WTA Tour Wants To Stop Grunting in Womens Tennis

by The Insider on August 15, 2011 · 0 comments

in WTA News

WTA CEO Stacey Allaster will be looking at grunting in the womens game.

“We have a hindrance rule,” Allaster said. “The reality of it is the athletes themselves are not coming to me say, we have an issue. (But) I’m very fan-centric and if there is a number of fans who are communicating with us that it’s an issue, then it’s something that we need to look at.”

It was annoying watching Serena Williams play Victoria Azarenka in the Rogers Cup semifinal because both players have amazingly noisy grunts.

“It’s very difficult to change the existing athletes because this is how they’ve trained, prepared for their entire lives,” said Allaster, who noted that some male players grunt too but, “unfortunately our decibels are a little bit higher Our DNA is different.”

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