No Surprises Here

Yesterday, we saw the exit of Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Am I the only one who was not surprised by his loss?

Roger Federer crashes out of Wimbledon to impressive Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets - GETTY IMAGES
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He was playing in his quarterfinal match against 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz and was taken down in three straight sets. The last set was a bagel! Final score: 6-3, 7-6, 6-0.

I said at the beginning of this year that I thought Federer should retire. Sure, it would be a nice fairytale ending if he could hold on and win Wimbledon one last time. But I just didn’t think it was possible.

No disrespect to Roger, but he had knee surgery (planned before the pandemic shutdown). So how good did we think he would be when he returned? Grand slam champion good? I never thought so. The few tournaments he played leading up to Wimbledon were met with dismal results. I just didn’t see championship Sunday in the cards for him.

So, there it was. A saddening Federer loss on Centre Court. Credit goes to Hurkacz who has been playing well this year, winning his first Masters level tournament in Miami earlier this year.

The rest of the quarterfinals were business as usual. Djokovic beat Fucsovics in straight sets, Berrettini beat Auger-Aliassime in four tough sets, and the match of the day…Shapovalov beat Khachanov in a stunning five-setter!

The semis are set for Friday:

Djokovic vs. Shapovalov

Hurkacz vs. Berrettini

See you there!

Under Pressure

During the opening match on Center Court today between Christian Garin and Novak Djokovic – Manic Monday, as it is called – John McEnroe talked about the pressure that Garin must be feeling, playing on the most prestigious stage at the most historic tournament in tennis, against world #1, Novak Djokovic. He said Garin has four goals for this match.

  1. Don’t embarrass yourself
  2. Win a few games
  3. Be competitive
  4. Pull off a miracle

And Garin did just that…everything except number four…pull off a miracle! He made a good showing, but lost in three sets.

The pressure in sports, especially for the young players trying to break through, is real. And it can manifest in a multitude of ways. Today’s Manic Monday witnessed the range of results when the pressure is on.

Cool Under Pressure

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Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20 years of age, was the coolest of all cats under the pressure of Alex Zverev today! FAA had an easy first two sets, looking confident, looking smooth. I thought this was going to be a swift victory. However, Zverev had a little slip going for a ball toward the back of the court and hyperextended his knee. Looked plainful. I thought he was done. Instead, he shook it off and came back with a vengeance and won the next two sets in quick order. It’s going to a fifth! Who will handle the pressure better? FAA shined like the bright young star that he his and won that final set!

Denis Shapovalov, 22 year old Canadian, was a runaway train against veteran Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, winning in three easy sets. Confidence city!

Ons Jabeur is making Wimbledon history, becoming the first Arab woman to make a Wimbledon quarterfinal. And, she has taken out three Grand Slam champions to get to the quarters…Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza, and Iga Swiatek. She could win the whole thing!

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Cooked Under Pressure

Unfortunately, the pressure is real and sometimes it plays out on court for the whole world to see.

Earlier in the day, 21 year old American, Sebastian Korda, just could not, for the life of him, close out the fifth set against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. There were thirteen breaks of serve before Khachanov finally won. No pressure, Sebastian…your dad is just an Australian Open champion from years ago, and your sister is currently the number one women’s professional golfer! No pressure, at all!

And then there was 18 year old Brit, Emma Raducanu. Talk about pressure!! She came into the tournament as a wildcard, so there really was nothing to lose. But, she kept winning…all the way into the fourth round. So she’s playing on the biggest stage she’s ever played on with all eyes on her. She started out pretty promising, winning some games in the first set, getting the crowd behind her. But she lost the first set, 4-6. At some point in the second set, she lets the chair umpire know that she will need the trainer at the change over. But she was holding her stomach. And then you could see she her breaths were shallow between points, as she would go to her towel to dry off. And she was grasping at her throat, as if she might vomit. And her eyes were watering. Was she trying not to cry? At one point, you could see the medical staff just mere feet away from her, on the other side of the gate, while she wiped her face with her towel trying to catch her breath between points.

Emma Raducanu needed a medical timeout during the second set which forced her retirement - PA
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Finally, the game was over and the medical staff could come in. They took her off the court, and shortly returned to let the chair umpire know that she could not continue.

No one wants a match to end this way. Just heartbreaking! A terrible way to end a day at Wimbledon.

