Saturday, 7 July 2012
It's not so much the sport, it's the grunting I can't stand
I can just about cope with that 'twang twang' noise as the ball hits the cat gut. And the crowds are very well behaved (Not like football fans. Shouty, roaring, chanting and just plain offensive.) No, what puts me off tennis is the weird sounds the players make.
A couple of days ago I got home from work and made the mistake of switching on the TV. Two women were playing and one of them emitted a high pitched 'BING' every time the ball made contact with her racquet. It was a proper racket, I can tell you. I don't know who she was for two reasons: 1) They all sound as if they come from the Eastern bloc and have names that seem to end in -inska; and 2) frankly I don't care.
If I'd been playing against her I'd have complained. If I'd had to watch the match I'd have been driven insane within less than 15 minutes. I think I lasted about six returns before I had to switch her off. It was awful!