The biggest fall at Wimbledon on Monday wasn’t Venus Williams, who was knocked out in the first-round by Russian Elena Vesnina in straight sets, it was the BBC cameraman.
Jack Nicklaus is “The Golden Bear” and of course royalty when it comes to golf majors. While everyone is bowing to Rory McIlroy after his U.S. Open performance, Nicklaus says pump the brakes.
“Don’t anoint him as the crown prince yet,” Nicklaus told the BBC on Sunday. “He has won one major. When he starts to win two, three or four, then you can say he’s the guy we’ve got to watch, period. But until that time comes, he’s one of a group of talented players that have got an opportunity to win.”
Not that McIlroy doesn’t have Nicklaus respect.
“I think Rory will add a lot of majors,” Nicklaus said. “Rory is a very talented young man who’s been a factor in every one of the majors over the last year. He could have won the Masters and (last year’s) U.S. Open, he could have won the British Open last year. He’s a talented young man we’re going to see on the scene for a long time.”
The BBC apparently has had enough of the grunting coming from Wimbledon and created a new online gadget that allows users to turn eliminate the animal-esque noises.
The BBC has launched a noise-reduction program called Wimbledon NetMix that enables Internet users to increase commentary volume, while reducing unnecessary sound effects. It’s a simple audio mixing slider that the BBC has said has received positive feedback and that it will consider using it during other sporting events and on its iPlayer.
The news comes after the head of Wimbledon, Ian Ritchie, publicly voiced his displeasure with grunting, claiming it was spoiling the game.