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Andy Murray blasts Carlos Berlocq’s ‘ridiculous’ grunting

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Carlos Berlocq

Carlos Berlocq (pictured) drew the ire of Andy Murray on Wednesday. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Grunting: It’s not just a WTA thing.

Andy Murray took issue with Carlos Berlocq’s grunting during their fourth-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. In the tightly contested first set, Berlocq complained to the umpire that Murray was taking more than 25 seconds between points, a violation of the ATP’s rule. In turn, Murray — who advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory — told the umpire to do something about Berlocq’s irregular and prolonged grunting.

“It’s ridiculous. He’s grunting and I’m still hitting the ball. It’s a joke,” Murray said to Steve Ulrich after being broken at 4-4 in the first set. “Absolutely ridiculous. His grunting is ridiculous. Never heard anything like it on the men’s tour before. Never.”

See Murray’s rant below (and click here to watch the first set so you can judge for yourself on Berlocq’s grunting):

After one point, Murray could be heard muttering to his box, “Solid grunt. Solid.”

“I just said at change of ends, ‘If I’m taking too long in between the points, tell me,’” Murray explained after the match. “But if his grunt is lasting until I’m making contact with the ball, then tell him to stop doing it. And that was it. I wasn’t the one that was initiating the discussions with the umpire about the rules.”

Murray implied that the Argentine’s grunt was a form of gamesmanship.

“When you’re doing it that loud but you aren’t doing that on every single shot, there is obviously a reason for why you’re grunting like that,” Murray said. He added: “If it’s distracting your opponent and making them play worse, then you’re getting an advantage. That’s why people complain about it.”

Murray said he felt compelled to mention Berlocq’s grunting to the umpire.

“When I have been on the court or off it, it’s never been something I have found to be really that off-putting,” Murray said. “But if it’s going to be suggested that I am using gamesmanship by taking too long, then you can’t be making noises like that on the court. It’s far too loud.”

Roger Federer addressed the grunting issue later Wednesday.

“I think it’s important to respect the opponent as a player,” Federer said, “so you shouldn’t grunt too loud. You shouldn’t grunt on one shot and then not the next. I think that’s a matter of respect, really.”

  • Published On Mar 14, 2013
  • 15 comments
    arunachalam017
    arunachalam017

    murray's complaint was to counter a complaint made by berlocq against him for violating time norm. a defensive action indeed resorted to by mr.andy murray that should not be taken seriously by tennis enthusiasts & followers. the distressing thing was the comment by roger siding with andy.roger having played with nadal never appeared to ve made any complaints hitherto. such gruntings are going on for many decades since laver time. face the reality & show your result in your play & not to  formulate rule of your own for your convenience. mr.murray, this is not good for your stature as tennis history may record you as a champion with silly mind.be patient & play your normal game accepting rules in vogue & not create your own rule to counter a rule based complaint of your opponent. get a good name& tell your friend roger to be neutral in his judgments.

    Jan3
    Jan3

    All SCREAMERS and grunting that turns into yell or yodel, should be disqualified.  I no longer will watch those players in person or on TV, even though many are in the NO 1 spot that scream.

    SingleAlley
    SingleAlley

    I am glad Murray complained about the men's grunting too.  Not just the women , men do that too.  Sport writers like Jon Wertheim complained about women's grunting every Wednesday, but he never applied the same rule to men's tour.  Rafa and Berlocqs of the world should get the same mention.  Otherwise I think it is just sexist.....

    МилошМиленковић
    МилошМиленковић

    There is no rule against grunting but there is one about time violation, so Murray has no right to say something let alone complain about noise made by Berlocq to the umpire and that's just that.

    JohnMoss
    JohnMoss

    Murray always complains when he is losing.

    Brits are such sore losers.

     

    pat.davis148
    pat.davis148

     @arunachalam017 No, grunting was not around in Laver time.  Berlocq is ridiculous, but happily, he doesn't survive long in draws.  Ditto Michelle Larcher de Brito, definitely the loudest screaming female to ever walk out on a court.  I don't consider Vika a real number one because of the grunting, not to mention her other gamesmanship issues.   She sounds like a woman experiencing a very unsatisfactory orgasm..  Isn't she having real ones?:0)  One wonders.  

    NO1TENNISFAN
    NO1TENNISFAN

    @МилошМиленковић if that was the case then Berlocq would win by cheating and being disrespectful you really want a chamion like that ...GRUNTING SHOULD BE RULE

    Braktooth
    Braktooth

     @JohnMoss Did you miss the part where his opponent was the one complaining?

    NO1TENNISFAN
    NO1TENNISFAN

    @JohnMoss ferrer complained in this tornament is he a loser to ? People like you shouldnt watch tennis if you dont have respect for the game or the players ..there are certain players i dont like watching but i WOULDNT SLAG THEM OFF ...i wish people would leave andy aoonev

    BossNgger
    BossNgger

     @JohnMoss Are you implying that other players don't complain when they're losing? Like Nadal did losing to Rosol or when Federer lost to Del Potro in US09 and Murray in Shanghai last year?

    arunachalam017
    arunachalam017

     @pat.davis148  @arunachalam017 grateful to pat. davis for the counter comments.however, the question is atp rules in vogue & non rules. berlocq acted within rules & andy raised a point that was not in atp rule book.we admit andy a great player.but here, berlocq is on logical side though he is far below andy in seeding. let us analyse the issue from logical view point & not in an emotional way. anyway, i respect the sentiments of pat davis. thank u