Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tennis grunt o meter

Tennis grunt o meter, Pro tennis to battle shrieking with 'grunt-o-meter' Professional women's tennis has long been known for the loud, shrieking grunts that players like Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka let out when they hit the ball . Many fans and players loathe the outbursts, however, and the Women's Tennis Association is reportedly planning to use a kind of "grunt-o-meter" device that measures the sounds in an attempt to crack down on the bellowing yelps It’s an urban myth that Maria Sharapova grunts so loudly during tennis matches that she sets off car alarms.
But the shrieks have been known to lure Bigfoot from the woods . Of course she’s not the only women’s player who grunts every time she hits the ball … and some men do it as well. And pro tennis is about fed up with it, because fans have been complaining.

So the World Tennis Association in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation and representatives of the four majors, have introduced a three-point plan to bring down the decibel level at matches, and hopefully eliminate grunting altogether in the future. The first part of this plan is my favorite:

The development of a handheld device — a kind of Hawk-Eye for noise — for umpires to objectively measure on-court grunting levels.

“I’m not going to use that word,” said WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster in an interview Monday, when asked if the portable device would be akin to the grunt-o-meters sometimes used at Wimbledon to measure egregious offenders such as Monica Seles and top-ranked Maria Sharapova. “The bottom line is that we want to bring forward across all levels of competition an objective rule through use of technology to make it much easier for athletes and chair umpires.”

Other parts of the plan include a new rule setting acceptable and non-acceptable noise levels, and educational programs at the junior level to teach kids that grunting is not cool.

Here comes the WTA’s new mascot, Grunty the Rhino! Hit him with your racquets, kids!

The WTA points out that current top-tier pro players are exempt from the new rules, which they plan to phase in for the next generation of stars.

Tennis grunt o meter Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Arm Aritn

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