Tennis Quotes

Tennis Quotes by John McEnroe, Garbine Muguruza, Andy Murray, Kevin Anderson, Jim Courier, Virginia Wade and many others.

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When I came on the tour, I thought, ‘Why don’t they treat tennis players the same way they look at football players?’ Because I’ve got news for you: when they are on the pitch, they are not saying, ‘Hello, how are you?’ out there.
John McEnroe
People only see two hours of a tennis match where you’re fighting and running and sometimes getting upset. There’s a lot more than those two hours. Going out there and playing is actually the easy part.
Garbine Muguruza
For me the most important thing has always been tennis, and that’s what I want to get across the image I want to portray is a hard-working tennis player.
Andy Murray
In a sport that’s as close as tennis, I feel like anything that you can do to give yourself an edge is definitely worth doing.
Kevin Anderson
I really try not to read the tennis articles, because a lot of times they’re guessing at how a player is feeling, and I like to keep myself kind of open minded about how I’m feeling, rather than have someone else explain to me what’s going on.
Jim Courier
Martina, she’s got several layers of steel out there like a cat with nine lives.
Virginia Wade
The bad thing about the [tennis] calendar is how it is made and obligates you to play tournaments all year. If you want to achieve the most you can (and) go as high up (in the rankings) as you can, you have to play from the start to the finish because there are important tournaments from the beginning to the end.
Rafael Nadal
I understand popular entertainment better than anyone. I want to have the world’s No. 1 tennis player, the hottest movie, the biggest artist.
Simon Fuller
There are many moments during a match when you are tense, wrestling with yourself. Tennis is a lesson in self-control.
Rafael Nadal
It’s a pretty cool feeling to be the person to knock down a barrier – just like the Williams sisters did in tennis or Tiger Woods in golf.
Lewis Hamilton
It’s nice I inspire the kids. tThat’s the most important thing, and more people are now playing tennis, even for fun. That’s great.
Simona Halep
Listening to Britons dining out is like watching people play first-class tennis with imaginary balls.
Margaret Halsey
The thing is, it’s not good anyway for eight-year-olds to be out there playing tennis tournaments so soon in their lives. But when I did get to play in a tournament, when I was nine, I was overjoyed.
Venus Williams
Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.
Sally Ride
I’m not to eager to play tennis in my spare time. I’m more interested in doing gym work and stuff like that. We have a lot of schools and courts around where I live, so if I really want to play I don’t need to go too far.
Lleyton Hewitt
My priority is always playing tennis and practising and doing my schedule with my tennis.
Angelique Kerber
The content and thematic materials of dance is, of itself, like boxing. You play tennis and baseball. But boxing is not a sport you play: you stand up and do it.
Twyla Tharp
Your game is only as good as your second serve
John Newcombe
I love tennis. Without it I don’t know what I would do.
Donald Young
I love sports. I’ve played basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track and field growing up.
Michael B. Jordan
I let my racket do the talking. That’s what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.
Pete Sampras
Tennis has been around for so long – women have been playing the majors since the 1800s. Other sports have not had professional leagues for women for as long.
Venus Williams
Tennis is the purest form of democracy. There was a symbiotic, chicken-and-egg relationship for me between democracy and tennis.
Martina Navratilova
I think in the lifetime of a tennis player there are many times where you feel that tremendous confidence.
Gabriela Sabatini
We all know how to play tennis. We all know how to hit the ball. It’s more just about those details – managing all those early rounds and just managing yourself to make sure you’re ready for whatever is coming up next.
Grigor Dimitrov
But why should I read what somebody else thinks of my life when I know the real story?
Jimmy Connors
Ninety percent of my game is mental. It’s my concentration that has gotten me this far. I won’t even call a friend on the day of a match. I’m scared of disrupting my concentration. I don’t allow any competition with tennis.
Chris Evert
If you lose three or four in a row, people start talking about retirement. They are not used to this sport like they are used to tennis. If you take a look at how many times Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer lost, it’s all part of the game. Soccer is no different: teams go through bad times and then rise again.
Lyoto Machida
You can kick a ball into the net, throw a basketball into the net. Tennis is complicated. It’ll make a lot of great athletes run the other way because they can’t be successful initially.
Jim Courier
I enjoy hanging out with friends, going on hikes and playing tennis. I also enjoy Bible study and making dinners. I have a pretty mellow life away from the water.
Bethany Hamilton
I’ve always been a person who likes to take care of myself, but there is so much to do behind the scenes, and I love to just focus on the tennis.
Petra Kvitova
My first job was in sixth grade, sweeping the clay tennis courts at the yacht club near my house, which I was not a member of. Always had to pay my own rent. But I don’t really have any concept of how money works. I don’t know how much things cost. Like a BMW. Or a quart of milk. It’s embarrassing.
Chloe Sevigny
I work out a lot, but it changes day to day. I always start out with some cardio – either a jog, a bike ride, or footwork drills designed specifically for tennis movement. Then I do weights, but I switch the days: one day it’s upper body, the next day it’s lower body. Then I do stomach and back pretty much every day.
Ana Ivanovic
I like things to feel a touch unfinished; sweatpants with heels, or tennis shoes with a trouser. Those things are important.
Jenna Lyons
Lloyd did what he achieved with that shot.
Jack Bannister
Instant replay is going to be awesome. For too long, tennis has been stuck in its traditions, which is part of its strength as a game. But you have to be able to change some things and get fans interested.
Patrick McEnroe
In the pros, tennis is all about individuals. In college, it’s getting individuals to make points for the team.
Mark V. Hurd
Women’s tennis is two sets of rubbish that lasts only half an hour.
Pat Cash
Forget about tennis, I was scared to open my mouth. I didnt even feel worthy of saying something and not sounding stupid.
Jennifer Capriati
I used to play a lot of tennis and then, next thing you know, same thing with tennis. That banging on the knees, the jarring, twisting motion – I couldn’t do it. All of a sudden, every time I played, my knee would swell up.
Caitlyn Jenner
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.
Russell Lynes
Tennis is not like other sports where the coach is hired by an independent entity, and that makes a huge difference in the dynamic.
Ivan Lendl
It’s good to have someone on the tour so close to you – I mean, like, my sister. There is no one closer to me on the tour, so I don’t need any other friends than her. We always talk about everything; not only about tennis, but about all the other stuff around tennis.
Karolina Pliskova
You can’t be considered a great player unless you win Wimbledon. That’s the way it is.
Mats Wilander
I’m only seeing tennis balls these days. And maybe the occasional fashion sketch.
Venus Williams
You seem a lot like me,” he said. “You don’t gawk at me like I’m a freak.” “I’ll kick anyone who does.” “I think you already did. Or at least smacked him with a tennis racket.” -Alexander and Raven, Vampire Kisses, Pg.127, The Beginning
Ellen Schreiber
Now I do bowling, golf, and tennis. I want to be a good bowler.
Andy Lau
For me tennis is a sport, you know? It’s not a job, it’s a sport.
Gael Monfils
That’s one of the best sets I’ve seen him play, although I should preface that by saying I haven’t seen him play before.
John McEnroe
To meet my goals, I couldn’t let up when I was playing tennis.
Tracy Austin
I love to go out and have fun, but I’m not all about partying, so that’s a perfect place for me to get away from tennis with my friends. I think Canberra is the best place in the world.
Nick Kyrgios
This was a special week and a special victory for me. I played some great tennis.
Marin Cilic
In the States, tennis is sixth or seventh on the totem pole as far as sports go.
Andy Roddick
Power thrills, consistency kills.
Bill Anderson
When I walk through that gate to the court, that’s my escape. I block out everything, good and bad.
Maria Sharapova
I don’t want to live and die with every point that’s being played out there now. I’m going to let my coach live and die with every point.
Andy Roddick
I played a lot of tennis when I was young.
Roy Hodgson
It means everything, definitely. I mean, it’s Wimbledon. Tennis here is tennis history. Centre Court is always great to play on. I really feel like I’m at home. I was really up and down after my title here in 2011, but I still worked hard and believed in myself, and my team believed in me as well.
Petra Kvitova
I’m playing great tennis. I’m enjoying the tour, having fun with the fans off the court. I’m loving it now.
Roger Federer
Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis.
Arthur Ashe
I don’t have too much spare time, but I try to play games as much as possible. I played a little growing up, but I never played any tennis games before.
Lleyton Hewitt
The schedule is tough in tennis.
Stan Wawrinka
The trouble is you can’t play many matches when you lose them.
Jelena Dokic
I play golf, but sometimes it’s so un-relaxing, I have to play tennis to wind down. Now that I think about it, this process is sort of like when I go out for sushi and have to get a slice of pizza afterward.
Adam Ross
I’ve been spoiled being in the fashion business. My son will be like, ‘Mommy, 20 new pairs of shoes came today. How come?’ Because I’m always telling him it’s not normal to have 20 pairs of tennis shoes to try on before school.
Gwen Stefani
Tennis players need to be very focused and very intense, and I can show tennis players are not just hitting the little yellow ball and moving in between the white lines. I’m always trying to show my personality outside of the court.
Tomas Berdych
I never knew anyone yet who got up at six who did anything more useful between that time and breakfast than banging a tennis ballup against the side of the house, waiting for the more civilized members of the party to get up.
Robert Benchley
I like to play table tennis, spend time with my kids.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
I think more of my tennis is more to do with the mental side of things rather than technique or, you know, tactics or anything like that.
Nick Kyrgios
My audiences have given me lots of love as a tennis player. I hope they appreciate my passion for acting.
Leander Paes
I love tennis more than designing because it’s actually easier and I don’t get nearly as nervous.
Serena Williams
Thanks. For everything. I mean it.’ A slow grin edged onto his face. ‘You’re worth it…Princess.’ Her tennis show hit the door a second after it closed.
Jana Oliver
Swinging at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket: if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes everything.
