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You Can Quote me on That!
The greatest quips, insights and zingers
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by Paul Fein
You Can Quote Me on That
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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
September 14, 2016: “I think I’m ready to have this pressure on my shoulder, because I think I get used to all of this, especially after my first grand slam in Australia. I had so much pressure after the title. And to being No. 1, of course now everybody will try to beat me and have nothing to lose. I will try to take this challenge, because it will be a little bit new situation for me. But at the end, I was always practicing and working hard to be No1. Now I can also take the next step and try to stay as long as I can there.”
— Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open and US Open champion and at 28 the oldest player to make her debut at No. 1, on how she plans to handle the new pressure of being No. 1.
September 14, 2016: “Because first I think it’s not fair for them to put me there. They have been there since more than 10 years. They have been in all semi-finals of grand slams, all finals, all semi-finals of Masters 1000, all finals. They have been winning everything and I think it is just not fair. The big four stay the big four, like that. I am me. I have been achieving something that I never expect the last three years, I have been winning three grand slams and it’s more than amazing. But I don’t want to keep talking about being part of them or close to them. The big four stay the big four. It’s part of tennis history, and it will always be like that and I think it’s great like that.”
— Stan Wawrinka, modestly rejecting the idea that he is now equal to the Big Four—Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal—after winning the US Open, his third major title in the last three years, a total only Novak Djokovic has equaled or surpassed.
September 14, 2016: “Here is a quick list of the things that upset the Scot during the course of the match: The crowd talking, the roof, the floodlights, a butterfly, the rain, his box not cheering enough, his box standing up too much, supporters returning to their seats late, the umpire, the malfunctioning PA system. Some of those are more understandable than others, but clearly none of Murray’s traditional ‘Big Four’ rivals would have been distracted to anything like the same degree. After the malfunctioning PA system meant a let had to be played with Murray up a break point at 1-1 in the fourth set, he ranted and raved and lost the next seven games. This was not behaviour befitting a multiple grand slam champion, nor was slamming his racquet on the net when broken in the fifth set with Nishikori no more than a few feet away.”
— Charlie Eccleshare, sports columnist for The Telegraph (UK), hitting the nail on the head about Andy Murray’s self-destructiveness in the US Open quarterfinals in an article titled “Andy Murray enters full meltdown mode in Kei Nishikori US Open defeat—but will he ever change?"
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Andy Murray roaring to victory at Wimbledon 2016.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Stan Wawrinka's backhand at the 2016 US Open.
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