- I read one day in a Dutch tennis magazine that it was the nick name of Karol Kucera, who was my favourite tennis player. Supposedly it meant little cat
. I don't really think the magazine was right (it was wrong in 95% of the times), but the name stuck with me and as it sounded catchy, I decided to use it. I did actually at one time change my user name here (not like your gazillion name changes
) to Tijn, but then people complained and told me to change it back
- Uuuuhmmm, I have actually met quite a few! In naming, I will definitely forget a lot of them though
OK, let's see. I used to post a lot in the Dutch forum and I met the most active posters there many many times (e.g. Chiudi-fan). I met the lovely Carlita many times too, and she actually lives very close to my Dutch hometown! Eruwen is another lovely Dutch poster I met quite a few times
And there's the Belgian angel (
) freesbee, who I went to Wimbledon with this year. I also met the infamous adeegee at Wimbledon 2007 & 2008. We even played tennis both years. Needless to say, I let him win
Others are rrfnpump, Yasmine, Troickitard, Dupuis2006, Sommarsverige, Rosie, Jimnik. Argh, I'm probably forgetting many here
Anyways, generally my experiences have been very very positive. Some of the people I've met have become really good friends (also from the WTA forum, like CharlDa
As to who I would like to meet, well I'm open to meet pretty much anyone. I'd love to see Nathaliia! Apparently she was also at Wimbledon (qualies) this year, and even at the same match at some point, but we happened to miss each other completely. And GWH/PMK as he is legendary
I'd also really love to meet Peta and Kristen. They were here in my early days too and they seem to be such lovely people. It'd be amazing to spend some time with them
I think Scotso would also be fun to be around at a tourney, even if many people seem to really dislike him here. Oh and Truc too. And of course I would have to have a meeting with DATS
That would be truly hilarious, I reckon.
- My favourite Challenger? Well, I have visited the Groningen, Scheveningen, Mons, Alphen aan den Rijn and Bratislava Challengers, and out of these the Scheveningen one easily ranks as the best one. The atmosphere is really good, the venue is great and quite cosy and people generally are knowledgeable too. I love how it is situated in a residential area. Also, it's really close to the see, so we actually went for a cocktail at some point during qualies this year
Bratislava and Mons are organized very well, but somehow indoor tourneys really don't do it for me. I hate the lighting; sunlight somehow makes me feel a lot better and makes me enjoy tennis more. Alphen aan den Rijn is a very nice tourney, but it is not at the same level as Scheveningen. Groningen was quite pathetic. Indoor, and no one was there to watch. But it was the first time I saw Mischa Zverev and Evgeny Korolev, which was a great experience.
When it comes to Challengers I haven't actually visited, I love following the Dallas Challenger. The coverage that TBarm gives is truly amazing. Their live streams and interviews are awesome to watch
And it offers me a chance to see some US players that I don't really get a chance to see as they avoid the European events.
- I love cocktails
Caipirinhas and mojitos are delicious. I am also known as a huge Baileys junkie. As for non-alcoholic drinks, I love fruit juices, lassi and green and rooibos tea. But I am a also a big big big Starbucks addict. I'll take a grande caramel hot chocolate without cream on top anyday; or the delicious Frappuccinos
- I am a member of the Green party in The Netherlands. I'm definitely left-wing
- I used to listen a lot to plastic pop. That's to say, I had a very very gay taste in music (boybands, Eurovision). This has changed the last year or so, as I have started to appreciate indie music too, or even some light rock influences (The Hoosiers, The Kooks, OK Go). My absolute favourite artist is Darren Hayes though. This man is true brilliance personified. His voice, his lyrics, his music
- Fear is a waste of time. I have many things that I am probably scared of, but I do not spend any time making a hierarchy of my phobias
But I have poor balance, so I feel ill at ease at heights and ledges.
- Hmm, I don't really know what my happiest day is. Graduating from uni was an awesome experience; or celebrating in graduation week. I also get extremely happy whenever I enter London
Or Roehampton; the Wimbledon qualies venue for me is almost magical. But what really is my happiest day, I wouldn't be able to tell you.
-What does your username means?
-Which MTFers have you met? Which would you like to meet - besides me?
-What's your favourite Challenger tournament?
-What's your favourite drink?
-How would you define your political views?
-Which type of music do you enjoy listening to?
-What's your biggest fear?
-Tell us about your happiest day ever.