Michael Bamberger
Sometimes you’re talking to a tennis ball on a stick, and you have to imagine what is supposed to be there and trust that the editors and the animators are going to make it all convincing to the audience. You have to pull a lot from within.
Ray Fisher
Tennis was always there for me, which was lucky. I would go play baseball, basketball, football, hang with my brother, do whatever, and at the end of the day I’d come back and say, ‘Hey, Mom, would you hit 15 minutes worth of balls with me?’
Jimmy Connors
My favorite tennis player, who I’m amazed by, is Roger Federer.
Doug Davidson
I’ll let the racket do the talking.
John McEnroe
Tennis is my dream. It is what I love. And it is what I want to be best at.
Grigor Dimitrov
I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay. We work just as hard as men do. I’ve been working, playing tennis, since I was three years old. And to be paid less just because of my sex – it doesn’t seem fair.
Serena Williams
The first three years, I don’t think I would leave my hotel room outside of tennis, because I was like, ‘I got to rest, I got to rest.’ It was like sort of a paranoia to do everything as best as I can.
Milos Raonic
I tried all kinds of sports when I was a kid, like soccer and tennis and golf, and, in fact, started skating to be able to play hockey.
Patrick Chan
I did always dream of being a professional player. I think every kid does dream of being a pro, but to last the journey you have to love tennis as a sport and if you are lucky enough to make it in the pros, it is really a bonus.
Samantha Stosur
If you give me a short shot I will attack you. I’m not a baseliner who rallies. I try to get the point over with.
Venus Williams
There is Peter Graf, Steffi’s father, with his head on his chin.
Dan Maskell
Tennis’s beauty’s infinite roots are self-competitive. You compete with your own limits to transcend the self in imagination and execution. Disappear inside the game: break through limits: transcend: improve: win.
David Foster
I love to play tennis and golf, listen to music, watch baseball and root for the Redskins.
Alan Greenspan
I grew up on a wide range of stuff. OutKast, they been around for over 20 years, and some of the L.A. cats like Defari, Dilated Peoples and Likwit Crew. I was always going to these shows and catching the KRS-One tennis ball, as he would throw those out, EPMD. I could go on and on.
Mahershala Ali
When I was younger, I was a robot. Wind her up and she plays tennis.
Chris Evert
If you see a tennis player who looks as if he is working hard, that means he isn’t very good.
Helen Wills
Whether it’s learning to hit a backhand in tennis, learning high school chemistry, or getting better at ski racing, I really believe with hard work and analytic preparation, you can skip a few steps and find the faster way.
Mikaela Shiffrin
My parents paid me small amounts for cleaning my room or cleaning the dishes and stuff, but I never really had a real job before I started on my professional tennis career.
Caroline Wozniacki
I feel comfortable on and off the court, happy in my own skin, just really comfortable with the way I’m playing my tennis.
Ashleigh Barty
It doesnt matter who is playing or how old they are. I just worry about what I can control. It doesnt give me more or less motivation.
Monica Seles
Its silly to say it about a tennis player, but Im an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place.
Boris Becker
Unbelievable, yet, what else could it be?
Jim Courier
What rivalry? I win all the matches.
Martina Hingis
The more matches I play, the more confident I get.
Maria Sharapova
My role is to think about tennis and to help Serena Williams be the best she can be and do what she wants to achieve.
Patrick Mouratoglou
Roger [Federer], he brought tennis… one level higher. Normally he toys with everybody. With all respect to other players, he does whatever he wants on the court against them. It’s incredible what kind of game he can play.
Marat Safin
Technically he is perfect and he plays so naturally, almost without effort. It’s like when Roger Federer plays tennis, he barely sweats.
Vicente del Bosque
You will never have great tennis champions from England because of the cold and dark, but most of all because people only care about the sport for two weeks a year, and then they’re on to something else. There’s just not a great love of the sport there.
Monica Seles
Earlier in my career, I used to spend a lot of time practising my tennis on court. Now I’ve learned that it’s better to do just a couple of hours on court and two gym sessions a day. That’s what’s made me fitter and stronger.
Andy Murray
I grew up a little girl in the Soviet Union playing at a small sports club. Tennis gave me my life.
Anna Kournikova
Under a pulsating full moon, the gussied-up Billie Jean King National Tennis Center seems much softer and prettier at night, with the fountains bubbling and fans without tickets to the big stadium sitting in the plaza and watching a big screen.
George Vecsey
When I’m tired, I like to go and do drills where you catch tennis balls off walls. Different colors use different hands, and you’ve got to react to those types of things at different angles. I do all these crazy reaction-time things or reaction skills with tennis balls every morning, or at least four times a week.
Julian Edelman
I definitely want to get out of tennis and try something completely different.
Marat Safin
I think business is the same as tennis. You have to have the love, that helps, or else it’s just too much pressure to be able to keep up with.
Venus Williams
I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on.
Serena Williams
I’d rather play tennis than go to the dentist.
I’d rather play soccer than go to the doctor.
I’d rather play Hurk than go to work.
Hurk? Hurk? What’s Hurk?
I don’t know but it MUST be better than work!
Shel Silverstein
Women’s tennis is very open. You really never know who going to be there.
Petra Kvitova
Where is women’s sports prominently displayed with the men? Tennis is the only thing I can think of.
Ronda Rousey
There are not many Irish people playing tennis!
Goran Ivanisevic
Tennis has given me this wonderful life and I’m very grateful for it.
Maria Sharapova
I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.
Roger Federer
I’m proud to have opened [two] schools in Africa and one in Jamaica [through the Serena Williams Fund and its partners]. I was given a lot. I was given two parents. That’s already starting above a lot of kids. And then I was given the opportunity to play tennis and parents who supported that. I feel I can give back.
Serena Williams
I go from being not known to being so known in the tennis world, in Canada in general. It’s going to be a little bit of a change to me. I’m going to have to adapt. But that doesn’t change things. I still have to work really hard every day.
Denis Shapovalov
I didn’t realize until I was doing commentary what a gladiator-like competition tennis is – other than no one dies. The crowd is waiting for the players to come, and they walk through the tunnel, and they get on the court, and they get out their rackets, their weapons, and now they start.
Martina Navratilova
Naturally I’ve known girlies form an attachment to the younger male before now, but in the tennis score of the bedroom most girls in my experience would rather Love Thirty or Love Forty than Love Fifteen. Men, of course, are a whole other issue; they start at Love All and stay there until they’re dragged from the court
Stephen Fry
I just enjoy watching tennis. And there’s things that you can learn from the men’s and the women’s game.
Andy Murray
Many tennis coaches are enablers. They need the job more than the player needs the coach, and if the coach needs the job more than the player needs the coach, he can’t effect change.
Ivan Lendl
I do everything right-handed – football, tennis, darts and golf – except for snooker.
Judd Trump
There are a lot of men playing great tennis well into their thirties.
Kevin Anderson
When you’re with another actor and doing something very intense, often you pull them over to your side, or they pull you over to theirs. But if you stay in your own truth, you can play that perfect tennis match. I always want to bring my power, but not in a way that eliminates the whole game!
Giancarlo Esposito
Losing is not my enemy..fear of losing is my enemy.
Rafael Nadal
To hear that you’re doing something that other people are enjoying, it’s a fun game. It’s like hitting a tennis ball over the net, and somebody hits it back. That’s what it feels like with the fans. It feels like someone else is participating in my creation, and it’s quite incredible.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.
Billie Jean King
I had an American boyfriend, went to football games, tennis tournaments, and to my prom. I was so serious about my American boyfriend that I brought him back to Germany with me to visit my parents. They were horrified.
Franka Potente
I can see that the tennis for the fans could be a bit boring, and these days you have these new modern things which you can do, and you have a lot of time, because you just play a match, and practise, and many times in between you can bring many things to the fans.
Tomas Berdych
I would like to thank all my tennis fans who were there from Day One when I was No. 1, through my stabbing, and my comeback.
Monica Seles
I don’t play any tournaments to come second best.
Andy Murray
I was certainly a kid who believed he could make a difference in the world. I was, as a young person, cooking up plans. My hero is Billie Jean King, and the thing that I find so impressive about Billie Jean is that she took something as banal as playing tennis and used it to change the world. She really did.
Peter Paige
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo Black
Our idea of fun wasn’t going to Disney World. It was, you want to play basketball, go outside, and make a goal. You want to play baseball? Take the old broom, take the handle off, take a tennis ball that we found somewhere, and go play baseball. We were forced to create things.
Booger McFarland
You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches.
Rafael Nadal
I want my tennis to speak for everything.
Maria Sharapova
Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
Roger Kahn
I know I’m good at tennis. Other than that, everything else is a wild card. I’m a wild card.
Venus Williams
All my life I’d woken up to tennis, tennis, tennis. Even if I don’t go to practise, I’m thinking about it all day.
Serena Williams
In terms of my free time, I really don’t have much. The time I do have, I enjoy being domestic and spending time with my girlfriend, hiking and playing tennis.
Corey Stoll
India has a very good tradition in tennis.
Venus Williams
I don’t know if Wimbledon’s seen anything like it. I don’t know if they will again. But it was just – it was electric. The Aussie crowd, I’m really proud of them, the way they conducted themselves. You know they’re great losers, as well.
Patrick Rafter
I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis.
Sally Ride
A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems.
Ana Ivanovic
Tennis has to become everything to you if you’re going to make it to the top. You have to live it.
Monica Seles
I just go out and play my best tennis.
Angelique Kerber
My personal style is really comfy: flats, tennis shoes, ponytails, no makeup.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
For the first couple of years I played really bad tennis. It was so bad that they booed me off the court.
Richard Krajicek
Always staying focused is something that’s been very tough for me. I’m still working on it.
Sloane Stephens
From the outside, Rick Rubin’s house above Zuma Beach is a generic millionaire beach home. There’s a rarely used tennis court and a circular drive.
