I Get So Emotional Baby

Friends, I’m hear to tell you tennis can be an emotional sport, and there’s nothing I like better than having a good cry during a tennis match.

To explain myself a little better, lets rewind to the 1995 Australian Open quarterfinal match between Pete Sampras (my all-time favorite player) and Jim Courier. Earlier that day, Pete’s coach, Tim Gullikson, was flown back to the US after suffering a stroke, which was later diagnosed as brain cancer and would ultimately claim his life. It was a tight match, Courier winning the first two sets 6-7, 6-7. Pete claims the third and fourth sets 6-3, and 6-4. At the beginning of the fifth set, a fan in the stand yells “Do it for your coach, Pete.” At this point, Pete loses his composure and breaks down in tears. Through his tears, he pounds out a couple of aces, and eventually wins the fifth set 6-3 and clinches the match. A classic moment in tennis history. For a quick summary of that match, here’s a nice video:

Sampras/Courier QF Aussie Open 1995

Fast forward to today…Steve Johnson is playing his second round match against a youngster, 20 year old, Borna Coric. Just weeks before the start of the French Open, Steve’s dad passed away in his sleep. At the urging of his family, Steve agreed to play at the French. His mom, sister and fiance are here as support. He battled to win this five set match, and after the last point, he dropped to his knees and burst into tears. Happy tears, exhausted tears, sad tears. We’ve all been there before…or at least I have. And the loss of  a parent can be so raw, right below the surface, and you don’t know when or what will be the trigger that causes you to breakdown. Anyway, he continued to cry, even through the post-match interview. The first thing he said in the interview was “I miss my dad.” When asked how he is doing physically, after playing a long, exhausting five set match, he replied, “Physically, I’m OK. Emotionally, I’m a mess.”  And with that, they wrapped up the interview and he left the court.

Meanwhile on the other side of the net, young and immature Borna Coric lost the match, and instead of paying respect to Steve while he eventually makes his way to the net to shake hands, he throws a tantrum and bangs his racquet into the red clay until it breaks. Even as he is walking towards the net to meet Steve, he hits his racquet into the ground and then swirls it over to his chair. Incredibly inappropriate, and just plain stupid. This is one of my biggest pet peeves in sport. Have some class and don’t throw a fit! I hope his coach uses this as a learning opportunity and tells Coric to have a little class on the court…OK?

Here is a nice story from Yahoo Sports on Steve’s win today:

Steve Johnson Emotional Round 2 Victory

Unfortunately for Steve Johnson, his third round opponent is Dominic Theim who has been unstoppable on the red clay this season. To you Stevie…good luck. My heart will be with you.

The Beginning of the End

Well tennis fans, it’s here…Day 1 of the French Open. The beginning of the end of clay court season, 2017. And just as the unpredictability of the bounce of the tennis ball and slide of the players on a court made of dirt, so does Day 1 begin.

As I write this morning, the tournament is a mere few hours old and we have already seen inevitable victory and defeat.

Defeat: Top seeded Angelique Kerber out in the first round. And it was quick. Don’t close your eyes for one single cat nap or you would miss it. Kerber is defeated 6-2, 6-2 by Ekaterina Makarova.

Victory: A HUGE victory, at that! Petra Kvitova wins her first round match after returning from injury. Back in December, she was stabbed during a home invasion, injuring her left hand (her playing hand). It was doubtful that she would even be able to play tennis again, but five months later, here she is. She does not have full use of her hand yet, but managed to win her first round match!

Her team was wearing the best shirts: Courage, Belief, P♥dj! Podj, you ask? It means “come on” in Czech.!  So…..Podj, Petra, and welcome back!

As with every Grand Slam tournament, there are story lines to follow, and this 2017 French Open is no different.

  • Will Rafa Nadal clinch his 10th win and the French Open? (likely)
  • Will Andre Agassi help Novak Djokovic’s slump? (probably not)
  • Will Djokovic’s new sponsor, Lacoste, help his slump? (probably not)
  • With Serena Williams out due to her pregnancy, which woman will rise to the top? (Simona Halep, maybe)
  • Will I ever learn how to convert kph to mph? (nope…doubtful)

Stay tuned, furry friends! I will keep you all up to date on the latest at the French Open…all from the comfort of my little corner of the sofa!

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True Cat Confession #5

I’ve heard the rumors. The hushed whispers about me and my other feline friends behind our backs…you say we are too independent, solitary, aloof and downright unsociable. Well friends, I am hear to tell you that this is absolutely NOT true! I love hanging out and chatting it up with my other gabby friends.

If I were unsociable, would I have started a blog? Of course not! I have a lot to say! And I’m thankful for you who want to listen!

How sociable are you, you may ask. I’m so social, I even dabble a bit in social media! In addition to my WordPress blog, you can find me at the following sites:

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fraziersracket

If you follow me on Twitter, you will see that I have other interests besides tennis. I know…hard to believe, but it’s true. I enjoy all sorts of sports, competitions, Caturday and life in general.

