 PM
Tennis witout grunting is boring. :yawn:

OK then :weirdo:

tripwires
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:00 PM
I chose Other. I don't really care either way. With or without grunting, I will still watch tennis.

pov
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:16 PM
Other - it's completely irrelevant what sounds athletes make or don't make.


Tennis is the only sport I know of where some of the fans and the media make an issue of this. And it's not even tennis overall - just women's tennis. IMO it's probably based in deep-seated concepts about what's appropriate behavior for women. Can't have women making those sorts of sounds can we.

benbest
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:25 PM
it would be more enjoyable to watch

hERi
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:32 PM
that's the way a player motivate herself.. I don't care about grunting cos I still enjoy the game...