Stephen Rodrick
I think the reason my relationship works so well with my dad is that we can separate our tennis lives from our personal lives.
Alexander Zverev
The idea of doing a tennis movie is truly unbelievable to me. Well, first of all, they don’t really exist.
David Walton
There is so many things to do in life rather than playing tennis, so I’m sure I will find something. I just need a bit of time to kind of settle down.
Marion Bartoli
My family are tennis coaches, and they always brought me to the tennis club. I basically had no other option than to start playing tennis.
Dominic Thiem
It was trying to make my tennis game look mildly respectable, which I found you don’t even really need to practice if you have a really good editor. They can edit it and you’re like, “Hey, it looks like I’m playing really well.” That was the fun part, but it was like going to summer camp.
Paul Reiser
My great grandfather from my father’s side, Sir Akbar Hydari, was the prime minister of the Nizam of Hyderabad. He was instrumental in setting up the Osmania university. His wife set up the Hydari club for women so that they could play tennis, and she also set up the first girls’ school in Hyderabad.
Aditi Rao Hydari
We play a lot of tennis, and we work out at the gym three or four times a week. As you get older, you feel those aches and pains, so Advil’s become a friend in the house.
Regis Philbin
I was just another long-haired teenage kid with visions of grandeur, strumming a tennis racket or a broom in front of his bedroom mirror.
Jon Bon Jovi
I’m not a team sports person type person, so I probably would have been good at tennis, because I like tennis. But my parents really didn’t push me. I think if my parents would have guided me and stay committed, I could have played any sport I wanted to, but I never did.
Laila Ali
I think I’ll play two years more, if my own body lets me do that… I still think my best tennis is still to come.
Justine Henin
Acting is a sport, like a game of tennis, and you and your opponent take turns setting the level of play.
Shawnee Smith
When I was 12, every little girl in Russia was trying to wear her hair like mine and playing tennis.
Anna Kournikova
If I’m nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it’s playing in a tournament or speaking at an event. So I try to stop and be proud of getting to live in that moment.
Maria Sharapova
I did everything – swimming, dancing, and badminton as well as tennis. It was always tennis that I really loved, though.
Heather Watson
Manners are manners. Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase have no respect. I don’t want my kid seeing Nastase play. The demeanor you show on the court is important to tennis…. Maybe we (yesterday’s stars) were too stereotyped. But we were told to behave or they’d take our racket away.
Rod Laver
My only wish would be to have 10 more lives to live on this planet. If that were possible, I’d spend one lifetime each in embryology, genetics, physics, astronomy and geology. The other lifetimes would be as a pianist, backwoodsman, tennis player, or writer for the ‘National Geographic.’
Joseph Murray
I started tennis around age 2.
Tracy Austin
The world’s No. 1 tennis player spends 90 percent of his time winning, while the world’s No. 1 golfer spends 90 percent of his time losing. Golfers are great losers.
David Feherty
It’s actually what I consider legalised cheating because one of the great senses that you have on a tennis court is your ability to hear the ball come off your opponent’s strings [on Sharapova grunting
John Newcombe
Thankfulness and gratitude are the foundation of character and being able to serve others.
Jim Loehr
I wrote a tennis book about Chris Evert and her then-husband, John Lloyd. It was called ‘Lloyd on Lloyd’ and became a No 1 bestseller.
Carol Thatcher
If you bounce a tennis ball against a wall it will come back to you the same way every time. But if you shift the wall a few degrees it will come back another way.
Tom Shadyac
I’m a terrible musician. While the band members are great, I’m tolerated and affectionately regarded because I do movies, but if I had to make my living as a musician I would starve. I’m like a Sunday tennis player.
Woody Allen
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.
Jacques Barzun
It wasn’t my tennis that made me lose, it was a lot of different things going on, high drama, high emotion.
Jennifer Capriati
Bjorn Borg looks like a hunchbacked, jut-bottomed version of Lizabeth Scott, impersonating a bearded Apache princess.
Clive James
I had this awesome tennis teacher when I was 12 who was Icelandic. He looked like a Viking: long hair, and he was built like a rock and spoke with this accent.
Eline Powell
One of the best sayings in tennis and sport is that pressure is a privilege.
Ashleigh Barty
I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn’t thinking about the big picture. I didn’t notice what they said on television, I wasn’t reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble.
Boris Becker
I actually wanted to be a tennis player.
Constance Jablonski
I used to travel in tennis shoes; I am just not allowed to anymore. I’m an old hippie from San Francisco.
Amy Irving
Serena and I have done some great career planning, and we’re playing really at the peak of our tennis right now. I think tennis has been a sport where people play this insane schedule from 14 years old, so of course at 26, it’s over. We’ve really paced ourselves.
Venus Williams
Some of us have the good fortune of some type of natural gift, whether it’s playing tennis or painting or writing.
Roger Housden
Sure, I’ve been on the Tube…I caught it to Eastbourne once.
Serena Williams
The crowds are very important for tennis. It makes you play better, but it can also make you nervous and that’s the beauty of it.
Roger Federer
I often surprise myself. You can’t plan some shots that go in, not unless you’re on marijuana, and the only grass I’m partial to is Wimbledon’s.
Rod Laver
Me writing about tennis is like a baker baking bread.
Ion Tiriac
I don’t play tennis at all.
Brooklyn Decker
[On a strained relationship between a tennis champion and her mother:] There comes a time when it’s probably not cool for your mom to be your best friend.
Lindsay Davenport
My body is for my tennis – it’s for my sport. I’m not a model at all. I don’t work out to go to the beach: I work out to play well and to do well on the court.
Stan Wawrinka
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
Arthur Ashe
To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Tennis is interesting because the women are almost more popular than the men. In the U.S. Open, women even get exactly the same money as the men.
Summer Sanders
I was being groomed to be a tennis player for sure. My grandparents and parents realised I had a natural athletic ability and if I was forced to do it, I could probably do well. But all I wanted was to play pretend.
Dakota Fanning
In corporate levels, it’s all about tailoring your shirt and which tennis club you belong to and which watch you are wearing and what did you shoot last week?
Ron Livingston
My best tennis at my peak was when I played a lot of matches.
John McEnroe
I play enough tennis during the year; I’m sick of it by the time I get home. So the last thing I want to do is go out there and hit more balls.
Nick Kyrgios
My role at the USTA allows me to fulfill my ambition to open up opportunities for people to play tennis that may not otherwise have a chance or an outlet to play.
Katrina Adams
I’m not Mr. Nice Guy, I’m a tough cookie
Thomas Muster
Four days a week, I do gymming, four days marital arts. Once a week I normally play lawn tennis, and once a week I horseride.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Tennis is a small window. You’re not going to have unlimited chances, unlimited opportunities. You can’t waste time.
Nick Kyrgios
It’s disappointing to have lost – that’s the bee’s knees of it.
Tim Henman
Start where you are, use what you have.
Arthur Ashe
Control the things you can control .
Samantha Stosur
The tennis world is constantly changing. What’s true today may be wrong tomorrow. If you don’t make progress, others will and you will be overtaken.
Patrick Mouratoglou
As a kid, I wanted to be a pro tennis player. I was pretty good; at the tennis academies I attended, I always ‘played up’ against older age groups.
Matt Kuchar
Tennis has to be very careful.Not everyone is a computer, it is very good we have John McEnroe. I hope we have a couple more.
Boris Becker
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
Arthur Ashe
It’s true I always try to be as seductive as possible but I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t play tennis.
Anna Kournikova
Tennis is a huge part of my life, but I don’t base my self-value or my self-worth or the quality of my life on my results on the court.
Venus Williams
There is this brutal side to tennis. It was invented as a game for kings and cardinals and people with a lot of power who didn’t have to share the field with other players.
Alvaro Enrigue
If I don’t do what I need to do to win, I won’t win, no matter who is on the other side of the net.
Andre Agassi
Tennis is more than just shots. It’s about being clutch and beating the people on the other side of the net.
Jim Courier
Tennis is a game of angles. You never have time to figure the angles. It’s practiced. It’s so practiced that it becomes an instinct. You just know where to put the ball. You just feel it. It has been computed into your brain so many times В­ it is there.
Billie Jean King
When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do.
Pete Sampras
Understand that writing is like an athletic activity. To play tennis well, you expect to keep practicing, but for some reason with writing, you think you should come out fresh the first time.
Natalie Goldberg
In the current [Carter] administration, who can use the White House swimming pool and tennis courts is decided at the very highest level. President Ford did not bother himself with such minor details. He let me swim in the pool. He only got upset when I tried to walk across the water.
Henry A. Kissinger
So there is not a lot about me that you don’t know other than that I play table tennis. I’m great, I’m great at table tennis! You will look at me and go, ‘How does that dude know how to play that well?’
Jamie Foxx
The Human Species could have been great but instead we became satisfied with lights on our tennis shoes.
George Carlin
The day I stop feeling the pressure and I’m just enjoying myself and taking it easy is when I’m 35, asking for a wild card and playing mixed doubles with Arnaud Clement.
Amelie Mauresmo
Today’s average American is more apt to rebel against a tennis shoe not coming in the right color than against the slow erosion of our democratic freedom.
Marianne Williamson
It’s tough when you’re No. 1. You don’t have any private life, you can’t even walk anywhere. I think that was one reason why I lost my motivation to play tennis.
Bjorn Borg
No athletes talk to themselves like tennis players. Pitchers, golfers, goalkeepers, they mutter to themselves, but tennis players talk to themselves-and answer. Tennis players look like lunatics in a public square.
Andre Agassi
My fines? I pay more fines than some guys’ career prize money on the tour.
Goran Ivanisevic
I enjoy tennis, Pilates. I read magazines and love fashion.
