Adidas, I See You

Dear Adidas,

Don’t think you can just strut off the catwalk and onto the courts of the US Open with these retro, Pharrell Williams designed tennis outfits and think I’m not going to have something to say about them. I mean, usually my beef is with Nike, since they are obviously out to get me. But you! You couldn’t stand Nike getting all of the attention, so you had to throw in this 80’s inspired, primary color apparel kit into the mix. Well played, Adidas! Well played.

I am convinced that you used this extended version of Toni Basil’s Mickey video from 1982 as the inspiration for the collection.

 

So let’s break this down, shall we.

First up…the women’s dresses.

This first dress, worn here by Simona Halep, is a pretty cute, smart use of the color blocking. It’s got the retro collar and pleated tennis skirt, just like a cheerleader from 1982. I give it a solid 8 out 10.

Photo credit: ESPN

This second tennis dress, worn here by Angelique Kerber, is a little ho-hum (yawn…cat nap time, wake me up before you go go). The white front panel and the A-line shape is a bit nondescript. But I totally dig the visor. I give this one a 6 out of 10.

Photo credit: Adidas

Now on to the men!

This first outfit. Oh, I don’t even know where to start! There is no excuse for this. I understand that Sascha Zverev is trying to make a statement at this US Open since he is a possible favorite to win. And I understand that he got the coveted first round, opening night session. But please Sascha, make your statement in your mad tennis skills, not through this ridiculous outfit. Perhaps each piece separately is not too bad. The shirt…meh. The shorts, I get it. They go with the whole color blocking theme. The headband, I know that’s your thing. But the socks! Really, the high tube socks? No! Just no! You are not Larry Bird and this is not 1980. The socks alone drops this entire look to a 3 out of 10.

In summary, Adidas, it could have been worse. But it could have been a whole lot better. I actually like the primary color pallet, but your design ranges from extremely cat nap worthy to extremely hairball hacking. A missed opportunity for you and Pharrell.
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US Open Tennis Championships Eve

New York, New York…concrete jungle where dreams are made of! There’s nothing you can’t do now you’re in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new, these lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York!

Yes, that’s right my furry and fluffy friends, my favorite grand slam tournament, the US Open, starts tomorrow and I am pumped. Well, as pumped as a cat can be…lets just say I’ve been meowing and strutting around the house like I own it this week. Did you enjoy the countdown of my favorite US Open moments that I posted this week? To be honest, when I had the idea last Sunday, I started making my list and quickly came up with a dozen moments and easily could have continued. I didn’t even cat scratch the surface with the Venus and Serena moments, Rafa and Roger, McEnroe/Connors/Lendl, Leyton Hewitt/Marat Safin/Patrick Rafter, etc. Oh there’s just not enough time in the day or days in a year!

Things I love about the Open:

  1. The logo…who doesn’t love a flying tennis ball on fire?
  2. The crowds..if you’ve ever been to NYC, you know there is a pulse on the street that you can feel down to your core. Same for the crowds at the Open!
  3. The outfits! Seems like all the players bring out their best for the final tournament of the year. And if you are a top player, your brand designs different outfits for day and night matches.
  4. The tennis! It has and always will be all about the tennis! Final tournament of the year fires up the players like nothing else.

The men’s draw has thinned out a bit with 5 of the top 11 seeds out due to injury, but there are plenty of great story lines to follow. Will 36 year old Roger Federer win his third major this year? Will Rafa Nadal rise up and win a second major this year? Or will one of the young guns like Dominic “Sweep the Leg” Theim or Sascha Zverev announce their arrival to the big leagues with their first win? Maybe a US player like Jack Sock, Sam Querrey or John Isner will grab the title.

The women’s draw has been a bit wide open all year since Serena Williams has been out on maternity leave. Will Garbine Muguruza continue to dominate? Or will Simona Halep finally win her major? She’s certainly capable, but she gets in head a bit. She plays Maria Sharapova in the first round. Maria’s been out due to a drug suspension but was able to claim a wild card. Or Venus? Or Karolina Pliskova (my pick). So many story lines!

Well, there’s nothing left to do but sit back and wait! Come on, New York, show us what you got!

