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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
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quotes on, by, and about tennis's biggest stars and
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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
July 14, 2016: “I don’t mind failing. Failing’s OK providing that you’ve given your best and put everything into it. Obviously a lot of questions would get asked of me after those losses. But failing’s not terrible. I put myself in a position all of the time in these events to win them. Haven’t won them all of the time. I’ve lost a lot of close ones against great players most of the time. That’s it. Just have kind of not being afraid of failing. Sort of learning from all of my losses. That’s what I’ve done throughout most of my career”
— Andy Murray, who had a dismal 2-8 record in Grand Slam finals before he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 to win his second Wimbledon title.
July 14, 2016: “I have definitely had some sleepless nights, if I'm just honest, with a lot of stuff. Coming so close. Feeling it, not being able to quite get there. . . . I've just felt a lot of pressure, I guess. I put a lot of that pressure on myself. Obviously had some really tough losses.”
— Serena Williams, referring to her failures at the three majors before the 2016 Wimbledon where she avenged her Australian Open loss to Angelique Kerber with a 7-5, 6-3 final victory to capture her 22nd Grand Slam title on her fourth attempt, tying Steffi Graf for the Open Era record.
July 14, 2016: “It’s an incredible comeback for me. I was struggling through the third and fourth set, he was playing some really good tennis. I managed to turn it around and played a really good match. It’s a great feeling to be giving myself a chance to play in my first final. Playing Roger, you know he has the most decorated achievements and successes in tennis. But you’re playing who Roger is today, not who he’s been the past few years.”
— Milos Raonic, talking about the message from John McEnroe, who is advising Raonic during the grass court season, after the 25-year-old Canadian rebounded for a 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in an exciting semifinal.
July 14, 2016: “I prefer the words, one of the greatest ‘athletes’ of all time.”
— Serena Williams', reply when a reporter asked what she makes of it when others talk about her as one of history’s greatest female athletes.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Andy Murray roaring to victory at Wimbledon 2016.
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