I don’t normally agree with most of what Mary Carillo has to say; but am with her on the annoying noise level in the women’s game.
During the Sharapova – Azarenka match on Friday, (note: probably the two loudest screechers on the tour today) Mary went off on the WTA officials who decided they could not stop the current players from screeching as loud as they do. They could only make a rule for the younger girls not yet on the tour.
She said the tour officials position was that “the grunting was now an ingrained motor skill that could not be changed.” But Mary pointed out that pros continually change “ingrained motor skills” when they rework their serves, their backhands, and their footwork.
CBS then showed tape of both players practicing … Azarenka made very little noise when striking the ball and Maria made NONE! So, it was used only when they wanted to.
Under the heading of Full Disclosure: At last year’s Fantasy Camp, Davo Davidson and Ross Case did name ME runner-up to Phil Shapiro for their newly-minted Sharapova Award for loudest grunter in camp!