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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)

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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

April 22, 2019: “I’m really, really happy. Nothing to say. I have to keep calm, maybe take a shower, relax, and think about this because it’s something incredible. I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career. I think everybody, when you're growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about a Masters [1000]."

Fabio Fognini, who became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, by defeating unseeded Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4. Fognini rose to a career-high No. 12 in the ATP Rankings.

April 22, 2019: “I think on-court coaching is a real corruption of the sport. If the players wanted it because it became an extra revenue stream…if television audiences clearly demanded it….if television wanted it because it, demonstrably, helped drive ratings…that would be one thing. But I have seen zero data suggesting any of this to be the case. And if you’re going to try and change rules (fairly dramatically) you should bear the burden of justification.”

— Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim, on some of the many valid reasons why on-court coaching is bad for tennis.

April 22, 2019: “I’m very happy today. I didn’t expect this, especially not in two sets against a player like Dominic. This was for sure my best match in my life, I think. I produced some great tennis from the beginning until the end and I’m very happy to be in the quarterfinals in Monaco.”

— Serbia’s No. 48-ranked Dusan Lajovic, talking to ATPTour.com after he pulled off the biggest win of his career at the Rolex Monte- Carlo Masters, winning the last five games to stun No. 5 Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Masters 1000 event, 6-3, 6-3. Thiem, the 2018 French Open finalist, had also beaten Lajovic in all five of their previous meetings, dropping just one set.

April 22, 2019: “For the first time in a long time I really was like, I gotta beat this girl. Like, I wanted to be out there, and I was really fighting, and I didn’t care what it took…. I’m tired of f***ing losing. It f***ing sucks!”

Sloane Stephens, who lost early at Indian Wells and Miami, after she overcame an early three-game deficit to defeat rising Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina.

April 22, 2019: “It’s all those feelings I missed so much: the adrenaline, the nerves, the excitement, everything. You can’t recreate that outside of the arena.”

Shelby Rogers, a 26-year-old American, playing in the Volvo Car Open, her first tournament since undergoing knee surgery in March 2018.

 

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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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