About the Tennis Quotes Book
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
You want smack talk? How about
Maria Sharapova brushing aside an intended compliment
with "I'm not the next KournikovaI want
to win matches!"
Wonder why Jimmy Connors
was such a cutthroat? According to his mother, "Jimmy
was taught to be a tiger on the court. When he was young,
if I had a shot I could hit down his throat, I did.
And I'd say, See, Jimmy, even your mother
will do that to you.'"
Fein even delves into
the gritty detail of players' personal lives. Witness
Andre Agassi's explanation that "sex
doesn't interfere with your tennis; it's staying
out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis."
And of course legendary bad boy John McEnroe
both fires off and gets hits with multiple zingers.
Fein includes quotes of praise,
thoughtful commentary, and interesting points about
players, tournaments, and the gamewhere it's
been and where it's headed. If it's about
tennis and worth remembering, well, You
Can Quote Me on That.
Read the Introduction to You Can Quote Me on That
Read the book's Contents
a tennis journalist for 32 years, has done major interviews
with nearly all the great players, including four with
Pete Sampras, and with many leading tennis coaches,
administrators and authorities. He has covered Wimbledon,
the U.S. Open, the Davis and Fed Cups, and various other
pro tournaments, as well as Champions Tour, and international
junior events, such as the Orange Bowl.
He has received more than 30 writing awards, and his articles have appeared in tennis and sports magazines around the world. He ranked a career-high No. 7 in singles and No. 4 in doubles in New England open competition, and more recently twice ranked No. 1 in Super Senior singles competition. He is also a USPTA teaching pro with a Pro-1 rating.
Paul Fein (right)
interviewing Amelie Mauresmo
World No. 1 Woman Player
|Paul Fein asks
2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova questions
at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven,
Connecticut, in August, 2004. (Photo
credit: Tim Balestri)
Paul has received 20
writing awards during his career, including Tennis
Week's "Journalist of the Year-original submission";
an award for the his Arthur Ashe interview in 1991 and
1st Prize awards in the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003* and
2005 United States Tennis Writers Association
writing contests. As a certified teaching pro and coach,
he received the "Western Pro of the Year" award in 2004
from the New England Professional Tennis Association
*"First Prize award in the Feature Category of
the 2003 United States Tennis Writers Association for
his piece titled 'When They Were Kings.'The judges deemed
the feature to be "The best written brief historical recap
in many years."
Fein interviews Martina Hingis, 5-time singles and
9-time double Grand Slam winner, at the Ocean Edge
Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts, in July, 2004.
credit: Tim Balestri)
His diverse tennis background
includes being founder/director of the Springfield (Massachusetts)
Satellite Tournament--which was commended in a World Tennis
magazine editorial, a top-10 singles and top-5 doubles
ranked men's open tournament player in New England, a
starting varsity tennis player at Cornell University under
renowned coach Eddie Moylan, a commentator for Continental
Cablevision, president of the Springfield Tennis Club
and Springfield Tennis Council, a USPTA teaching pro,
NELTA tournament consultant, college tennis referee and
NEPTA ranking committee chairperson. Paul lives in Agawam,
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