Do you remember the sudden appearance of Monica Seles’ ground-breaking grunts on the tennis court? Well, as you’ve no doubt experienced, court-grunting has gone from strength to strength. Seles was the pioneer of all grunts, but I must say, watching Maria Sharapova’s victory over Sara Errani in the French Open on Saturday, compared to theirs, Seles’ sounded like the weak bleats of a lamb.
According to newspaper reports these grunts have even been measured for their intensity of sound, with Portugal’s Larcher de Brito coming out on top with 109 decibels. Apparently she stole top position from Sharapova who groans, or grunts, not sure which, at 103 decibels.
Why do they do it? Who knows? Explanations range from, a strategy of putting your opponent off, to giving more energy and “Umf” to your shots. Lately, the whole idea of adding a little sexual sensuality to the game has been postulated.
Now this last one, I must confess, had me perplexed. I just couldn’t see the connection, but a friend of mine solved it, or should I say his wife did, through an experience he had while watching the Sharapova/Errani final. Both players were “heh- hawing” and shrieking away when suddenly his wife burst in on him in the lounge, a shocked look on her face, “I can’t believe you’re watching porn,” she cried.
He whipped around, “What are you talking about?” he said, mystified and pained. Then, in a flash, they both got it and collapsed with laughter. So you see there is something to be said about the theory of adding a little more sexual sensuality to the game.
That said, I must say, even if it puts “umf” and sensuality in to your game, or helps you gain ascendancy over your opponent, I find it off-putting and a real annoyance. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m missing something, or maybe I’m just plain old fashioned. I don’t know. How do you feel?