Thu 30 Aug, 2007 04:15 am
I've enjoyed tennis as a spectator for many years. I used to haul my sorry ass out to Queens to watch the U.S. Open. I've always enjoyed men's tennis more than women's, but I would follow both. Now I can't bear to watch women's tennis. I can't stand the high-pitched screaming. (Started with Monica Seles.) I don't understand why the screaming is necessary. A good grunt should have the same impact.
This has ruined the game for me. What are the chances it will stop? Slim to none?
i think the screaming will fade away eventually, but so far it hasn't made me any less a fan of the wimmin's game...
I'm sure the screaming would aggravate me if I actually watched the matches, but I've no TV. I do read the NYT US Open blog. Back in the day, I remember feeling annoyed watching Seles.
Yea...the screaming - it gets old real fast. Not sure why they do it. Maybe next time Hubby and I go play I will try them both and see the difference between grunting and screaming - who knows it may just change my game. Hubby should love that. Especially if there are other people on the courts
Reg, I guess we all have our personal sensitivities. I've always been sensitive to sounds. And this particular sound is so freaking unnecessary--and irritating. I tried watching with the sound off. No good. You gotta hear the ball bounce. You think this trend will fade? Will I live long enough?
Osso, I'm assuming that the blog is sound-free.
mismi, You're gonna scream in your next game? I'd be interested to know what possible improvement in can make in the game.
I can understand grunting... but not the screaming: it seems to me that would take extra effort, whereas grunting is a kind of natural expelling that goes along with effort.
Odd that it became so popular - sort of a copycat thing?
Roberta, as far as I've seen, the blog is just a lot of viewer reports.
As to whether this too will pass, I bet it does.
No, I lied...don't care THAT much -
but in reading about it apparently coaches teach their students to exhale as the hit the ball - exhaling causes the core to contract and enables the player to hit the ball harder. As some exhale the sound expelled is a grunt - others it is a scream.
Sounds plausible to me.
Exhaling on impact makes sense. Grunting makes sense. I agree with osso that screaming takes extra effort and energy and makes no sense at all.
Sometimes when there's no porn on, I have women's tennis on in the background.
Actually I agree with you. They look like a bunch of retards out there screeching.