Cat Fan Wins Wimbledon

Copying cat style helps Marion Bartoli become the latest Wimbledon champion.

By Laura Doering | Posted: July 8, 2013, 10 a.m. EDT

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Marion Bartoli Wins Wimbledon
A young Bartoli with her father, Dr. Walter Bartoli, and a feline fan. Via WomensTennisBlog.com
Marion Bartoli Wins Wimbledon
Bartoli after winning Wimbledon. Via Sports Illustrated Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images
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.

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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?
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Susan    Middletown, NJ

8/20/2013 6:18:11 PM

Cute

Eleanor    Saint Pete, FL

8/19/2013 5:10:28 AM

Very Sweet

GracieLove    Reno, NV

8/17/2013 12:30:27 PM

This website is chock-full of interesting facts!!!! :)

Lois    Fort Collins, CO

8/6/2013 6:40:43 AM

Neat

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