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    Default Is it tennis, or screaming competition???

    Just returned from a three day visit at my daughter's. I'm not at all a fan of tennis, but she is, so we watched several matches of the French open(?). I finally had to walk out of the room. The players scream and/or grunt LOUDLY whenever they smack the ball as if they are being beaten with a stick!!! What an annoyance- I'm really surprised that the hoity-toity tennis community allows this.

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    I'm convinced that it's the sound mix of the broadcast.
    Our local big-tournament is a feeder to the US Open, we've seen lots of big-name players come through, and they're never as loud as they seem on TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    I'm convinced that it's the sound mix of the broadcast.
    Our local big-tournament is a feeder to the US Open, we've seen lots of big-name players come through, and they're never as loud as they seem on TV.
    I reckon you have something there, a bit of sensation sells and maybe gets you noticed.
    That said, like most professional games played as entertainment, it's about the money, sponsors, advertising etc.

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    Apparently it's been shown to improve performance. Make of that what you will.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Apparently it's been shown to improve performance. Make of that what you will.
    You are still discussing tennis, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    You are still discussing tennis, right?

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    Better that they release the pressure through their mouth than from the other end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Apparently it's been shown to improve performance. Make of that what you will.
    That's been known in the martial arts for centuries.
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    Started by Lew Barrett, 06-06-2018 01:14 P
    Thread.

    Seemed to possibly be more appropriate to be posted here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    You're also pretty quiet with a pillow over your face.
    Could result in death and game set and match.
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    Default Re: Is it tennis, or screaming competition???

    That scream has been going on for several decades. I think that Orca and oznabrag are right, but it seems a little silly.

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    I find the grunts & screeches annoying as well - though I too have noticed 'em less at live matches.

    And tennis ain't exactly hoity-toity any more.
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    https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/wom...ting-ban/16637
    Women’s tennis faces grunt ban




















    Female tennis players are set to face penalties for letting out a shriek with their serve.
    The Women's Tennis Association plans to phase out loud grunting because the noise bothers fans.
    "It's time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations," WTA CEO Stacey Allaster told reporters, as she unveiled the organisation's plan to quieten future tennis players.



    Elena Baltacha, above, is known to make a racket on the court
    The WTA aims to develop a handheld device - dubbed the "grunt-o-meter" - for umpires to measure the decibels of each serve-scream, along with a set of rules defining acceptable noise levels.
    It will also educate tennis academies, so junior players are clear on their acoustic limitations.
    Allaster added, "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."
    However, the likes of Maria Sharapova - World No. 1 and noted grunter - need not worry too much about downgrading their howls - the rules will apply only to non-established players.








    Tennis veteran Monica Seles, above in 1990, is credited with introducing "screaming" to the game
    "What is clear from experts is that it would have a clear, damaging effect on performance of the existing generation," Allaster admitted.
    While court legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova welcomed the WTA's decision, some critics pointed out that the lack of such legislation for male players - the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic being among known "grunters" - created further division in a sport that has been criticised for its gender pay gap.
    In March Stylist launched the Fair Game Campaign to stop sexism in sport and is awaiting a response from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee on its petition requesting an inquiry into issues of gender inequality.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I find the grunts & screeches annoying as well - though I too have noticed 'em less at live matches.

    And tennis ain't exactly hoity-toity any more.
    I never watch, but just turn the sound off………………….

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    Default Re: Is it tennis, or screaming competition???

    Wait until the golfers start doing it

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