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Mills calls for end to grunting

Wimbledon referee Alan Mills has issued a plea for players to stop grunting.

"I personally would love them to stop doing it. I think it spoils the spectacle, certainly for television viewers and also for spectators.

"I'm not sure whether it is necessary or not but I know with Maria (Sharapova) she started grunting or screaming when she was four-years-old.

"She actually hates herself when she watches it on television," Mills, who retires after the Championships, added.

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