BY JOSH LANDER
ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO
Screaming women — it may become a thing of the past in women’s tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association is trying to quiet down its players. Fox News tells us what all the noise is about.
“There’s been clinical evidence that tennis players, the female ones, actually play better when they are grunting. The fans, they don’t want to hear it. And there’s also that whole criticism of well, it’s distracting as well.”
Maria Sharapova, one of the best women’s players in the world, is also one of the loudest. She has said the noises she makes on the court, are mere habit and can’t be helped.
A reporter for ESPN says the WTA is trying to work with these stars who have become habitual noise-makers.
“Now, the WTA says it plans an initiative to lower the volume gradually. Focusing on aspiring stars, not current ones.”
So how can the WTA regulate noise? News.com says it will use…
“…A handheld device … for umpires to objectively measure on-court grunting levels. A new rule setting acceptable and non-acceptable noise levels…”
“Education at large tennis academies, national development programs and at all levels of junior and lower-tier professional events.”
But not everyone is getting scolded for being too loud. Men aren’t being told to hush the way women are. Tony Manfred of Business Insider says, that’s not sexist at all.
“The assumption that ‘men are doing it too’ is just false. There’s nothing wrong with women’s players occasionally making the same primal noises that all athletes make in the heat of the moment. … But grunting in women’s tennis doesn’t have to do with any of that. It’s a tactic — a superficial, ear-splitting tactic…”
A female writer for Slate doesn’t seem to appreciate Manfred’s article, responding with some pretty strong choice words.
“Even if he’s right (and to me, his claim—girls don’t naturally make unattractive noises; they’re just being manipulative—earns a big WTF), I’m not sure I buy the subsequent argument, which boils down to: Well, men aren’t doing it, so women shouldn’t be allowed to, either.”
CEO of the WTA, Stacey Allaster says any rules concerning the noise level in her sport won’t be implemented until at least the year 2013.