"It gets too personal, I don't know why": Pegula wants similar drama and trash talk to ATP Tennis to start in WTA

Wednesday, 05 April 2023 at 02:30
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World No.3 Jessica Pegula cherishes the idea of more WTA players engaging in trash talk, as is evident on the men's ATP circuit.
The top-seeded American discussed the idea of introducing trash talk to the women's game, which would break one of tennis' unspoken rules. After lifting the Miami Open doubles trophy with compatriot Coco Gauff, Pegula pondered on what she'd change about the sport, and brought up the topic of introducing trash talk.
The 29-year-old is of the firm opinion that the men were “better” at it while the women did it during the handshake.
“The guys definitely trash talk," said Pegula. "The guys will tell us, 'Oh I said this to him when we changed sides.’ Guys are just better at having fun with it. With the girls, it gets too personal. I don't know why. I think it would be fun.”
Furthermore, Pegula stated it would be somewhat difficult to trash talk on the court due to it being very quiet, as compared to basketball where no one could really hear it.
"Also in basketball, you can talk a lot of trash no one hears it,” she remarked. “If you call someone out from across the tennis court, the whole crowd, the umpire, and Twitter is going to know. That's why when it's happened once or twice it's just such a big deal. I wish it wasn't like that.”

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