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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

Feb. 17, 2019: “Every tennis player’s dream is to win Grand Slams and to be No. 1. So of course those were two very big motivating factors. People were talking about being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that. But the ranking was never my real goal, it was just to win this tournament.”

— Naomi Osaka, after rebounding from a frustrating second set — when she failed to convert three championship points and then lost her serve at love — to produce a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victory over a relentless, power-hitting Petra Kvitova to capture the Australian Open for her second straight major title and take over the No. 1 ranking, the first Asian to achieve this feat.

Feb. 17, 2019: “It means everything. I worked pretty hard to be back. It just tastes very great. To be honest, I think not very many people believed that I can do this again, to stand on the court and play tennis on this level. To be honest, I’m still not really believing that I’m in the final. I just set up the mind that I really wanted to come back, and I did everything."

— Petra Kvitova, a two-time Grand Slam champ who, until Thursday, hadn’t been a Grand Slam semifinalist since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014, alluding to her successful comeback after suffering career-threating stab wounds in her playing hand when she was attacked by a knife-wielding, home intruder in December 2016.

Feb. 17, 2019: “I'm trying to contemplate on the journey in the past 12 months. I had surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing now here managing to win this title and three of the four Slams is truly amazing. I'm speechless.”

— Novak Djokovic, reflecting on his recent journey clutching the Australian Open trophy after he trounced Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record seventh Aussie title and 15th Grand Slam title.

Feb. 17, 2019: "I have been going through tough times over the past year. I only played in nine events and had to retire from two, and I was not able to play professional match since the US Open. I believe I played a good two weeks of tennis, and it is a great energy and inspiration for what is coming. I will keep fighting and keep practicing to give myself better chances in the future."

— Rafael Nadal, gracious in defeat, accentuating the positives after reaching the Australian Open final.


Feb. 17, 2019: “My idol today became pretty much my rival.”

— Stefanos Tsitsipas, a catchy phrasemaker, after upsetting superstar Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 at the Australian Open to become the first Greek to reach the men’s quarterfinals in Grand Slam history.

 

 

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Jelena Ostapenko
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.


Federer wins Wimbledon 2017
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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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