 

Countdown to the US Open – Andre Agassi Retires

So here we are at my final favorite moment in US Open history, Andre Agassi’s last match.

The thing about sports is you can make some calculated assumptions about some things, but there is always this element of unpredictability that leaves you breathless. Did we know that the 2006 US Open would be Andre’s last professional tournament? Yes, he told us that year at Wimbledon that he would retire after the US Open. So, we watched each of his matches at the Open holding our breath asking “Is this the end?”

He made it to round three, where he played 112th ranked German, Benjamin Becker. Andre lost in four sets, but when he finished, the crowd erupted into great applause and reverence for this legend! The ovation and a cheers lasted forever as Andre sat in his seat stunned but appreciative and gracious.

When Mary Jo Fernandez finally asked him to Center Court for an interview, this is what he had to say:

The scoreboard said I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn’t say is what it is I have found.

And over the last 21 years, I have found loyalty. You have pulled for me on the court and also in life. I’ve found inspiration. You have willed me to succeed sometimes even in my lowest moments.

And I’ve found generosity. You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I could have never reached without you.

Over the last 21 years, I have found you. And I will take you and the memory of you with me for the rest of my life. Thank you.

I, and the rest of the tennis world, sat in our living rooms and cried. And cried, and cried some more. It was beautiful, necessary, and frankly, the perfect end note to his tennis career.

He holds a million and one records and titles, but that is not what this story is about. It’s about his exquisite exit to his exquisite career! Thank you Andre!

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Countdown to the US Open – Jimmy Connors 1991

Jimmy Connors and the US Open go together like Garfield and Odie. Like peas and carrots, beer and pizza, ebony and ivory, like green eggs and ham. He loves the New York crowd and the New Yorkers love him. He has a rich history there in New York, being the only man to win the US Open on all three surfaces (grass, clay and hard courts). That’s why when he played in the 1991 US Open at the ripe old age of 38 years old, he would depend on that crowd to get him through.

He had an incredible tournament all together with his neon yellow tennis racquet and his all white outfit. He beat Patrick McEnroe (yes, Johnnie Mac’s younger brother) in a marathon first round match that went to five sets, lasting over 4 hours and ending at 1:25am, and concluded in the semifinals, losing to a rising American tennis star, Jim Courier.

The match that would define the 1991 US Open was his quarterfinal match against Aaron Krickstein. An instant classic! It was his 39th birthday. Krickstein won the first set, Jimmy won the second. During the third set, the umpire made a bad call, and well, that just lit a fire under Jimmy and it was on like Donkey Kong.

He lost the third set 1-6. But after that, every single point he won, he made it very clear to the umpire that he would not forget the bad call. And the crowd was behind him! He won, they cheered! He fist pumped to the crowd like some kind of tennis rock god! It was Jimmy and the crowd against the world, and guess who won. Jimmy Connors (and his fans), of course! He won the last two sets 6-3, 7-6. Before the tiebreak in the fifth while he was getting up from his seat, he looked straight at the camera and said “This is what they paid for. This is what they want!” Yes, Jimmy….that is what we want! Thank you!

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Countdown to the US Open – Sampras/Agassi 2001

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, the classic American rivals. They’ve been playing each other since the early 90’s and they couldn’t be more opposite. When Pete comes on the scene, he was all business, a no nonsense power player. Andre came on the scene with a splash, complete with long hair and colorful clothes. He wanted to make sure he was noticed.

By the time they were towards the end of their careers, they had both matured into well-respected representatives of their sport. They both were married and starting families, but still dominated the game when they stepped on court. That is what made the 2001 US Open quarterfinal match so exciting.

It was a Wednesday night match in the second week of the tournament, and even before the match started, I knew it was going to be a classic. Or course, if you’ve been following my posts these last couple of days, you will not be surprised to know that I made a nice meal, poured some wine and settled in for a night of unforgettable tennis!

The match did not disappoint! There is something so special about the night matches in Arthur Ashe stadium at the US Open. This is New York and the fans were pumped! I don’t know if it was coincidence or purrfectly planned, but Pete wore all white and Andre donned all black. They irony was not lost on me. Watching on TV, it was clear the crowd was conflicted on who they should cheer for, so they just cheered for great tennis.

