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Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

Feb. 25, 2021: "I'm speechless. I have no words to describe what just happened. It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to fight at such a level and just be able to give it my all on the court. I started very nervous, I won't lie, but I don't know what happened after the third set. I just flied like a little bird, everything was working for me. The emotions at the end are indescribable."

- Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off an astonishing comeback at the Australian Open, knocking off Rafael Nadal to reach the semifinals. The Greek star appeared well on his way out after tamely losing the first two sets, but then rallied for a gritty 3-6, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 7-5 victory

Feb. 25 2021: "I think the thing that I'm most proud of is now mentally strong I've become. I used to be really up and down. For me, I had a lot of doubts in myself. But I think the quarantine process and seeing everything that's going on in the world, for me it put a lot into perspective. I used to weigh my entire existence on if I won or lost a tennis match. That's just not how I feel any more. I honestly think that it's just opening myself up more to my team, having longer talks with Wim [Fissette] before I go out, expressing the nerves that I feel instead of bottling it all up and trying to deal with it by myself. I feel like just being secure in myself as a person and knowing that the people that I love will still love me, like my family won't hate me because I lose a tennis match and stuff like that."

- Naomi Osaka, after winning her second Australian Open and fourth Grand Slam title

Feb. 25 2021: "I belong at this level. I think winning a Grand Slam is totally achievable. It's within reach. Playing out there, obviously, I was nervous. Didn't go my way. But at the same time, coming off court, I was, like, 'OK, that feels a little bit normal.' It felt different than what I was expecting it to feel like. If you were to ask me maybe a year ago, I wouldn't think it's possible - or it would feel like it's like going to Mars."

- Jennifer Brady, who will rise from No. 24 to No. 13 in the WTA rankings after losing 6-4, 6-3 to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final. Still, Brady leaves with a self-belief she never used to have.

Feb. 25 2021: "We had quarantine and a lot of things happening in the media, then the letter that I wrote as ideas and recommendations that I got for players was misinterpreted as a list of demands. Then the next thing I was persona non grata here in this country. So it was tough dealing with all of this. I got injured in the third round. It was a rollercoaster ride if I can define it in one word. I think it makes it even sweeter for me."

- Novak Djokovic, after clinching his ninth Australian Open and 18th Grand Slam title, leaving him only two majors behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Feb. 25 2021: "He was super nice to me. I thought, 'OK, he's not going to speak to me' or something, because the guy was a god for me. Because I was shy, I didn't speak. He was asking the questions, talking to me like a friend. I was really surprised."

- Daniil Medvedev, who was trounced 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, recalling a practice session with a friendly Djokovic a dozen years ago at Monte Carlo when he was a teenager and Djokovic was a Grand Slam champion. 

 

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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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