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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
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on a fine drop shot. It views tennis from inside, where
competition is grueling, tempers flare, and egos collide.
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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
Jan 14, 2015: “Culturally, maybe Asians don’t tend to have as much confidence as Americans do. I’m Japanese, of course, but spending so long in America has made me into a different kind of person.”
— Kei Nishikori, who, as a teenager, left ordered, collectivist Japan to discover his individual talent in the U.S., in
TIME magazine of Asia.
Jan 14, 2015: “The beauty of our game sometimes is not knowing if you’re going to be on court for 45 minutes or three hours. I know sometimes that’s hard for TV because in soccer and other sports you know exactly how long you are going to be playing. You beat the clock and you’re fine, but in tennis you have to run over the finish line by hitting a winner. Clearly it's an idea to cut it down because you can go into the match knowing the maximum length is going to be an hour and 45 minutes, it seems like. That mentally is just good to know. You don't have to pack seven shirts, you only have to string a certain amount of racquets ... it's a more controlled environment. That could possibly keep guys in the game a little bit longer. I still believe in the future we'll see plenty of five-set matches because at the end of the day, you have to be able to back that up time and time again to play at the top level.”
— Roger Federer, telling The Sydney Morning Herald, that Australia’s FAST4 Tennis—a concept and scoring format that has no advantages, no let, the first to four games takes the set, and a tiebreaker at 3-3—is “about getting more kids to play the game” but should not be used on the pro tours.
Jan 14, 2015: “When I’m at my best, I am more like Djokovic game-wise, when I'm not, I'm more like Murray. I think my game is quite similar to Djokovic's. I move well, I don't miss many balls, I'm a fighter and my backhand is my best shot. Currently, I'm the best of my generation. Making the top 50 within the next few months seems a realistic goal for me now.”
— Borna Coric, a highly talented, 18-year-old Croat, oozing with confidence in a conversation with
The Times of India.
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Rafael Nadal plows the clay at the 2013 French Open
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