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Scream queens distract opponents, says Evert

Screaming tennis players are a distraction for opponents and the current crop of female stars have taken the problem to new levels, US legend Chris Evert Noun 1. Chris Evert - United States tennis player who won women's singles titles in the United States and at Wimbledon (born in 1954)
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Number eight seed Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka (Belarusian: Вікторыя Азарэнка, Азаранка, Russian:  and Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher de Brito Micaela Larcher de Brito most commonly known as Michelle Larcher de Brito (born January 29, 1993 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese female tennis player. Michelle's family, moved to the United States to attend the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida when  have been at the centre of fevered debate at this year's Wimbledon about the decibel decibel (dĕs`əbĕl', –bəl), abbr. dB, unit used to measure the loudness of sound. It is one tenth of a bel (named for A. G. Bell), but the larger unit is rarely used.  levels during matches.

Now the International Tennis Federation is believed to be considering outlawing such distractions as "noise hindrance" under its code of conduct.

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova Noun 1. Martina Navratilova - United States tennis player (born in Czechoslovakia) who won nine Wimbledon women's singles championships (born in 1956)
 believes the scream queens are gaining an unfair advantage and Evert eĀ·vert
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to turn inside out; to turn outward.
, her one-time great rival, agrees with her.

Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1970s and 80s, said a particular concern was that the noise from grunters often appeared to increase on key shots.

"Grunting is one thing but the shrill sound that you hear with players nowadays and especially (when) they get louder when they hit a winner, that's the thing that I observe as a player," said Evert, here with golfer husband Greg Norman.

"It comes before they hit the shot. That's the first thing you hear and you are thrown off guard as a player and then before you know the ball gets past you.

"Really, the next time you watch say Maria Sharapova, the grunting is consistent but all of a sudden when she has a set up, she has a winner, the grunting gets louder.

"That's a distraction to me because you are hearing a loud grunt before you see the shot.

"Is it distracting for a player? Yes it is."

Evert, 54, said tennis went through a similar problem with former world number one Monica Seles in the 1990s, but now it is more widespread.

"Because Monica Seles is such a lovely girl, we didn't want to rub it in too much," Evert said.

"But it is distracting when you are hearing this and I think the grunts are getting louder and more shrill now with the current players.

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