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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

March 23, 2019: “Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me. I’m so happy I am still playing. It’s been a long, wonderful journey, and I wouldn’t do it any differently. Of course it’s tough sometimes to be on the road and away from your friends, but the sacrifice was all very, very worthwhile. We’ll see how much more I have left in the tank."

— Roger Federer, after he reached landmark 100 tour-level titles. to join Jimmy Connors, the record-holder at 109, with century of open-era wins after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to record his record eighth title at the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

March 23, 2019: “I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink. I love it. It gets me going. Another amazing atmosphere. Yesterday was arguably the best atmosphere I’ve been a part of, and today wasn’t too far behind.”

— Nick Kyrgios, after he upset Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the Acapulco quarterfinals.

March 23, 2019: “When I returned to tennis from maternity leave, I was penalised for taking time off: my ranking dropped from No 1 in the world to No 453. That required me to face tougher competition earlier in the French Open, which led to a pectoral injury that forced me to drop out. I fought hard personally, making it to the Wimbledon final shortly after, but I also fought hard publicly against the biased ranking system. We must stop penalizing women when they return to their careers after having children.”

— Serena Williams, writing an editorial for Fortune magazine to mark International Women’s Day, criticized the insensitivity of a system that left her with no seeding when she returned from maternity leave to play last year’s French Open.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unbelievable. I never expected to play that well today, to get my first Top-10 win is special, against Stefanos who has been playing so well. I didn’t know what to expect today because he’s completely different player [now].”

— Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has never lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in their four meetings, the first three coming in the juniors, after stunning ninth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in the Indian Wells second round.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unreal. I had to get used to Roger’s game. In the first set he was playing amazing. It was completely different from my opponents before him. I was struggling to work my way into the match. I had to fight to save those break points early in the second set. It was a very good match until the end, and I had to fight to serve it out.”

— Dominic Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian, told the ATP website, after edging Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, ending Federer’s chance of a sixth Indian Wells title, and giving him his first Masters 1000 title.

March 23, 2019: “I actually really, really respect that. I think it’s true. Anything is possible at any age, and she said if you’re good enough, then experience doesn't really matter. I guess it’s also because they’ve never played these younger players these up and coming players before so they don’t really know their game style and they’re probably a bit nervous because they’re playing much younger players. So when I do see that during the match, when they’re just kind of bunting the ball or giving free points, I take advantage of that. I think that’s what I’ve been doing really well the past couple of months. I just keep fighting no matter what the score is.”

— Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who started the year ranked 178, telling WTA Insider that she agrees with Naomi Osaka’s statement that experience doesn’t matter if you’re good enough, after she upset five seeded players, including three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the final, to capture the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

 

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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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