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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)
  1. Master Your Tennis Game: 50 Mental Strategies and Tactics by Ken DeHart (Rockridge Press)
  1. New Ways in Tennis: Drills, Complex- and Cardio-Training by Christian Scherer and Sandro Costa (Independently published)

Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

December 17, 2020: “It’s special as sometimes I need to remind myself that I am the tigress and I need to fight till the end. I just put it on my arm to make sure I can see it every time and be on fire.”

Aryna Sabalenka, who won both the singles and doubles titles at the Ostrava Open 2020, explained the meaning of the tattoo of the roaring tiger on her left forearm.

December 17, 2020: “Obviously I’m not supporting any kind of violence, so we will have to wait and see. Whether the ATP should develop this kind of a policy, yeah, why not? It probably should be there in place. I guess it wasn’t developed and it wasn’t there because we just did not have cases like this previously in the history of the sport. Maybe that kind of case will, in a way, inspire the ATP to do something like that.”

Novak Djokovic, in the wake of allegation of domestic violence against Alexander Zverev, suggested that the ATP should develop a specific domestic violence policy to handle such allegations, in line with procedures that the NBA and NFL have initiated.

December 17, 2020: “You just can’t do a two-week hard lockdown to get ready for an Australian Open. I don’t think any of the international players would do that. Your body is what pays the bills. You are an injury risk, you can’t go from zero to 100 right away, that’s the biggest risk. I’m not pessimistic and I understand the complexities of it all. You get to really understand how quarantine works when you are inside it… it’s very strict, and I know if I had to pick up a racquet right now and go and play tennis, I’d be absolute rubbish. I’d probably injure myself.”

Australia’s John Millman, telling Tennis Majors he’s very concerned about a two-week hard lockdown before the Australian Open, which starts three weeks later in 2021 on Feb. 8. Tennis Australia, forced to delay the Australian Open and cancel the ATP Cup, wants to add more tournaments in Australia after the Open finishes.

December 17, 2020: “It’s hard to imagine that hospitality will open up quickly, at least not immediately, to its former levels. Perhaps tournaments that are allowed spectators will find they will have to lower ticket prices to entice fans into stadiums. It goes without saying, though, that fans will be a welcome bonus for players in 2021. It’s just not clear who might be in a position, given the international nature of the sport and the voracity of the virus, to have a full stadium yet. It certainly won’t happen in Australia, even if the government has done a remarkable job to seemingly reduce numbers to zero — the last case in Victoria dating back to October 29. Their idea of having 75 percent of their usual crowds always seemed fanciful; if they get anywhere near 50 percent it would be a surprise.”

Simon Cambers, writing for Tennis Majors.

December 17, 2020: "The way I see it…Novak will win more Majors from today than the other two players, I believe. Nadal, I think, will be second in that competition. Federer, maybe he has another one in him. He was ‘oh, so close’ at Wimbledon last year. Let’s not forget that Novak stole one there. It could easily be Federer 21 and Djokovic 16. I think Nadal has probably got 2-3 more in him…I think that Djokovic is somewhere in that 5-6 range, all assuming health."

— Tennis Channel analyst Jim Courier, predicting Novak Djokovic will finish with the most Grand Slam singles titles. Federer held two match points at 8-7 in the fifth set in the 2019 Wimbledon final, but couldn’t bring home the bacon.


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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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