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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. 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.)
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  1. Juan Martin del Potro: The Gentle Giant by Sebastian Torok (New Chapter Press)
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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

November 16, 2020: “I now have faith that I could win all four Grand Slams in my career, it always seemed so far away before... I’m happy I achieved this, but on the inside I still feel the same. My whole life has been turned upside down, so I needed some time to get used to it. The pandemic helps a bit in this aspect because it happens that people on the street who want photos and autographs, they are now less pushy.”

— Surprise French Open champion Iga Swiatek told Reuters she remains grounded—even if her dream of winning all four majors is now a real possibility. Although the focus has been quite intense since her triumph at Roland Garros, Swiatek said the COVID-19 restrictions in place in Poland have helped.

November 16, 2020: “Now that automated line calling has succeeded at a Grand Slam, is there any reason why the sport shouldn’t adopt it everywhere?”

Tennis Magazine’s rhetorical question in its article titled “Tennis Goes Electronic.” In truth, the sport should have adopted automated line calling in 2006 when Hawk-Eye arrived.

November 16, 2020: “Does the ATP want to meet these accusations with silence? The situation should be a wake-up call for the tour that it needs to put in place a set of policies covering abuse cases. It would be in the interests of everyone in this dual-gender sport, including its male players, not to continue to lag behind other leagues when it comes to reacting to abuse allegations; they may happen less frequently in tennis, but we’ve seen two cases among players in the Top 30 in 2020. If Zverev is innocent, as he says, an investigation might help him clear his name, or at the very least give his side of the story.”

Tennis Magazine’s Steve Tignor, on accusations by ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova that 2020 US Open runner-up Alexander Zverev physically and emotionally abused her during their 13-month relationship in 2018 and 2019.

November 16, 2020: “Nothing’s wrong with asking for more diversity. For him to say that is definitely inspiring, especially with him being a man and white. For someone like him to call for diversity, it shows how great an ally he is. I love what Andy is doing on and off the court. He’s one of my favourite players to watch. It’s important we do have diversity because there are people from all over the world from different backgrounds and areas. I think representation is important. At least for me, as a girl – seeing yourself being represented means a lot.”

Coco Gauff saluted Andy Murray for his role in speaking out on key issues in the sport, as she spoke at the Ostrava Open event.

November 16, 2020: "For sure it's the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world. Today I played so, so good. It's unbelievable. It's amazing. I played the best match in my life. I'm so happy for this."

Lorenzo Sonego, a fast-improving Italian, ecstatic after shocking No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-1 in the Erste Bank Open quarterfinals.

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2020 )

Stefanos Tsitsipas, a charismatic 22-year-old Greek seeded No. 5, scrambling for a shot in his exciting 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 semifinal loss to No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2020 French Open.


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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