|No, not this one…
|May I present to you, Exhibit A.
I’m always amazed by how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
As is my wont at this time of year, I have been avidly watching the Australian Open on television over the last couple of weeks. Nothing says January to me like days/nights in front of the television enjoying the satisfying THWACK of a fluoro yellow tennis ball, belted with pinpoint accuracy around the court. The brilliance of the tennis more than makes up for the lack of sleep that occurs. And when I do actually get to sleep it is only in my dreams that I can rip a backhand winner crosscourt with the ferocity that they do!
Last night was the women’s final between Victoria Azarenka and Li Na. Like many seasoned tennis fans, I was looking forward to a tough but entertaining match yet resigned to the fact that I’d have to listen to the annoying shriek of Azarenka every time she made a shot. My Twitter feed was full of it:
azarenka sounds like the local hoon’s wrx turbo between gears #ausopen
— Mick Champion (@champoz) January 26, 2013
There really should be a rule about long grunts lasting until the opponent plays the ball! #ausopen
— Kirsty Wilson(@kirsty_wilson) January 26, 2013
#Azarenka needs one of those barking collars attached, every time she grunts she gets an almighty zap. That’ll fix it!
— Jacky Kirby (@JackyKirby) January 26, 2013
Either fireworks have started or Azarenka’s scream has gotten really out of hand. Either way dogs are upset #ausopen #melbourne
— julie boyd (@jboyded) January 26, 2013
And they were just some of the polite ones. There were plenty of others that weren’t. Especially the ones casting aspersions over Azarenka’s sex life. *cough*
All this chatter about grunting tennis players reminded me of a post I wrote only 12 months ago
, lamenting this very thing. I STILL don’t understand why they have to do it. Honestly, girls. Is it really
necessary? The majority of the top tennis players all manage to play strong, powerful tennis without doing it, so why do you screamers persist?
I thought it was interesting to note that Azarenka doesn’t
grunt when she’s training. At all. I’d be keen to hear any and all opinions on that.
Tonight is the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. I am a little torn about this match as I like both players – Novak is simply brilliant full stop but Murray has been playing amazing tennis lately and deserves the win. At any rate it will be champagne tennis to watch… and at least this match will be without a 10 minute stoppage for Australia Day fireworks!! Seriously, WTF was with that? I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where that would happen. Certainly not at Wimbledon!
Are you a tennis fan? Will you be watching?? Or are you looking forward to a tennis-free TV schedule next week?