At the end of the day, we can all appreciate the tremendous amount to pressure that is put on the athletes. We can celebrate the successes, and we can show grace for the ones who may struggle.

Let’s have a safe rest of the tournament, every cat!

The Happy Couple

How do you pack a stadium for a mixed doubles match? Pair Nick Kyrgios with Venus Williams and…vwa-lah! Magic!

Venus Williams and Nick Kyrgios
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Stylistically, they couldn’t be more different…Venus – classy, graceful, a legend; Nick – crude, unconventional, a “bad boy of tennis.” However, together they were sensational. The purrfect pair.

The partnership was Nick’s idea. It was “a dream come true” for him to play doubles with a Williams sister.

Obviously, they respect each other’s game, and they are both power players with big serves and big returns. If I was on the other side of the court from those two, I would be hiding behind my racquet and hoping for the best.

You could tell they were having a great time, too. Laughing, high-fiving, supporting each other. It was like watching a fun, low-stakes, exhibition, but it’s Wimbledon!

They won their first round match against American duo, Austin Krajicek and Sabrina Santamaria. Total blockbuster entertainment! Next up with be Eduoard Roger-Vasselin and Nicole Melichar. I don’t know much about mixed doubles, but I do know it will be fun to watch!

Heartbreaking Upsets and Heartwarming Victories

There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing a player injure themselves during a match. It doesn’t matter if they are winning, losing, or flat out even against their opponent. Nobody wants to see a player unfairly robbed from competing.

But, it happened twice today at Wimbledon. On Center Court, no less! With the roof closed!

It had been raining in London and even though the roof was closed, the grass was slippery. The grass surface at the beginning of a tournament is always more slippery, than after it gets worn out a little by the players. Ugh!

First up, Adrian Mannarino was playing Roger Federer. He was up two sets to one. Roger was up in the fourth set, 4-2, so it was likely going to extend to a fifth set. It was really was anyone’s game. Mannarino won the first two sets easily, and by all accounts, was playing better than Federer. But he ran for a ball and one leg slipped one way, as his knee buckled the other way. He tried to recover and served out the set, but retired before the fifth set.

Adrian Mannarino is in pain after slipping on the Wimbledon turf - REUTERS
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Then, immediately following that horrific outcome on Center Court, the slip and agony heard round the world! Just six games into her first round match, Serena Williams slipped and tweaked her ankle. It’s just painful to watch. She was vying for a 24th grand slam title and her favorite tournament, so to be out in this freak accident is just heartbreaking!

Serena Williams falls at Wimbledon 2021.
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But let’s talk about some heartwarming stories of the day!

Big sister, Venus, entering the tournament as a wild-card (which is totally wild, to me!) won her first round match!! It took her three sets, but she did it! Let me remind you…Queen V is 41 years old and this is her 23rd Wimbledon! Just remarkable!

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Then we had the Ash Barty vs. Carla Suarez Navarro match! We knew that this would be an emotional one. As previously mentioned, Carla is a survivor, so to see her back on the court in competitive fashion was a victory, in and of itself! To be on Center Court, playing world #1, Ash Barty, just set the match up to have all the feels!

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Carla plans to retire at the end of the year, so this was her last Wimbledon. She plans on representing Spain in the Summer Olympics and say farewell at the US Open. Barty may have won the match, but Suarez Narravo had our hearts!

All of these emotions has worn me out. I think I’ll go take a cat nap!

Till tomorrow…

Sweet Surprises!

Day one of Wimbledon was filled with Sweet Surprises!

Surprise #1:

Frances Tiafoe said tennis is not always about peaches and cream but on Monday he had one of those days when he beat Wimbledon third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round
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Frances Tiafoe beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in swift three sets!! Some analysts might consider this an upset, but as I mentioned before, there are no upsets because it’s always a positive outcome for one of the players. And this player was Tiafoe! He was flawless.

Surprise #2:

Sloane Stephens of the US celebrates winning the women's singles match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova on day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Sloane Stephens beat two-time Wimbledon champ, Petra Kvitova in two quick sets! She looked incredible on the court today! Go Sloane!

Surprise #3: I saved the best for last….

