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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...]

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

   2.  American Colossus: Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis
        by Allen M. Hornblum (University of Nebraska Press)

   3.  US Open: 50 Years of Championship Tennis
        by Rick Rennert (Abrams Books)

   4.  Absolute Tennis: The Best and Next Way to Play Tennis
        by Marty Smith (New Chapter Press)

   5.  Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey by Julie Heldman

Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

January 16, 2019: “The tennis court for me is a place where I get challenged in every possible way — emotionally and physically. My character is kind of on the line, so I treat it as my own personal school of life. Not many places can trigger me, positively or negatively, like a tennis court does. I see it as a place where I can grow, regardless of where I’m in the world. It demands a lot of extreme focus and dedication from me and there are outbursts of emotions that I didn’t know that I had. That’s the reason why I’m grateful to play this sport.”

— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic told the media in Abu Dhabi in comments published by the Gulf News that he views the court as a proving ground that challenges him on every level and can propel him to personal growth.

January 16, 2019: “We asked the players — both past and present — commentators, agents and TV analysts whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there. We went with a 10-point tie-break at six games all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests, with the longer tie-break still then allowing for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer tie—break also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tie—break. We believe this is the best possible outcome for both the players and the fans around the world.”

— Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, saying the decision to adopt 10-point tiebreakers at 6-games-all in the deciding set came after the most extensive consultation in the tournament“s history.

January 16, 2019: “It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He“s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend. It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”

— Roger Federer, shocked at Andy Murray’s Jan. 11 announcement, at age 31, of his pending retirement.

January 16, 2019:  “It’s surreal. I couldn’t think of a better place to get my first win. “It’s crazy to have this actually happen. I thought it wouldn’t happen.”

— Alex de Minaur, a tenacious, 19-year-old Australian who earned his first tournament title at the Sydney International, beating Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the final. De Minaur, the youngest champion of the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, rallied from behind in both sets, and after championship point fell flat on his back in celebration before kissing the court.

January 16, 2019:  “But the dusk of the Big Four era, coupled with the realisation that the same audiences who flocked to Djokovic vs. Murray aren’t necessarily going to go gooey for, say, Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas, has forced administrators into action. According to ATP president Chris Kermode, the average viewer of tennis on television is in their 60s. Recent years have seen all sorts of fancy innovations tried out: the Laver Cup, Tiebreak Tens, shot clocks, the funky Next Gen competition with no tramlines, no lets, no advantage points, no line judges, and four-game sets. An optimist would describe it as the ultimate blank canvas. A pessimist would describe it as the desperate mayhem of a sport willing to torch its very essence in a forlorn attempt to look relevant.”

— Jonathan Liew, Chief Sports Writer for The Independent (UK), in a column titled “Tennis is on fire, fatally divided and without an answer to the question: What does its future look like?”


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( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.

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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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