Melania Trump
Receiving the Newcombe Medal for a third year in a row is an amazing honour. The Newcombe Medal is a great occasion for the Australian tennis community to come together and celebrate our sport, recognise people’s achievements and contributions to Australian tennis.
Samantha Stosur
In tennis you move a lot. Golf you dont. In tennis, you can have a bad half-hour, but you cant in golf. You can lose the first set in tennis and still win.
Ivan Lendl
Tennis is at an amazing time when you’ve got two of the best players ever to play the game. You can argue the two very best playing in the same generation. It’s a rivalry I think that we’ve never seen in our sport.
Andre Agassi
As tempting as it seems to wear tennis shoes with your tux, don’t do it. I think it looks ridiculous. If you’re 14 years old, maybe give it a shot. In general, don’t portray anything that says ‘I’m too cool and I don’t care.’
Paul Feig
Growing up, I did quite a bit of reading on the mental side. My dad, who coached me, had us doing a lot of different types of mental work, like visualization. I read a couple of tennis books that talked about calming your nerves, belief, visualization, relaxing, breathing.
Kevin Anderson
Sometimes when you’re putting the work in it just seems so, so hard, and you never know when that work’s going to pay off.
Maria Sharapova
Tennis, at times, I follow, but not much.
P. V. Sindhu
Dating a tennis player is risky – love means nothing to us.
Anna Kournikova
Tennis is more than just a sport. It’s an art, like the ballet. Or like a performance in the theater.
Bill Tilden
I was cycling until I was 68. I used to play football, cricket, tennis, table tennis. I was into road walking – heel and toe.
Dennis Skinner
I want to play my best tennis at the Grand Slams.
Sloane Stephens
I feel like I don’t have to win anymore. I’ve had a wonderful career. Tennis has given me so much, things I would have never expected in my life. I feel honored to even be a part of such a wonderful sport.
Serena Williams
I love playing tennis. I am an exercise freak.
Richard Edelman
I’m not the best player in the history of tennis. I think I’m amongst the best. That’s true. That’s enough for me.
Rafael Nadal
Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking, start feeling. My shots become a half-second quicker, my decisions become the product of instinct rather than logic.
Andre Agassi
I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore.
Goran Ivanisevic
Id like to imagine that in order to beat me a person would have to play almost perfect tennis.
Venus Williams
This woman was so cross-eyed. She can go to a tennis match and never move her head.
Phyllis Diller
As a tennis player you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better.
Stan Wawrinka
I played tennis and softball, and we had horses, growing up.
Beth Riesgraf
Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for.
Andy Murray
I believe India has multi-talented people, so I have also embarked on my journey as an actor. I don’t need to be a celebrity, since tennis has already given fame to me.
Leander Paes
At home in Manchester, I have a recreation room just like I had in London, with all kinds of jerseys on the wall. In the middle, there’s a table to play tennis.
Robin Van Persie
I always have a Sharpie, because usually when someone asks me for an autograph, they don’t have a pen. I carry one in my purse, as well as in my tennis bag.
Maria Sharapova
The women tennis pros don’t really want equal pay for equal work. They want equal pay for inferior work.
Stephen Moore
Life is like a tennis game. You can’t win without serving.
Arthur Ashe
Everything is possible in this life.
Marat Safin
There’s power to: and everyone should have that, but everyone doesn’t. Power to play Bach, or tennis, or boccie if you like. And there’s power over; and no one should have that, but people do.
Marilyn French
Politicians who wear little tennis socks with the balls at the back should not be taken seriously.
Mo Rocca
To be a professional tennis player you need to put in these sort of hours.
Guy Forget
I have tennis shoes with little rhinestones that I slip on if I exercise. But I always wear heels, even around the house. I’m such a short little thing, I can’t reach my kitchen cabinets.
Dolly Parton
John McEnroe has hair like badly turned broccoli.
Clive James
Wrestling was my first success, the first thing that confirmed that I could be good at anything. Devoting yourself to wrestling, or tennis, or skiing, or dance, or to a musical instrument is a longing to be disciplined for a purpose.
John Irving
When you walk on a court, clear your mind of everything unrelated to the goal of playing the match as well as you can.
Stan Smith
Choking is being in a position to win, and then experiencing some critical failure of nerve or spirit. That never happened to me. And I can’t help but think it was because I was never afraid to lose.
Pete Sampras
Tennis has never been the most important thing in my life. My family, my health, my happiness…they are more important to me. On court, I want to win. Off court, I want to be a better person. Tennis is a path to my future.
Maria Sharapova
I can be a tennis player, a golf player, and even a soccer player.
Deontay Wilder
I don’t think the tennis tour is the place to have friends
Eugenie Bouchard
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
In America you’re conditioned to regard everything as a contest. You have to make the Ten Best Dressed List, win this, win that. It drives me nuts sometimes. Who cares, for Christ’s sake?
Arthur Ashe
I am definitely very excited to continue, and even though I will be turning 32 next year, I feel I am playing my best tennis, and I definitely feel my best results are still ahead of me.
Kevin Anderson
There are lots of women tennis players, for instance, but because not many of them seem to have much personality, they’re interchangeable. You don’t have a feeling about them.
Daley Thompson
I love tennis, but the main thing in my life, is life.
Gael Monfils
Greatest thing in life: Winning a tennis match. Second greatest thing in life: Losing a tennis match
Jimmy Connors
Maybe sometimes I don’t look like that I’m really enjoying being on the court and playing tennis, but inside, I’m really enjoying it.
Petra Kvitova
I think everything I do in my life I try to have fun, and I try to be creative on the tennis court, outside the tennis court.
Gael Monfils
Let no one say that I have said nothing new… the arrangement of the subject is new. When we play tennis, we both play with the same ball, but one of us places it better.
Blaise Pascal
Everyone thinks my name is Jerry Laitis and they call me Mr Laitis. What can you do when you have a name that sounds like a disease?
Vitas Gerulaitis
Tennis players have the ugliest feet.
Grigor Dimitrov
You know, I still love the innocent parts of the game. I love hitting tennis balls. I love seeing the young guys do well. I’ll still have a lot of friends to watch. I’ll miss the relationships probably the most. As time passes, I’ll probably miss the tennis more.
Andy Roddick
Navratilova won an astounding 167 singles titles and 166 doubles titles in a career which has spanned nearly 30 years. She changed the game of women’s tennis by forcing opponents to reach her standards of fitness and athleticism.
Elizabeth Vargas
Chris Lloyd came out of the dressing room like a pistol.
Virginia Wade
I dislike the gym, but I’ll chase a tennis ball all day.
Matt Kuchar
I love tennis. I’ve played it my whole life. Loved it since the age of three. I had an injury, so from the age of 13 to 24 I didn’t play much. Then when I moved out to L.A., there were so many tennis courts that I rekindled the love.
David Walton
Every time I go out onto a tennis court, I know what to expect.
Caroline Wozniacki
You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.
Bjorn Borg
I have a strong tennis arm.
Bess Truman
I think, in general, when you’re doing comedy, you’re having a good time regardless of the comedy table tennis that you’re playing. I think you want that, too: you’re rooting for two characters to be together, and you should feel that even when they’re angry at each other, they’re still in synch with each other.
Lake Bell
It’s nice to have other hobbies, other than golf. I’ve played football, I play tennis. I enjoy doing things other than golf, and poker is one of them.
Sergio Garcia
All sports are continuously developing, but what they all have in common is that the speed is increasing. That’s also true of tennis; the ball is getting faster and faster.
Rafael Nadal
Tennis is a traditional game. A big sport like tennis does not need too many changes. The game has become too fast, there are hardly any long, interesting rallies these days. So maybe slowing down the courts could help. But you can’t really stop a sport from evolving.
Bjorn Borg
No, like I said, my dad was never really part of the tennis. His involvement around what I did with the tennis and with my mom and my grandparents was really not a part of my life.
Jimmy Connors
Tennis is a full-time job and not just the two hours that people see when we’re on the court.
Andy Roddick
I don’t think tennis is a glamour game, not at all.
Mahesh Bhupathi
I do play tennis, but I don’t really like competition. I’m supposed to be so intense, but I hate competition.
Amy Chua
I don’t play golf or tennis, I don’t ski, I don’t snowboard. If you love what you do, you never get enough of it.
Frankie Valli
My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was – it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.
Andre Agassi
When my heart rate is so high, I seem to be able to play even better, without making bad decisions. It almost switches the mind off, so that I can play more instinctive tennis.
Cameron Norrie
Whether I’d stopped playing professionally at 17 – or if I stop at 35 – tennis will always be a part of my life.
Ashleigh Barty
I carried through well with my tennis. I got the respect by usage of the tennis racket.
Gabriela Sabatini
The days of a tennis champion as a gender rights leader are over.
Rich Eisen
In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe.
Elliott Chaze
Our view is that the very best data miners or statisticians can earn as much as the very best golfers or tennis players.
Anthony Goldbloom
Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself.
Andre Agassi
Since a month, two months ago, you know, I’ve started hitting the ball well. I’m playing some really good tennis. That really helps. I sort of have to motivate myself to get pumped up. It really helps my game a lot.
Stefan Edberg
Tennis doesn’t encourage any kind of intellectual development.
Jim Courier
Obviously, like Wembley is synonymous with tennis, snooker is synonymous with Sheffield.
Richard Caborn
If you have team spirit you can even beat better teams. As far as team sport is concerned China might need a change in attitude in comparison to the one in table tennis.
Berti Vogts
I train Monday through Saturday. I usually have fitness training for 90 minutes, then I’m on the tennis court for 3 to 4 hours.
Sloane Stephens
After being on the court for six hours, being on TV is very glamorous and fun for me. But tennis is always going to be my priority. It’s not going to be this thing when all of a sudden TV will get in the way of that.
Maria Sharapova
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.
