With this year’s grunting championships well underway at Wimbledon, spectators at the All England Club are becoming increasingly vocal about the tendency for competitors to follow up their grunts by playing a succession of tennis strokes.
Grunting enthusiast Keith Stokes commented: ‘It’s all getting a bit ridiculous really. I came here to listen to two Slovakian stick insects trading affectatious yet highly arousing squawks, not watch them playing endless ground strokes together.’
Many in the game are also starting to get concerned. ‘To be honest, it is getting to be a bit off-putting’, said BBC pundit Andrew Castle. ‘I was so distracted by it yesterday that I almost paid £24.99 for a small pot of strawberries and cream.’
However, despite the controversy, tickets remain at a premium, with many supporters desperate to see whether Britain’s Andy Murray can repeat his success of last year, following the surprise appointment of former England footballer Phil Neville as his new voice coach.