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    A 9-year-old Australian girl has been banned from playing tennis at her local club over the noise she makes while competing.

    The Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, reported that Lauryn Edwards was told last weekend that she could no longer play after an opposing player complained about her grunting.

    Edwards' favorite player is Maria Sharapova. And like her hero, Edwards grunts when she strikes the ball.

    Her father, who has turned to the regional and national tennis federations for assistance, said the Mt. Carmel Tennis Club in Sunbury asked him for assurances that she would remain quiet while playing.

    "They told me to guarantee she won't grunt or she can't play," Duncan Edwards said, according to the report. "How can I guarantee that? She's been doing it since she was really little. She's her own person.

    "What do they want me to do? Put Band-Aids over her mouth?" he added. "They made her cry on the court when they told her. She was in such a state that I had to bring her home mid-match."

    Lauryn Edwards has been playing tennis since she was 4, after it was suggested as a way to help manage her attention deficit disorder. She says the grunting is part of her game.

    "It feels natural to do my noise. I'm not faking it," she said, according to the Herald-Sun. "It makes me play better. When I don't do it, I don't play my best tennis. And now people have told me I can't play if I do it."

    Paul Hackett, the vice president of the club, told the newspaper, "No one is not allowing her to play. Sorry, I can't say anymore than that."

    But Russell Baldry, the president of the Northern Suburbs Junior Tennis Association, in which Edwards plays, said the situation was disappointing.

    "They just had to ask her to try and be a little quieter, not make a federal case out of it," he said, according to the report. "This is not in the association's interests and not in the girl's interests. The association will have to discuss it because we certainly have not stopped her from playing."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
      ok

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        Hep thanks you.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BringBackZezel View Post
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guppy View Post
            ok

            I did not realize she even played tennis. That Miley Cyrus is really something!
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            • #7
              Speaking of Miley Cyrus, wasn't there a poster on BNF a while back who had a countdown clock to the day the Olsen twins turned 18? I think there was a countdown for Lindsey Lohan too. Was that Al or someone else?

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              • #8
                to me its annoying as hell when tennis players grunt, but i realized some of them are doing it naturally.

                but yeah, kinda cruel to tell a 9 year old to go stuff it

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                • #9
                  Might as well break this annoying habit early.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
                    Might as well break this annoying habit early.
                    yeah, and that breathing crap? she could do without it too

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
                      yeah, and that breathing crap? she could do without it too
                      IMO, it has become more of a "thing to do" as opposed to a natural reaction.
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                      • #12
                        When does kjoe start copying and pasting message board threads about this kid?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JWB View Post
                          When does kjoe start copying and pasting message board threads about this kid?
                          9 years.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
                            IMO, it has become more of a "thing to do" as opposed to a natural reaction.
                            for some players i'll agree with that, but there are some people who do something like this no matter what the in thing is. its just the way people are made.

                            either way i can't imagine being a 9 year old and being told i was banned from doing something i love. whatever happened to sitting down with the kid and her parents and discussing this?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ksbluesfan View Post
                              Speaking of Miley Cyrus, wasn't there a poster on BNF a while back who had a countdown clock to the day the Olsen twins turned 18? I think there was a countdown for Lindsey Lohan too. Was that Al or someone else?
                              They'd both be at about -3 years.

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