The Real Loser at Indian Wells

Today was the finals at the most prestigious Masters 1000 events of the tennis season, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. And don’t the title of this blog fool you…we had big winners today! Naomi Osaka won her first ever title in the women’s final against Daria Kasatkina, and I predict she will continue to be a force to be reckoned with the rest of the year. And, Juan Martin Del Potro won his first Masters 1000 title today in an epic three set match against Roger Federer. Concatulations to Juan Martin!

Naomi Osaka wins her first title at Indian Wells! Image: New York Times

Del Potro saves match points to stun Federer for Indian Wells titleJuan Martin Del Potro wins his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells. Image: Yahoo Sports

But let’s meow about losing for a minute. Everyone talks about what a great champion Roger Federer is, however no one is talking about what a horrible loser he is. The pouting and the talking back to the chair umpire is NOT a good look on you, Roger. You really do look like a spoiled child being told to put his video game away and go to bed. And this look only gets exacerbated when the crowd is clearly in your favor!

The crowd! What a catty bunch! The were terrible today. Classless and rude..not what is typical of the so called “tennis savvy” fans of Indian Wells. Cheering after Juan Martin’s errors, applauding in between first and second serves, getting up before a game or set was over. All of these are big no-no’s of tennis etiquette. But when your beloved Roger is not winning, you lose your minds and your manners. Shame on you Indian Wells!

OK, I will leap off my soapbox for now and go celebrate two winners today, Naomi Osaka and Juan Martin Del Potro!! Congrats you crazy cats!

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2nd Annual Trophy Extravaganza!

Fellow kitties and furry friends, we had two exciting tournaments to watch this week, one in Acapulco and one is Dubai. And what do I love even more than the tennis itself? The trophies, of course!

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Lucas Pouille in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships yesterday. This win not only gave him his first ATP 500 tournament win, it also gave him this pawesome trophy!

This trophy stands at about 2 feet tall! It is a ginormous metal ship, complete with Titanic-like guardrails in the front and a free swinging silver anchor hanging from the back! And a flag waiving in the air, for good measure! Maybe this ship is more worthy of Jack Sparrow, arrrgh, rather than Jack and Rose? What do you think?

Either way, congrats to Roberto for winning his first 500 level tournament!

Everybody with me now…I’m the King of the World!!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

It came as a surprise to me when Come With G nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you Glenda. I love your travel blog.

I have read many bloggers’ post about these awards and and I never thought I would qualify being a relatively new blogger with a relatively small following with a niche, which is tennis.   This is one of a few post which I am making that’s not tennis related.

Like Glenda, I think these awards are great for bloggers to connect and acknowledge each other’s work. I hope my readers would appreciate, read and follow the blogs I nominate as I play along.

Here are my answers to Come With G’s Questions:

1. Has any book influenced your decision to blog?

No, I don’t think a book influenced my decision to blog. My human’s brother was the one who came up with the idea, and she just ran with it. Of course, she couldn’t blog unless I was a willing participant, and it is definitely a team effort.

2. Do you play and or watch sports?

Obviously, I watch a lot of tennis. And even though I am not necessarily “athletic” I also enjoy baseball and golf! What is the common denominator between this sports? They all have a singular, small ball that flies around a court, field or course.

3. What’s your favorite destination?

My favorite destination is anywhere except the vet! Please, whatever you do…do NOT take me to the vet!

4. Do you prefer to be in front of or behind the camera?

I prefer to be in front of the camera, and my human behind the camera. I think she does an excellent job at really capturing my personality…even though I may have to remind her to shoot “my good side.”

5. Who is your favorite artist/artiste?

I have a good friend named Jen who creates wonderful pieces of art. She works in acrylics, oils and watercolor. Her site is You should really check her out!

Life Made Rooted

Continuing to play along, the blogs which I nominate are:

  1. The Nonalcoholic Student
  2. No Purpose Club
  3. Emma Does Life
  4. Cup of Books
  5. Special City Life

These are among my favorite blogs. Their musings on life, books, parenting and everything in between are super thought-provoking and entertaining to read, so I’m happy to follow these blogs. Check them out if these topics interest you.

