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


Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

October 20, 2019: "The best serve is probably by Ivo Karlovic, the best forehand for Roger Federer. The best backhand, Novak. The best return, probably Novak. Gael Monfils for speed. And as for mind, Roger, Novak and... me."

— Rafael Nadal, asked to describe the perfect tennis player.

October 20, 2019: “I know that’s crazy but I was like, you know what, if Federer can do it, I can do it. It’s not even outside pressure, just pressure from myself, and sometimes it helps me play very well. OK, so you know when Serena was Number One? Basically, everyone knew that everyone else had no chance. I kind of want myself to be like that in the future.”

— Naomi Osaka, saying she would like to be as dominant as 23-time major champion Serena Williams was in her prime in the women’s game, after she defeated Bianca Andreescu, Caroline Wozniacki, and Ashleigh Barty to capture the Beijing title.

October 20, 2019: “Tennis is a versatile sport that requires good coordination, good footwork, very good concentration and good arms. You also need to focus in golf, but you can be fat, smoke and be good at golf. This is not possible in tennis.”

— Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and coach for most of his career, asked by Tennis Magazin in Germany, “Why is tennis the most beautiful sport in the world?”

October 20, 2019: “I think he should embrace the sort of ‘he’s the bad guy’ compared to them. Instead of being like ‘why don’t I get the respect?’ These guys are beloved figures and deservedly so. He’s certainly very highly respected. He’s got to figure out a way to not compare himself as much in terms of popularity. Like when he won [the 2019] Wimbledon. It was one of the great matches, goes to a fifth-set breaker and it didn’t even look like he was happy. It was like ‘screw all of you, I beat him anyway.’”

— John McEnroe, the bad boy superstar of the 1980s, on advising the highly respected Novak Djokovic to embrace a similar persona.

October 20, 2019: “We know each other since we were eight years old and we were in the same tennis club. We should go to a summer tennis camp together. At the airport she stood with her mother and sister at check-in. A friend and I were young and stupid then. We played around with the baggage car and hit Veronika, my future wife. She turned to her mother and asked, 'Who are these idiots?' Her mother just said, 'Unfortunately, they fly with us.' The rest is history.”

— Karen Khachanov, asked by Tennis Magazine in Germany, “Is it true that you did not make a good first impression on your wife?”

 

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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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