Mitch Hedberg
Tennis Canada nominated me a few years ago, and I did some research into it and realized it’s one of the biggest honours you can have as a Canadian. I’ve seen the list of the people, and it’s pretty special.
Daniel Nestor
Wimbledon 2014 will be my last slam. To be honest, I am already starting to miss professional tennis, having played at the highest level for two decades. It is what has given me my identity, and I will miss every bit of the action. The thought that I will not be playing anymore is daunting.
Mahesh Bhupathi
It’s something I’ve always wanted – to be known as an Australian. When I was younger I was always referred to as an Aboriginal tennis player. Now I think the award means that I have been recognised as an entertainer and that makes me happy… It’s given me probably as big a kick as winning Wimbledon.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you.
Lloyd Mangrum
Summer I was 13, my grandfather and my father taught me how to play golf. I took lessons that summer, and I played every day that summer. I probably would’ve kept playing, except I realized that girls don’t watch golf; they watch tennis. So I let my golf game go dormant and started playing tennis.
Thomas Gibson
White folks may let you in their country clubs to play golf, invite you out to dinner, take you out to play tennis, but when it comes to dividing up the money, that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Marion Barry
I once played amateur tournament tennis six months without double-faulting.
Bobby Riggs
My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
Bjorn Borg
Girls are a distraction and can easily cost points.
Boris Becker
Tennis is my favorite way to unwind, and it’s a great family activity.
Lara Spencer
Never give up. Take what life throws at you and throw it right back. If life keeps throwing then you have a tennis match going. Learn to like tennis.
Glenn Ford
A tennis racket makes a great fake guitar!
Isaac
I’m a decent tennis player. Good backhand.
Idina Menzel
John McEnroe’s so good. Against him, all you can do is shake hands and take a shower.
Tomas Smid
I’m a big sports guy – golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, snowboarding – and I love games.
Jason Dohring
I’d like to imagine that in order to beat me a person would have to play almost perfect tennis.
Venus Williams
After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.
Pete Sampras
Jimmy Connors plays two tennis matches and winds up with $850,000, and Muhammad Ali fights for one bout and winds up with five million bucks. Me, I play 190 games–if you count exhibitions — and I’m overpaid!
Johnny Bench
I always had a powerful serve. It’s one of the best in women’s tennis. It’s very good to have a weapon like that.
Li Na
Acting is like a sporting match; a tennis game, but no one should win or lose. The game’s the thing!
Jon Polito
Tennis is very tough.
Grigor Dimitrov
I think the medical term for the injury is ‘the bottom of my ass hurts.’
Andy Roddick
All you have to do is drive by the empty tennis courts and basketball courts and compare them to the skate parks… c’mon people, get with the program – the future is now!
Jeff Ament
It’s shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you’re just thinking about nothing except winning every point.
Andre Agassi
I cycle, I take an hour’s strenuous walk in the evening, I play tennis twice a week with a trainer, and I sail. I used to ride horses professionally – I’d ride seven or eight horses a day, so I had to be fit for that.
Jonathan Dimbleby
I was annoyed and I was crying [her honest reaction to losing a tennis match at the US Open]
Shahar Pe’er
You can’t underestimate rest. Sometimes in tennis we don’t realize that to rest your body is as important as it is to practice. We are traveling so much, all year, in different conditions, different courts, different surfaces, different balls – so we always have to adapt.
Stan Wawrinka
I do enjoy wearing Japanese and Italian clothing. I also enjoy my blue jeans or tennis shorts and running shoes. I like driving a Porsche because it is an elegant machine and it is a very beautiful experience to drive it. It’s magnificently made.
Frederick Lenz
My family belongs to a tennis club in Valencia, California, so I always go there. I play a lot of tennis with my dad and swim. And I like to go to the gym there.
Ashley Tisdale
If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
Chris Evert
Exercise has its hazards. Runners are sidelined by shinsplints, freestylists by swimmer’s ear, and who hasn’t heard of tennis elbow? But the fitness buff of the ’90s has a far greater worry. StairMaster Butt.
Jake Tapper
I’m glad that I can play the tennis that I always wish to play.
Petra Kvitova
Back in East St. Louis, tennis wasn’t the real thing. If you weren’t playing baseball, basketball, football, you were kind of on the outside.
Jimmy Connors
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
Jimmy Connors
The first thing I would do is create one office that controlled all of pro tennis so you had one central voice that spoke for tennis. Central governance is something that’s really held the sport back and will continue to do so.
Jim Courier
Tennis is fake. We have real characters, but they don’t dare to be themselves, and the code of conduct has a lot to do with that.
Patrick Mouratoglou
Smart girls know how to play tennis, piano, and dumb.
Lynn Redgrave
I help design my own tennis clothes.
Maria Sharapova
While classical mechanics correctly predicts the behavior of large objects such as tennis balls, to predict the behavior of small objects such as electrons, we must use quantum mechanics.
Ivar Giaever
In golf, you definitely have your ranking. But it’s a bit different than tennis. Whenever there’s a golf tournament, you feel like almost anyone can win.
Casper Ruud
I had a fabulous childhood. Not many people have an outdoor tennis court that you’re allowed to put your ponies on and pretend you’re at Hickstead.
Louise Wilson
Champions take responsibility. When the ball is coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball.
Billie Jean King
I’m an ardent tennis player. I’m like an overenthusiastic child out there and I’ve damaged my back. It’s not that it’s crippling pain, more mental anguish.
Ardal O’Hanlon
Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn’t changed in 10 years.
Pete Sampras
My country is taking over in tennis
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Another little known fact about Amazing Tennis – the computer opponents are modeled after real people. In an odd turn of events, I joined a division 3 college tennis team at age 38.
David Crane
It’s something I really love to do. I mean, I don’t see myself without tennis.
Flavia Pennetta
It’s more a tennis problem than a mental problem. The transition is difficult. It depends how much time you have. Playing on grass can sometimes be a bit of a lottery.
Rafael Nadal
The Williams girls compete extremely hard on court because they hate losing – it’s just that they haven’t played an awful lot of tennis over the years.
Martina Navratilova
Black people playing tennis, next white people will be tap dancing!
Will Smith
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
Martina Navratilova
I am very obsessed with ballet now because it is a very difficult sport and a beautiful one because it is not about money. It’s not like playing football or tennis – dance has no sponsors, it’s just for the beauty. Maybe it is the only last pure sport.
Carine Roitfeld
I like physical exercise. I cycle, run, and play tennis and football with my son.
Juergen Teller
I thought about tennis. But the more I thought about the whole thing – lessons, equipment, going to the courts – I said screw it, I’m just going to go buy a pair of sneakers and go running.
Biz Stone
My kids know the importance of being active – and that’s why teaming up with the USTA was such an organic fit for me. They are making strives to get families outside – and using tennis as a way to get kids to stay active.
Laila Ali
I lived in Hollywood long enough to learn to play tennis and become a star, but I never felt it was my home. I was never looking for a home, as a matter of fact.
Paulette Goddard
To see Good Tennis! What divine joy Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ? Let other people play at other things; The King of Games is still the Game of Kings.
James Kenneth Stephen
Those two volleys really could be the story of this match summed up at the end of it.
Barry Davies
Challenging the truth is like playing tennis against the wall! The defeat is inevitable!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
I look at tennis as a bit of a platform to hopefully touch lives and encourage people.
Michael Chang
It’s one thing if you live in London and you’re rooting for Chelsea or you’re in New York and you love the Giants or Jets and no matter who’s on the team you’re into it. It’s different in tennis; you’re sort of your own guy, so you have to reach out and grab a person in a different way.
John McEnroe
Tennis doesn’t owe me anything. Tennis is one of the fairest sports. It’s given me so many extraordinary feelings.
David Ferrer
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
Martina Navratilova
I love tennis! I’ve always felt like this because it is such a classy sport with a great, competitive flair to it.
Roger Federer
I’m deadly serious even when I play tennis against my kids. I want to beat their brains out.
Jack Nicklaus
I can’t really remember my life without movies… [Growing up in Hollywood] is no different really. I make movies the same way other kids play tennis or go to piano lessons. I’m trying to get better at what I want to do, just like other kids are trying to get better at what they want to do.
Elle Fanning
If a child is poor in math but good at tennis, most people would hire a math tutor. I would rather hire a tennis coach.
Deepak Chopra
My tennis skills are okay.
Enrique Iglesias
I felt sad because everyday I had to wake up early to practice before going to school. After school I had to go back to tennis again, and then after tennis I had homework. I didn’t have time to play.
Li Na
I think it was the right time for me to retire because nowadays tennis is too incredibly fast and you can say that my style tennis went out of fashion.
Jana Novotna
I felt tight from the beginning of the match to the end. I couldn’t relax.
Elena Vesnina
The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, ‘A civilization is judged only in its decline.’ That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players.
Nikki Giovanni
I’d accomplished everything I had set out to do – winning the French and Australian Opens, the Olympic gold medal and the Davis Cup. So I said to myself: ‘Why don’t you try another year and see if you can enjoy your tennis like you did once?’ And I’ve been doing it.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
It’s difficult for most people to imagine the creative process in tennis. Seemingly it’s just an athletic matter of hitting the ball consistently well within the boundaries of the court. That analysis is just as specious as thinking that the difficulty in portraying King Lear on stage is learning all the lines.
Virginia Wade
When I got to match point in the final I was afraid I’d be a little nervous, but I just said, You have to stay focused, just think about what you have to do.
Gabriela Sabatini
It’s too much pressure. You have to think match by match and moment by moment or it drives you to distraction. I’m tired of all the talk about it. Everyone is obsessed with it…If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.
Marat Safin
I never expected i, in the first place, when I started playing tennis, that I would ever carry the flag into the Olympic Stadium for an Olympic Games… So for me that was a surprise and a huge honor in my life to be able to represent Switzerland.
Roger Federer
A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.
