Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are known as two very loud tennis players.
When they faced off against one another in the French Open, the results were ear shattering.
My two sons thought birds had flown near the court when we reviewed the footage, eventually mocking both of the players’ noises.
They’re shreikers, or squealers – I think it depends on the how high the pitch is. It’s distracting, and that’s probably an understatement. It sounds like a person beating the life out of a small bird.
Take a gander for yourself, if you dare:
I tried to watch the entire video, but after two minutes of the ordeal I wanted to rip my ears off. It seemed as if both ladies couldn’t get focused unless they let out a noise of some sort.
That’s nothing new. There have been many athletic gestures that have become very iconic.
Take, for example, Michael Jordan’s tongue. It was known worldwide when he was playing as an indicated that you were about to get dunked on, or when he was about to take a great shot.
But this is on a whole ‘nother level. It’s quiet, and that sound is bouncing off the walls, seats, everything. I think that’s what makes this so irritating.
Live Tennis (@livetennis) posted the following tweet June 6:
“Is it just us or does the Azarenka-Sharapova soundtrack sound like cats mating?”
Now that’s epic.