The biggest news in women's tennis today, as reported by The Associated Press, is not the sublime play on the grass at Wimbledon, instead, it's the ridiculous suggestion that "Grunt-O-Meters" be used to cut down the grunting in women's tennis.
In a statement, the WTA said, "The WTA, ITA and Grand Slams aim to drive excessive grunting out of the game while ensuring that we do not drive our current generation of players—who were taught to play this way—out of the game. This is a start of a sport-wide plan to responsibly dealing with the issue through player education and objective rule changes."
The thought that comes to my mind is that you've come a long way baby to see this as the pressing issue of the day in women's tennis.
Maybe the WTA should also suggest a "Stupid-O-Meter" also ... wait, it just went off.
Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.