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    The 'shriek heard 'round the world' must be muffled - Tennis Experts Blog - Tennis - Yahoo! Sports

    It would be a heck of a lot easier for women's tennis officials if Michelle Larcher de Brito wasn't going to be any good. As it is, the 16-year-old Portuguese phenomenon is on course to become the "shriek heard 'round the world."


    Larcher de Brito, who lost a third-round clash to Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai on Friday, could be the next big thing in the women's game, having been developed by Nick Bollettieri in Florida and apparently ready to start challenging the world's best.
    The problem is, she also is by far the biggest assault on the eardrums in a sport full of grunters and screamers.
    If you haven't heard Larcher de Brito in action yet, it is hard to imagine the piercing sound she creates (you can hear it at the 2:30 mark in this video from Tennis Channel). Think Maria Sharapova, multiplied by Monica Seles, added to an untrained hand slashing away at a violin.
    Some of the teenager's shrieks lasted so long that they were still hanging in the air as Rezai was playing the next shot.
    Partly because she was playing a local, partly because they just like to get antsy, the Roland Garros crowd was swift to turn on Larcher de Brito, showering her with jeers and catcalls.
    WTA Tour officials clustered at courtside to monitor the situation, yet the issue of grunts and squeals is a tough one for tennis chiefs.
    The WTA is loath to intervene, primarily because doing so could put it at odds with one of its most recognizable stars, Sharapova.
    Larcher de Brito, though, could force its hand and even lead to a change in the rules.
    Whereas Sharapova does tennis far more good than harm, Larcher de Brito's tortured exhortations easily could turn fans away from their television screens.
    Clearly something needs to be done, and quickly.
    There simply is no legitimate need to deliver such a long and murderous shriek every time the ball is struck, however much effort is being put into the shot.

    With all the technology making itself a staple of world tennis, like Hawkeye and net cord sensors, surely the addition of a decibel-meter wouldn't be too intrusive?
    If players have the license to scream, many of them will do so. Many will claim their verbals are involuntary.
    But if over-the-top shrieking is punishable by the loss of points or even games, see how quickly the volume magically is turned down.
    Let's hope Larcher de Brito, an exciting talent, makes a big noise on tour. But not like this.



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    Something needs to be done to shut Sharapova up as well. Grunting yes - but Shara and de Brito full on squeal. Not only is it off putting to opponents, it's horrible watching. None of the other women squeal as loud as these two. It's just not needed.

    And yes, I could always just turn the volume down!

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    i think the shrieking is a bad thing for Womens tennis. Sharapova, de Brito and Victoria Azarenko are BIG offenders.

    it is so distracting to the other player, as well as the TV audience AND the people in the stand. as well, as the people on the surrounding courts. i will not watch a match where the people shriek. its ridiculous.

    ETA: its odd that Sharapova AND deBrito are from Bradenton, and Bollitieri's tennis academy. Coincidence?
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    ^^
    I noticed that as well. Apparently they're taught to exhale when they hit the ball - that's exhale, not scream. I noticed Azarenka today as well - she squeals too. Yet some of the games greats, like Steffi Graf or Navratilova never made a huge noise.

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    If I didn't scream pushing out babies then they don't need to hitting a tennis ball.

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    Women's tennis is now totally unwatchable because of this attention seeking diva drama queen screaming. It's NOT necessary and I think some of them do it specifically to distract their opponents. The previous generation of players may have made the odd grunt on a difficult shot but not this porno screaming.
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    Holy crap (after watching that clip) now that's just fucking ridiculous!

    Didn't realize it had gotten this bad.
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    I agree that the screaming and shrieking in women's tennis has gotten ridiculous. I still watch it but with the sound muted. They really should do something about it before it costs them fans.

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    I was watching the women's quarterfinals this morning and had to mute it. The grunts are ridiculous!!! I blame Monica Seles, she seems to have started this little trend. Ugh, I won't watch. They really need to step in and put a stop to it.
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