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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 hottest controversies. [Read more...]

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  1. The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery by Robert Weintraub (Dutton)
  1. Serena: A Graphic Biography of the Greatest Tennis Champion by Mark Hodgkinson (White Lion Publishing)
  1. Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited by Steve Flink (New Chapter Press)
  1. Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World's First Female Sports Superstar by Sasha Abramsky (Edge of Sports)
  1. A People's History of Tennis by David Berry (Pluto Press)

  2. Doubles Domination: The Best of the Best by Robert Allcorn (Self-published)

Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

Jan. 19, 2021: “This announcement for the top threes is a bit out of the blue and it’s weird, to put it mildly. They will even be able to benefit from a gym at the hotel and will be able to do their [gym] exercises which will not count towards the five-hour quota. Everyone can go out. They will almost be able to live normally. Already they have a lot of privileges. If they can do everything more than you, it will not be the same preparation. And that’s weird for a sport where we’re all supposed to be on the same footing.”

— World No. 72 Jeremy Chardy, telling L’Equipe that he was left scratching his head over the "privileges" being handed to the world’s best players. Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley confirmed last week that an eight-player exhibition event is to be staged in Adelaide in the build-up to the hard-court Grand Slam. Tiley added that the players would be allowed to quarantine in South Australia adding, &ldquoWe chose the top three men and top three women.”

Jan. 19, 2021: “Conditions are much better in Adelaide. First, players were allowed to take a lot more staff with them. [Daniil] Medvedev and [Alexander] Zverev, for example, were only allowed to take two people with them, while Thiem, Nadal and Djokovic each came with more. They also have a gym in their hotel, so, they don’t have to do their fitness exercises during the five-hour period. You only have the five hours to play tennis.”

 Doubles specialist Phillip Oswald, telling Tennisnet that Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Novak Djokovic have been given a huge advantage by the Adelaide bubble. Oswald is one of the players currently forced to self-isolate in their hotel rooms due to a positive coronavirus result on their flight to Australia. There are more than 50 players in the same boat in Melbourne, but the top three players in the ATP are in a separate bubble in Adelaide as they prepare for a pre-Australian Open exhibition event. 

Jan. 19, 2021: “I think I am more sensitive to the fact that Martina has won nine Wimbledons, but nobody really talks about it. Rafael Nadal has won 13 Roland Garros and all to underline the greatness of this record. I mean, Martina's Wimbledon record is incredible, and I think it needs to be celebrated from time to time, so why don’t they? And what about Steffi Graf’s 1988 Golden Slam? I mean, Olympics and Four Slams. If a man had done this he would have been mentioned for a very long time but no one ever mentions Steffi.”

— All-time great Chris Evert, telling TennisMajors.com that the record of nine titles won at Wimbledon by her former rival Martina Navratilova was not celebrated as the 13 Roland Garros titles won by the 20-times Slam winner Rafael Nadal.

Jan. 19, 2021: “My first reaction to this nomination was to accept it with the intention that, if elected, I would do my best to protect players’ interests within the ATP. However, a few days after my nomination, the ATP passed a new rule which has put me in a difficult position. Unfortunately, given these latest developments, I feel it is now necessary to remove myself from the list of candidates. I do not wish to create conflict or uncertainty around the player elections or create any issues that may arise. The PTPA has made it clear it does not intend to be combative, it is unclear how the ATP will view the association in the future.”

— World No. 1 and 17-time major winner Novak Djokovic, tweeting why he has withdrawn from the December ATP Player Council elections, citing the governing body’s new rule that would make it a “conflict of interest” because of his role in the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). The Serb set up the new breakaway independent players’ union on the eve of the US Open in September and resigned as head of the ATP Player Council. While he confirmed last month he had been nominated by his fellow professionals for the current elections, which he accepted, the new ATP rule means he has had to withdraw. Djokovic served two terms as president of the player council, from 2016 to 2020

Jan. 19, 2021: "I have to say that if Serena had never been there, I probably wouldn't be here now. I also believe that many other players can say the same thing."

Naomi Osaka, talking to EssentiallySports. The Japanese tennis player has repeatedly stressed the importance of an inspirational figure like Serena Williams for her tennis career. Her father Leonard Francois decided to teach his two girls to play tennis after seeing the Williams sisters compete on television at the 1999 French Open.


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( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2020 )

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Jelena Ostapenko
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.

Federer wins Wimbledon 2017
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Roger Federer wins a record 8th title at Wimbledon.

Coco Gauff, 14-year-old prodigy
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

World No. 1 junior Coco Gauff, a 14-year-old prodigy from Delray Beach, Florida, hits an open-stance forehand at the 2018 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, which she won.


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