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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 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...]

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   1.    Wimbledon: The Official History by John Barrett
   2.   Court Confidential by Neil Harman
   3.   The International Tennis Federation: A Century of Contribution to Tennis
   4.    The Outsider by Jimmy Connors
   5.    Serve To Win by Novak Djokovic
   6.    The Sports Gene by David Epstein
   7.    Ahead Of The Game by Owen Williams
   8.   Game Changer by Paul McNamee

The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:

March 31, 2014:  "No, look, I’m going to be completely honest with you. I did pass the net with my racquet and I told Andy that. I told him that I did not touch the net. My bad. I thought that it’s allowed, to cross, you know, the racquet on his side without touching the net. That’s why I thought I won the point.I did not know that the rule is that I’m not allowed to cross the net. That’s all I can say. At that point, I told him, I crossed the net. But I thought that, you know, it’s allowed without touching the net.”
Novak Djokovic, admitting to reporters after his 7-5, 6-3 Sony Open quarterfinal victory over Andy Murray that he made contact with the ball on Andy Murray’s side of the net—after the chair umpire made the wrong call—but claiming he didn’t know the rule.
March 31, 2014: “I feel most important is the work ethic and making sure that the kids you are training with understand that it’s not just the coach’s job to motivate them or that if you win a junior tournament you’re actually great. You’re far away from it. You have to keep working hard. … You can’t have the parents and the coaches make you feel good all the time. You have to make sacrifices. I left home at 14 years old, stopped school at 16 and went on tour. I had a hard time understanding what hard work was, but eventually I figured it out, thankfully, early enough. If the kids don’t understand and don’t want to put in the hard work — I’m not talking about just hanging around the courts and playing for four hours a day; it’s about working well and quality — they will never get anywhere.  It’s just very simple.”
Roger Federer, 17-time Grand slam champion, when asked about youth tennis and how the U.S. men, who haven’t won a Grand Slam singles title since 2003, can re-establish their dominance.
March 31, 2014: “I know everyone likes to say I was one of the more normal stories—it’s true. I found tennis by accident. I had two parents who were athletic but involved in other sports. They didn’t pretend to know much about the sport. They didn’t try to coach me. They just tried to support me as athletic parents. They instilled in me I think the same kind of rules that any teenager would have, even though I was a professional, making more money than they were.
Lindsay Davenport, who was recently elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, recalling her normal upbringing, which put her in good stead in the often-abnormal world of pro tennis.

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