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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 hottest controversies. [Read more...]

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  2. Serena: A Graphic Biography of the Greatest Tennis Champion by Mark Hodgkinson (White Lion Publishing)

  3. Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited by Steve Flink (New Chapter Press)

  4. Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World's First Female Sports Superstar by Sasha Abramsky (Edge of Sports)

  5. Doubles Domination: The Best of the Best by Robert Allcorn (Self-published)

Pro Tennis Quotes of the Month

March 20, 2021: "To win nine Australian Opens, I need to win every year until I’m 34. I mean, I believe in myself, but I don’t think I’m able to do it. Same with Rafa. I mean, 13 Roland Garros… We’re talking about some Cyborgs of tennis in a good way. They’re just unbelievable."

- Daniil Medvedev, in awe of Novak Djokovic, after the Serb captured his men's record ninth Australian Open title.

March 20, 2021: "I think for me, I have a really hard time thinking about tennis as if it’s just a solo sport. I know everyone says tennis is a solo sport, but I have always been surrounded by people that put in so many hours with me, and we do everything together. So I would say that — I wouldn’t say it’s selfish or unselfish. I would just say my mindset behind it is wanting to do everything together and wanting to share every experience that I can with the people that sort of do everything with me."

- Naomi Osaka , saying she plays for her team as much as for herself and she wants them to be a part of every experience.

March 20, 2021: "I guess I copied my style of play from him. I like to hit the balls with a lot of topspin. My first coach also told me that it was unusual for a girl to play with topspin. He advised me to focus on it as one day it will be a great strength."

- Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, revealing that she tried to copy Rafael Nadal’s topspin and his overall style.

March 20, 2021: "I definitely want to play [Simona] Halep one day. I think she’s just a champion, she plays 100 percent every tournament she plays and no matter what the score, she’s always there. And [Petra] Kvitova also—I love watching her play. I want to feel how her balls are coming, because she just hits so big and I want to play like her. I like to come in the court and finish at net if I have the opportunity —but it’s really hard to do that against [WTA] players because they play so good. I would like to be the kind of player who serves really well, plays big shots—like Kvitova. She’s not afraid to hit the ball. I really think I can be that type of player.."

- Clara Tauson, a fast-rising 18-year-old Dane, after she won the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon, asked by WTA.com: “Who would you most like to face across the net?

March 20, 2021: "Retirement was never really on the cards. I think it’s more of a conversation if the knee keeps bothering me for months and months—then let’s look at it. I just feel like the story is not over. It’s not like there’s one particular reason that I wanted to keep playing tennis other than I enjoyed playing tennis, I enjoy being on the road. I’m still a work in progress, but probably one of the other reasons for coming back is I want to get that high again of playing against the biggest players and in the biggest tournaments and hopefully winning them again. Hopefully, I can play in front of crowds again."

- Roger Federer, on March 7, saying he never contemplated retirement as he spent 13 months on the sidelines due to double knee surgery last year, and the 39-year-old says he is now pain-free and eager and ready to resume competition.


Read More Tennis Player Quotes

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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