Martina Navratilova received the Philippe Chatrier Award at Tuesday’s ITF World Champions Dinner and she used her acceptance speech to complain about Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Okay, she only called out (some) of them by name, but we can read between the lines:
Taking Martina’s lead, I’ve compiled my top 5 tennis peeves (in order of annoyance):
1. Shrieking/grunting/moaning. And it’s not just the WTA’s problem. Unfortunately, Tim Henman is probably right (via SkyNews):
“I wish umpires could clamp down on it but it’s very difficult to quantify. In cricket you have the light meter – are tennis umpires going to have Gruntometers on the court?”
3. Coaching. Whether it’s on court (for shame, WTA!) or from the stands, I don’t like watching old guys with beer bellies yelling at teenage girls. Better to have the two coaches sit next to each other in the players’ box and enforce the rule on one another. Bonus: a possible Mirka/Uncle Toni smack down.
4. The grass court non-season. We have four weeks of grass and about 45 on clay and hard courts. If we had more grass court events, serve and volley might still be worth trying.
5. Blathering commentators. Implement the Twitter rule – only 140 characters between points.
So do tell – what drives you nuts about our favorite sport?