Murray was coasting at 5-0 up in third set but then lost seven games in a row - AP
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Andy Murray made his Wimbledon comeback by ousting Nikolos Basilashvili in four sets. It was a real nail biter! Andy was up two sets, and 5-0 in the third when Basilashvili made a wicked run of winning seven games in a row, to win the third set. Ugh! Then they had to exit the court while the roof was being closed. Suspense! But finally, Murray got his act together to win the fourth set!! Go Andy!

Stay tuned to see what sweet surprises tomorrow will bring!

Wimbledon 2021 – Men’s First Round Meuw-sings

My meuw-sings for the men’s first round matches will be divided into three cat-egories: Americans, Interesting, and Sentimental. Here we go…

Americans – Tough MATCHES

Frances Tiafoe vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Sorry Frances!)

Mackie MacDonald vs. Karen Khachanov (Not totally predictable, but MacDonald will have to play top-level to beat Khachenov…maybe an “upset”?)

Sebastian Korda vs. Alex De Minaur (Battle of the young guns. Alex has been on fire this season, so I give him the edge)

Interesting Matches

Nick Kyrgios vs. Ugo Humbert (Honestly, I didn’t even know Kyrgios was still playing. Knowing him, he will probably win!)

Dan Evans vs. Feliciano Lopez (Dan is playing for his home crowd, and he’s had a great season. My money is on Dan.)

Sentimental Matches

Roger Federer vs. Adrian Mannarino (Let’s face it…Roger is winding down. It would be great to see him win one more major. However, Mannarino is on a roll, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he beats Roger in the first round. Tough luck for Federer)

Andy Murray vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili (Andy got a wildcard into Wimbledon. I hope it’s not wasted on a first round match. My sentimental fave will always be Andy!)

Only time will tell. That is what I love about sports. You can analyze, speculate, use stats and predictors, but you never know what’s going to happen! See here we go! Wimbledon, we are ready!

Wimbledon 2021 – Women’s First Round Meuw-sings

Furrst up, let’s take a quick look at which first round matches to keep your cat eyes on.

Ash Barty vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Why? Because Barty is currently ranked #1 and Suarez Navarro just beat cancer!! Go Carla!! So happy to see you back. Go Ash! Really, I would be happy with any outcome.

Bianca Andreescu vs. Alize Cornet

Why? Because Andreescu won the US Open in 2019, beating Serena Williams, but hasn’t really let her tennis skills shine since. And Cornet is just a talented, sassy Frenchwoman and I love her!

Sloane Stephens vs. Petra Kvitova

Why? Because Sloane is one of my favorite American players, and Kvitova is one of my all-time favorite players. Who’s going to win? Probably Kvitova, but I will still root for my under-cat American, Sloane Stephens. Go Sloane!

Shelby Rogers vs. Sam Stosur

Why? See above. Rogers is one of the few American women I will always cheer for, and Sam Stosur is a former world #1 who is in the twilight of her career (but don’t tell her that). I like both players, so we will see what happens.

Serena Williams vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Why? Well, I would be remiss to not mention Serena. She’s 39 years old, playing at one of her favorite tournaments, trying to capture the elusive 24th major title! She hasn’t won a major since becoming a mom. Will this be her tournament? Don’t know. But she has to win her first match to move on to her next. The world will be watching!

Christmas in July

OK, OK….it’s June! But you know no one ever celebrates “Christmas in June.” So play along, my furry friends!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for this tennis fan! Wimbledon is here!

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The draw came out today. It’s like getting to open that one special gift under the tree that you’re allowed to open on Christmas Eve!

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Reviewing first round matches is one of my favorite things to do. The anticipation and perceived expectations of Wimbledon are HUGE, so I always like to imagine which matches will be bah-humbug predictable and which matches will roast on an open fire (the dreaded “upset”). Of course, I never like to think of a match outcome as an “upset” because there is always a winner and there is nothing upsetting about that! At the end of the day, someone is happy they won and gets to move further in the draw.

With the exception of injuries. There is nothing happy about that outcome. The injured player is hurt, and the “winner” feels bad for the injured player. But, I also like to begin a tournament with the hope that no one is or gets injured and everyone is stays healthy! What can I say? I’m an optimist!

I will breaking down the first round matches into two posts, one for the men’s draw and one for the women’s. So stay tuned, and I’ll give my inside take.

Paw your calendars, set your alarms and wake your humans! Wimbledon starts bright and early Monday, June 28! Let the festivities begin!

