Critics want Maria Sharapova, other grunters to tone it down

Maria Sharapova is one of the loudest grunters on the court -- not that we're complaining. (Getty...

Maria Sharapova is one of the loudest grunters on the court -- not that we're complaining. (Getty Images/AFP)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

Uhhhhh-eee!

Eeeeeeeyyyyyya!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrray!

Funny sounds. But helpful. Or irritating. Or gamesmanship. Maybe even, as a few have suggested, downright cheating.

Say hello to The Tennis Grunt, something players and fans have been sounding off on for decades, but in greater detail in recent years.

Grunting is a love-it-or-hate-it kinda thing, ya hear?

And not only is it a-loud, it’s allowed. So pack your headphones if you’re adverse to the idea, because the screaming matches are seemingly here to stay.

While some players say it’s a natural way of releasing energy while helping to maintain rhythm on the court, the predominant argument is that excessive grunting disrupts the integrity of the game by drowning out the sound of the ball hitting the racquet, thus disguising the intended play.

And the groan volume seems to be at max these days.


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