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You Can Quote me on That!

The greatest quips, insights and zingers
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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...]

The Best Tennis Books of 2019

  1. The Birth of Lawn Tennis: From the Origins of the Game to the First Championship at Wimbledon by Robert T. Everitt and Richard A. Hillway (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd.)
  1. The Pros: The Forgotten Era of Tennis by Peter Underwood (New Chapter Press)
  1. Juan Martin del Potro: The Gentle Giant by Sebastian Torok (New Chapter Press)
  1. Master Your Tennis Game: 50 Mental Strategies and Tactics by Ken DeHart (Rockridge Press)
  1. New Ways in Tennis: Drills, Complex- and Cardio-Training by Christian Scherer and Sandro Costa (Independently published)

Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

July 25, 2020: “Everyone has a vote and a say. I think it’s really weird that athletes get told to just stick to sports. You would never go up to a barber and say just stick to cutting hair. It’s a weird stigma that gets attached, and I don’t even know where it comes from.”

Naomi Osaka, who has Japanese and Haitian heritage, explained why this phrase—“Stick to sports”—is worn out in an interview with TIME magazine.”

July 25, 2020: “Big thanks to the @usopen for reversing their decision—now allowing wheelchair players to compete at the 2020 Open. And most importantly thanks to you reading this for supporting us and sharing the message—you made this happen. The decision of not allowing us to compete, without communication or consideration was bigger than tennis. In yrs (sic) gone by decisions would have been made for us and no one would have cared. You cannot be treated differently because of your gender, race, religion or disability. This is a massive sign of progress for our community, and I appreciate all your help. I know there is a lot going on in the world at the moment, and the tournament might not even go ahead, but at least now we have the same rights as our able bodied counterparts - like we deserve."

Dylan Alcott, reacting on Twitter after he learned that wheelchair tennis will be played at the 2020 US Open due to his impassioned plea to the tournament organisers. Last week, Alcott labelled the decision not to include wheelchair tennis at the tournament as “disgusting discrimination.”

July 25, 2020: “In psychology I didn’t do any sports, quite the contrary. I found out a lot about putting yourself in the situation of others. You often focus on yourself and sometimes you have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It was not one of my favorite courses, but it was interesting how to help someone in a moment of great suffering or shock. It was not my forte. Now it makes me really sad when I beat a rival (laughs).”

—Two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza, who complete four university courses during the quarantine, telling El Hormiguero de Antena 3 what she learned in the Johns Hopkins University psychology course.

July 25, 2020: “What Roger and Rafa are doing is epic. Both of these guys are legends. They do inspire me and I have said this millions of times and I will say it again. They made me the player I am today. They still continue to inspire me and motivate me to be even better. I think these rivalries that we have are great promotion for our sport. They are really good for tennis in general and also for the upcoming generations. Hopefully we give a positive example and inspire younger guys to be the best they can possibly be."

Novak Djokovic, telling Tennis Channel that he hopes his historic rivalry with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can inspire future generations to be great and reiterated the impact it has had on his career. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal share 56 Grand Slam titles between them, countless records and have been great ambassadors for the sport. And, despite the intense rivalry, healthy respect has been built between them as they try to outdo one another.


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( 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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