It’s a Wrap – Wimbledon Recap

It’s a wrap on the most well known fortnight of the year – Wimbledon. Two weeks of highs and lows from the best in the world of tennis.

There was so much action the last couple of days, I tried to keep up with all the stories. But here are the absolute facts you need to know:

The women’s final was between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams. Yes, Serena is back and in top form. Unfortunately, she peaked in her semifinal match and didn’t have any fuel left for her final. And unfortunately for Serena, but fortunately for the rest of the women’s tennis, Angelique Kerber is back! After a stellar 2016 where she won both the Australian Open and the US Open, she fell into a slump of bad tennis. But here she is, playing and winning the Wimbledon final! Concatulations to both Mrs. Williams and Ms. Kerber.

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The men’s final saw two unlikely, but both deserving finalists, Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic. The road was long for both of these two players, but Kevin drew the short straw here. Because of the rule that you have to win by two in the fifth set, Kevin was stuck playing to 13-11 in the fifth set against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and unprecedented 26-24 in the fifth set against John Isner in the 6+ hour semifinal match. He was depleted by the final on Sunday. I’m not taking away how pawesome Novak played, but I think it would have been a different result had Kevin didn’t have to play two marathons back to back. Novak eventually came out on top this Wimbledon Sunday!

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On Wimbledon Eve, I made a few predictions. Let’s see how I did.

  • A David Beckham sighting! He loves Wimbledon.
    • I didn’t spy with my little eye any David Beckham. And that’s a real shame, because it’s always a good day when there is a David Beckham sighting.
  • A Royal sighting. Maybe a Harry/Meghan combo?
    • Never saw Harry, but his new wife was there with her sister in law. You know, they were just two ladies spotted out on the town supporting another Royal…Serena at the final. Oh and hey….there’s Billie Jean King! Hi there!

The Duchess of Sussex was supporting Serena Williams at WimbledonImage: Press Association

  • A bizarre injury. Not that I want this to happen, but playing tennis on an organic surface like grass, anything could happen.
    • Luckily, I don’t remember hearing of any off injuries…thank goodness!
  • A unforeseen victory, likely in the women’s draw.
    • All of the top women were out by the end of week one, so seeing Angelique in the final was quite unforeseen.
  • An upset! My prediction is it will be Federer in the quarterfinals.
    • I am not wrong. I predicted Federer was going out in the quarters and by-golly, I was right! Way to go, Kevin Anderson.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa loses a point to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, Pool)Image: Yahoo Sports

After all the tennis, I am exhausted. I’m going to go take a quick cat nap so I can get back to it real soon. Hope your Wimbledon was an enjoyable as mine.

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Tennis ESP

Meow! Just meow! I don’t even know where to start with today’s matches! Oh wait, yes I do. How about “I told you so.”

I have long said I have Tennis ESP. You know, the ability to know what’s going to happen on court before it happens. A friend once told me that, no I don’t have Tennis ESP. I have just watched enough tennis to know statistically how things are going to go.

Well, I can guarantee you that no one predicted Roger Federer would be anywhere except hoisting the winner’s trophy on Sunday, except me. In my Wimbledon preview, I predicted he would be out in the quarterfinals….and I was not wrong! Of course, I didn’t know it was going to go down in such dramatic fashion, but it did.

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Roger played Kevin Anderson, and I know what you’re thinking. “Frazier, who the heck is Kevin Anderson?” Well, I’ve been a fan of this guy for a while, and last year he made it to the US Open final, where Rafa Nadal ended up winning. He played college tennis before turning pro about ten years ago, and is currently ranked #7 on the ATP tour. If you see him, you might notice that his hat always sits a little crooked on his head. I think he places with the movement of the sun for maximum protection.

There are so many things to love about Kevin Anderson. Kevin, be looking for a fan letter from me real soon!!

Well furriends, the match started out just as everyone predicted with Federer taking the first two sets pretty handily. And then in the third set, at 5-4 Federer, it was as if Kevin said to himself “Not today, Federer. Not today.” He came back to win the third set 7-5. Then he won the fourth set 6-4.

And now…the final set.

