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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

June 13, 2019: “I have always enjoyed that part of it. I think probably the toughest thing for me has been making sure I make the right decisions. I feel like I'm getting better at that every single day. It is a puzzle out there. It's a little bit of a chess game in a way. The one-on-one competition, I love. All I'm trying to do is everything in my power to beat the girl down at the other end of the court. That's certainly what I love about it."

Ashleigh Barty, on her versatile game, after she trounced 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the French Open final to win her first Grand Slam singles title.

June 13, 2019: “Ash is very easy going, very relaxed about it. Obviously she will be thrilled inside, it may not look like it on the outside. She’s a quiet girl, which has helped her deal with this pressure in the final. She had some sticky moments in her semi-final, got that out of the way. She’s had amazing support and is extremely popular. Where she has come in the last year is just incredible. She was a decent player and a very good doubles player – and the next thing you know, she’s a grand slam champion.”

Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon champion and now a Eurosport commentator, on Ashleigh Barty, in The Guardian (UK).

June 13, 2019: “This is the unbreakable record. Most players don't win 12 titles in their careers, he has won 12 clay-court majors at Roland-Garros. When we're dead, in 200 years from now, people will be talking about Rafael Nadal winning 12 French Opens. It is incomprehensible. This is the Tour de France of tennis and to do it 12 times is superhuman.”

— Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski, talking to BBC Sport about Rafael Nadal's record-extending 12th French Open title

June 13, 2019: “I played very good the first two sets, and then I had a little drop, which against most of the players is not that bad, but he took the chance and stepped right on me. That's it. I can only congratulate him on how amazing he performed today. Even though I didn't win the tournament, still, two finals in a row, it's nice. I think that I developed my game. I was also closer than last year in the final. I have the feeling, especially in the first two sets. So I'm on the right way. And I failed today, but my goal and my dream is still to win this tournament or to win a Grand Slam tournament. I will try my best next year again.”

Dominic Thiem, assessing his overall performance at the French Open where he lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to Rafael Nadal in the final for the second straight year.

June 13, 2019: “There’s a certain mentality that they [the younger players] don’t have yet, that the other three just have. It’s not the forehands. It’s not the fitness. It’s a certain attitude that makes the difference between winning and losing. I was just reading a stat from a colleague that no active player under 28 apart from [Dominic] Thiem has been in a grand-slam final. That is not good. That is not a compliment for anybody under 28. And don’t give me that the others are too good. We should question the quality and the attitude of everybody under 28. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Boris Becker, who won the 1985 French Open as a 17-year-old wunderkind, critical of the Next Gen for not dethroning the Big 3 at the majors.


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Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.

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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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