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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

February 14, 2020:  “Tonight it was a toe-to-toe battle. I was on the brink of losing that match. I didn’t feel great. I had a couple of points, I think a break point in the fourth set, where I played serve and volley. It was kind of a courageous move, throwing it all in there, get things going. Unfortunately one of us had to lose, but all respect to Dominic. I didn’t have any injuries, but my energy just completely collapsed. Every time I would toss a ball, I would feel dizzy. I was lucky. From 2-2 in the fourth, I started to feel better. The doctor said maybe I had a couple of issues, I tried to get as many energy gels as I could. She told me I was dehydrated, so I tried to drink as much as I could.”

Novak Djokovic told Australia’s Channel 9 about how he regained enough energy to pull out the Australian Open final against Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his eighth Australian and 17th Grand Slam title

February 14, 2020:  “I think I’ve rarely felt physically that tired, especially now after all the tension’s gone. I played an unbelievable intense match against Rafa, such an intense match against Sascha [Zverev] in the semis. Today again I think almost over four hours. I think that was very demanding. Of course, I just feel a lot of emptiness right now. But, yeah, that’s it. I know the feeling. I did after the last two in Paris. But, also already now I feel little bit of motivation to come back for the next grand slam. Well, if I have a little break, it’s going to be bigger.”

— Two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem was exhausted and sad after losing the five-set Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, but said he would return hungry to win a first Grand Slam title.

February 14, 2020: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. Everything is just still a blur for me. I just can’t believe what happened. It’s just great. I feel like I’m doing some great things for American tennis. It’s such an honor. I’ve watched Serena, I’ve been following her, all the Slams she's been winning. It’s a special feeling just to be ahead of her. I’m just super excited.”

Sofia Kenin, a pre-Australian Open 35-1 long shot, after defeating Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final to become the top-ranked American for the first time on Feb. 3 when she took over the No. 7 spot—two places ahead of Williams. Kenin pocketed a prize money check of $2.76 million, which almost doubled her career earnings overnight.

February 14, 2020: “She proved to us that she can play very well. And play very well in the important moments, which is a different story. I think it’s even more special."

— A gracious Garbine Muguruza, talking to the Australian Open crowd after being upset by 21-year-old Sofia Kenin in the final.

February 14, 2020: “We saw it in her semi-final against Ash Barty, the same thing. When she was in trouble, when her back was against the wall, she came up with these shots. Champions do that and she has it. It is innate and I think a lot of it is just the hunger to win. It wasn’t about the power. It was how she hit the corners and her choice of shots. And her variety of shot, her drop shots. She served really well. She can still improve. She can still volley [better]. She can still improve that serve. A little bit of fitness. She is going to keep going up in the rankings.”

Chris Evert, analyzing surprise Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, on ESPN.

 

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Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.


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