Melbourne: Music fans will soon get to hear the symphony-like shrieking that Victoria Azarenka brings to her tennis.
The world No. 1 and reigning Australian Open champion is known as one of the more vocal players on the women’s tour, accompanying almost every whack of the ball with a high-pitched “Ooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuwww.”
In a silent stadium, the sound can linger in the air.
Azarenka’s friend, the American rapper Redfoo, who has produced multiple hit singles, has recognised some musical potential in the shriek. He recorded it and has mixed the sound into a new song due to be released soon, she said on Monday.
“It’s my grunt. It’s not my vocals,’ Azarenka said, clarifying that she has not recorded a song. “I don’t take high-key or low-key there. It’s just natural.”
Centre Court at Melbourne Park got a 57-minute Azarenka concert on Monday as she beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round and continued her confident run towards the defence of her title. Azarenka has dropped only one set.
Known for his wild hair and even wilder music, Redfoo has been seen cheering from Azarenka’s players’ box and signing autographs during most of her matches. Azarenka was quoted as telling Australian media that Redfoo, the LMFAO front man whose real name is Stefan Kendal Gordy (He’s the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy), had to fly off to a gig in Malaysia, but plans to come back later in the week.
As an insider to the music world, Azarenka gets to listen to tunes the public hasn’t heard yet - like a remix by Redfoo’s friend GoonRock that she called “Sweet Baby” and says it is “really good”.
“Sweet Baby” was piping into Azarenka’s ear buds as she walked onto Centre Court on Monday, as she often does soaking in some last-minute musical inspiration before turning to tennis.
“If it’s bad music, it’s going to be a bad match,” she said. “So I really choose it very carefully.” Music is a “very important” part of her pre-match preparation, Azarenka told a news conference. (agencies)