Quiet At US Open? WTA Plans Crackdown On ‘Excessive Grunting’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ah, the sounds of summer. What would late August in Queens be without the crack of the bat at Citi Field – and the shrieks from right next door at Flushing’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center?
We may soon find out on the latter.
A plan to crack down on ultra-loud grunting in women’s tennis has been “unanimously green-lighted” by the WTA players’ council, representatives from all four majors and the International Tennis Federation, according to USA Today.
“It’s time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations,” WTA CEO Stacey Allaster told the publication.
Umpires would use a handheld device to measure the on-court sound and rule whether it exceeds a to-be-determined acceptable level, USA Today reported.
But there’s a catch. The current generation of screamers – like Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka – would get a pass. The plan also wouldn’t apply to the men’s game.