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   1.   Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
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The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:


December 20, 2017: “I don’t reckon there can be anything better in life than giving kids a chance when they otherwise wouldn’t have had one. If my vision is realised, it’s my hope that I’ll be remembered for this more than anything I have done or will do on the tennis court.
Nick Kyrgios, announcing on www.playersvoice.com.au, that in 2018, he planned to fulfill his dream was “to build a facility for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids where they could hang out, be safe and feel like they were part of a family. There’d be tennis courts and basketball courts and a gym and an oval to kick the footy. There’d be things to eat and beds to sleep in.
December 20, 2017: “Over the past 16 years everybody got used to defeat. I had never felt that before and it destroyed me. I fully realized it during the semifinals. It was tough.
Yannick Noah, who captained the team to his third victory after winning the Davis Cup title in 1991 and 1996, said the key to success was to end the “losing culture” that had taken hold of the French team, after France edged visiting Belgium 3-2 in the final. France had won its last title in 2001 and lost in finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
December 20, 2017: “I was No. 4 in the world, which is not bad at all. I certainly think that I could have been a better player. But winning Grand Slams and becoming No. 1? Maybe. I would undoubtedly have been a consistent top-5-to-10 player for many years. But then again when we talk about from the perspective of depression and suicide, I am very lucky. I think at one stage it was about whether I would lead a normal life, let alone play tennis. I think tennis then took a back seat when I was dealing with these other important issues.
Jelena Dokic, telling ESPN how her abusive father Damir, who sometimes beat her when he was displeased with her performance, hurt her tennis career and caused her to be depressed, a condition she battled for 10 years, and even contemplate suicide.
December 20, 2017: “He’s my emotional support animal. My dog lets me relax. For me, it’s something which brings me an amazing amount of support. I would travel with him more. If I would be Roger Federer, I would get private jet everywhere and travel with my dog.
— World No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 32-year-old Russian, on the role of her pet dog, Dolce.

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( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Jelena Ostapenko's Backhand at the 2017 French Open.

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( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Roger Federer wins a record 8th title at Wimbledon.



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