Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tennis should have heard Michelle Larcher de Brito [aka 'The Shrieker'] coming

SHOOT: Click on the link below to listen to her abominable shrieking. Quite funny. Makes Monica Seles sound like The Horse Whisperer.
clipped from www.nytimes.com

PARIS — At age 16 in her first Grand Slam tournament, Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito walked on to the world’s most important clay court full of eagerness to play her third-round match against Aravane Rezai.




Two hours later, tennis’s latest precocious teen walked off the Philippe Chatrier court a loser amid a disapproving chorus of boos and whistles. She was soon in tears in the players lounge.

It was a poignant, unsettling and thoroughly predictable finish to a French Open match in which Larcher de Brito’s competitive fire, scrappy defense and remarkable ball-striking were overshadowed by her shrieks and bellicose body language.

Rezai’s 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over De Brito was the match that will linger in memory as will the cursory handshake afterward in which De Brito tapped Rezai’s extended palm rather than shake it.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

apparently French girls don't shriek...

Nick van der Leek said...

how do you know for sure?

Tamara said...

Ha ha lol to cool...
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