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Portuguese teenager Michelle Larcher de Brito made a very noisy departure from the big stage.
The tournament’s first real shock could not match the commotion created by a 16-year-old grand slam debutante.
Fans scrambled for their earplugs at Roland Garros when the decibel level went up several notches before France’s Aravane Rezai finally silenced Larcher de Brito 7-6 6-2.
None of the big names could grab the spotlight from Larcher de Brito.
Standing at just 1.65 metres, Larcher de Brito is petite for a tennis player but she more than makes up for it with a cacophony of ear-splitting shrieks that follows her every groundstroke.
So loud is her sonic boom, it lasts long after she has made contact with the ball and fans could have been forgiven for thinking Concorde was once again airborne and making an emergency landing on Philippe Chatrier Court.
Rezai certainly thought so as she complained to the umpire several times during the match and even insisted he should consult the grand slam supervisor on the issue.
“Please, there is a limit, enough,” an angry Rezai shouted.
Larcher de Brito fired back: “There are no rules, so there is nothing I can do about it.”
Larcher de Brito is latest luminary to emerge from the Nick Bollettieri tennis academy in Florida where other grunting graduates include Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova.
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