As notoriously loud grunter Maria Sharapova mows down her competition at Wimbledon, the BBC has unveiled a device that can turn down the volume on players’ grunts, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Wimbledon NetMix allows viewers tuned in to BBC Radioplayer over the Internet to adjust the volume of various parts of the soundtrack, such as raising the volume of the commentators, tuning out the crowd … and of course, silencing the grunts, which many fans find annoying.
According to the story: “The launch of the product, which is free to download, comes just days after the head of Wimbledon said that female tennis players who grunt too loudly are putting off their opponents and spoiling the games for the spectators. Ian Ritchie admitted that tennis officials would prefer to ‘see less grunting.’”
Said Ritchie: "The players have an ability to complain about it; if one player is grunting too much and the other player doesn’t like it and it is distracting, they can complain to the umpire. We have discussed it with the tours and we believe it is helpful to reduce the amount of grunting."