Victoria AzarenkaThe WTA has begun testing noise levels at tournaments in order to fina a proper way to curb grunting. USA Today reports that WTA began testing in the spring.

“There is more data to be done, there’s more assessment to be done on the different audible levels,” WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster said. “There are a variety of different environments that you need to assess the audible levels—indoor buildings, outdoor buildings, small venues, different surfaces, etc…we are committed to the strategy to drive excessive grunting out of the game, and we believe it’s through the next generation.”

I’m not sure they can get the current grunting generation to quiet down, since it has become such a habit for them. But it could certainly be used to train the up-and-coming generation of tennis players to tone it down. At least they need to train the trainers to stop it before it begins. A player can certainly breath out during a shot without shrieking or screaming like many players do.

It will be interesting to see the results. It is silly that it has even become a problem.