Whatever happened to them stopping the women from screeching? There are some matches that are just too annoying to listen to because the players are loudly vocalizing after hitting their shots.
Technically a Hindrance
A player is not allowed to speak/make noise while the ball is headed toward their opponents. And it is obvious that many of those with “extended screeches” clearly violate that rule (which is never called by the chair umpire). Seems to me that Serena not only does this, but the volume increases until she thinks she is about to hit the winning shot … and then it is almost a “victory shout.”
The Plan to Stop
In talking about one of the prime violators, Sabylanka, retired player and now commentator Todd Woodbridge, tagging the Women’s Tennis Association said “Something needs to be done about her noise and grunting on court,”
If memory serves, about 10-12 years back, the WTA finaly recognized the problem and concluded they could/should do little to attempt to change current tour players; but they were going to start a mandatory restriction on the juniors, in order to change future behaviour. So, what ever happened to the program??
All I can say is “thanks for the mute button.” What do YOU think, is this a problem worth fixing?
Another Life Saved
Anyone who follows this site knows of Fred, Evert and me. Well is seems the word is spreading and other otherwise healthy, asymptomatic senior tennis players are going out to get themselves tested.
I got a call from a tennis friend in Boston who said, “George is in much better shape than I am; so if he can have a problem, I am going to have the calcium scan.” He reported his number in the 800s (well above the 400 maximum) and has “significant blockages.”
Do you know of any other action takers learning life-saving information?
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