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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

August 25, 2020: “I met Holger three years ago. He came here to the academy and we trained together. I remember saying to my coach, Kerei Abakar, that here was something special. I do not say that often about players, but he caught my attention and I think we will see a lot from him in the near future. There's nothing holding him back. He has everything it takes to become a top player and I will not be surprised if we see him in the top 10 in the future. Now he has the chance to play against the big boys, which will be difficult in the beginning, but I am sure he will adapt and find his pattern and his rhythm. It is a very difficult leap between junior and senior. It takes adjustment to be ready for it..”

—No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who also trains at Mouratoglou's academy and has practiced with Holger Rune, says, on the DR website, the teenage Dane is something special. Rune has begun transitioning to the professional circuit earlier this year prior to the tennis shutdown, which he has found tough, but Tsitsipas says that it is an adjustment that all players need to make it.

August 25, 2020: “Life in lockdown during coronavirus has been challenging in many ways but personally it’s been one of the most exciting and happy times of my life. On the 16th of June, my partner Liz gave birth to our beautiful little girl, Genevieve. It has been a whirlwind time, but we could not imagine life without her now. Mum and Evie are doing well and it’s so amazing to be home with them both. We are absolutely in love with this little bundle and rolling with the happy chaos. We can’t wait for what’s to come and to watch little Evie grow up....Although not too quickly we hope! #babygirl #homecourt #wta #tennisaustrali" #family”

Sam Stosur, posting on Instagram about her partner Liz giving birth to a girl.

August 25, 2020: “Roger still loves life on the circuit, I’ve never heard him say that he should stop because he wants a change of lifestyle or that he's tired of travelling. Nothing can be 100% ruled out but given that he still loves tennis and the time he spends with the friends that he has everywhere, I don't think he's thinking of retiring in 2021. It's true, there are parallels with 2016. Perhaps he could use that to his advantage. The truth is that this injury arrived at the best possible moment. The day after the operation he was looking forward to a new phase in which he would spend him with his family. He has a unique capacity to be very ambitious without getting frustrated with the unexpected.”

Severin Luthi, Roger Federer’s longtime coach, told Swiss magazine Smash that Federer is not planning his retirement from professional tennis any time soon.

August 25, 2020: “People have talked a lot about my campaign in Paris. A lot of people have said that what I achieved was a fluke. Honestly, I don't like them to say that sort of thing. I worked hard to do a good job in Paris and before this tournament I had already won an ATP tournament and after that I won two more. I don't think my good results on the circuit are due to luck."

—Italian tennis player Marco Cecchinato told La Republicca that he admits it hurts a bit when someone says his semifinal run at the 2018 French Open was a fluke as the Italian believes him making such a deep run at Roland Garros wasn't a coincidence. Cecchinato stunned 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinal to make his maiden semifinal at a Major.

 

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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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