What’s wrong with all the Grunting in Tennis?

gruntBoy, it seems like the tennis world is falling in on itself because of the grunting in tennis. This week the ladies (and men, mind you) are getting pressured to cease with the vocalization during their matches. In fact, Tennis officials are considering a ban on the excessive noise.

It seems that Tennis Fan Purists are applauding the looming ban, however, myself as a casual tennis fan doesn’t see what the uproar is. To me it is no different than baseball chatter, or trash talking as in other sports. The speed and force that some of these players hit the ball seems to warrant a grunt.

The grunting players have become the newest “Knights who say Nee.” They are obviously striking fear into the lives of their opponents.

To me they’re just getting into their work and giving it their complete all. Some folks choose to grunt while others choose not to. It would appear to me that these people should be able to apply their style of play to the game. The rules of the game are still the same. The ball is still the same size. The courts are still the same width and length. The net is still the same height. I wonder if those complaining the loudest are losing the most. Again. Note. I am not a devoted tennis fan. Just the casual watcher.

By the way… Mike and Mike from ESPN have a great video that discusses this subject.

 

So… BIG STRETCH TANGENT TIME… here’s what got me thinking. As followers of Christ, their should be times when we are so focused on God’s Mission that we break out in some ‘Grunts’ of our own. Spontaneous Praise to Him. Spontaneous Service to Him.  Hands in the air. There is a Matt Redmon Song called Dancing Generation:

Your mercy taught us how to dance
To celebrate with all we have
And we’ll dance to thank You for mercy

Your glory taught us how to shout
To lift Your name in all the earth
And we’ll shout to the praise of Your glory

It’s the overflow
Of a forgiven soul
And now we’ve seen You, God
Our hearts cannot stay silent

And we’ll be a dancing generation
Dancing because of Your great mercy, Lord
Your great mercy, Lord
And we’ll be a shouting generation
Shouting because of Your great glory, Lord
Your great glory, Lord

When’s the last time you let go and joined in the shout and the dance?

You mercy taught us how to dance
To celebrate with all we have
And we'll dance to thank You for mercy

Your glory taught us how to shout
To lift Your name in all the earth
And we'll shout to the praise of Your glory

It's the overflow
Of a forgiven soul
And now we've seen You, God
Our hearts cannot stay silent

And we'll be a dancing generation
Dancing because of Your great mercy, Lord
Your great mercy, Lord
And we'll be a shouting generation
Shouting because of Your great glory, Lord
Your great glory, Lord

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2 thoughts on “What’s wrong with all the Grunting in Tennis?

  1. Word! Way to work the tennis analogy in.

    About tennis: you should be able to grunt to your hearts content
    About church: there is totally a time and place for rocking, dancing, head banging worship, complete with grunts. I like it.