True Cat Confession #7

In my very first true cat confession, you learned that I am a bit of a data nerd. Well guess what? I still am!

I found this article in the NY Times about sexism in tennis. Computer scientists from Cornell University conducted a study of the types of questions asked to players during their post-match interviews. To no surprise (to me, at least), of the non-tennis related questions, 70% of the questions were asked to the women players. Non-tennis related questions could range from shopping to manicures. Or perhaps more famously directed at Serena Williams last year after winning a match, “why aren’t you smiling?”

This article breaks down the science behind the study, how they developed the algorithm, how the algorithm classified the questions, and of course, the results of the study. I hope you find this article and the study interesting and insightful. And hopefully in the future, we can swing to a more balanced, less sexist way to handle all of our athletes.

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True Cat Confession #6: What’s Your Angle?

As I finally began to shake off the Wimbledon hangover, I emerged from a deep cat nap. Normally when I am in such a relaxing nap, I dream of things like chasing the bird that visits me on the patio every morning, playing kitty baseball with my human (you know…she throws a crumbled up paper at me and I bat it with my paw…I’m a pretty talented kitty cat!), or simply laying on the dock of a beautifully calm lake, basking in the warm of the midday sun.

But not today….today I dreamed about geometry! Triangles, in particular.  You know, the three sided shapes that come in all different varieties! You’ve got the equilateral, the obtuse (my favorite one to say), the isosceles, acute….you name it. Any different way you can connect three points, you’ve got yourself a triangle.

What do triangles have to do with tennis, Frazier? Well, it’s simple. If you watch tennis closely, part of the strategy comes down to what type of triangle the player plans to make when striking the ball. The three points : Player 1, Player 2, and the imaginary line the player travels to get from one ball to the other. The idea is to create an angle that the other player can’t get to.

Here is a good example:

This is a right triangle. Let’s pretend the server is in the lower right corner, on the baseline. He serves across court to the top left point. The returner hits the ball straight down the line to the bottom left corner. If he hits it fast and hard enough, he could win the point because his opponent will not have time to get to that side of the court.

So, as you are watching your next tennis match, and there will be plenty to watch in the next couple of months leading up to the US Open, pay attention to the angle strategy that the players use!

This is just my amateur, tennis fan observation and know that much more goes into playing the game. But, I hope this makes your tennis more enjoyable to watch!

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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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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.

True Cat Confession #4

This past Sunday, I posted about my excitement for the beginning of clay court season. Click here if you missed it: Ode to Clay

I have a confession…the REAL reason I love clay court season? The hot guys who play! There is just something about watching these clay court “specialists”. They come from places like Argentina, Spain, Italy and France. Here is a list of my top ten favorites!

#1 Rafa Nadal – Spain: Meow…no explanation needed. Just look at him! (and let’s not forget, he has won NINE French Opens)

#2 Jeremy Chardy – France: Umm, hellur!

#3 Jo Wilfred Tsonga – France: He’s had many looks over the years, but here’s one of my favorites. He’s purrfect!

#4 Feliciano Lopez – Spain: Or “Deliciano”…as he is referred to by Andy Murray’s mom! Ha! Yep, this guy plays tennis!

#5 Benoit Paire – France: Yeah, this guy!

#6 Fabio Fognini – Italy: He’s got a little sumpin’ sumpin’ about him, don’t you think?

#7 Fernando Verdasco – Spain: I’ve been watching and cheering for this guy for years! A real cool cat.

#8 Richard Gasquet – France: Just look at him!

#9 Juan Martin Del Potro -Argentina: When he had a dream comeback during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, beating Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, before losing to Andy Murray to win the silver medal, he shot right back into my top 10 list. Plays with his heart on his sleeve and I LOVE it!

#10 Juan Monaco – Argentina: He makes my list because he is huge part of my first US Open memories (2011)! He made it to the 4th round before Roger Federer beat the snot out of him on Arthur Ashe Stadium in little over an hour…a night session and my first time in Arthur Ashe Stadium! I will never forget it!

Honorable Mention  Carlos Moya – Spain: A great player in his own right, back in the day. Currently he is coaching fellow countryman, Rafa Nadal.  And the top 10 comes full circle!

Did I miss anyone? Sure, plenty! But what do ya think? These guys are worth tuning in to see a little slide on the red dirt!

