Male vs. Female
While the female “shriek” can be the most annoying (think of Azarenka vs. Sharapova), the men are not totally innocent of this tennis crime. Check out this short YouTube video where Gonzalo Lama’s grunts apparently were too much for Robin Haase, who lost the point after the umpire ruled that his loud, sarcastic grunt was against the rules.
I had yesterday’s Wimbledon’s Ladies Finals on mute (primarily because I don’t like how Serena acts on the court). One of her “habits” is to grunt during a long rally and then give a loud shriek when she thinks she is hitting the final put-away shot. In my opinion, this is not biological; but is psychological.
Enforce The Rules
I remember back about five or six years ago, the WTA said incredibly they didn’t think they could change the behavior of current female pro players on grunting! So they were going to start enforcing anti-grunting rules in the juniors to break the behavior before it became habit. If they did, it didn’t work.
All the referees have to do is enforce the current rules about excessive noise being a “hindrance” and the behavior will stop. Simple as that.
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