Many tennis players grunt on the courts, but now umpires are calling for an O’meter device to measure sounds during a match, and WTA chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster can’t agree more.
“It’s time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations,” Allaster said.
To do that there will be a development of a noise device that measures on-court grunting. In addition, new rules will be put in on excessive noise and there will be education on all levels of the game.
Allaster said she won’t use the word “grunt-o-meter” but did stressed that “the bottom line is that we want to bring forward across all levels of competition an objective rule through use of technology to make it much easier for athletes and chair umpires.”
Current players would not be affected by the plan and no timetable has been set for the new plan.
“I think it’s a great idea, but speed it up,” said Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova. “You do not need a year to get used to not making a noise when you play tennis.”
Opponents say both players and fans are bothered by the noise.