Wozniacki: Players grunt on purpose in matches

by: TENNIS.com October 26, 2011

Caroline Wozniacki weighs in on the grunting debate and says that offenders have an unfair advantage by distracting foes when they emit loud noises. "I think there are some players who do it on purpose," Wozniacki told reporters. "They don't do it in practice and then they come into the match and they grunt. I think they [officials] could definitely cut it. If you grunt really loudly your opponent cannot hear how you hit the ball. Because the grunt is so loud, you think the ball is coming fast and suddenly the ball just goes slowly. In tight moments, maybe the grunt helps them with getting less nervous."

WTA CEO Stacey Allaster said that the tour would begin to address the issue at the grassroots level. "The guys are grunting as well, it's not unique to women's tennis," she said. "But our female DNA transmits it in a different way. I'm very focused on the fans and I have seen a slight increase in the fan comments that we're receiving. So I do think on that basis that we should look at it. And if we're going to make any changes, it needs to [start] with the junior players…It just comes down to education. They have to determine how they want their brand to be."

Wozniacki's close friend Victoria Azarenka, who is one of the WTA’s loudest grunters, told reporters in Istanbul that everyone should mind their own business and "I can't stop, and I won't."

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