Highlights from the US Open quarterfinals between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi

In the three and a half hour match, neither player broke their service game. (If you do not know what a break means…basically, if you serve, you “should” win that game. If your opponent wins the game that you served, they “broke your service game.”) At the beginning of the fourth set tiebreak, they audience rose in a standing ovation for both players. They did not take for granted the history that they were witnessing. Pete finally endured and won this one. Final score was 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5)

What I found most interesting about the match was there was very little reaction from either player as they played. No loud yelling, slamming of racquets, or aggressive fist pumps. Just serve, play, win, move on the next point. They both came out with their game plan and they were there to execute it. All business.

For me, the Sampras/Agassi rivalry will always be at the heart of why I love the sport so much. Sure, we have Federer/Nadal, Djokovic/Murray, but Pete and Andre will be my first loves! But I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Countdown to the US Open – Pete Sampras Retires

Pete Sampras! My favorite player of all time. His professional tennis career spanned from 1988 to 2002. He set records, he broke records. He was simply the best of his time. He wasn’t a flashy player like his biggest rival, Andre Agassi, but he definitely had a style to him. A bit stoic, but powerful. Pistol Pete! And I LOVED it!

The US Open was his first major he ever won, and that was in 1990, just two years after he turned pro. He would go on to win 14 majors in all, the last one being in 2002, the year he retired. That could be one of the reasons I like him so much. He went out on top! He didn’t wait until he fell in the rankings and was no longer winning tournaments. So many reasons to like this class act!

In 2003, the US Open had a special retirement ceremony for Pete, and rightfully so. Since he is my all time favorite player, I new this was going to be a special moment not to be missed. Being the tennis fan that I am, I made a special evening of it. It was almost as if I planned a date for me and Pete. (I’ve always said Pete is my secret boyfriend…so secret, he doesn;t even know about us!) I had recently moved out of my roommate situation, so I had a whole apartment all to myself. I made a special dinner of salmon, asparagus and rice pilaf, opened up a chilled bottle of pinot grigio, lit some candles and settled in front of my TV for my date with Pete. It was the perfect evening and the perfect way to kick off the 2003 US Open.

Here is a video of Pete’s Retirement Ceremony. I think you can see why I admire him so much.

 

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Countdown to the US Open – My First Live Match

This US Open moment is brought to you by Memory Lane. It was not a match for the records books. You won’t see any articles written about it in any sports journal or see any highlight reels played on ESPN Classic. But it is special to me because it was my very first match I watched, live and in person at the US Open.

It was not until 2011 that I attended my first US Open. But fellow kitties, it was a trip of a lifetime. When I stepped off the 7 train from Time Square to Flushing Meadows and saw the “Welcome to the US Open” sign, I was meowed to tears! And if you don’t believe cats can cry, I’m here to tell you we can!

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorThis is the entrance to the US Open.

Once I dried my tears and got a schedule of the day’s matches, I made my pick… Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych on Louis Armstrong Stadium. At the time, Tipsarevic was my favorite player, so how awesome was it that he was playing right when I arrived?

Image may contain: one or more peopleJanko Tipsarevic on Louis Armstrong Stadium

No automatic alt text available.Tomas Berdych on Louis Armstrong Stadium

Berdych retired with a shoulder injury, so Tipsarevic won the match. Nothing significant to witness, really. But I was at USTA National Tennis Center and I had a week’s worth of live tennis in front of me! It was one of the most amazing, memorable experiences of my life! Meow!

All pictures are my own and taken on my first trip to the 2011 US Open.

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Countdown to the US Open – Todd Martin

The US Open! My favorite tournament of the entire year! It starts a week from today and as promised, I will be counting down some of my most special US Open memories.

Tonight, I will start with the 2000 US Open fourth round win between Todd Martin and Carlos Moya. This match is special to me because it was the first time I thought “I need to get to the City that doesn’t sleep so that I can witness this in person!”

Photo:BBC Sport

It was a night match and I was tired. Carlos Moya was up two sets 6-7, 6-7, so I decided to go to bed. I was just about to drift into a peaceful slumber when my roommate at the time popped into my room and said “You have got to get up and watch this! Todd Martin is winning the third set!” It was probably the only time I was thankful for someone waking me up out of a deep sleep. I got up, went to the TV room and we watched together, on pins and needles, as Todd Martin fought back, point after point, game after game, celebrating with the crowd every single success. It was nothing short of electric to me!

