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Wimbledon Viewers Grumble About The Grunts

July 08, 2015 2 min read

At home viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over Maria Sharapova's ear piercing grunts during her last match with Coco Vandeweghe. The sentiments weren't kind with more than one wishing she would lose so they didn't have to listen again in the semis. Laura Muncy said: "Finding #Wimbledon2015 unbearable today. Wish #Sharapova would shut the hell up. I want her to lose for the shear annoyance of her grunting." Unfortunately, their wish didn't come true and she'll face Serena Williams on Friday. That should be a match worth muting. Sharapova's grunts -- which to me sound more like guttural cries of pain -- have been known to reach decibel levels of 101 which is the equivalent of an airplane landing, a pneumatic drill or a speeding train. But Sharapova won't be alone. Williams is no slouch. Her grunt comes in at 88.9 decibels. This debate is not new. The outcry against noisy players began in 1992 with Monica Seles was told to shut up by her opponent Jennifer Capriati and Martina Navratilova said she thought Seles sounded like a stuck pig. The complaints from players may have some merit. Navratilova said it interfered with her perception as she could not hear the ball leaving the racket. I think that sounds legit. But on the other side, there is some evidence that grunting can help you apply maximum force. The Women's Tennis Association rules allow for the players to make these noises but say that if an opponent has a problem with it they can raise it with the umpire. So far, no one has. When asked about it, Sharapova says, "I have nothing to say. It’s nothing new. It’s not a new question, so..." So... turn down your volume and watch some incredible athletics? She's one of the greatest players in the world, I know I can let it slide. Here's a short sample from her match against Vandeweghe: https://youtu.be/Gsr4h6d0Lus Do you think the grunting is too much? Is it distracting? Does it matter to the game? Or, is it actually kind of hilarious? h/t: Daily Mail Do you follow BodyRockTV on Snapchat and Instagram? [caption id="attachment_97794" align="alignnone" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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