People are calling for babies to banned from the tennis due to their ill-timed crying.

Alissa Warren writes on nine honey about her recent experience at the tennis over the weekend.

“I couldn’t hide my shock at hearing a baby cry in two of the matches during crucial moments of the game. Both times, the baby was screaming, yelling. It’s unnecessary at best and disrespectful – even rude – at worst.”

She added, “It happened again last night as world number one Rafa Nadal played for a spot in the semi-final. Nadal paused moments before serving. He resumed and, incidentally, lost the point.”

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The mum of four added she is no baby hater but, “There are times when babies are not welcome and I won’t be silent about that.”

People agree with Alissa and have added that they should also be banned from the theatre and movie cinemas.

“Yes, and the theatre. It’s time people stopped thinking about themselves.”

“Yes. Same with movies.”

“It’s a long time to expect them to sit quietly. I don’t know why anyone would want to take them. Not fair on the Baby to have to sit in the sun.”

“It was ten at night, take your baby home to bed..”

“Children under 5 yrs should NOT be allowed at the tennis.”

Parents lack support

However one comment on the Daily Telegraph pointed out that we are a society that really lacks support and empathy. “Maybe if we were a more caring society, parents wouldn’t be so isolated in the first place and there would be someone to mind the baby so mum could go too.”

“Who knows why that baby was in the crowd on Rod Laver Arena, but perhaps if his or her parents were better supported, they would have had an alternative option.”

Alys Gagnon added, “I firmly believe children have the same rights to spaces that adults do, but with those rights come responsibilities and those must be borne by parents.”

Do you think children should be banned from sports events, theatres and movie cinemas?

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  • Adults and older children can be just as disruptive too.
    How is it decided which adults are going to be disruptive and ban them?


  • I think for some events babies should be left at home. I have nothing against babies at all and I love them to bits. I just think parents should take stock of where they are taking their babies to and if its appropriate.


  • When a parent wants to attend an event where they know children will not be able to stay quiet or still, surely they can arrange for a baby sitter to look after the children at home.


  • Seriously – professional tennis players are so focused that I would be surprised if a baby crying was an issue! I have no problem with children attending any sporting event – families should be encouraged to get out and about and families can be noisy and parents do deal with their children by feeding them or changing nappies, etc. I do understand bubs attending bubs and mums movie sessions as it is nicer for mums and bubs. But, to be honest it is only ever adults I have asked at cinemas to be quiet due to chatting through a movie. I personally love the mixture of people at events and witnessing children hearing or seeing something new for the first time is delightful! Our communities are made up of all ages and stages. :)


  • I understand that crying babies can cause much distraction at tennis or other games and also at cinema’s and concerned.
    Personally I never brought my babies to these events for exactly these reasons.


  • You hear them on tv asking for “quiet please” during tennis matches, why you would think it was an appropriate place for a very young child is beyond me


  • Being a parent means making sacrifices and that means skipping the tennis and watching on TV for a couple of years. And its not fair to take an infant to sit in 30°C plus temperatures all day. Being a parent is putting the things you want last.
    Same with the movies. They have cry baby sessions specifically so you can go with a baby and not disturb other people.


  • Difficult… It happened to me to go to some classical concerts and I admit that hearing kids crying let me lost the concentration.


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