The match finally ended after 1am, lasting 4 hours and 15 minutes. There was only a few hundred fans left in the stands cheering him on. At the end of the match, Todd celebrated by taking a lap around the stadium and high fiving the faithful who stayed to push him through to a win. The final score that night was 6-7 (3-7), 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

What’s Todd Martin up to now, you ask? Well, he has always been a great ambassador for tennis, but these days, he’s the CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He’s also the Director at Large for the USTA Board of Directors, as well as several other leadership roles. He’s a real classy guy who plays some real classy tennis!

And just to bring this story full circle, Carlos Moya (the loser of this match) is now coaching the #1 ranked tennis player in the world, Rafa Nadal.

Always A Bridesmaid

Cincinnati was where the action was this week, my furriends! Cincinnati, you meow? Yep, this midwest town turns into a tennis mecca for one week, once a year right before the US Open and hosts the Western & Southern Open.

On finals Sunday, two of my favorite players, Simona Halep and Nick Kyrgios, were stuck being the bridesmaid. They put in the work and tried really hard all week, but at the end of the day, they were stuck  putting up with bridezilla, planning the bachelorette party, wearing the “trendy” bridesmaid dress, and holding the bride’s bouquet while she says “I do.”

OK, maybe this is a bit dramatic, but this is how I see it.

Let’s start with Simona Halep. I like Simona Halep. I’ve been a fan for several years, now. She been chasing #1 for most of the year, holding steady at #2. She even enlisted one of my favorite coaches, Darren Cahill, to help in her purrsuit! She had a great tournament, not dropping a set on her way to the final. IF she would win this final, she would become World #1! (Funny how things like this happen when Serena Williams is on maternity leave). But who is standing in her way, you ask? Garbine Muguruza! Yep, the 2017 Wimbledon champ. Well, it was all Garbine, all the time, all day long!  A quick 6-1, 6-0, and a “here, hold my bouquet while I get that trophy.” Sorry Simona….not today!

Here’s a picture of Simona not winning the final.

                                    Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports

Then we get to Nick Kyrgios! Oh Nick, you know I’m a huge fan! The match he played against Rafa Nadal in the QF’s was nothing short of electrical magic! That’s the Nick we want to see each and every time he steps on the court. But as we all know, he is inconsistent, and today was no different. I do not want to take anything away from his opponent, Grigor Dimitrov, because played pretty flawlessly this whole tournament. But at the end of the day, it was Nick left wearing the ugly bridesmaid’s dress, while the Dimitrov said “I do!”

Guess what? I have something very special planned for you! The US Open is one week away and to celebrate, I am going to countdown my favorite US Open moments! Each day I will highlight a match, a memory, or a favorite player….all the way up to Opening Day, August 28! I hope you enjoy it!

 

Battle of the Beards…Who Wore It Best?

As I catch up on today’s tennis matches, I notice one thing….beards! Beards everywhere! It seems like every male tennis player is sporting some type of facial hair, and let’s face it, beards are totally trending right now. I may not be a huge fan of the bewhiskered myself, but that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight the best!  Let’s take a look at “who wore it best.”

Disclaimer: I am no beard aficionado and these opinions are my own. I have researched beard “Types” (Google search), but I may call a certain type of beard the wrong name. I’m doing my best here, furriends…I’m a cat, knowledgeable in cat whiskers only.

Beard (short): Felciano Lopez vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

  Feliciano Lopez

         Juan Martin Del Potro

Winner: Lopez wore it best. It’s fuller, cleaner and it brings out his dreamy blue eyes. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Chin Strap: Jack Sock vs. Nick Kyrgios

            Jack Sock

          Nick Kyrgios

Winner: Nick Kyrgios. I am not a huge fan of the chin strap, to be honest. Nick has more of a goatie included in his look, but I did find one website that still categorized his look as a chin strap. Sorry Jack….

 

Beard (Full): Benoit Paire vs. Steve Johnson

        Benoit Paire

           Steve Johnson

Winner: This one is a tough one, don’t you think? I mean, I’m really not a fan on the full beard, but Paire’s eyes are very dreamy. But Steve Johnson is super nice. Sooo…if I am judging on beard alone, I will have to go with Steve Johnson.

