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Grouchy Wimbledon Boss Gripes About Gratuitous Grunting By Gals

Wait, he’s just noticing that tennis players make a lot of grunting noises while playing, in particular those of the fairer sex? What took him so long?

Well, maybe it’s not that All England Lawn and Tennis Club chief executive Ian Ritchie hasn’t notice it before now, but instead he has finally had all he can stands and he can’t stands no more as it relates to the above-mentioned gratuitous grunting by the gals. So much so, in fact, that he has issued a critical public statement regarding the perceived overzealous nature of some competitors as it pertains to their guttural grunting (via FOX Sports):

“I think there is an education problem with younger players. And certainly (in) my postbag … if you say ‘what do you get most letters about,’ I would say that grunting is high up,” he said.

“We are aware, whether you are watching it on TV or here, people don’t particularly like it,” Ritchie added. “We are one tournament in a global circuit. But we have made our views clear and we would like to see less of it.”

One especially egregious offender is apparently 21-year-old Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (above), whose vocalized histrionics reportedly reached 95 decibels during her first round match against Magdalena Rybarikova on Monday. Jebus. Ninety-five freaking decibels. That’s the decibel equivalent of a circular saw during operation. I reckon she’s the kind of gal who can keep her neighbors up at night. You know, because she’s 21 and probably is kind of a night owl. What were you thinking I meant?

Anyhoo, even if Ritchie accomplishes his goal of putting the kibosh on excessive grunting, we’ll at least always have the “29 Moanings” track featuring Maria Sharapova to rely on, which is a good thing. Although I’m guessing it won’t satisfy Frank DeFord’s insatiable appetite for tennis court grunting. Just a hunch.

Wimbledon grumbles about grunters [FOX Sports]