Around half of the world’s total population of 7 billion — caught at least one minute of the 2016 Olympic Games. And many sports fans play sports themselves — about 4% of the world’s population plays soccer! But not everyone knows interesting things about different kinds of sports, so many people don’t know why soccer players sometimes wear “bras” and why tennis players grunt.
We at Bright Side found out the answers to these questions and we were quite surprised by some of them.
Grunting gives tennis players an advantage.
As strange as it sounds, the first thing you immediately notice when watching a tennis game is the athletes grunting. Professionals say that grunting gives them a better chance at winning and research confirms this.
Most tennis players hit the ball when exhaling and grunting makes the hit more powerful. Besides, grunting at the moment of the hit doesn’t allow their competitor to hear the moment the ball contacts the racket. So, it’s harder for them to react to the hit and understand how powerful it was.