Michelle Larcher de Brito is noisy, and she’s a 16-year-old Portuguese tennis player. Those two facts are inextricably linked. Because when she hits tennis balls during tennis matches with her tennis racket, she makes a noise that’s something like a hybrid of a fox being strangled and the fizz of a freshly fired rocket launcher.
It’s controversial. Some people think she should be banned, or at least forced to curb her banshee wail. Others are keen to know why she doesn’t make the noises in training. Everyone wants to see if the damn thing’s real. So it’s a good job she’ll be making a bloody racket (LOL) at this year’s Wimbledon. Get down there. Ruin your ears.
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