Game, Set, CatNap
Nothing says, “Fetch!” like a dog with a tennis ball. Dogs have ruled supreme when it comes to chasing down this iconic bouncy yellow ball. Cats will have none of that chasing-something-that-doesn’t-resemble-prey … cats expect a little more realism … a toy mouse or feathered wand, please! But wait! Cats prove that they are the ones in control on and off the tennis court — they are inspiring tennis champions.
On July 6, Marion Bartoli of France won the crème de la crème of tennis championships — Wimbledon — by outlasting Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the women’s final. Bartoli is a two-cat owning tennis player who proudly refers to herself a cat lady. Her tennis style is cat-like, too. She had the tennis community talking after she finished a 20-minute catnap moments before stepping onto the court for the semi-final match that moved her into the final — unimaginable in a sport where players visualize each and every serve and volley before setting foot on the court … not napping in the middle of day like every cat on planet.
A post-Wimbledon Huffington Post article describes Bartoli’s style of play this way: “Wimbledon’s newest champion is awkward — with a jumping, twitching, fidgeting routine before each point, a service motion that includes no bouncing of the ball and a windup that begins with crossed wrists before she uncoils by arching her back, stretching her unbent arm behind her head, then tossing the ball.” Let’s see … jumping, twitching, arching her back … classic cat posturing … perhaps she is envisioning a feathered wand above the tennis court?