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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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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

October 20, 2020: "It's crazy. Two years ago, I won a junior Grand Slam [at Wimbledon], and right now I'm here. It feels like such a short time. I'm just overwhelmed."

Iga Swiatek, talking to the sparse crowd after defeating No. 4-seeded Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final for her first Grand Slam title. The 54th-ranked Swiatek shocked the field by winning every match in straight sets, including a stunning 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of No. 1 seeded Simona Halep, and dropped a total of 28 games in seven matches.

October 20, 2020: “The spinny forehand, it obviously doesn't look like it’s so difficult, but it has so much spin, it bounces up. It’s obviously going to my backhand. I missed a few backhands cross when I had the chances. It’s not an easy shot. She has a really good backhand down the line. She went a few times behind me. Dropshot was also well for her. She served big on some points.”

Sofia Kenin, praising the versatility of Iga Swiatek’s game, after she was upset by the unseeded, 19-year-old Pole 6-4, 6-1 in the French Open final.

October 20, 2020: “I played at my highest level when I needed to play at my highest level, so [that is] something I am very proud of,” he said. “The personal satisfaction is big because under the circumstances that we played this Roland-Garros, even if I played an amazing match this afternoon, the conditions are a little bit not the conditions that I will choose to play an event like this.”

Rafael Nadal, who had played just three matches since coming out of quarantine and had grumbled about the chilly weather and slower new Wilson balls, after trouncing No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 for his record-extending 13th French Open and 20th Grand Slam title, which tied Roger Federer's all-time record.

October 20, 2020: “He keeps going. No holding him back it seems like. It's amazing. I admire all his achievements, especially the one here. It's stunning score and results and records that he's got on this court. He lost two times in his entire career (Soderling 2009, Djokovic 2015). Winning 13 times, there's not much you can say. All the superlatives you can use, he deserves them.”

Novak Djokovic, lavishing praise on the Rafael Nadal after the incomparable King of Clay overwhelmed him 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open final.

October 20, 2020: "The technology is so advanced right now, there is absolutely no reason why you should keep line umpires on the court. That's my opinion. Of course, I understand technology is expensive, so it's an economic issue and a question mark. But I feel like we are all moving towards that, and sooner or later there is no reason to keep line umpires. Yes, ball kids, of course, ball person, yes, but line umpires, I don't see why anymore, to be honest. I would also probably then have less chances to do what I did in New York."

Novak Djokovic, contending that technology should replace fallible line judges and umpires. The ATP's Next Gen tournament has successfully experimented with Hawk-Eye technology calling the lines using an automated voice rather than having officials on court.

 

 

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Jelena Ostapenko
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.


Federer wins Wimbledon 2017
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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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