We need to get GRUNTING in tennis under control NOW. The purpose of this POST is to provide an opportunity for YOU to make a difference in the tennis world. YOU and I are the consumers of all things tennis. Your voice needs to be and deserves to be heard.
Grunting hindrance is a problem on the ATP Tour and even more so in the WTA and it is only escalating and becoming more problematic. It is the opinion of OnCourt Advantage that anything that is not in the best interests of tennis needs to be removed or improved to restore tennis to it’s potential position as the No.1 sport in the world.
Vote IN FAVOUR of making noise hindrance (as a result of grunting), part of the International Tennis Federation’s Code of Conduct. By adding grunting as a hindrance to the ITF code of conduct, this behaviour would become punishable. Therefore, players would make their best efforts to keep the noise down to a reasonable level to avoid warnings and penalties.
Currently, players have no incentive NOT to grunt…however, it is easy to motivate players to stop grunting immediately. How? Player’s hold winning as one of, if not, THE most important priority. By imposing a strict procedure that unnecessarily grunting once will warrant a warning, a second offence will incur a point penalty, a third would be penalised by adding one entire game to the opponent and a fourth time would mean the match would be awarded to the opponent on the spot.
Given that players would certainly not want to incur a game penalty or be defaulted out of any tournament, the players would certainly stop grunting immediately. It is that simple and it would work with immediate effect if it is strictly imposed.
OnCourt Advantage encourages you to stand up and be counted because strength lies in numbers. The greater number of people who sign this petition, the greater chance we can have a REAL influence on the decision makers.
It’s time to strike whilst the iron is hot. Tennis officials are considering classifying grunting as a noise hindrance and adding this to the ITF Code of Conduct. This petition will be forwarded to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), once there are 100 signatories and every 100 thereafter, so please add your comment below or on part 2 of “Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition”, to reinforce that grunting is hurting the game and MANY people feel that way.
To read about a range of details and reasons in support of making grunting a noise hindrance see part 2 by clicking this link-> Sign the GRUNTING in Tennis Petition #2. Pictured above is VICTORIA AZARENKA!!!
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