My questions for them are:

1.Do you use other social media outlets to promote your blog? If so, which ones and have they been successful?

2. What was your biggest influence in starting your blog?

3. Describe your perfect Saturday.

4. Do you prefer to be in front of or behind the camera, and why?

5. Name your favorite book, song, and movie.

The Rules:

1. Thank the nominator and post a link back to their blog.

2. Answer the questions the nominator has set out for you.

3. Nominate new blogs and set out questions for them to answer.

4. Notify the nominees of their nominations by commenting on their blog or social media.

5. When creating your nomination post, list the rules and include the Sunshine Award logo in it.

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Federer – Back on Top!

Roger Federer and I have something in common! We both like being #1!

Image: Forbes

I like to be #1 cool cat at my house and Roger like to be #1 in tennis. My feat is not nearly as impressive as Roger’s, especially since I am the only cat at my house. Roger, at the age of 36 years old and counting, has regained the #1 ranking on the ATP tour, becoming the oldest world number one. He did that this week by winning his quarterfinal match against Robin Haase at the Rotterdam Open. Did he stop there? Of course not! He went on to beat Grigor Dimitrov in the final, in quick 54 minute match. It was a “don’t blink or you will miss it” type match. It’s almost as if Dimitrov didn’t even have time to tie his shoes before Federer was walking up to the net to shake his hand.

I can hear you now asking “Frazier, when are you going to stop writing about the dominance of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal?” Well, as much as we have all been waiting for the next group of guys to emerge to the top, they all have a LONG way to go. Roger and Rafa are not giving up #1 and #2 for a good long while, I might as well go into hibernation. The point difference between #2 and #3 is 4645 (#2 has 9650 and #3 has 4960), and it is going to take something serious to shake up the tennis world before that next cluster of players to narrow that gap. Like Paul Annacone said while calling the match for the Tennis Channel, this is the difference between very good players and great players.

So for now, I will meow…Congratulations Roger on regaining the world #1 ranking and congratulations on winning another singles title!

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Freak Accidents

Freak accidents are the worst! And it always seems they happen to the best people.

I was sitting on the couch this morning, warm and cuddling up to my human. We were enjoying a great semifinal match of the Rotterdam Open between two of our favorite players, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin. And just like that, it happened. All of a sudden, David Goffin is bent over at the net, holding his eye, obviously in pain. It happened so fast, my human had to rewind the show because we missed it the first time. On our second look, David Goffin approached the net for a slice backhand, but instead of the ball floating over the net, it hit his racquet and bounced towards him quickly, popping him square in the eye. Freak accident. And just like that, Goffin had to retire this match due to a freak accident injury.

Goffin forced to retire in Rotterdam following freak eye injury

If you recall, another freak accident happened to David Goffin during the French Open last year. He slid on the clay towards the back of the court, and his slide went under the tarp that is folded up back there. This freak injury jacked up his ankle and he was out for months.

Lets hope this injury is relatively minor and he is back playing in a couple of weeks. But in the meantime…get well David!


Happy Valentine’s Day from Frazier’s Racket

Happy Valentine’s Day from Frazier’s Racket!

A time to celebrate all things “LOVE!”

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And why not? This week, we have a classic Valentine’s Day combo. No, I’m not talking about chocolate covered strawberries (although those are pretty darn delicious). I’m talking about two of my favorite things…tennis and New York! It is the New York Open!


It’s in its inaugural year for this tournament out on Long Island (used to be played in Memphis as, you guessed it, the Memphis Open), so this is purrty exciting! Not quite the US Open, but a smaller, Masters 250 tournament. It features several American players, so it’s nice to see the US Men’s tennis be represented so prominently.

