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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Jul 8, 2019 3:27:49 PM
Alarm as lady tennis player GRUNTS “louder than Sharapova”

Alison Riske battled back to take the second and then broke Barty’s serve in the third to take the match. Despite an array of quality strokes, fans were more focused on Riske’s loud GRUNT.

Tennis fans took to social media in their droves to complain about the loud noises emitted from the court. One wrote: “Riske’s grunt is getting on my nerves.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/790571/wimbledon-alison-riske-grunting-ashleigh-barty-quarter-final-shock

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Agaliarept - 08 Jul 2019 16:53:19 (#1 of 30)

It is a weird sound tbf.

Why do they do it?

Moschops - 08 Jul 2019 16:55:19 (#2 of 30)

Wonder if they all grunt at the same time in relation to the ball hitting the strings, or if some are early or late grunters

Tadagee - 08 Jul 2019 16:58:21 (#3 of 30)

Chez tada we collectively refer to eastern European women's tennis player as Gruntanovas.

widenation - 08 Jul 2019 17:07:59 (#4 of 30)

It's requisite to playing at that level I guess. There are probably drugs that can render it unnecessary, but that would open up a whole new can of worms.

pranzingfrogg - 08 Jul 2019 17:14:15 (#5 of 30)

Maybe it’s like the cry that judo contestants emit to empty their breath when they’re thrown on the mat, to avoid being winded? Lets them draw in a good fresh lungful before the ball comes back. Don’t know, just guessing.

solomongursky - 08 Jul 2019 17:14:56 (#6 of 30)

"lady tennis player"

Or "tennis player", as everyone who isn't a prick calls them.

SaffronSunrise - 08 Jul 2019 17:22:08 (#7 of 30)

Why do they do it?

timing hitting the ball I heard

Moschops - 08 Jul 2019 17:47:58 (#8 of 30)

Yeah that, and I've heard it can also be to disguise the noise of the ball hitting the strings as well, so it's harder to determine the amount of spin applied

Arjuna - 08 Jul 2019 17:51:18 (#9 of 30)

crafty

lammaMia - 08 Jul 2019 18:04:47 (#10 of 30)

A properly timed grunt covers the the sound of the ball hitting the strings which helps the opponent to judge the spin or the speed of the ball coming towards him a split second or so earlier. That's the conspiracy theory dating from the Monica Seles era.

lammaMia - 08 Jul 2019 18:06:58 (#11 of 30)

Mos could hear my post before I typed it. Damn psi!

tasselhoff - 08 Jul 2019 19:01:25 (#12 of 30)

They could take a gulp of helium between points to render it beyond the range of human hearing.

machiavelli - 10 Jul 2019 10:31:47 (#13 of 30)

Alarm as lady tennis player GRUNTS “louder than Sharapova”

Sounds like a boastful grunt.

Agaliarept - 10 Jul 2019 10:56:46 (#14 of 30)

Yeah that, and I've heard it can also be to disguise the noise of the ball hitting the strings as well, so it's harder to determine the amount of spin applied

Literally never heard of that before. I always thought it was like the martial arts thing though not when getting thrown but when throwing punches. You always got told to make a shouty noise when punching when I did MA.

Assumed it's to get more power.

Tadagee - 10 Jul 2019 11:14:51 (#15 of 30)

You 'did' your mother?

TinyMcSmith - 10 Jul 2019 11:26:45 (#16 of 30)

Maybe it’s to cover up a fart.

Agaliarept - 10 Jul 2019 11:28:32 (#17 of 30)

You 'did' your mother?

<Judo Chops Tadagee>

TinyMcSmith - 10 Jul 2019 11:29:58 (#18 of 30)

Judo chop?

Agaliarept - 10 Jul 2019 11:31:34 (#19 of 30)

I never said I was any good at the MA I 'did'.

breakfast - 10 Jul 2019 13:30:29 (#20 of 30)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul
/10/itennis-players-grunters-everywhere-archaeologists-office-workers

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