Great Quotes by
Pro Tennis Players
You Can Quote me on That!
The greatest quips, insights and zingers
from the world of professional tennis
by Paul Fein
You Can Quote Me on That
isn't about the polite, country-club sport where
players shake hands over the net and offer congratulations
on a fine drop shot. It views tennis from inside, where
competition is grueling, tempers flare, and egos collide.
Top tennis journalist Paul Fein has compiled hundreds
of the most outrageous, most significant, and most illuminating
quotes on, by, and about tennis's biggest stars and
The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
June 10, 2013: "It hasn't been easy, but this is life. Life gives you things, takes away close people in your life, and Jelena was my first coach, like my second mother. We were very close throughout my whole life, and she taught me a lot of things that are part of me, part of my character today, and I have nicest memories of her. She never got married, she never had kids, so tennis was all she had in life. She's one of the most incredible people I ever knew. So it's quite emotional, yeah."
— Novak Djokovic, talking about his boyhood coach Jelena Gencic, whose death he learned about after his third-round match at the French Open.
June 10, 2013: "This was a really emotional match, that's the truth. I lost a match like this in Australia. This one was for me. I'm more than happy about the way I fought in the fifth, after losing a big chance in the fourth. Djokovic always comes back. [To win a match like this] you need to love the game. You need to love what you are doing and appreciate every moment. I have learned to enjoy suffering in these matches, because what is much harder is to be [injured] at home in Mallorca, watching these matches on TV."
— Rafael Nadal, whose love of competition never wavered during his fluctuating 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 triumph over Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals.
June 10, 2013: "I want to go out [retire] at my peak. That's my goal. But have I peaked yet?"
— Serena Williams,who is playing her best tennis now at age 31, after winning her second French Open and 16th Grand Slam title.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2013 )
Rafael Nadal plows the clay at the 2013 French Open
Chianna Shah, of Kolkata, India, is the winner of the inaugural Tennis Quote contest for the best tennis quote of 2012. Here is the winning entry, a thought-provoking quote from Andre Agassi in his best-selling autobiography, OPEN:
"It's no accident, I think that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of everyday existence, because every match is life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it's all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours and any hour can be our finest or our darkest. It's our choice. But if tennis is life, then what follows tennis must be the unknowable void. That thought makes me cold."
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