Tom Ford
I remember when I first started playing tennis, it was always my sister dressing me. She wanted me to look good. And then it really became a routine for me. It doesn’t consume too much of my day, but it’s something I always pay conscious attention to.
Milos Raonic
There is no relief at it being over. There is the joy of winning it.
Steffi Graf
You don’t need to know who’s playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president
James Baker
I wanted to emulate my parents – Mum captained India in basketball, and Dad won a bronze in hockey in 1972 Olympics. My focus has always been to achieve excellence whether in the field of tennis, in the corporate field, in the art of acting or in motivating youngsters.
Leander Paes
I like shoes that, no matter where I am, if I see a basketball or tennis court, I can tie them up and play.
Nick Kyrgios
Women have it better in tennis than any other sport, but you shouldn’t push them to play more than they’re capable of playing.
John McEnroe
You’re asking too much of the women. They shouldn’t be playing as many events as men. If tennis is best served by women playing events with men, so be it.
John McEnroe
If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.
Marat Safin
You have to want to play it all day, every day to get to the top.
Monica Seles
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
Arthur Ashe
I’m an American. You can’t go on where you were born. If you do then John McEnroe would be a German.
Martina Navratilova
All I cared about in tennis was winning.
Pete Sampras
People don’t seem to understand that it’s a damn war out there. Maybe my methods aren’t socially acceptable to some, but it’s what I have to do to survive. I don’t go out there to love my enemy. I go out there to squash him.
Jimmy Connors
On the tennis court, one needs a cool temperament, tremendous ball sense, reflexes, speed, hand-eye co-ordination, power, timing and peak physical fitness. Off the court, the player and support team need skills in planning, execution, travel, an ability to raise funds when needed, and several other talents.
Sania Mirza
If I hadn’t become a chef I would have loved to be a top tennis player, although I was never good enough so it wasn’t really an option. But that has never dimmed my love of the game, which started in childhood when I was lucky enough to be a ball boy at Wimbledon.
Ainsley Harriott
I never close my mind to anything and eventually want to branch out. But for now, tennis is still number one for me.
Serena Williams
In our house, the name for all athletic shoes – any that weren’t dress or ‘church’ shoes – was ‘tennis shoes,’ or ‘tennies.’
Steve Rushin
It’s like love. When you look too hard, you don’t find it. When you let it happen naturally, it comes.
Marat Safin
Cricket and tennis are very different skill sets, but I’ve played tennis all my life, so it’s a lot easier coming back than learning how to face a cricket ball for the first time.
Ashleigh Barty
I heckled somebody at the U.S. Open once. And you know, tennis, it’s not a good place for that.
Holly Hunter
In tennis, you can have a bad set and still win. The part of track cycling that is difficult to find in other sports is that it’s so final; there’s no second chance if you make a mistake.
Victoria Pendleton
I know my serve stinks, but I was a pretty good tennis player.
George H. W. Bush
Besides my strokes improving, I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with the game. The travel’s not so tough any more, I’m learning my way around the circuit. I’m learning to cope and I’m having fun. That’s the key — the tennis is fun and I’m really enjoying it.
Mardy Fish
I am not a monster. I’m not all bad. Maybe 10 percent. I think I’m 90 percent good.
John McEnroe
My dad taught me how to play tennis, and I owe that to him. But the better you get, the higher you climb, and the more lonely you get. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of personal relationships, but that’s the choice I made.
Grigor Dimitrov
I love the sport of tennis, but I sort of got a little bit away from what I really wanted to do. It became robotic for me, and that’s not what I wanted. It’s such an amazing sport, and I just really wanted to enjoy it, and I lost that enjoyment and that passion.
Ashleigh Barty
I feel that tennis is an art form that is capable of moving the players and the audience – at least a knowledgeable audience-in almost sensual ways. When I’m performing at my absolute best, I think that some of the euphoria I feel must be transmitted to the audience.
Billie Jean King
It was simple reality – most competitive tennis players in my day were privileged, spoiled, entitled and white. Also, many of them were beautiful, fit, tan and of good stock – great big hair and white teeth and long legs. Then there were the rest of us.
Anne Lamott
I’m a softball player. I’m a soccer player. I played tennis every day. I love being outside.
Kendra Wilkinson
I don’t like running that much, and during the off-season, I have to do it, but if I can replace it with tennis, it is better.
Petr Cech
So, yeah, Dad was right. Tennis was the way to go.
Caroline Wozniacki
I think tennis and golf have had a large boost in participation with a lot of people wanting to take up the game since the start of the pandemic.
Casper Ruud
Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
Venus Williams
Nobody actually played tennis in my family.
Novak Djokovic
I started out with a tennis racquet. Later, during one of the breaks we got from tennis, I started playing football with my friends. I was only five years old.
Hugo Lloris
It’s always good to play tennis with a better player to bring out the best in you.
Vicki Lawrence
You always need to try hard to find solutions. It’s the same in life or tennis.
Stan Wawrinka
A lot of the players are very complimentary about each other; they embrace at the end of matches because the level of the tennis has been so good. I think that’s something that tennis has got to be proud of.
Andy Murray
Winners aren’t popular, losers often are.
Virginia Wade
I always preferred working with somebody so I could look into their eyeballs and play tennis.
Carol Burnett
If I’m on holiday, I’m active on the beach, I play tennis, I run, I swim a lot. It’s just about making the workouts fun, I think, and then it doesn’t really feel that bad.
Candice Swanepoel
Normal adults can doodle, amble, and drift with no need to assess risk, since there is normally no risk at all. Jazz improvisation seems less subject to standards of risk than surgery, and less than much formal athletic performance, as in a tennis match.
Ernest Sosa
He’ll go down as one of the guys who changed our sport in a lot of ways, not only the way he played the game, but also the way that he conducted himself on and off the court.
Lleyton Hewitt
You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman.
Martina Navratilova
I have always been very dedicated to tennis, and it’s true that I made some compromises in my life. For example, I never went out to parties when I was younger, and I spent less time with friends.
Ana Ivanovic
You can’t measure success if you have never failed.
Steffi Graf
Sports have always been a really important part of how I energize myself, as well as how I relax. I spend a lot of my spare time with my family playing tennis, biking and rollerblading.
Irene Rosenfeld
I feel like I’m more a fan of tennis rather than it being men’s or women’s. I enjoy watching doubles as well when it’s on. I think that there are certain players that I enjoy watching on the men’s and women’s side. There’s some players that I don’t enjoy watching on both sides.
Andy Murray
My message is to get human beings to love God, love their neighbor and for the life of me I just don’t see the downside of human beings not being so mean to one another and actually care for one another and not steal from one another and not murder each other for their tennis shoes. That’s the message I have.
Phil Robertson
I enjoy hitting tennis balls. I haven’t lost any of the innocent parts of tennis. I just do it in front of less people.
Andy Roddick
Since I loathe the tedium of gym workouts, I take breaks for tennis with my eclectic group of tennis pals.
Erik Larson
It makes you also realize, ‘OK, I’m excited to play tennis, and I work really hard to be the best tennis player I think I can be,’ but I don’t waste my time on stupid stuff, you know what I mean.
Kim Clijsters
I can’t become satisfied, because if I get satisfied, I’ll be like, “Oh, I’ve won Wimbledon, I’ve won the U.S. Open. Now can I relax.” But now people are really going to be fighting to beat me.
Serena Williams
I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game.
Naomi Osaka
I guess I get my strength from my legs, which are also important in tennis.
Pete Sampras
I began playing in the Pacific Coast Indoor Tennis Championships.
Tracy Austin
I played tennis. My older brother, Joseph, was a cello player, and I played the cello, but he was better than me at the cello, and he was also a better tennis player than me, so I was always like, ‘I wish there was something that only I did!’
Diana Silvers
If I were asked to name one aspect of tennis that is the biggest weakness of players of all levels, I would probably say concentration. However good your shots, however fast your movement and reflexes, all is lost if the mind is not controlling every move.
Ken Rosewall
Played tennis for years. But you can’t improve at tennis after you’re 50. You get to be in your 40s, and suddenly you’re a doubles player.
Jack Nicholson
The older I get, the better I used to be.
Lee Trevino
In Hollywood people lie to each other and cheat each other and then go and play tennis. But I don’t want to be a tennis player.
David Geffen
Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf.
Jesse Jackson
Hornergy’ is Zen’s term for the indomitable athletic edge powered by sexual restraint. The basketball, baseball and football teams haven’t had a winning season in years. The table-tennis team, however, is undefeated.
Megan McCafferty
I got a message from a little girl just saying that she’s starting to play tennis because of me. That was pretty amazing.
Bianca Andreescu
Girls had never been important. I’d had a girlfriend or two and had liked them a lot but it wasn’t love, because my first love was tennis.
Boris Becker
I followed tennis a little. I liked Lendl, Edberg, and Rafter.
Gianluigi Buffon
But it’s always good to see youngsters taking over and playing great tennis. We have to get ready and prepare because they’re going to play better against us.
Sofia Kenin
If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me.
Pete Sampras
I’m amazed that years after I stopped playing tennis, people still recognize me in restaurants and ask for my autograph.
Bjorn Borg
When I am playing well I think I play such boring tennis.
Virginia Wade
If I can’t serve on grass, I can maybe help cut the grass, paint the lines and serve some strawberries.
Goran Ivanisevic
I am happy with being a tennis player and the choice I took when I was 12. But clearly, if I wouldnt have been a tennis player, I would have loved to be a soccer player. But again, I am happy with the choice I made.
Rafael Nadal
Tennis is still very successful in spite of itself.
Jim Courier
My uncle developed the training philosophy. His idea of good tennis training is basically quite simple: you must try to gain time.
Rafael Nadal
The Benson and Hedges Cup was won by McEnroe … he was as charming as always, which means that he was as charming as a dead mouse in a loaf of bread.
