‘Doesn’t Bother Me’ – Coco Gauff Remains Unfazed Over Aryna Sabalenka’s Grunting Moments

Published 01/25/2024, 12:34 PM EST

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Coco Gauff ended her journey at the Australian Open today in the semifinals of the tournament at Rod Laver Arena against Aryna Sabalenka. This is the third time Gauff has lost against Sabalenka. After her defeat at the match, she was asked in an interview about how much and if she gets bothered by how loud Aryna Sabalenka can be during the match.

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If it was any other player, they would perhaps admit that the grunts unsettled them. But even with her AO dream over, Coco Gauff isn’t too resentful of the player who ended it.

Coco Gauff shares her true feelings about Aryna Sabalenka’s grunts in the match

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Aryna Sabalenka was at her usual best when she scored a total of 33 points against Coco Gauff. But they were accompanied by her signature grunts of course. Post the match, Coco Gauff was asked if the noises bothered her.

To which she responded, “No, I don’t think so. I don’t notice. It doesn’t bother me because it’s consistent. If she did it extended on certain balls, then I would be like, okay, it’s ridiculous. No, I think that’s just her. It’s fine. There have been other grunters in the past. It doesn’t bother me.”

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She further also stated that she has played players in the past who grunt intentionally at points where they don’t want to lose, and that is not ethical. But if the grunt is consistent, then it’s not a problem for her, which is true in the case of Sabalenka.

Even though Gauff did not mind Sabalenka’s grunting, there have been other players who have had an issue with it.

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Tennis players complain about the loud grunting by Aryna Sabalenka on the court

Ons Jabeur shared in the past that it is very difficult to play against a loud opponent referring to Sabalenka. She added, “She was screaming for both of us. I couldn’t even scream with her. It’s tough, it is true. I mean, that’s the thing about playing Aryna.

Todd Woodbridge, who is a former professional tennis player also mentioned on his official Twitter account about how Sabalenka is a great player but something needs to be done about her noise and grunting on the court. Another commentator from tennis and doubles champion, Pam Shriver mentioned how Sabalenka has a better talent in grunting noises!

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Do you think there should be some rule around grunting? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ishmeet Kaur

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Growing up, I was always drawn to tennis and would spend hours watching matches on TV. It's no surprise that I eventually pursued a career in sports journalism, with a focus on the racket sport.?As a tennis sportswriter for EssentiallySports, I've had the opportunity to cover some of the biggest tournaments.
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