Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova, an outspoken critic of high-decibel levels in the sport, applauded the initiative but scoffed at the pace of implementation.
"I think it's a great idea, but speed it up," she said Monday. "You do not need a year to get used to not making a noise when you play tennis." [...]
The criticism leveled at women has caused some to point out that male players also grunt — some quite loudly. The issue is not perceived to be a problem on the ATP World Tour and has not been raised, according to ATP spokeswoman Kate Gordon.
"The women are definitely louder and more abrasive," Navratilova said.
A Thousand Baited Hooks: "I'll believe this is sexism when someone can point to the male equivalent of this (Williams v Sharapova)."
delmoi: "Every other sport fans yell and scream ..."
emjaybee: "So tennis lovers, why is silence required of the spectators anyway?"
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