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

 

Black Cat Blue Sea Award
Thanks to fuzzyyellowduck at Turtledesk for nominating me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!  Turtledesk features art and poetry, and frankly, I think the blog is beautifully done. It’s one of my favorites!! Please check out their blog. Their response to the award can be found here. Turtledesk Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Rules of the Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer 3 questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate 6 fellow bloggers
  4. Ask 3 questions to your nominees

My Questions Answered

  1. Which genre of literature (or form of art) do you love most? I enjoy all sorts of literature and art. I read a lot of autobiographies of tennis players (I highly recommend “Open” by Andre Agassi…even if you don’t follow tennis, it is an excellent read in its own right). I also enjoy all sorts of art! Even though I don’t travel much (the vet’s office is as far as I like to go), my human likes to visit any art museum of the cities she travels.
  2. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? I have given this question a lot of thought. It has always been my dream to make it to all four tennis grand slam tournaments, so that would take me to Melbourne, Australia; Paris, France; London, England and New York, New York. My human has already been to the US Open several times, but loves it every chance she gets!
  3. What inspires you? You know me…I take a LOT of naps! BUT….when I’m watching tennis with my human, I keep a notepad on the coffee table and I’m constantly taking notes for my blog. Anything I notice that I find unusual or interesting or funny or frustrating…I’ll write it down and it will eventually make its way into my blog!

Nominees

  1. Mageowl’s Blog
  2. Living vs Existing
  3. Golden Pink Journal
  4. Your Finances
  5. AbbeycoSeattle
  6. The Shameful Sheep

My Questions to Nominees

  1. If you could share a meal with anyone living or deceased, who would it be and why?
  2. If you could take any vacation in the world, where would you go?
  3. What inspires you to write?

Mystery Blogger Award!

Happy Thursday, friends! I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Luna at GamersUnitedGG Blog! Thank you Luna for the nomination! Be sure to check out her blog for gaming and geek news and reviews! My personal favorite is the Throwback Tuesdays! Shout out to the creator of the award over at Okoto’s Enigma Blog as well!

This is my first time being nominated for a blogger award and I am super honored! It looks like a great way for you to find out interesting information about fellow bloggers and potentially find new bloggers to follow! Let’s jump into the post details!

Rules of the award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

3 Things About Myself:

  • Contrary to popular belief, my name does not come from the 90’s TV show, Frazier. It is actually the last name of the family I was adopted from. I was really close to be named Domino (for the big black spots down my back), but Frazier won out…for the best, don’t you think!
  • I have one blue and one green eye. (I was also very close to being called Azul!) That was the deciding factor when my human was picking me out of the litter. I’m quite handsome!
  • I am a bit of a diva. Hard to believe, coming from a sweet looking kitty like me. But I demand food in my bowl any time my human walks into the kitchen. I only drink water out of a running faucet. I demand “my” spot on the sofa when my human and I are watching tennis. If a blanket is in the way or my human sits in my spot, I will  stare at her until my spot is cleared for me.

Sharing a link to my “best” post:  Here is something I wrote probably a week into starting my blog. It’s about Male Pattern Baldness and it’s good enough to be revisited. Hope you enjoy!

Is there room for MPB in tennis?

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Nominator’s Questions:

  1. Which Movie are you looking forward to releasing this year? Wonder Woman. I saw Batman vs Superman last year, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in that series.
  2. If you can make a theme park out of any game, which game would you select and why? I don’t do much gaming, but I’m really old school, so I think a Rubik’s Cube theme park would be super cool!
  3. With the rise of Major League Gaming, should it have its place among ESPN?
    Personally, I would like to see tennis take its rightful place on ESPN. Currently, most tournaments don’t even get ESPN airtime. The Grand Slams get ESPN 2 for the majority of the tournament, and the only the finals get played on ESPN. Thank God for the Tennis Channel!! But back to the original question…I say lets start out with Major League Gaming on ESPN 2, and see if it can get bumped up to ESPN!
  4. Should Colleges start Major League Gaming teams and fund-raise similar to Sports? Hmm, that’s a very good question. Seeing how Quidditch blew up on college campuses and now even has a World Cup, maybe gaming is the next thing on the horizon.
  5. Streaming vs. Blogging: How do you connect with your favorite gamers and communities? Blogging, for sure! I have not been blogging very long, but have thoroughly enjoyed finding and reading interesting blogs of all types! And the blogging community is super supportive. I am all in with blogging!

  mlp My Nominees:

  1. Havau22
  2. iKariLynn
  3. Food Is My Salvation
  4. Prerna’s Blog
  5. When Do I Get the Manual
  6. Pink for Days
  7. My Journey
  8. The Cat’s Write
  9. Pens and Castles On A Cloud

My Questions:

  • Dogs or cats…or something else and WHY?
  • What is your favorite sport? What makes you love it so much?
  • How long have you been blogging and how has it influenced you as a writer?
  • You have a free day to yourself….no work, no school, no family obligations. How do you spend it?
  • What’s your favorite kind of music and do you listen to music when you’re blogging?

Thank you again Luna for the nomination! Congrats to all of my nominees and I look forward to your answers if you choose to participate! Have a great week everyone!

-Frazier

True Cat Confession #3

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