Tranny took out the Burrito 76(2) 76(4), and with Masha and Burrito now out, the whole grunting hullabaloo might be silenced, too, which would be nice.
Kamakshi's take on the grunting:
Gisela Dulko also was asked a couple of times about Maria Sharapova's grunting today, but she wouldn't bite.
There's clearly a determined campaign under way to make the grunting an issue. In other situations I'd avoid piling on, but here I really do think it's long overdue.
True, it's a bit unfair on the girls currently being targeted -- they're just the latest in a long chain of progression. First there was one, then a louder one, then an even louder one -- all the time we've been too polite to make a scene about it, and it's finally reached a level where people can't take it anymore.
It's sad that it had to come to this. The powers that be don't seem take proactive steps anymore; they just wait 'til something becomes such a public issue that it can't be avoided anymore.
The antigrunting forces may finally be gaining enough critical mass to force some kind of clampdown, so it's hard to resist giving it a nudge in the right direction.
The shrieking actually isn't that bad when watching live, but it can get intolerable on TV -- which, after all, is how most people watch tennis.
And for all the efforts to introduce on-the-court coaching and fiddling with changeovers and all the rest to please casual TV viewers, the two most effective measures, better camera angles and gagging the grunting, have gotten no attention.
Better camera angles. Dare to dream.