So, how about it, friends? Let’s be sociable together.

Legs Were Swept This Week…Finally!

Fellow kitties and furry friends alike, legs were swept this week…and not just once, but twice!

Let’s start with the unlikely rivalry that developed this clay court season between King of Clay, Rafa Nadal and “Sweep the Leg” Dominic Thiem. For the third time this year, Thiem met Rafa, but this time it was in the quarterfinals at the Rome Masters. It was like a new and improved Thiem showed up on court because he was relentless against Nadal. His one handed back hand was powerful and quick, like the snap of a rubber band, and burned across the court. It was two quick sets, 6-4, 6-3.  Unbelievable!

Dominic was taken out by a fierce, rare (for this year) dominant semifinal match against Novak Djokovic. I thought this was Novak’s “come back kid” moment, however, he was met by another weird headband wielding, 20 year old “Next Gen” player, Sascha Zverev at the final.

Here’s how this match went:

Me: Sweep the leg, Sascha! Sweep the leg!

Sascha: OK Frazier, watch this!

And that’s all she wrote! Sweeeeeep! 6-4, 6-3, and that’s that! His first Masters Title. Yay Sascha!

These wins set up the two Karate Kid villains for a fine showing at the French Open next week. I am super excited to see how this story ends!

No Legs Were Swept in the Writing of This Blog

If you would have asked me this morning, “Frazier, what are you going to write about for the Sunday Slice today?” I would have easily answered, “I’ve got some great topics for this week’s post.”

  • Mary Kay (the cosmetics company based out of Dallas, Texas) is a sponsor for the Madrid Open.
  • They have these super cool triple scoop tennis ball ice creams/snowmen on either side of the umpire’s chair.
  • The ball girls were wearing ridiculous cheer uniforms blatantly advertising the new Samsung Galaxy S8.
  • They had an artist court side, rendering sketches of the two players…in real time…to be auctioned off for charity!

But…after watching the final of the Madrid Open, my whole focus switched. It was a rematch from a couple of weeks ago. “Sweep the Leg” Dominic Thiem vs. super-human Rafa Nadal. From the start, I got the sense that this may be a turning point in Thiem’s game. He broke Nadal early on to get a 3-1 lead. He took the first set to a tiebreak and I thought surely Dominic was going to “sweep the leg” and win this first set. He did everything he could, but it was as if Nadal had Mr. Miagi whisper in his ear “use the Crane, Danielson.”

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Nadal assumed the Crane position and systematically kicked Dominic Thiem straight to the face (of his racquet) winning the first set 7-6 (8), and then the second set 6-4.

Rafa continues his dominance on the red clay with two weeks left until the French Open. Up next….Rome!

The (Tennis) World’s New Power Couple

Jay Z and Beyonce, Kim and Kanye, Superman and Wonder Woman, peanut butter and jelly…power couples! The couples who make the world go round. Well kitties and fellow furry friends,  I am here to tell you there is a new power couple in town and their names are Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios!

After watching their quarterfinal match against the Bryan brothers at the Madrid Open, there is no doubt they are the cool kids rocking the world of doubles tennis, and I LOVE it! Their styles and personalities purrfectly compliment one another. Where one is weak, the other supplements. And…they are so dynamic, they make doubles fun and interesting and tennis fans are watching doubles again! And for that, I am super excited!

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Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

One Lovely Blogger Award

It has been a busy week for blogging award nominations. On Friday, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I was recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Minty Freshie.

Thank you, Minty, for nominating me for this award. Minty Freshie is a very entertaining blog, so you should go check her out!

 

Rules:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves
  4. Nominate at least 7 people to do the award!

Facts:

  1. I don’t know when my actual birth date is, but my human adopted me on August 2, 2008. We celebrate that day every year as our anniversary.
  2. My favorite place to sit is on the window sill in the living room (with the window open, if weather permits). I particularly like this spot in Spring because there are tons of fireflies that flicker around in my backyard at night.
  3. When my human is away from the house, it is my responsibility to be the house “watch cat.” This works, except for the fact that I run and hide under the bed every time I hear the garbage truck down the street.
  4. I am addicted to tennis.
  5. Recently, my human had a bunch of other humans over to the house that looked exactly like her! She kept calling them “sisters.” I don’t have any sisters to my knowledge, but I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with hers.
  6. I am eagerly anticipating the next major championship, the French Open. Maybe I will get to visit there one day.
  7. I like to sit right next to my human when she is writing my blog. It is easier for her to transcribe my thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed reading. I had a lot of fun writing this post and letting you know a little bit more about me! For this award, I am nominating some excellent blogs that I just recently discovered. I hope you enjoying reading them as much as I have enjoyed finding them. I nominate the following bloggers: Francis and Anna, Headspace771, Frona’s Reads, When Women Inspire, My Black Scrubs, Praying for Eyebrowz, Let Hope Rise Up and Abbey Co.– I look forward to reading your 7 facts!

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