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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

March 14, 2020:  “I think it's normal. It's part of the job, of the success of any sportsman in any sport. But especially, of course, in New York [after the 2019 US Open final] like the next day, I had to wear a hoodie, sunglasses, still people recognized me. I would look at myself in the mirror, ‘How can you recognize me? I cannot recognize me’.”

Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 US Open finalist, needs to work on his disguise if he plans on making more Grand Slam finals.

March 14, 2020:  “I’ve been coming here for years watching Andy Murray and hearing ‘C’mon, Andy’ on this court. And for that to be me today, that will live with me forever. If there’s one disabled person watching this around the world, we are proof that you should go for your dreams. Just go for it. I was sitting up there the other night cheering on Nick Kyrgios and now I’m down here on court.”

— Wheelchair singles runner-up Andy Lapthorne, with some inspiring words after the final during the Australian Open trophy ceremony.

March 14, 2020: “I always dream about him. I think he can see what I play today. He will proud of me. I really hope he can be here watch I play. Yes, I miss him.”

— China's Wang Qiang, paying tribute to her late coach Peter McNamara after her stunning upset of Serena Williams at the Australian Open.

March 14, 2020: “My heroes have changed after having a child. My heroes are moms because women are superheroes. To have a baby and then have to go to work two or three weeks later or work a 9 to 5 … I’m fortunate to not have to do that. I’m at a loss for words when I think of women who work day in and day out, providing for their families, when I know how hard it is for me to leave my daughter. I never felt that way until I became a mom. I think women need to be recognized."

Serena Williams, telling TIME magazine that she wants women to be “recognized” for their hard work, especially those who work full time while also raising young children.

March 14, 2020: “A couple of times I was watching the rallies and rubbing my eyes and saying, ‘This is like 12 years ago.’ It’s such a different conversation than it could have been with what happened in the second set. And so this continues in my mind to be one of the most intriguing times in women’s tennis in the 40-some-odd years I’ve been involved. It’s the mix of people, ages, geography, everything. There are so many great stories.”

Pam Shriver, intrigued by Kim Clijsters’ comeback at age 36, in The New York Times.

 

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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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