 

Beard (Blonde): David Goffin vs. Tomas Berdych

             David Goffin

              Tomas Berdych

Winner: Blonde beards are tricky because they never really look full. But we have some brave souls who still try, like these two. Completely for the effort involved, this battle goes to David Goffin.

 

Balbo: Fabio Fognini vs. Novak Djokovic  (See, I did research! I didn’t know there was such a thing and now I do)

 

                                         Fabio Fognini

                           Novak Djokovic

Winner: Fabio Fognini is the clear winner! Easily. Paws down! Don’t you think?

 

Adolescent Stubble: Sascha Zverev vs. Karen Khachakov

                  Sascha Zverev

                 Karen Khachanov

Winner: I know, I know. “Adolescent Stubble” is not a thing. But you can’t deny that when you hear “Adolescent Stubble”, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Am I right? I digress, the winner in the “Adolescent Stubble” category is….Karen Khachanov! By one stubble-speckled chin!

 

Classic Rivalry: Roger Federer vs. Rafa Nadal

           Roger Federer

          Rafa Nadal

Winner: It’s a tie, of course! I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite between these two!

Well did I get it right? Is there anyone I missed? I mean, let’s facial hair it, it’s hard to find a male tennis player these days who is not sporting some sort of beard. I can’t say for sure, but I would imagine it gets hot and itchy under there. But again, I’m just a cat, knowledgeable in cat whiskers only!

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Another Future Star!

You may have noticed these past couple of weeks I have highlighted some bright stars in the future of men’s tennis. Well, this week in Montreal at the Rogers Cup, another star emerged! 18 year old Canadian, Denis Shapovalov.

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He had an incredible week at his home country’s Masters level tournament. He entered as a wildcard, but that didn’t stop him from making a splash. In his second round match, he beat Juan Martin del Potro (former US Open champ), and then in a shocking 3rd round match, he beat Rafa Nadal in three sets. A third set tiebreak sealed the deal for this guy.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s so special about this guy, Frazier?” For me, it’s the way he engages with the crowd and uses them to his advantage. If the spectators are on your side, you have everything. And, he didn’t let the pressure of the big moments get to him. And his slice backhand ain’t bad either! He was really able to rise to the occasion and play great tennis this week.

Of course, only time will tell if this new crop of players will become the new McEnroe/Borg, Sampras/Agassi, Federer/Nadal, or Murray/Djokovic. But the timing is right. We had an unprecedented start of the 2017 tennis season with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal dominating not only the grand slams, but all the tournaments in between. They’ve both been shaky since Wimbledon. Let’s see if this new crop of guys can rewrite the ending of the 2017 season. Time will tell.

The Future’s So Bright

I gotta wear shades. That’s right y’all, go grab my Ray Ban’s for me, will ya, because I am blinded by the light! I’m revved up like a deuce…Bruce Springsteen wrote that song, BTW (you’re welcome! 😉 ). Good thing I don’t have to wear my sunglasses at night! Hold up…too many 80’s one-hit-wonder references? Too much for a Sunday? Can I really ever have too many references to 80’s music? No, I don’t think so (LL Cool J, Going Back to Cali).

I digress…have I even started? I guess I’m just excited for the future of men’s tennis, as it was on full display this week! As we countdown to the US Open, we found ourselves in Washington DC at the Citi Open. Two worthy opponents met each other for the final: Kevin Anderson and Sascha Zverev. Kevin Anderson is a bit of a veteran, but has been out due to injury. Sascha Zverev is part of this “Next Generation” of players the ATP is trying to promote. He just turned 20 in April, and he has been making quite a name for himself this year. He beat Anderson like it was no big deal, 6-4, 6-4, winning his fourth title this year.

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I want to dislike Sascha Zverev so bad. I do, I really do. Much like I wanted to hate Roger Federer when he beat Pete Sampras in the 4th round at Wimbledon in 2001. He was only 19 years old at the time and Pete Sampras had won Wimbledon seven previous years (and Pete is my all-time favorite player). I knew at that moment, big changes were coming in men’s tennis.

