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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.  Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault (Simon & Schuster)

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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

Sept. 16, 2019: "I would love to be the one who have more, yes. But I really believe that I will not be happier or less happy if that happens or not happen. What gives you the happiness is the personal satisfaction that you gave your best. In that way I am very, very calm, very pleased with myself."

— Rafael Nadal, who won his fourth US Open and 19th Grand Slam title, downplaying the importance of his equalling or surpassing Roger Federer, who has a record 20 major titles. In October, Nadal will wed longtime girlfriend Xisca Perello, 30, an insurance worker and business graduate, who sits as director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation. 

Sept. 16, 2019: “If someone had told me a year ago that I would be in the final of the US Open this time, I would have told them that they were crazy. It’s just surreal. It’s a dream come true playing against Serena in the final of the US Open. It’s crazy.”

— Bianca Andreescu, who lost in the first round of US Open qualifying here in 2018 and was ranked a lowly No 243 last October, before she contested her first grand-slam final and upset Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5.

Sept. 16, 2019: “I just want to congratulate Rafa. A 19th grand-slam title is something unbelievably outrageous. The way you are playing is a joke. It is very tough to play against you. What you have done in tennis in general, I think hundreds of millions of kids watching want to play our sport. To be honest, in my mind [during the third set] I was already thinking, ‘OK, what do I say in my speech? It’s going to be soon in 20 minutes.’ ”

— Daniil Medvedev, a 23-year-old Russian in his first major final, praising victor Rafael Nadal, who edged him 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in a high-quality, thoroughly entertaining US Open final.

Sept. 16, 2019: “I believe I could have played better. I could have done more. I could have just been more Serena today. I don’t think Serena showed up. I have to figure out how to get her to show up in grand-slam finals.”

— Serena Williams, bitterly disappointed after being upset 6-3, 7-5 by 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu in the US Open final, thwarting her quest to win her 24th Grand Slam title and equal Margaret Court's all-time record. Serena double-faulted on break points three times to lose her serve, made only 44 percent of her first serves, and committed 33 unforced errors.

Sept. 16, 2019: “It’s there like a dream always. Even when you are playing bad, you want to come back to this feeling. You want to eventually get the big wins and have these nice feelings. I think that’s motivation enough to keep going. I was dreaming, of course, about this day coming, but you never know what’s going to happen. You’re not thinking about it. You’re just right in the moment. It’s not like I never imagined I could do this.”

— Belinda Bencic, who upset No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4 and reached the US Open semifinals, asked how she “sustained herself” through the tough days when she was sidelined by injuries that derailed her career.

 

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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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