In the majors, men play the best three out of five sets, and in all majors except the US Open, the winner must win by 2 games. In the fifth set, neither player got broken. If Roger won his service game, then Kevin won his service game. This went back and forth and forth and back furrever!! The final score of the final set was 13-11! That’s practically an entire other set played. It was a fierce battle, but Kevin was hitting his returns so early with incredible amount of pace. And the angles he was making! Unbelievable tennis.

And then we had Rafa Nadal play Juan Martin Del Potro. I predicted this was going to be a fiery match, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve said it before, I love watching Del Potro play because he puts it all out there. The crowds love it. His opponent respects it. And Rafa plays every match with such intensity you can’t help but get fired up!! Vamos!

Nadal/Del Potro was another five setter and it was fireworks to the very end when Rafa hit the winning shot and Del Potro fell face down in exhaustion, across the net. In a display of pure sportsmanship, Rafa steps over the net to help his friend up and congratulate him on a good match. How could you not love these guys?

Rafael Nadal of Spain, left, meets Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on the court after defeating him in their men's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Image: Yahoo Sports

All in all, it was a great day to be a tennis fan! But now I’m exhausted and must sign off.

More Wimbledon later…

Crack Open a Window Or Kick Open the Door

Well, here we are in week two of Wimbledon, folks. A few of the Next Gen stars took a peek through the cracked window of success, but the big name players kicked the door of the Championships wide open.

I was excited to see two Next Gen stars (ATP players, age 21 or younger and ranked in the top 200) make it to week two of the Championships at Wimbledon. Fourth round at Wimbledon is not a bad gig. Unfortunately for Mackenzie McDonald and Stefanos Tsitsipas, they had some unforgiving opponents across the net. However, both put up a pretty good showing.

American, Mackenzie McDonald, had the misfortune to meet up with Milos Raonic. If these two names sound familiar, it because I have written about them both recently…Mackenzie just last week as a player to watch, and Milos as a player experiencing a Tennis Renaissance. Here, I think experience won out against youth. Milos has been a finalist at Wimbledon in 2016, so he knows what it takes to grind through a match. Milos beat Mackenzie in 4 sets. Not too bad.

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Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas, was paired up against huge hitter and the King of Tiebreaks, John Isner. Stefanos put up a good fight , but in the end, John won 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 (of course finishing it off in two tiebreaks).

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Of course, the big names made it to week two and busted the door wide open! Tomorrow, the stage is set for the following quarterfinals:

  • Roger Federer vs. Kevin Anderson
  • Milos Raonic vs. John Isner
  • Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori
  • Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Rafa Nadal

The latest debate is which matches gets Center Court and which matches gets Court 1. Purrsonally, I hate that this is even discussion, but people are people, and people like to debate. It really doesn’t matter at all to me…I watch them from my comfy couch, usually with a plush blanket covering me anyway!

I’ve been predicting that Federer will be upset in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Tomorrow will tell us if I’m right.  The Raonic/Isner match should be fun because they are both big beasts!! On the opposite end of things, Djokovic/Nichikori will be a battle of the fit and slender. Then we have the great Juan Martin Del Potro against Rafa Nadal. This could go with either way, really. Expect a lot of Argentine and Spanish heat! All in all, a great day of tennis tomorrow.

I’ll be watching! Will you?

Rising American Star – Mackenzie MacDonald

Furriends, I have some exciting news! We’ve got ourselves a rising tennis star and his name is Mackenzie MacDonald!

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I watched his match today against Argentine, Guido Pella, and he was on fire! MacDonald was not even seeded at Wimbledon; he is playing as a qualifier…playing his Wimbledon debut. The 23 year old is currently ranked #103, but his ranking will go up after this tournament, fur sure!

I know what you’re thinking, “Frazier, what’s the big deal about him beating a guy named Guido?” Well, under ordinary circumstances, this wouldn’t be something huge to write about, but just yesterday, Guido Pella took out last year’s finalist, Marin Cilic, in a brutal 5 set match. Guido was looking good. Guido was looking sharp. And then came Mackenzie, and Guido got a two-hour beat down and a three-set loss.

Mackenzie MacDonald was calm, powerful, sure of himself, and focused. And that my furriends, is how you earn a spot to play in week two of Wimbledon!!

Keep an ear up for this guy! I think he’s got a bright future!

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

At the conclusion of day 3 of Wimbledon, one thing is for sure…The Emperor has some new clothes. That’s right, furry furriends, The King of Grass, Roger Federer, has a new clothing sponsor. After many years with Nike, Roger just signed a 10 year, $300 million deal with Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo.

