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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.
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The Best Tennis Books of 2016
1. Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
by Mark Hodgkinson (Aurum Press)
2. String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis,) (Library of America)
3. Ace Against Odds by Sania Mirza (Harper Sport)
4. Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
(Simon and Schuster)
5. The Bud Collins History of Tennis (New Chapter Press)
The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
April 6, 2017: “I think it wasn’t so much what I was doing then, it was more what I wasn’t doing. I think I’ve got better now with my habits. I think I’ve gotten a bit stronger now with my identity on court and what I bring to the court. With time I became stronger in just my game style and what I wanted to first bring to the court and then I got clearer on following through with game plans, just being a bit mentally stronger to be able to stay focused for a longer period of time. It’s not easy to stay focused and keep on one train of thought for an hour and a half, two, three, however long it takes. A big part of that was maturity on my behalf.”
— Johanna Konta, on how she been able to transform from journeywoman, ranked No. 144 in March 2015 to an elite star ranked No. 7, after defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3, to win the Miami Open, the most notable success by a British female since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
April 6, 2017: “Nick loves the matches with the greats on the big stages. Nick is an awesome talent. If he gets over the emotional volatility, he’ll be No. 1. And he’s making progress.”
— Tennis Channel analyst Paul Annacone, who formerly coached superstar Pete Sampras, on rising star Nick Kyrgios, who upset Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic the first time he played each of them.
April 6, 2017: “I think it’s a bit of everything and at the end of the day it’s also confidence. I’ve been coming over the backhand more than I ever have in previous years, especially off the return against right-handed and left-handed players. It gives me the belief that because I’m coming over the backhand so much that I can pull it off at the most important moments. Before the backhand was more of a set-up shot, a variation play, but now I feel it can also hurt a lot on the offensive whereas before it was more keeping me in the point or on the passing shot where I was always pretty good.”
— Roger Federer, telling Sky Sports about his evolving backhand which has improved since Ivan Ljubicic joined his coaching team and helped him win the Australian Open, Indian Wells, and the Miami Open to dominate the first three months of 2017.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Andy Murray roaring to victory at Wimbledon 2016.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka Hits His Signature Backhand at the 2016 US Open.
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