This past Sunday, Roger Federer won the Australian Open, solidifying his post as the greatest male tennis player of all time. But does that make him the G.O.A.T.?
G.O.A.T. – Greatest of All Time! I get it…it’s catchy, it’s short so that it can easily fit in a 140-character Tweet. But come on…is that the best we can do? I love goats as much as the next cat, but really? Sure, they are cute farm animals that provides fresh milk and cheese, helps with yard maintenance and make great companions. But I wouldn’t want to be called one. And I bet Roger doesn’t want to be one either.
Now let’s be clear. I am not arguing that he is not the greatest, finest, most skilled male tennis player that has ever played the game. And I don’t say this lightly. My human talks relentlessly about her favorite player, Pete Sampras, and she has declared him the greatest tennis player ever. She’s even declared him her secret boyfriend…so secret, not even he knows. But even she had to change her tune after she watched Roger Federer live at the US Open the first time in 2011.
We can do better, fellow kitties. We’ve already come up with some pretty good acronyms…NASA, NASDAQ, RAM, OPEC. I bet we could come up with something clever yet appropriate.
Can’t he at least be a B.O.A.T.? Best of All Time? Boats are useful…they keep you afloat, from not drowning out at sea, they haul things (like catnip and cat food), they can be used for pleasure or used to fight battles. Yeah, he’s the B.O.A.T.!
Or is he? I love Roger, I really do. But let us not forget that Serena just won her 23rd grand slam title. Roger has won his 18th. Serena has been dominant and shows no signs of slipping. Every time Roger plays, we all hold our breath and hope for the best. Serena has way surpassed being a G.O.A.T. She is simply the BEST!