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Pro Tennis Players
You Can Quote me on That!
The greatest quips, insights and zingers
from the world of professional tennis
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
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1. Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
by Mark Hodgkinson (Aurum Press)
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4. Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
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5. The Bud Collins History of Tennis (New Chapter Press)
The Pro Tennis Player Quotes of the Week:
March 7, 2017: “Everybody wants to be beautiful. I think it’s how we’ve been trained, not because being beautiful is important but because society has placed a value on it. So it’s really the psychology and philosophy of it all, but I think there are moments when you look in the mirror and think “Whoa, what happened to me?” But honestly I’m more focused on what I’m accomplishing than what I look like. That’s always been how I felt. What am I accomplishing when I wake up in the morning? It’s about how do I get better, what am I achieving? That’s pretty much what I recommend—focus on what you want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside. You can look amazing, but in the end it’s what we do.”
— Venus Williams, asked by Humanity magazine if she has ever had to “struggle with different things, like feeling not beautiful or feeling not valuable.
March 7, 2017: “I was trying not to think about, ‘I'm about to beat No. 6 in the world.’ I had to tell myself to stay calm and not get too caught up in the moment. I’ve won before against top players, but it was more of a one-match thing. I couldn’t keep it up because I just wasn’t as strong physically. Now I feel like I can hang with the top players.”
— CiCi Bellis, after she stunned No. 6-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships. In her first main draw matches of 2017, the 17-year-old Californian defeated three top-50 players in three days.
March 7, 2017: “It is true that I have this image a bit. [But] it’s like [being] a student. If he has revised [prepared] well, he is serene on the day of the examination. We see the result, but we do not know his work [away from the spotlight]. I have a good entourage and my family allows me to remain always young. Plus, when you win, life is just simpler. The victory saves everything, to a certain degree of course. It’s easier to be positive and happy when you win. I worked a lot for that. Now I take advantage.”
— Roger Federer, when quizzed on the perception he does not have to match the extraordinary training load endured by the world’s other top players, in an exclusive interview given to L'Equipe.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Andy Murray roaring to victory at Wimbledon 2016.
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2016 )
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka Hits His Signature Backhand at the 2016 US Open.
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