Much of the Miami Open this week has been disrupted by rain. And rain just makes us all a little crankier, right? So my notes this week have been laden with my crankiness. Here are a couple of things making me cranky this week.
- Smashing of racquets! Honestly players….do you know how ridiculous you look having a baby’s temper tantrum in the middle of a game? I’m not going to call you out, but you know who you are. Taking your frustrations out with one smack of the racquet on court…fine. But when you bang your racquet, pause to look at it to see if it broke and look around the stands to make sure everyone is watching, then continue to smash it until it’s mangled in many bits…that’s just stupid. You’re doing it for attention, and not the good kind. It’s like saying “hey guys, look at me! I’m not winning so I’m going to throw a fit.” If you truly say the tennis court is your “office”, then please act professionally.
- Nike with those green outfits! Yikes! You’re killin’ me, smalls. You’re the biggest brand in all of sports! You can do better than this, no? When everything is green at the Miami Open…the court, the sponsor banner, the stadium seats, even the occasional iguana that shows up court side are GREEN, you gotta do better than those green uniforms. You have to think of this like a red carpet event. When a celebrity is picking her dress for an awards show, the first thing she thinks is “how will this look on the red carpet?” not “I wonder what will go best with St. Patrick’s Day?”
Here is a fun video (courtesy of the New York Post) of the crazy iguana who crashed the Tommy Haas/Jiri Vesely match this week. Note, neither Haas or Vesely are sponsored by Nike and look great on the court!
Iguana Runs Amok
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone. Hope your week is filled with catnaps and head bunts!
Well fellow kitties and furry friends alike, I have an Indian Wells hangover. As you can see, it was so bad yesterday, I couldn’t even bring myself to write the “Sunday Slice” on a Sunday. Yesterday was the finals and none of my picks won.
Women saw two Russians, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Vesnina, battle it out. And when I say “battle it out” I totally mean it. It was like neither player was giving the other player an inch! And it went to the bitter end, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4. I of course was purring for Kuznetsova for the simple reason of I like her nickname “Koozy.” But also she became my female hero when she chopped her hair off last year…court side, mid-match…because her long braid was hitting her in the eye. Koozy Haircut What’s more important? Hair that will grow back or winning a match? She has her priorities straight. That’s my girl!
The Men saw two Swiss players (you know them), Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. In my heart, I knew it would be Roger easily. With the decisive way he has been playing this year, and this tournament in particular, (did you catch his match against Rafa?), I knew it was no contest. But, can’t a cat have a catnap dream? A dream where Stan the Man walks on court and become the Man he is when he wins Grand Slam titles? Well, he didn’t show up and Roger obliterated him in two sets.
I had so many hopes for underdog/up and comers this week at Indian Wells, that I am in such a funk. Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Novak (on a wing and a prayer). But nope…predictability wins again. I love him, but damn you Roger!
I’m a fan! Honestly, Nick Kyrgios…huge fan! There are so many things I love about your game.
Your style, creativity and flair! No, not the kind of flair we’re talking about in Office Space, but maybe the type of flair from the WWE star, Ric Flair. Again, it beckons a time of the glory days, but this time of Andre Agassi. You craft shots that are effective and fun to watch. And the great thing about it, is the other guy never sees it coming. Because when we watch you, you look so casual. Like you’re not thinking about anything…you just do. It’s a natural talent that I hope you hone and never let it fade.
Let’s talk about your serve. Yeah, your first serve is pretty awesome, but it’s the second serve that’s got everyone talking. Watching you brings me back to the Sampras days. Pistol Pete treated second serves just like the first with such fire power and guts! You’ve got that. I mean, look at you. You stuck it to Novak twice in a month. He had no answers. Incredible! Nothing better than watching tennis when the guys are leaving it all out on the court.
Your heart! When you are in a match, making incredible shots, pumping your fists, beating your chest, pointing to your box like “Yeah, I got this”…those are the best. That’s why we watch. All in!
Lastly, your mom. I don’t know anything about your mom, but she’s cute as a button sitting there in you box, cheering you on. There is nothing better than a mother’s support. I don’t know if you’ll ever get a coach. You should probably do that eventually, but there is something to be said for the lone wolf. You’re making it work…at least at this moment right now. I don’t know if that is sustainable, but you’ll figure that out.
Anyways….you’ve got Roger next. It’ll be a fun match to watch. Good luck to you!
I love watching doubles, don’t you? It’s fast paced, team-focused, entertaining, and frankly some of the coolest shots ever made happen during doubles matches. But for some strange reason, it is the outlier of most tournaments. But not this year at Indian Wells! We have tons of top players making a run in the men’s doubles and I couldn’t be more pleased. The stands are full of fans, the players are relaxed and having fun, and it is GOOD for tennis!
- Andy Murray (1)/Daniel Evans
- Novak Djokovic (2)/Victor Troicki
- Stan Wawrinka (3)/Grigor Dimitrov
- Rafa Nadal (6)/Bernie Tomic
Some of these doubles pairs make complete sense…except for Rafa/Bernie. I was watching them Friday night and all I could think is, it looks like mom made big brother take little brother to the cool party with him, and big brother was just like “stay cool and try not to embarrass me.” Rafa totally held that match together!
Little known fact…I too played doubles in my younger days. Yes, it’s true…I played tennis back in the day. My partner was Birdie Byrd (I can’t make this stuff up, guys!). Totally true, cat’s honor! We were fair, at best. We made our way around the local tennis circuit, winning a few matches here and there. We even reached district level one year. But, when one player is a bird who gets distracted any time they see a worm crawling around and the other player is a cat who enjoys chasing tennis balls until they are completely over it, and then just lays on the court to take a cat nap in the sun…that’s no recipe for success. Don’t worry, Birdie Byrd and I are still very good friends. We just are no longer doubles partners.
Indian Wells is just getting under way, so sit back and let’s enjoy a great week for tennis!
I don’t think it is a deep hidden secret that I absolutely LOVE Venus Williams…you know, the older of the power duo, The Williams Sisters…you might have heard of her little sister, Serena. Venus is powerful, graceful, athletic, fun, and down right strategic when she takes the court. She is about to turn 37 years old and plans to play professionally well into her 40’s! Go girl!
A lesser known fact is the champion she has been off the court fighting for gender equality in sports and life in general. She was instrumental in women receiving equal prize money at Wimbledon (the last of the four majors to offer an equal purse) in 2007. And in my opinion, she is right up there in the bad-ass-ery department with Billie Jean King. And you know I love me some Billie Jean King! But for now, it is all about VENUS!
Here is an excellent article highlighting just a few of her accomplishments off the court, and the main reason I can’t get enough of her!
Venus William, The Role Model
Fellow kitties and tennis lovers, there is a lot to meow about this week! I followed two tournaments this week, one in Acapulco and the other in Dubai. Now, ordinarily I would want to comment on the extraordinary tennis that was played, but just take a look at this photo above (photo credit goes to AFP reporting for Yahoo News)! You know I’m not going to let this slide by without expressing its total awesomeness!
First off, that’s Sam Querrey, an unseeded 29 year old American who has been playing professionally for a long while, but has very recently improved his game and has been making some noise on the tennis circuit. He played Rafa Nadal, second seed in the final (y’all know Rafa…I talk about him all the time). Sam fired off 19 aces to win in two sets 6-3, 7-6.
And look what he wins!! A sombrero and a silver pear-shaped trophy with a gold tennis ball on it! Dare I guess that’s a Bosc? Or maybe a Barlett? Doesn’t matter really because that is a freakin’ pear trophy. And that alone makes me so very happy!