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The greatest quips, insights and zingers
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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

Nov. 20, 2019: “He’s great for tennis because he has a very attractive game style, one-handed backhand, comes in a lot. It’s great that he’s up on the top. It’s great that he’s going to fight for the big titles in the future. I’m 100 percent sure of that. I’m also very sure of the fact that I can challenge him in every single match we’re going to play.”

Dominic Thiem, praising his conquerer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, after losing 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final of the Nitto ATP Finals.

Nov. 20, 2019: “It’s been a long journey – it’s been a dream of a kid. I gave some much personally for this achievement in my career, something I wanted – you know, it was on the bucket list. And to be in Australia, to face such a strong team with the world No.1 and to have this thriller match with her, 7-6 in the third, I can’t believe… I still don’t really realise what happened. And to lift that trophy, it’s an unforgettable moment.”

Kristina Mladenovic, who stole the show in the 2019 Fed Cup final. The  26-year-old Frenchwoman routed nervous Aussie debutant Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-1 on the first day, upset stunned world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) on the second day, and in the deciding doubles duel, she and Caroline Garcia stopped Barty and Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to lift France to a dramatic 3-2 triumph and their third Fed Cup by BNP Paribas title.

Nov. 20, 2019: “The biggest thing, it's been a growth of women's sport. For me individually, and I think for all of us players individually, it's not something we think about. It's more of kind of a general progression of putting our sport more on the map. We have the most beautiful sport, it's a global sport. Now we're getting more attention. I feel like we've earned that. We’ve come from nothing and now we’re in this position where we’re breaking records. It’s very special for our game.”

— WTA Finals champion Ashleigh Barty, who received a record $4.42 million pay check from the record $14 million total prize money, talking about the significance of the staggering prize money.

Nov. 20, 2019: “Simo? Simo, look at me. The last three games you’ve been a disgrace on the court. Come on, you cannot win the match doing what you’ve been doing the last three games. You’ve got to reel it in. Get your focus back between the lines. For no reason, you’ve lost it here, you’re losing energy and you’re losing depth on your shots. So you have a chance to define yourself now in this set. Forget the result: How are you going to finish this match? It’s up to you."

Coach Darren Cahill, branding Simona Halep "a disgrace" in her 6-0 2-6 6-4 defeat by Karolina Pliskova in the round-robin phase at the WTA Finals. Cahill’s strong words did not help as Halep lost the next two games. Despite a late comeback, she succumbed to a 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 defeat and missed out on a semi-final place.

Nov. 20, 2019: “I honestly feel like they are more threatened than I am, and that makes me more relaxed on court. I know I just have to hang in there and be able to be more aggressive. Once you get aggressive and they see you going for it, I might even say they get scared.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has yet to reach a Grand Slam final but has the swagger of a champion, crowed that he wasn’t intimidated by the Big Three before the ATP Finals, which he won for his biggest career title.


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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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