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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

August 16, 2019: “The quality of service returns and passing shots improved significantly. Everything from power to direction to recovery to the two-handed backhand topspin lob added a whole other dimension.”

— Tim Mayotte, a six-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the 1980s who was known for his powerful volleys, telling The New York Times why serving and volleying today is more difficult than ever.

August 16, 2019“I like his character. He’s a very well-educated and nice guy. He’s very passionate about the sport. He’s one of the players that I would love to see at the top position and winning trophies because I think he deserves it.”

— Rafael Nadal, on 19-year-old rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime, full of praise for the youngster and tipped him for greatness, before the start of the Rogers Cup.

August 16, 2019:     “That’s as wild a match as I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of matches. So many things to like, and so many things to detest.”

— Former world No. 1 Jim Courier, now a Tennis Channel analyst, on Nick Kyrgios’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) victory, in which he saved a match point, over No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Citi Open semifinals. Before serving at 8-7, match point, Kyrgios walked over to a spectator in the front row and asked him where he should serve the ball.

August 16, 2019“Getting to the top is often fun. You have nothing to lose, especially if you’ve never been there. It’s like a great climb. Sustaining that for years and years takes a lot of work. You don’t want to fall because you know what it's like to be at the top, you know how it feels. At least I do, I know how it feels, how you want to stay there, how you want to get back there.”

— What Serena Williams wrote in a recent essay for Harper’s Bazaar, in which she revealed that she sought counsel from a therapist and sent a note of apology to Naomi Osaka in the months after last year's US Open.


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Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.

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Roger Federer wins a record 8th title at Wimbledon.

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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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