I used to love playing tennis, and watching it too. Now I can only watch, and boy is my enjoyment being spoiled. It's sooo noisy.
The men grunt and groan like constipated oxen, or oxen on the point of orgasm. The women shriek and wail like banshees, sometimes at a pitch only dogs can hear. Is it any wonder then that my favourite players are a certain Mr Federer (not a sound) and Mademoiselle J Henin (only the ocasional little 'houf'). Both gifted players who don't have to make a noise to prove they're working.
Andy Murray used to be quiet, but even he now is beginning to grunt and sigh. He does so as his game declines, shuts up as it improves. That tells you something, doesn't it? I am sure it's an affectation, the trendy thing to do. I wish they'd shut up. Dreamdaisy
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben