Rafael Nadal is having incredible run at Roland Garros winning 11th French Open title. Unfortunately, the men's finals turned out to be a damp squib, as disappointing as Nadal-Del Porto semi finals. I felt very sorry for both Dominic Thiem & Juan Martin Del Potro. Both had a dream run-up to the end but faltered when it mattered most. I guess that's what makes the difference between "Champions" and "Wanna Be Champions".
The biggest surprise was the women's finals. At the end of first set and 2nd game of second set, I thought the championship was a walk through for Sloane Stephens but, what a fight back from Simona Halep, simply incredible, unbelievable. She completely deserves the victory. I can imagine the exhilaration she must have felt at the end of the match.
Looking back, one of the most enjoyable match was the semi finals between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. No grunts, no squeals, no screaming, just pure quiet tennis. Only sound of Racket hitting the ball and squeaking of the tennis shoes.
Tennis is one of the most interesting and enjoyable of games but, how I wish there was a limit imposed on the decibel of noise the players make. It gets too disconcerting & irritating. I had a tough time watching the quarter finals between Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova. It sounded more of a screaming match than tennis match. I had to mute the TV sound as I couldn’t watch the match with all the squealing and screaming.
Tennis would be more enjoyable without all that noise most players produce. In reality, it would be a highly wishful thinking to expect organizers to put any control on the players as far as noise level is concerned. I guess, screaming, squealing, yelping and grunts have come to stay in tennis.