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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.
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 5 Best Tennis Books of 2014
1. Bollettieri: Changing the Game by Nick Bollettieri with Bob Davis (New Chapter Publisher)
2. Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon
by Elizabeth Wilson (Profile Books Ltd., UK)
3. The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time by Sandra Harwitt (New Chapter Press)
4. The Secrets of Spanish Tennis by Chris Lewit (New Chapter Press)
5. Break Point: The Inside Story of Modern Tennis by Kevin Mitchell (John Murray, UK).
The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
March 24, 2015: “I put myself in the position to win the match, to serve it out. I got a little bit nervous, a little bit tentative, and that was my big mistake. The nerves—I got the nerves. My arm was super heavy. I could not even lift it. I mean, I don’t know if you guys know, if you play sports and if you sometimes get nervous, but this is what happens. I don’t know. The arm wouldn’t go up. It’s just I couldn’t hit through the shot. That’s what happened. I’m saying it honestly. I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to say excuses. It’s just the way it is, and that’s it.”
— Jelena Jankovic, who was ahead by a set and a service break twice and served at 5-4 for the Indian Wells title, confiding that nerves did her in as she succumbed 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Simona Halep.
March 24, 2015: “Rafa has been the Mount Everest of Roland Garros and climbing him is like climbing Mount Everest without the sherpas and the oxygen. Djokovic has nearly reached the summit of that mountain a couple of times and is no doubt playing at a level above everybody else right now. He believes he should win. I think he can and deserves to but he doesn’t deserve it if Rafa gets himself right and shows up again like he has. I will be as excited as anybody to see if Rafa really is going to be vulnerable. It seems that way now but it’s seemed like that before.”
— Andre Agassi, telling Reuters TV, at the launch of his BILT by Agassi & Reyes range of fitness machines at a sports club just north of London, that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career Grand Slam than at the French Open in June, but the challenge of dethroning nine-time champion Rafa Nadal remains daunting.
March 24, 2015: “Given that
institutional empathy, one would think there would be a tacit understanding from
the tennis media that Serena not only did the right thing by returning to Indian
Wells this week, but that she also—along with Venus—did the right thing by
boycotting the tournament in the first place. Instead, questions and criticisms
about whether the racial abuse even occurred, like from
LA Times columnist Bill
Dwyre, or the sentiment that the Willliamses were
holding an unnecessary and mean “grudge” over the tournament, like from
Inside Tennis Magazine’s
Bill Simons, were breathtakingly inappropriate.”
— Andrew Jerell Jones, sports columnist for
The Guardian (UK), lambasting the predominantly white tennis media for their position on Serena Williams’ 14-year boycott of Indian Well, despite conceding, “In the years since, both Venus and Richard have alleged they received racial abuse throughout the match, although there have been no corroborating accounts from any of the 15,940 fans in attendance.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2013 )
Rafael Nadal plows the clay at the 2013 French Open
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