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(USA Today)   Womens Tennis Association unanimously decides to "drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations." TV ratings, lotion & kleenex sales plummet   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, WTA, All England Club, point in time, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, Martina Navratilova, chewing tobacco, Maria Sharapova  
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971 clicks; posted to Sports » on 26 Jun 2012 at 12:05 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-26 12:22:39 PM  
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Ask any martial artist. The "ki-ya" is not for show but has a real, measureable impact on the speed and strength of the strike. This is not for any mystical reason but because it tightens the muscles of your core and gives you a more solid "platform" from which to deliver the energy of your arm or leg.

For women's tennis to limit this is them implicitly acknowledging that they care more about asthetics than athleticism, calling into question whether they are a real "sport" or not
2012-06-26 03:20:46 AM  
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It's actually a form of cheating.

They grunt loudly to hide the sound of their racket hitting the ball so their opponent can't guess its spin and trajectory and prepare for it better. There is absolutely no genuine reason to grunt that loudly for every stroke -- it does not assist in technique, placement or power.
2012-06-26 01:17:05 AM  
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Thank god. The less I have to hear the Williams brothers grunt the better
2012-06-26 12:57:36 AM  
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How about before they fix the grunts, they fix the awful sportscasters who talk way too farking much and make ridiculous commentary. The only time I enjoy sportscasters is when they adamantly state something as fact, only to have it blow up in their face moments later.
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