Am I comparing Sascha to Roger? Not necessarily. It’s a little premature for that. I mean, this tournament is not a grand slam. It’s not even a Masters 1000 level tournament. But, in a couple of weeks, he will be on the world’s biggest tennis stage and we will all see if he’s got the goods. If he plays anything like he did today…clean, powerful, strategic shots, with loads of confidence…I think we have a future grand slam winner on our hands!

This coming week, we head north of the border to our friendly neighbor, Montreal Canada. This is a Masters 1000 tournament and Rafa and Roger got the top seeds. This will be a good test to see if I will need my Ray Bans or if I can leave them in the car while I’m revving up my deuce coupe!

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America’s Next Tennis Rock Star

We all just want to be big Rock Stars! Or at least that’s what Nickelback sings about, right? Well, I think US Tennis might have just found it’s next big Rock Star! Tommy Paul!

Rock Star, you meow? Of course! He’s got the purrfect name for it! Tommy Paul! He’s a hybrid between Tommy Lee (the hot drummer from Motley Crue…hi Tommy, call me 😉 ) and Paul Stanley (the guitarist from the rock legend band, KISS. He’s the one with the big star on his eye).

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I haven’t talked much about Tommy Paul because I am barely catching wind of this kid. I say kid…he just turned 20 years old in May. And there is good reason for that. I saw him play last night in only his 12th tour level match against Kei Nishikori (seeded #2 at this tournament and ranked 9th in the world). So, Tommy Paul is green…very green. But he gave Nishikori a run for his money! Paul won the first set 6-3 and took it to a close tie break in the second set. But his lack of experience got in his way and Nishikori won the second set tie break. Then is was all Nishikori to the very end. Nishikori wins the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Tommy Paul did not win his quarterfinal match last night, but on Monday, he will have moved up in the rankings from his current ranking of #225 to #170! Not bad for having played only 12 matches as a professional!

I’m no tennis coach, but if I had a couple of minutes with Tommy Paul, I would recommend the following:

  1. Take time between serves. You were playing way too fast, leading to too many errors. You’ve got to mentally re-set or your going to double fault.
  2. Control your movement. You’re a bit of an uncontrolled tornado on the court. Make more strategic motions and you’ll conserve energy (to make it through three long sets). I love your two handed backhand, by the way.
  3. Develop short term memory. You had a long rally and still lost the point? You double faulted? You’re opponent just served three aces in a row? No big deal…lose that from your memory and focus on the next point on your racquet.

Furriends, keep that name in your head because I do not think this is the last we will hear from Tommy Paul.

And, you’re welcome for that Nickelback ear worm! Happy Caturday, everybody!

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Happy Anniversary

Today is a very special day. It is my 9th anniversary!

Nine years ago on this day, my human and her best friend decided she needed a cat. So, they drove out to the animal shelter to see if there were any furry friends that would make a nice companion for her. Little did we all know, the animal shelter did not open on that Saturday. There were people in the parking lot waiting for it to open…like the sweet old farmer lady who brought me with six of my brothers and sisters because she couldn’t possible care for all of us (she already had four cats at her farm). And people like my human, who were looking to adopt a fluffy and furry companion (like me).

frazier                   This is me the first night at my new home! Thanks MOM!

I was in a crate in the back of a pickup with my brothers and sisters when my human walked up to the truck. I would like to say it was love at first sight, but it wasn’t really. I was shy so hung out in the back while my siblings tried to get her attention. But she is a bit shy too and saw me hiding in the back. We both knew right then and there we were a match. It could have been my beautiful black spots, or it could have been my green and blue eyes, but she picked me out of all the others! It was a good day and I feel like the  luckiest cat around.

play Here I am stretching out like I own the place! (maybe I do!)

You may be surprised to find out that tennis was not my first love! Meow! It was Olympic gymnastics. I remember sitting with my human on the couch and looking at the TV seeing these amazing beings fly through the air doing flips and turns and tumbles! I’ve never seen anything like that out at the farm I was raised for my first four months. Gymnastics quickly turned into tennis when i realized the Olympics happen only once every four years.

What about you? Are celebrating an anniversary with your human soon? How did you meet? Was it destiny? I love a good love story.

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