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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:


July 17, 2018: “I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament. I think I learned a lot from last year, with all the expectations, all the things I went through. I learned so many things about myself, about the things around, how to deal with this, how to make my day schedule. I learned I have to practice. I have to take some time off. I learned about handling the pressure. It is a game. And I love this game. And I’ve tried to enjoy every moment on court this year. I showed everyone that I can come back.
Angelique Kerber, who won two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and then plummeted to No. 21 in 2017, after winning her first Wimbledon for her third major title.
July 17, 2018: “It was a great opportunity for me,” she said. "You know, I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, ‘Okay, I can compete.’ Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can, you know, come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
Serena Williams, accentuating the positive after she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon, only Serena's fourth tournament in the past 17 months.
July 17, 2018: “I couldn’t pick a better place in the tennis world to peak and make a comeback. Wimbledon has always been a very special tournament to me. I dreamed of winning it when I was a seven-year-old boy. I made a lot of improvised Wimbledon trophies from different materials.
Novak Djokovic, after he outclassed Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to capture his fourth Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam title.
July 17, 2018: “In the first two sets, Novak beat up on me pretty bad. I tried my best to keep at it, work hard, I came within a point or two of a fourth set, but Novak isn’t easy to play, a true champion of our sport. So congratulations to him and his team. I am definitely not feeling as fresh as I was coming into the week. We dedicate our whole lives to fighting for a spot on this court, so that’s what it had to take for me to get here. It’s an amazing tournament for all of us players. Over the last while there have only been a very few individuals to make it out here. But I’d have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play out here, it really meant a lot to me.
— A proud but exhausted Kevin Anderson, who had earlier outlasted eight-time champion Roger Federer and John Isner in marathon matches, after losing 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Wimbledon final.

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