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Top tennis stars have to do the grunt work

Updated: September 10, 2005, 2:31 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- On tennis courts across the world, young women players aren't just toting rackets endorsed by their favorite stars -- they're imitating the racket the players make on the court.

"Today's grunters are all the top players," said Boston Globe columnist Bud Collins, "so they're going to be emulated."

Grunting is more prevalent than ever before and with Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams among the top vocalists, it's trickling down to those first taking up the sport.

"It ...

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