Grunting coming from the tennis court is apparently not a welcomed sound, as some folks have started the ball rolling toward curbing the grunts heard as the ball is hit. The Woman’s Tennis Association has made it their mission to “quietly” study the grunting sounds coming out of their players while on the tennis court, according to USA Today on Oct. 26.
Data will be gathered on the different noise levels that these grunts present and this is being done by a team of professionals that the WTA has contracted. These people will set up around the tournaments to collect this data on the noise level of grunts. The unnamed research firm has expertise in urban noise levels.
WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster said the on-court measuring devices will be at the tournaments. She also addressed the grunting noise levels and the research being done on them today by saying:
"There is more data to be done, there's more assessment to be done on the different audible levels," she said. "There are a variety of different environments that you need to assess the audible levels — indoor buildings, outdoor buildings, small venues, different surfaces, etc."
This sounds like they are looking for the grunts almost anyplace they are known to exist. Some of the worst offenders of grunting are Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, according to USA Today. Apparently the tour has addressed public criticism about the grunting in the past. They have also had complaints from some of the other players.
Watching the tennis match and hearing the grunting along with the action isn’t so bad, but just hearing a tape of some of the grunting going on without a video to watch, it sounds a bit strange, almost primal.
Well it sounds like the WTA is working on the grunting, but what will be their next step? Rumors say that a ban on excessive grunting may be the next step, what do you think?