Clive James
Besides surfing, I play tennis, volleyball, I swim, I run hills, or I do high-intensity, high-interval workouts. I’m up at 5 A.M. every day.
Bethany Hamilton
As public schools deteriorate, the upper-middle class and wealthy send their kids to private ones. As public pools and playgrounds decay, the better-off buy memberships in private tennis and swimming clubs. As public hospitals decline, the well-off pay premium rates for private care.
Robert Reich
Joe Biden was spotted with a bruise on his face that was apparently caused by his dog. I guess they collided when they both went after the same tennis ball.
Jimmy Fallon
The Gullikson twins here. An interesting pair, both from Wisconsin.
Dan Maskell
I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
Monica Seles
When I was 4 my mother got divorced and we were very close to each other. I always wanted to be with her. She took me everywhere. When she went for dinner with friends or when they had meetings at the tennis club, I was always there.
Martina Hingis
‘Oh and Oh’ is a tennis term… It’s a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces.
Venus Williams
It was brilliant in LA. The kids were young enough for it not to disturb their education and it was an incredibly healthy lifestyle. The weather’s so good that you’re up every morning, walking in the canyons, playing tennis three times a week.
Roland Orzabal
I think a lot of people fail to work on their sight, even though it’s probably one of the most important sides to tennis. It’s also about reactions and concentration and focus, and I think it’s all very closely related.
Kevin Anderson
Tennis is a young man’s game. Until you’re 25, you can play singles. From 25 to 35, you should play doubles. I won’t tell you exactly how old I am, but when I played, there were 28 men on the court – just on my side of the net.
George Burns
With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour.
Mario Andretti
Barcelona, the tournament is, for all the Spanish players, an amazing event. I think is one of the top events on tour because is a historic event with a lot of tradition. A lot of years of the tournament, a lot of great players have been playing there. And it’s in a real tennis club.
Rafael Nadal
These ball boys are marvellous. You don’t even notice them. There’s a left handed one over there. I noticed him earlier .
Max Robertson
I walk, and I play tennis, but mainly I watch what I eat. I eat all the things that I love, including cake. Cake is very important to me. But it’s all about the size of the slice!
Mary Berry
Why did I lose? No reason, though you might like to know that I got tired, my ears started popping, the rubber came off my shoes, I got cramp, and I lost one of my contact lenses. Other than that I was in great shape.
Bob Lutz
I feel like I’m doing some great things for American tennis.
Sofia Kenin
Once I caught my dad in front of the TV watching a tennis match, and I realized they were tricking us. Poor guy, he had to sneak in a tennis final – probably the French Open.
Clemence Poesy
My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything.
Venus Williams
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
Boris Becker
Growing up, I’d just be at home, playing tennis, spending my allowance on an ice-cream truck.
Venus Williams
By putting pressure on myself to develop a great game, I had less pressure to win. These days, I tell kids that the way I grew up, it wasn’t about winning. It was about playing well, about playing the “right” way. That approach helped me enjoy the game and develop mine to its maximum potential.
Pete Sampras
I saw Kyrgios down in Australia. He played some very good tennis, won two or three matches, and has done the same here at Wimbledon. I think Australia’s got a good prospect in Kyrgios.
Rod Laver
I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.
Pete Sampras
There is a terrific apprehension among some people that blacks will take over the sport… It will create problems because their behavior, speech and dress is just a completely different culture.
Arthur Ashe
My parents had the plan for my life from the moment my mother tested positive with me. Looking back now, I’d say the hard turn for me was when I left school after the eighth grade to play tennis full time and study some with a travelling tutor.
Douglas Brunt
It is a big achievement to win a medal at the World Cup. Winning a medal is like doing well at Wimbledon, in tennis. It is one of the biggest shooting competitions in the world.
Abhinav Bindra
I was sporty in high school. I played tennis and hockey, and was basketball captain. Then I went to university and stopped doing sport and started eating ice cream.
Rebel Wilson
This tennis world, this tennis community, is very much a bubble, and it’s very easy to get lost in here. You know, there is a real world out there still.
Johanna Konta
In the last year I have gained a lot of experience because I have been playing against top players and realized what things to work on to get better. Top players basically tell you what your weaknesses are on the court.
Maria Sharapova
I have a TV Soap Boomerang award, and I always start my year with the Australian Open tennis! Tennis, soccer, you name it.
Doug Davidson
Seersucker and khaki suits are the key to looking put-together in the summer. I also wear shorts year-round. And I would never say never, but I don’t wear sandals. With shorts, it’s wing tips and tennis socks.
Thom Browne
I dont play golf or tennis, I dont ski, I dont snowboard. If you love what you do, you never get enough of it.
Frankie Valli
I think tennis was just in my genes.
Grigor Dimitrov
I was all for basketball, and I made the decision to play tennis.
Nick Kyrgios
Tennis is a funny game; unbelievable highs and the lows are just as low.
John McEnroe
I’d like to think I could have and should have won more, but that’s not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s – the type of tennis people hadn’t seen before – and I was very proud of that.
John McEnroe
I’m Shahar Peer. I came here to play tennis. I know I’m from Israel and I’m proud of my country and that playing tennis is what I’m going to do tomorrow.
Shahar Pe’er
Ladies, here’s a hint. If you’re up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. That’s the hardest shot for the well-endowed.
Billie Jean King
You can ask a lot of the people around me – I’m very demanding. I expect them to be as intense about my tennis on a daily basis as I am.
Milos Raonic
I guess the attention paid to appearance is something that belongs to tennis too.
Daniela Hantuchova
Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing.
Boris Becker
I don’t care now if I ever win a match in my life again. Whatever I do in my life, wherever I go, I’m going to be always Wimbledon champion.
Goran Ivanisevic
I played tennis a lot when I had the skull injury. For the first two months of my preparation, it was all I could do. It is a great sport for me because it helps my hand-eye coordination, and you need quick feet, which is a good exercise for a keeper.
Petr Cech
That’s my every day: putting things aside and going out there and have two hours of concentration of tennis.
Garbine Muguruza
My mom was a great tennis player, and I remember being six or seven years old watching Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in Wimbledon in my house. I’ve always been a tennis fan.
Tom Brady
A good deal of education consists of unlearning-the breaking of bad habits as with a tennis serve.
Mary McCarthy
People know me. I’m not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I’m not going to belong on Comedy Central. I’ll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.
Pete Sampras
They were adored by the Germans, who thought they were exactly what Englishmen ought to be. They made war look stylish and reasonable, and fun… They were dressed half for battle, half for tennis or croquet.
Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve heard that I’m ‘the future of tennis.’ But that’s all just random stuff.
Sloane Stephens
There is no life for girls in team sports past
Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I
thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.
Billie Jean King
I don’t go out there to love my enemy. I go out there to squash him.
Jimmy Connors
Business is like tennis. Those who serve well win.
Ken Blanchard
I only ever run when there’s some point to it – say, if it’s in a game of tennis.
Rafael Nadal
Each point I play is in the now moment. The last point means nothing, the next point means nothing.
Billie Jean King
Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.
John McEnroe
I am there to play tennis and represent the U.S., but I’m also aware that not everyone’s going to be able to think that way.
Jim Courier
I am not Shakespeare or Hemingway, but I have written stories on tennis that were brilliant.
Ion Tiriac
I’m as patient a father as I am on the tennis court. It takes a lot for me to get really upset, but sometimes kids can get you really cross if they really keep bugging you.
Roger Federer
Right now my main aim is not to get injured any more. I am a little bit afraid of running and sliding because the ankle was so painful. But I am not a person who runs a lot, who spends a lot of energy on the court. If I am mentally OK, if nothing is bothering me and I want to play, then it is fine.
Marat Safin
It’s tennis. I’m still human. I’m not a robot.
Petra Kvitova
We share the USTA’s vision to promote and expand the game of tennis. I have been playing the game since I was 6 years old with my dad and five brothers, so I know firsthand how it teaches life lessons: integrity, dedication, and competitiveness.
Cathy Engelbert
If I’m being honest, I think I’d be good at television; I just don’t know if I am interested, because you are kind of geographically responsible to a location, and frankly I don’t know if I retired from tennis so that I could sit around tennis tournaments 12 hours a day.
Andy Roddick
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
Andre Agassi
It’s very expensive to be a professional tennis player with all the travel and the flights and the hotels and everything.
Caroline Wozniacki
Unlike in my young days I’m not able to eat, drink and sleep tennis.
Amelie Mauresmo
When you have to react to a lizard that’s a tennis ball, it’s a really, really difficult, tricky piece of craft.
Marc Webb
Tim Henman, I guess, is sitting in the locker room, pacing up and down.
John Inverdale
My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of accepting defeat, she refused this fate and went on to become the West African Women’s Singles tennis champion in college.
Uzo Aduba
That’s the key to success, isn’t it? It has to be fun.
Monica Seles
I did eight months of training for ‘Wimbledon,’ and then, by the time I finished the movie another four months later, I was like, ‘That’s me. I’m done with tennis.’
Paul Bettany
I never lost a tennis match, I just ran out of time
Jimmy Connors
For my fifth birthday, I got a small tennis racket. That’s how I started.
Ana Ivanovic
Tennis is the loneliest sport.
Andre Agassi
At Wimbledon, the ladies are simply the candles on the cake.
John Newcombe
When Martina is tense it helps her relax.
Dan Maskell
When I started playing tennis in Class V, I used to be the only girl on the court along with 20-odd boys. So, I am used to being in the company of boys. In fact, I have very few girlfriends, and even my besties are boys; I find it much easier to get along with them.
Kriti Kharbanda
I know it’s just sport; it’s just tennis.
Petra Kvitova
I’m very, very focused on my children. In fact, I’m very religious about having breakfast with them every morning, having dinner with them every evening, and spend all the weekends with them that I don’t work. So as long as I’m not traveling, I’m always with them and I go to their soccer and tennis matches.
