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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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   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

January 18, 2020: “The one person I would love to play in the year to come would be Roger Federer. Just because I haven’t had the chance to play him yet. He’s an icon, a legend of the sport and we don’t know how much time he has left on the tour, how many years, but if I could have a chance to compete on the big stage against him would be an amazing memory.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 19-year-old Canadian ranked No. 21, telling Tennis Channel Roger Federer is the player he wants to meet the most during the 2020 ATP season is none other than Roger Federer

January 18, 2020: “You definitely recognise it and notice it. It feels like a little bit of a second-hand event. It’s definitely a bit of a strange strategic move [favouring the men]. I’m not sure (but) I heard that because the way that the court is constructed, that it’s not regulation for us to be playing on centre court with the benches on the side. I don’t know what else it might be that’s preventing (us playing there), because I think there’s a lot of girls that are deserving of that centre court spot in this draw. Everyone should have a conversation about it, that’s just my outside view.”

— Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova said the Brisbane International felt like “a second-hand event” with women relegated to outside courts to make way for men playing the inaugural ATP Cup.

January 18, 2020: “Because you make the extra effort. It means that you have the chance to compete again the next day. And the next day, you’re going to be playing better. Sometimes when I’m in the first round or second round, and I’m not playing well, I say, okay, just accept it. Don’t get frustrated. Just accept and focus.”

Rafael Nadal, telling “60 Minutes” that if he comes from behind to win, he finds the victory even more satisfying than trouncing a competitor.

January 18, 2020: “I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires. As the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviours and act on innovative solutions. We owe it to them and ourselves to listen. I appreciate reminders of responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I’m committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors."

Roger Federer issued this statement on Jan. 11, addressing his partnership with Credit Suisse, which was criticized for its heavy investments in fossil fuels. Climate change activist Greta Thunberg then retweeted a post from 350.org Europe claiming Credit Suisse had given $US57 billion to companies looking for new fossil fuel deposits. “Roger Federer do you endorse this?” the tweet read.

January 18, 2020: “The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood. We can't let this slide. The email we received yesterday from the ATP and AO was a slap in the face, conditions were 'playable'. Were they healthy? Citizens of Melbourne were warned to keep their animals indoors the day I played qualifying, and yet we were expected to go outside for high intensity physical competition? What do we have to do to create a players union? Where is the protection for players, both male and female? When multiple players need asthma spray on court and they don't even have asthma? When a player collapses and has to retire due to respiratory issues? On tour we let so many things go that aren't right, but at some point we have to make a stand. ALL players need protection, not just a select few.”

—British tennis player, No. 234-ranked Liam Broady, in a tweet, accused Australian Open officials of treating qualifiers worse than animals as calls grow among players to form a union. Broady, who lost in the first round of qualifying, played his match in a blanket of smoke at Melbourne Park on Jan. 14, and said he struggled to breathe in the conditions. Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic had to quit her qualifying match that day after a coughing fit, while Australia's Bernard Tomic also sought medical treatment.

 

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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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