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Grunting Female Tennis Players at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Head Wants Less Grunting: Double Standard or Not About Gender?

Head of Wimbledon Ian Ritchie said officials would prefer less grunting from the tennis players. According to Ritchie, the vocal players are spoiling the game for the fans and distracting other players, adding, "We have discussed it with the tours and we believe it is helpful to reduce the amount of grunting."

Since he brought up the noise level after Victoria Azarenka had 95-decibel grunts (nearing Maria Sharapova's record 105 decibels) during this year's championships, we have to wonder if this is about the grunting in general or specifically women making noise. Azarenka even defended her cries, saying, "I can't change it, it's part of my breathing system and it's just natural and something I've done since I was a kid. . . . Grunting is part of the game." Grunting is an integral part of the tennis-playing process for women, and if the roles were reversed and something male sports players did to improve their game was deemed annoying or distracting, I seriously doubt officials would talk about nixing it. Do you think this issue is a double standard against women?

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tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
There are studies that show while performing a difficult task, if the performer grunts, their ability to perform the task increases. I agree with Stephley. You are watching a sport, there will be noises. What is a grunt distracting you from?
countchocula countchocula 4 years
Not a double standard at all. I hate hearing a guy at the gym sound like he's about to pass a baby cow on the benchpress. Grunting in tennis is not gender-specific and not everyone does it. I understand some players do it to release energy but when it's THAT loud, the grunts are very deliberate and unnatural... and often meant to throw off the other player. Crack down on that, please.
amber512 amber512 4 years
The grunting is one of the reasons I just plain can't watch tennis. It's so annoying!
neonbee neonbee 4 years
It isn't a double standard at all. Male tennis players do grunt, as mentioned above, especially the likes of Nadal and Gonzo. The only one I know who doesn't grunt is Federer. Anyway, yes, more female players grunt, but from my experience, the grunting usually comes when you're tired, but still trying to be on top of your game, except for Sharapova. There's no stopping that one.
stephley stephley 4 years
Maybe the players should sit down and be quiet so the fans can concentrate on their sitting and watching.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 4 years
Not a double standard. There are more female players who grunt and they are usually louder but there are plenty of male tennis players who grunt and have been called out on it before (Nadal, Verdasco, etc.) It's very annoying and distracting.
KeLynns KeLynns 4 years
I don't watch tennis so excuse my question but - is this something that seriously only women do? I guess I'm confused how this is a gender thing. They're calling for all tennis players to quiet down, right? Not just the women? How is this only an issue for the women?
reanerbean reanerbean 4 years
There are men who grunt too. And tennis players who grunt are just plain annoying. I really don't see how it improves their game either...
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