"Paul is one of the most professional journalists I have met."
-- Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams
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 8 Best Tennis Books of 2013
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:
Feb. 24, 2014: ďIím a product of the Chinese style of education, which has led me to hesitate before making any decisions, to lack confidence, to not dare to speak up and to constantly calculate what the result of my action will be. What I hate most is my lack of self-confidence when Iím playing tennis.Ē
— Li Na, the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open champion, blaming her crippling self-doubt on the Chinese tennis system and growing up in China, in her autobiography, Li Na: My Life.
Feb. 24, 2014: ďEvery now and then in the sport, someone comes along and brings something new to the game that no one has seen before. As a result, all of their peers have to make adjustments and have to evolve. When Pete came along, no one had ever seen a serve like that. When I stepped into the game, no one had a big forehand and big backhand, and no one stayed inside the baseline and ripped every ball. It forced people to have to make that adjustment. When you look at the next generation Ė Nadal, Federer, Djokovic Ė the athleticism and the spin that came to the game really changed the rules of engagement. No longer would my game even apply anymore.Ē
— Andre Agassi, who won the Powershares Series CamdenWealth Advisors Cup in Houston, telling TennisNow how pro tennis has evolved since he arrived in the late 1980s.
Feb. 24, 2014: ďMy long-term goal in tennis isnít to be Top 20. Itís to be No. 1. Anything less than that wouldnít make me fully satisfied. I donít want to get to 30 years old, look back on my career and say I didnít make something of it. Everybodyís looking for satisfaction in life and my joy and happiness is based on my tennis career. I think [the top players] feel threatened by my game, because they know if I serve well and Iím aggressive, then itís tough to play against me. I donít feel I'm in the same league as the [Top 4] yet, I need to prove it. Game-wise, I think that I can be.Ē
— Ernests Gulbis, after beating No. 1 seed Richard Gasquet in the semifinals and No. 2 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Open 13 final in Marseille to capture his fifth ATP World Tour event in five finals.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2013 )
Rafael Nadal plows the clay at the 2013 French Open
"Paul Fein is tennis' answer to John Bartlett.
This exhaustive work belongs next to Bud Collins'
encyclopedia on your tennis reference desk."
-- Sports Illustrated
Read quotes by
The Men's Tour
The Women's Tour
Read Paul Fein's exclusive interviews with pro players:
The Extraordinary Evolution
of Andre Agassi
The Fairy Tale Life of
Monica Seles: From Triumph to
Tragedy to Happiness
Nick Bollettieri: An American Original
Andy Murray talks
about winning the
Olympic Gold Medal
Find out more about
the Best Books
on Pro Tennis:
Tennis Confidential, Tennis Confidential II, and You Can Quote Me on That were all ranked No. 1 among tennis books at Amazon.com for more than six months.