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Tennis grunting sounds much better set to beautiful music

This takes away the annoyance and replaces it with splendor.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 10, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:12 pm CDT

One of the pitfalls of watching tennis is having to ignore all the grunting that accompanies some of the best athletes in the world trying to hit a ball over a net. It’s annoying, but just like the smell of skunk, eventually, the grunting fades into the background and, at some point, you probably won’t notice it anymore.

Unless that tennis player is just so damn loud that his or her screeches invade your soul like a Monica Seles-inspired demon.

Take, for example, Victoria Azarenka or Maria Sharapova.

Or Carlos Berlocq (he’s the man in the far court).

It’s like somebody is having a loud orgasm while simultaneously skinning a cat. Or, as the Daily Mail opined, “If you’ve ever seen [Azarenka] playing Sharapova, then the subsequent ringing in your ears may well convince you that you have just attended a Who concert and spent the entire gig strapped to an amp.”

But tennis grunting can also be funny, especially when The Tonight Show puts together a bunch of grunt clips and Jimmy Fallon conducts the production like he’s leading an orchestra.

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2015, 1:56 pm CDT