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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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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

May 20, 2021: "When you make a salad and you are putting ingredients inside the salad, he has, I mean, plenty of ingredients to become a great player. That's the main thing. Then, of course, nothing is easy. You're gonna have big opponents in front. I mean, nothing is easy in this life."

- Rafael Nadal, with praise of Carlos Alcaraz, whom Nadal defeated 6-1, 6-2 in the Madrid Open second round, but also caution for those predicting stardom for the gifted, 18-year-old Spaniard.

May 20, 2021: "While [Serena] Williams transcended the sport of tennis, becoming a household name as the winningest [at least by grand slam count] celebrity the game has produced, Osaka is bringing the sport with her into other realms, building off of Williams’ tremendous work but making it her own. Not only did [Osaka] assume the title of world’s highest-paid female athlete ever, knocking the robust earnings from Williams off the top spot, it was the way she did it that puts her Met Gala participation in context."

- Renowned columnist Caitlin Thompson, in her recent piece published by Eurosport, suggesting Naomi Osaka is now more impactful than 39-year-old Serena Williams.

May 20, 2021: “This kid is crazy talented. He has great vision, great feel, great skill.”"

- Former world No. 1 Jim Courier, on flashy, 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti, during his first-round upset over Hubert Hurkacz at the Italian Open.

May 20, 2021: "I just finished watching Demon Slayer. The main character, Tanjiro, he has this breathing technique right before he fights. When I get nervous, I notice that slowing down my breathing helps me a lot. Honestly, today I could say at least five to 10 times I was in my head. You got to do the Total Concentration Breathing that Tanjiro does. I probably wasn't doing it like him, but it definitely helped on those match points, before both match points. I was, Okay, I got to do the water breathing like him. It did. Shout out to Demon Slayer for helping me."

- Coco Gauff, a rising, 17-year-old American star, invoking the power of anime during her 7-5, 6-3 Italian Open upset over No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka.

May 20, 2021: "I felt like now was the time for me to do what I wanted to do myself."

-Slumping, 22-year-old Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, on why she fired her dad Alex as her coach.

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2020 )

Stefanos Tsitsipas, a charismatic 22-year-old Greek seeded No. 5, scrambling for a shot in his exciting 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 semifinal loss to No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2020 French Open.


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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