As anyone who has ever seen Sharapova play knows, we’re not talking about the occasional whoop after winning an important point. We’re talking about full-bodied shrieks and screams after EVERY STROKE IN EVERY POINT.
Shrieks that have no utility other than to try to send a message to the woman on the other side of the net that Sharapova has just hit the living shit out of the ball.
According to US Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe, who weighed in on this issue after the match, Sharapova doesn’t scream like this in practice. That means her shrieking is not a weird, uncontrollable physical defect. That means that Sharapova is doing it intentionally (if unconsciously by now) and that she could stop doing it if someone with some authority told her to stop doing it.
Sharapova’s screaming is just a bogus physical intimidation technique like a howl with a karate chop and it should be banned. And Sharapova shouldn’t be singled out here: All the other screamers and shriekers on the tour–including the Williams sisters, who first popularized this method of intimidation–should be muzzled, too.
The time has come for tennis to tell Maria Sharapova and her fellow screamers to shut up. Enough is enough. Someone needs to take that one small step for women’s tennis and do something about this ridiculous tactic. The 2011 US Open got underway yesterday, but it looks like it will be yet another unnecessarily loud tennis championship.
Some critics are saying that Sharapova intentionally grunts to scare her opponents, because, as Patrick McEnroe, US Davis Cup coach, notes, Sharapova doesn’t scream like that in practice.
We have all had this discussion before. It’s nothing new. The problem is that it’s getting so decidedly bad that people don’t even want to watch anymore.
At this year’s Wimbledon, also the tournaments 125th anniversary, the chief executive of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, Ian Ritchie, admitted tournament officials were becoming increasingly pissed off with this nonsense.
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Maria Sharapova and Enrique Iglesias were never together. The famous blonde tennis player from Russia that Enrique Iglesias calls his woman is Anna Kournikova and as of 2011 it appears they are still together. In fact the following quote is attributed to Enrique Iglesias regarding his relationship with Anna
‘I just want it to be special, and the only way to make sure it’s special is by just making it as private as possible, and if you talk about those things that are special to you and that are close to your heart, it’s not the same anymore . Some people say love you with such ease, and for me it’s always been a difficult word to say. All I can tell you is the first time I said it, I truly, truly meant it.’ (source)
So you can guess from that considering the two have been together more than a decade that they are probably going to be together for a long time to come.
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