And….He’s Gone!

Well, Federer’s return was a short one! Today, he faced Nikolos Basilashvili, and he just couldn’t make it happen.

Now here’s a mini-confession. Any time I get to see Basilashvili play, it’s always a special treat (not as special as the Greenies my mom just brought home) and I will most likely root for him. There is just something about his brooding eyes that I get lost in. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Now, don’t be sad for Roger! It was great to see him back! And he felt good about his return. From ESPN.com:

“I would have loved to play tomorrow, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time, I’m also happy to get a rest,” he said. “I’m happy how I played today. I’m happy how I did yesterday. I’m happy I am back on the Tour. I’m pleased I came here to Doha. So it’s really, really a positive return for me.”

I’m sure we will see him soon…maybe playing some clay court tournaments, getting ready for Roland Garros? Who knows?

Another player who was here yesterday and now he’s gone…Dominic Thiem! My hopes for him is that he didn’t peak at the US Open last year. I would be terribly disappoint. Please Domi, my tender kitty heart couldn’t take it.

I do want to give a quick meow-out to Taylor Fritz! He had a great match today against Denis Shapovalov. Go Taylor!

True Cat Confession #4 – 2019 Redux

Back in 2017, I confessed that a large part of why I like the clay court season is to watch the hot guys! True Cat Confession #4 A lot has changed since 2017…new players have surfaced, older players have retired. But some things never change!

Here is a new and improved, updated list of the top guys to keep your cat eyes on! Meow!

#1: Rafa Nadal! Some things will never change. And in the last couple of years, he has only solidified his place as the numero uno, top-notch, the OG, King of Clay!

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#2: Dominic Thiem! This Austrian is the next best thing to slide on the red dirt! His dominance over Nadal at the Barcelona Open this past weekend, showed him in complete control. We may be ushering in a new regime, come time for the French Open. Hail the Prince of Clay!

#3: Nikoloz Basilashvili! There is just something about this Georgian’s eyes that I could get lost in them for hours!  Am I right, kitty cats? Am I right?

Cue the Debbie Gibson…I get lost, in your eyes…I get weak, in a glance!

Image result for basilashvili Image: ATP Tour

#4: Stefanos Tsitsipas! I’m not gonna lie. This young Greek is a little bit of a oddball character and I wish he would cut his hair and shave his face. But there is something about him that makes me want to watch him. What do you think?

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#5: Grigor Dimitrov! OK, let’s just put this out there. Grigor Dimitrov is ridiculously handsome. There, I meowed it! He once dated fellow tennis star, Maria Sharapova, but I have long since forgiven him for that. He’s walked runways, posed for magazines, won the 2017 ATP tour! There is nothing this cat can’t do.

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#6: Pablo Carreno Busta ! Why yes, I would enjoy a glass of wine with you while we admire your dangerous, pointy star trophy, Pablo!  So nice of you to ask!

Image result for pablo carreno busta Image: Tennis Tour Talk

#7: Mackenzie McDonald! This young American is on the rise. He may not be there yet, currently ranked #57 in the world, but he has promise. And besides, just look at him. He’s adorable!

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#8: Karen Khachanov! Is it just me, or does he resemble Liam Hemsworth? Dreamy!

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#9: Jeremy Chardy! I mean, seriously! Look at this guy and tell me he’s not the most handsome guy you’ve ever seen!

Image result for jeremy chardy                      Image: Flickr

#10: Sascha Zverev! OK, If I’m being purrfectly honest, Sascha is not the King of the Clay Court Forest. Matter of fact, he is having a hard time this year, all around. However, just because he can’t seem to win his way out of a clay court bag, doesn’t mean he’s not cute as could be.

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Honorable Mention: David Ferrer! I have been a fan of this guy since he turned pro in 2000. He’s short compared to most players (5′ 9″), but he’s fast and runs to get every ball. He is so consistent….and he’s one of the nicest guys on the tour. He retired last week after losing to Rafa Nadal at the Barcelona Open,  and for that, there is a big hole to fill in the “nice, handsome, decent, integrity” department.

Image result for david ferrer                                                           Image: javea.com

It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten, but tell me…how did I do? Have I missed anyone? Let me know!

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The Asian Swing

Ah yes, we are smack dab in the middle of the Asian Swing! Is it a new form of dance style you ask? A new type of baseball technique? Or maybe a new playground toy for kids in the backyard? No, of course not! The Asian Swing is that fun time of year in between the last grand slam of the season (the US Open) and the ATP Finals. The Asian Swing!

Last week, we found the guys playing in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. This week, we have two tournaments, one in Tokyo, Japan and the other in Beijing, China. And next week, they wrap up the Asian Swing in Shanghai, China for a Masters 1000 event. All of this for a final push to rack up ATP points for the year end Final, which only takes the top eight players!

Today was the final of the China Open and the Tokyo Open. Here are just some quick observations from both tournaments.

The China Open final between Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia:

I have a bit of a confession. I’ve become a bit fascinated with Basilashvili. One, he has a fun last name to say! Two, he hits the ball very hard and makes impossible angles with his shots. Three, he always looks a little sad…or maybe deep in thought, like a wise philosopher or poet. Four, he has these deep, brooding, blue eyes the color of a clear sky on a Spring day.

Anyway, Basilashvili wins this match, 6-4, 6-4. Yes, Del Potro was a bit under the weather, but I don’t want to diminish the excellent play of Basilashvili!

At the end of the match, I walked away with two observations:

  1. Paul Annecone, commentator for the Tennis Channel, actually said “he looks like a man who wants to be tucked up in bed with a hot toddy.” Now, this would make sense if he was saying it about Del Potro, but I’m pretty sure he said it about Basilashvili. Odd.
  2. Why did the continue to play the music over the trophy presentation? It just made it very hard to hear what the players were saying and it was all around distracting.

 

The Tokyo Open final was between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Kei Nishikori of Japan:

  • Nishikori had hometown advantage, but that was no match for Medmedev.
  • It was a quick match with Medvedev the victor, 7-6, 6-1.
  • Cup ‘o Noodles is a corporate sponsor of this event and they had giant Cup ‘o Noodles statues at the corners of the court. Kind of funny; kind of cute.

The guys are in Shanghai this week and it is a BIG tournament, so I’m sure there will be lots to discuss. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you up to date.

Have a great week, everyone!

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