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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 Best Tennis Books of 2016
1. Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
by Mark Hodgkinson (Aurum Press)
2. String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis,) (Library of America)
3. Ace Against Odds by Sania Mirza (Harper Sport)
4. Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
(Simon & Schuster)
5. The Bud Collins History of Tennis (New Chapter Press)
The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
February 2, 2017: “I was already prepared in the last couple of majors and I have to say ... I didn't miss them that much. Now they're back I realize, wow, how much they add. They made it look so easy, Federer's way of playing and Nadal's way of being, it's just so natural they're going to win. Now it’s like going to see the (Rolling) Stones every night. For me it's unbelievable.”
— Seven-time major champion Mats Wilander, on the great importance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
February 2, 2017: “I just really feel fortunate to have been there for the highs and the lows and everything. I never lost hope of us being able to play each other in a final. This probably is the moment of our careers so far. For me, I can definitely say for me. I never lost hope of us being able to play each other in a final, although it was hard because we're usually on the same side of the draw. This is a story. This is something where I couldn’t write a better ending. This is a great opportunity for us to start our new beginning.”
— Serena Williams, 35, after playing her sister Venus, 36, for the first time in a Grand Slam final since the 2009 Wimbledon, and defeating Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final for her 23rd major title, an Open Era record.
February 2, 2017: “I think why people love sport so much is because you see everything in a line. In that moment, there is no do-over. There’s no retake. There is no voice-over. It’s triumph and disaster witnessed in real time. This is why people live and die for sport, because you can’t fake it. You can’t. It’s either you do it or you don’t. People relate to the champion. They also relate to the person who didn’t win, because we all have those moments in our life.”
— Venus Williams, despite energy-sapping Sjögren’s syndrome and without a Grand Slam title since beating Serena at the 2008 Wimbledon final, fought valiantly against heavily favored Serena but succumbed 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Andy Murray roaring to victory at Wimbledon 2016.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka Hits His Signature Backhand at the 2016 US Open.
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