If you're going to join a tennis club you have to understand that there are going to be rules. You might have to wear white, for example. And you'll likely have to behave on the court as well. In one extreme a nine-year-old Australian girl was kicked out of her tennis club - for grunting too loudly. I guess modeling your game completely after grunter Maria Sharapova isn't always such a good idea.
Lauryn Edwards was told at the weekend that she could no longer play her favourite sport after a complaint by an opposition player. The Mt Carmel Tennis Club, in Sunbury, told Lauryn's stunned parents, Duncan and Ruth, that the grunting had become too much.Can you really ask someone to stop grunting? That would be like asking her not to hit as hard either. If you're a grunter I suppose you can't help it.
Mr Edwards said the club had asked him for an assurance Lauryn would remain silent on the court.In America this would turn into some sort of freedom of speech fight, with Al Sharpton or someone like that coming around the corner any second. Who knows how the Aussies will react. So if some stuffy club is going to cramp her game, she might as well go elsewhere. Who needs the Mt. Carmel Tennis Club anyhow.
"They told me to guarantee she won't grunt or she can't play," he said. "What do they want me to do? Put Band-Aids over her mouth? They made her cry on the court when they told her.