Unfortunately, some of the American players have already tarnished this shiny new event with court side altercations and accusations of racism. This happened during the opening round match between Donald Young and Ryan Harrison. Harrison started the altercation during one of the change-overs, and then after the match, Young took to Twitter accusing Harrison of making racist remarks during their match. Unfortunately the TV coverage on the Tennis Channel was like watching NASA footage from another planet, so the television viewers could not tell what was said between the two players. The ATP says they are investigating the issue and will take any allegations of this nature seriously. I certainly hope so.

This situation really bums me out! Why can’t players get along…especially players from the same country? I think this is indicative of deeper issues…a country divided in these cold, testy, political times. We saw it when Tennys Sandgryn, an extreme alt-right American from Tennessee who made a decent run at the Australian Open. Once he was in the spotlight, everything about him was exposed and he ended up deleting most of his Twitter posts because his views were under scrutiny.

Can’t we all just support each other, lift each other up and get along? Is that too much for a cat to ask? There is a possibility that Harrison will meet Young in doubles, so that should be a fireworks match…but not the good kind that light up the sky, but the bad kind that is harmful and disruptive. Stop giving tennis a bad name, guys!

OK, well let’s think happy, loving thoughts this Valentine’s Day!! Yay tennis! Yay New York!

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My Tennis Soft Spot

Everybody knows, all cats have a soft spot. Even strong, silent types like me! I love a good pull-at-the-heartstrings story line. The one where the player has overcome some type of adversary…an injury with a great comeback, a juicy change-in-coaches scandal, a close-but-no-cigar loss. Give a cat something! I’m always rooting for the under cat. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the A team…the shear dominance of Roger Federer or the fierce power hitting of Rafa Nadal is undeniably astonishing. But truth be told, I have long awaited for the B team to step up to the service line and have their day in the sun!

Some may argue that these players are not “under cats” at all because they are all in the top 10, but let’s be honest. They have not done enough to break the top two players. But still, I love them! I meow and purr for them every chance I get. I have hope that one day their brilliance will shine through.

Here is a list of the top five players I have a soft spot for.

Juan Martin Del Potro – I have documented my tennis love for JMDP. He had his amazing US Open win against Federer in 2009, suffered wrist injury after injury, and then came back to win Olympic silver in Rio in 2016. He is currently #9 in the world, which is pretty amazing, considering his on-going wrist injury. His emotions are out there for you to see and feel when he is on court and I love it!

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David Goffin – Or as ESPN commentator, Brad Gilbert, calls him…”Boy Band Goffin.” What do you think? Do you think he could be a member of  the Backstreet Boys or 98 Degrees? Either way, I like him. He turned pro around 2012, and he is currently ranked #7 in the world. He suffers a bit from the “always the bridesmaid” syndrome, with his most recent bridesmaid appearance at the 2017 ATP Finals, losing to Grigor Dimitrov. But still, he’s a underestimated beast on court.

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Grigor Dimitrov – Up until last year, the most I knew of Grigor Dimitrov is that he used to date Maria Sharapova and people called him “Baby Fed”. But by the end of 2017, he won the final tournament of the year, the ATP Finals and boosted his ranking to #4 in the world. With a recent change in coaches to Dani Vallverdu (who has coached Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych) he’s gotten stronger and better, and I can’t wait to see if he can maybe win a slam or two. (And he’s purrty cute, don’t you think?) Come on, Grigor!

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Pablo Carreno-Busta – He is relatively new on the tour and already ranked #10 in the world. Hailing from Spain, I would cat-egorize his as a clay-court specialist. Not many people are talking about him, but I think with a little time, he can be a top 5 player! Maybe he could win the French Open as soon as Rafa retires, or hopefully before!

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Dominic Thiem – (or as I like to call him Dominic “Sweep the Leg” Thiem!…You know, Karate Kid? Sweep the leg, Johnny!) Anyway, he is one of my favorite players. I noticed him last year during clay court season. He is a soft-spoken, understated player with a wicked one-handed backhand. The only thing he needs is the belief he can win. Currently ranked #6 in the world, so it’s not unthinkable.

Let’s give these cool cats some love! They are going to need it if they plan on booting out Roger or Rafa!

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