Tennis players grunt because it helps them generate more power and force in their shots. Grunts are a way for players to release tension and exhale more forcefully, which can help increase the speed and power of their shots. Additionally, grunting can help players focus and mentally prepare for a shot.
Why do tennis players grunt?
Some players believe that grunting helps them coordinate their breathing and physical movements, allowing them to hit the ball with more power and accuracy. Others believe that it can help them intimidate their opponents, disrupt their focus, and gain a psychological advantage.
Grunting is a personal choice, and some players choose to do it, while others don’t. However, excessive grunting can disrupt opponents and the flow of the match. The governing bodies of tennis have set some rules to control excessive grunting. The most famous example is the case of Monica Seles, who was known for her loud grunts and they were so loud that they were considered too distracting to opponents from her.
It is worth mentioning that grunting is not only specific to tennis players, other athletes such as weightlifters and gymnasts also use it as a way to generate more power and force in their movements.