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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 hottest controversies. [Read more...]

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:

May 27, 2017: “Look, it was what he’s been doing all his life. I never wonder whether it’s difficult or not, you know, because you can’t alter things that happen in life. Sometimes, in moments like those, when Rafael began to say: ‘No, not with the injury…,’ I always answered back: ‘That’s just the way it is. Don’t ever start telling yourself that it’s difficult because if you tell yourself that it’s too difficult, we won’t end up doing it.’ Difficult is the way things are.
Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and longtime coach, recalling how Rafael was forced to skip the French Open, his favorite Grand Slam event last year in an injury-plagued campaign, and describing the struggles his nephew had motivating himself to come back.
May 27, 2017: “I think there have been some incidences that have forced his hand a bit. His girlfriend [WTA player Alja Tomljanovic]—I know her a little bit—is really level-headed, lovely young lady. Don’t underestimate the influence of Ajla Tomljanovic in helping Kyrgios mature. He’s still going to probably have some relapses in behavior, but I think they’re going to be less and less, and I think we are going to see some brilliance, whether this year or next year he’s going to get to a semi or a final [of a Grand Slam] and eventually win one, unless he just gets injured or he really can’t find a way to put maximum mental effort into his tennis. Things are so going in the right direction for him. It’s great for him; it’s great for the sport.
— ESPN analyst and former doubles superstar Pam Shriver, on the increased maturity of volatile Australian star Nick Kyrgios this year.
May 27, 2017: “Obviously, Andre is someone that I have tremendous respect for as a person and as a player. He has been through everything that I’m going through. On the court, he understands the game amazingly well. I am enjoying every conversation I have with him. But also he’s someone that nurtures the family values, philanthropy work. He’s a very humble man, is very educated. He’s a person that can contribute to my life on and off the court a lot. I’m very excited to see what is ahead of us.
Novak Djokovic, two weeks after splitting with his entire team, on why he picked Andre Agassi for a trial partnership as his coach through the French Open.

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