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 Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
Dec 8, 2013: "He was completely destroyed emotionally. He cried. He was saying, ‘What is going wrong with my life?’ Believe me, it’s like somebody died in your family, but if you kill someone and they are dead they can say nothing. Killing someone when they stay alive is the worst thing you can do to someone."
— Serbia’s Davis Cup captain, Bogdan Obradovic, who with doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic have seen and helped regularly in Belgrade in recent weeks the distraught Viktor Troicki, who was banned from tennis for 18 months by the ITF for failing to provide a mandatory blood sample for a doping test at the Monte Carlo Masters Series event in April, in the New York Times..
Dec 8, 2013: "There was no Li Na on the horizon. But it was a strategic decision. When we looked at the growth of markets, G.D.P. growth, coming on the heels of the Olympic Games, you needed a presence in China. And that strategy was to be in market so that we can learn culture, how to adapt our communication to that audience. Educate media year round, and a big event that creates the promotional platform. It’s a playbook right out of David Stern. He went to China 30 years ago. There was no Yao Ming. But he said to CCTV, here’s N.B.A. basketball. And look at how the N.B.A. has developed its brand and business in China. Be in a market, seed the market, and be ready when the gift comes and a champion rises, you’re ready to capitalize on it. And that’s what we were able to do."
— WTA president Tracey Allaster, telling the New York Times about the WTA's focus on China, which began in 2006 before the emergence of Chinese star Li Na, and citing the model used by the N.B.A. to focus on growth in China.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2013 )
Rafael Nadal plows the clay at the 2013 French Open
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