Grunting Being Recorded at Tennis Matches
A tennis grunt-o-meter is being introduced by the World Tennis Association to measure the noises players make on the court.
The device will be used to record levels of grunts and other noise made during play.
The plan is take the readings made by the grunt-o-meter apply penalties to players who are making excessive noise on the court.
“It’s time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations,” WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster said.
By having an electronic reading for the levels it will remove the possibility of any human error or bias towards players.
No date is set on the device’s release and no timetable has been released on when the grunt-o-meter would be used in formal game play.
First the ITF, which oversees the four Grand Slam tournaments and lower-tier Future and Challenger events, will make a presentation to some athletes during Wimbledon.
“We are going to let them know that at a point in time there will be a new rule in place where we are going to bring the noise level down,” Allaster said. “The sooner we can get them to alter the breathing technique the more success we can have.”
Asked about the hindrance rule, which is already on the books, Allaster said it was too subjective.
“What is too loud?” Said WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster. “What is too long? We need to give the official an objective measurement tool. Can you imagine on a critical point an umpire going, ‘Oh, I thought you were too loud.’ You have to take all of that out of the equation. It’s not fair to athletes, the chair or the sport.”
Here’s a clip of some serious grunting!