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Roger is 36 years old and he is guaranteed $30 million per year until he is 47 years old. Not too bad for the old guy!

But in all seriousness, it is weird to see Roger play without being decked out in the Nike “swoosh”.  So far, he has played his first two matches very solidly. But I still think there will be an upset somewhere along his way to the final. We’ll see.

In other Wimbledon news…the players I mentioned in the Tennis Renaissance are all doing well, except for Andy Murray who had to pull out of the tournament due to his ongoing injury. But Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic all look really solid! And that is grrreat news!

Play was suspended today due to rain, but there are some really great matches that should finish tomorrow. The one I have my eye on is young Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Jared Donaldson. Tsitsipas is my new “next gen” favorite. Tsitsipas is up two sets to one, but Donaldson is making a good run right now…this may go to a fifth! Take a good look, y’all. This is the future of tennis.

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Wimbledon Eve 2018

It’s that time of the year where all eyes descend on the most hallowed of all tennis grounds…The All England Lawn Tennis Club! Wimbledon!

It’s like Christmas Eve when you can’t sleep because you’re waiting for Santa to drop the presents off under the tree. Did I get a new racquet? A tennis bracelet? Or maybe a tennis ball filled with catnip? But hey, who are we kidding? I’m a cat…I can sleep anywhere, any time!

That’s right, my furry furriends! For the next fortnight, that’s two weeks in layman’s terms, I will be blogging about all things Wimbledon. The matches, the celebrity sightings, the outfits, and anything else that pops up.

A few predictions:

  • A David Beckham sighting! He loves Wimbledon.
  • A Royal sighting. Maybe a Harry/Meghan combo?
  • A bizarre injury. Not that I want this to happen, but playing tennis on an organic surface like grass, anything could happen.
  • A unforeseen victory, likely in the women’s draw.
  • An upset! My prediction is it will be Federer in the quarterfinals.

We won’t know until it starts tomorrow, but don’t worry, cool cats. I’ll keep you all in the Wimbledon know. One thing I know fur sure, it’ll be action packed tennis from sun up until sun down.

Stay tuned, furriends.

 

There’s No Crying in Tennis

Or is there? I have never seen so many tears on Centre Court of a Wimbledon final in all of my nine lives! Let me set the scene.

Our two opponents…Roger Federer and Marin Cilic. We all know Roger…the “GOAT’, as they say. Having a resurgence this year, winning the Australian Open, and going for his record breaking 8th Wimbledon title and 19th grand slam title. And Marin Cilic, the quiet giant. He’s beaten Roger at big moments, including the semi-finals at the 2014 US Open and went on to win the title that year.

But alas, the moment was just too great for Marin. Some may say it was physical…a problem with his foot. He had it re-taped around the end of the second set. But no, I say it was more psychological, in his head, emotional. And who blames him? Not me. I mean look, he’s playing on the biggest stage in tennis against the best men’s player to play the game.

He lost the first set 6-3, and was down 3-0 in the second when he called the trainers out. But instead of the trainers attending to any body ailment, they knelt next to him while he had a meltdown. They didn’t even take his blood pressure like if he was having a panic attack. Nope, at one point, he put the towel over his head and openly cried under his make-shift shelter for one.

Photo: http://www.express.co.uk

After getting his foot re-taped at the end of the second set, he did come out with a little bit of fire. But it was too late. The match was too far gone and Roger won the third set. Final score: 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. It’s just a shame Cilic couldn’t collect himself before the third set because I think we could have had a very competitive match.

Then there’s Roger. If you’ve been watching tennis for as long as I have, you know that Roger Federer is one of the most emotional guys on tour. He’ll cry if he wins, he’ll cry if he loses, and I’ve seen both!

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And wouldn’t you, if you were him? What he has achieved and continues to achieve is nothing short of spectacular. And just as I told my human’s mom on the phone this morning, we are just lucky to be around to witness it!

I, however, did not shed a single tear this morning watching this final. I’m proud of myself for holding it together…especially when Marin Cilic seemed so helpless. Bless his little heart!

But, that’s a wrap for Wimbledon this year. Now on to the rest of the summer season and looking forward to my favorite slam, the US Open!

Have a great Sunday, everybody.

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