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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

April 22, 2021: "I would say this week I am controlling really well my emotions. At the end that's the key," he said. "If I would show a bit emotion, for sure I would lose. Same thing today with Rafa. If after the second set I would say something or if I would show emotions, for sure the third set will be over, will be 6-2 for him. So I'm happy that I could handle it."

- Russia’s Andrey Rublev, after the 23-year-old world No. 8 upset King of Clay Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and hand 11-time champion Nadal just his sixth career loss at the event that he has owned over the past 15 years.

April 22, 2021: "If she can get her first WTA win in this fashion, that will prove a lot to herself."

- Tennis Channel analyst Chanda Rubin, on highly impressive Linda Fruhvirtova, a 15-year-old Czech, at 4-4 in the third set just before French veteran Alize Cornet retired at the Muss Health Women’s Open.

April 22, 2021: "She’s very talented—one of the best ball strikers I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with quite a few top players. She's got a skill level that’s amazing. Her Achilles’s [heel] is really staying interested and focused when she’s in control. Sometimes she isn’t focused when she’s already established she’s better. It’s just understanding her game, shot selection, keep paying attention."

- Craig Kardon, who has coached former stars Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, and Ana Ivanovic, telling TENNIS.com about CoCo Vandeweghe’s great potential and why she has failed to achieve it. CoCo, a former top-tenner now age 29, is ranked a lowly No. 226 but back on the comeback trail.

April 22, 2021: "There are small problems, now it's the left knee. During the first lockdown, I had the same thing in my right knee. It didn't matter, I didn't have to cancel any tournaments because there weren't any. It’s a congenital pressure in the knees that comes up every now and then. That happened this year at the Australian Open and especially in Doha and Dubai. The opponents are way too strong, the level is too high and you go down in the first or second round. If I had gone to Belgrade with knee pain, I would have done that again. And then you're in a downward spiral. That I must avoid."

- Injury-plagued Dominic Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion, telling der Standard why he’s played only four tournaments this year, skipped Monte Carlo, and withdrew from Belgrade. The Austrian hasn’t competed since losing to Lloyd Harris in the Dubai first round.

April 22, 2021: He has everything, no? He has a big serve, he's tall, he's big, he moves well, he has very good groundstrokes. Well, mentally he's also great and improving. He has a great future coming up."

- Roberto Bautista Agut, with high praise for Jannik Sinner, who beat him 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to become the fourth teenager to reach the Miami Open final. The other three teens won a combined 46 Grand Slam singles titles—Andre Agassi (’90 winner), Rafael Nadal (’05 runner-up), Novak Djokovic (’07 winner).

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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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