Zhang Xin
I’ve been very focused on my career outside of tennis.
Venus Williams
Trying to learn to be a good man is like learning to play tennis against a wall. You are only a good man – a competent, capable, interesting and lovable man – when you’re doing it for, or with, other people.
A. A. Gill
I started in a very small tennis club in a South American country where I never thought about becoming the best tennis player.
Garbine Muguruza
People say I’m around because I have a lot of heart, but I know all the heart in the world couldn’t have helped me if I wasn’t physically fit.
Jimmy Connors
I’m really trying to focus myself on playing tennis, and I think that’s really important.
Stefan Edberg
I’d rather be able to play great tennis at a slam than make eight finals of little tournaments and then lose first round of a slam. That doesn’t sound too good.
Sloane Stephens
For me, tennis is a sport. It’s not a job, it’s a sport.
Gael Monfils
I love tennis. But even if I become the greatest of all time, I still don’t only want to be defined by tennis. I’m my own person. And I want to be remembered as I really am. I’m so much more than tennis.
Grigor Dimitrov
I don’t want to just mess with your head. I want to mess with your life…. I want you to miss appointments, burn dinner, skip your homework. I want you to tell your wife to take that moonlight stroll on the beach at Waikiki with the resort tennis pro while you read a few more chapters.
Stephen King
Once you succeed in tennis, financially you become quite well off.
Stefan Edberg
I played tennis when I was younger. I don’t know if I could have been a professional, but I am still passionate about it.
Hugo Lloris
I love swimming, tennis, and I am taking up golf. I am not serious about it, I just go to the range and practice. Other than that, I enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with my friends.
Mila Kunis
I’m very proud to be a professional tennis player. I’m really happy to be doing something that I love. With this comes responsibility, and I am honored when I am told that I have inspired someone to play tennis.
Ana Ivanovic
Is that the longest fifth set ever? It was? So, no, I’ve never played one longer than that!
Andy Roddick
I obviously grew up on a court, but there wasn’t any, ‘All right, we’re going to name him ‘Tennis,’ and he’s going to be a professional.’
Tennys Sandgren
I’m super, super casual. I like boxer shorts or jeans or tank tops, tennis shoes and flip flops. That’s about it for me.
Shannon Elizabeth
I’ve played too many tennis hours.
Lindsay Davenport
I haven’t seen the film yet because I just got in from London. In the scenes where the two characters are bantering with each other, it is like bobbing at the net in tennis.
Albert Finney
This trophy is so special in the world of tennis and it feels great.
Amelie Mauresmo
It is just a crazy life as a sportsman. My daughter, Sam, wants to go into tennis, and I tell her, ‘No, you don’t want to go into professional sport.’
Ernie Els
Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible.
Jennifer Capriati
When you’re tired, you say, ‘Hey, I need to rest from tennis or something.’
Garbine Muguruza
The tennis ball doesn’t know how old I am. The ball doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers.
Martina Navratilova
Unlike tennis matches, Supreme Court decisions are tiebreaker-free, meaning the lower-court ruling stands without any high-court guidance.
Don Willett
You know why I want to win? Because of 15,000 reasons inside of the tennis court.
Marat Safin
In football, there were drinks available everywhere you looked. On a golf tournament, you could find one free anywhere you wanted it. In tennis and NBA basketball, everybody had a hospitality suite, and so you could go there and load up if you wanted to.
Pat Summerall
The thing about tennis is if you stay off for two weeks, or just for three days, you can lose your rhythm quickly. So it’s just a question of constant diligence and vigilance.
Venus Williams
While I’m more of a soccer and tennis fan myself, I still enjoying catching some football games when I get the chance.
Marcus Samuelsson
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there’s going to be a life after tennis that’s a lot longer than your tennis life.
Chris Evert
Tennis is for me joy, nothing less than that.
Sabine Lisicki
And here’s Zivojinovic, six foot six inches tall and fourteen pounds ten ounces.
Dan Maskell
I spent a whole year when I was injured just trying to get my arm back to the point where I could hit a tennis ball for more than 30 minutes a day. I’d hit for 15 minutes and it would feel as if my arm was going to fall off.
Maria Sharapova
Why do I wear tennis shoes? That’s two questions. Do I wear tennis shoes? The answer to that question is, “Yes.” “Why?” That’s a question philosophers have been pondering for centuries.
Irwin Corey
I like playing tennis. I’ve always enjoyed the process of being a tennis player; I’m just not sure that I enjoyed the travel at the end, and my body didn’t recover from the day-to-day grind.
Andy Roddick
Flying has opened up new horizons for tennis.
Jim Courier
One of the biggest things I’ve worked on is how to play my best tennis every single time I walk on to the court.
Kevin Anderson
It’s like getting the Williams sisters to play (tennis) against a man, and they’re far better athletes than she (Sorenstam) is.
Vijay Singh
Even though I’m 32, I feel like I’m playing my best-ever tennis and like the best years are ahead of me.
Kevin Anderson
I really enjoy playing with someone else and whether it’s chess or tennis or games, I love card games. I love that, but I think there’s something so important to gain from winning and losing and learning how to lose and how you can be better from that.
Hilary Swank
I think women’s tennis is so open. Anyone in the top 30 can do damage in the big tournaments.
Ashleigh Barty
We have a lot of great lesbian role models in tennis. I mean, Martina Navratilova in her heyday was probably the greatest female athlete on the planet. Martina just kept breaking every rule. That’s a great role model.
David Furnish
I think my family needs me more than anybody else, and tennis doesn’t need me anymore. I respect my wife a lot for taking all that in. She said, ‘I didn’t marry a tennis player; you’d retired.’ Now it’s time to do something else.
Thomas Muster
Boxing’s a poor man’s sport. We can’t afford to play golf or tennis. It is what it is. It’s kept so many kids off the street. It kept me off the street.
Sugar Ray Leonard
I gave up tennis to study, but not before it had shown me how to focus and concentrate. It taught me self-discipline: I was playing four or five hours a day and doing five-mile runs. When I stopped, my energy had to be channelled into something else.
Ray Fearon
It’s important for the young players to practice other ball games as well, basketball or table tennis. On the tennis court, you can improve your eye through a kind of overexertion.
Rafael Nadal
I love tennis. But even if I become the greatest of all time, I still don’t only want to be defined by tennis. I’m my own person. And I want to be remembered as I really am.
Grigor Dimitrov
I eat whatever I like, but I play tennis and run nearly every day.
Toni Garrn
I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn’t have a tennis tour.
Billie Jean King
I do a lot of running. Bit of squash, bit of tennis. I don’t like feeling out of shape.
Richard Coyle
Well, I think, you know, the university and the high schools are also important, but depends how I’m going to do in tennis – well, I hope. I mean, it depends, so I don’t know yet.
Daniela Hantuchova
Tennis is definitely a star for women in sports.
Venus Williams
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
Billie Jean King
I was practising with wet rubber balls just to get my reaction right, my hand-eye co-ordination right. Because sometimes wickets are softer, two-paced wickets, it helps to practise with a tennis ball.
Ajinkya Rahane
I like to keep fit, and when not gardening or singing solo or in a choir, I cycle, play tennis, swim, dance, and practise yoga.
Jane Hawking
When I see these kids 6 years old with a private coach, and at 7, they have a fitness coach, I’m like, ‘Aw, come on.’ At 12, it’s for sure they will lose all the interest in tennis because they do not interact with other kids.
Victoria Azarenka
Every generation I think gets better usually [in tennis].
Billie Jean King
I did realise more than ever, after the stabbing, that tennis is a business – a tough business.
Monica Seles
Stress is part of your career. You have to accept it and deal with it because there is a lot of emotion in tennis.
Stan Wawrinka
I ride a bicycle. I make artwork and do other kinds of stuff – but in terms of unwind, I like to play tennis and ride.
Lee Ranaldo
I admire the way golfers handle themselves. But tennis players are a lot younger, as a rule. There aren’t many teenagers on the golf tour.
Pete Sampras
The most important thing is definitely success on the tennis court. I know that if I win matches, everything else will fall into place, and the money and sponsors will follow.
Petra Kvitova
When Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner travels to China to play table tennis, he is mobbed when he leaves his hotel as if he were a rock star walking around Manhattan or a soccer star walking around Europe.
George Vecsey
When I discovered European filmmakers, it affected me so deeply. It redefined what cinema could be. I mean, ‘Blow-Up’ ends with a dead body and mimes playing tennis. What?
Paul Haggis
What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.
John McEnroe
The choreographic process is exhausting. It happens on one’s feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.
Agnes de Mille
It occurred to me that it would benefit me to play without emotion – well, without emotion others could see, anyway. Card players profited from having a poker face so opponents wouldn’t know how good or bad their hand was, and I figured a deadpan expression would work in tennis, too.
Rod Laver
If I need a pair of tennis shorts, I’ll buy them online. I don’t really care. Not going to go and try on a pair and see how my bum looks. Who cares? But for things that you care about – I mean, a jacket and a pair of trousers, you’ve got to try them on.
Peter Marino
I’ve been asked a lot lately if tennis is clean or not. I don’t know any more how you judge whether a sport is clean. If one in 100 players is doping, in my eyes that isn’t a clean sport.
Andy Murray
There is a special sensation in getting good wood on the ball and driving a double down the left-field line as the crowd in the ballpark rises to its feet and cheers. But, I also remember how much fun I had as a skinny barefoot kid hitting a tennis ball with a broomstick on a quiet, dusty street in Panama.
Rod Carew
When you put the sacred Croatia shirt on, you become another person. We have this togetherness, this unique unity – not just in football. We are exceptional in tennis, handball, basketball, water polo. If we were to hold a tournament in ping pong, all of us would be rooting for that single player.
Ivan Rakitic
If Pete’s (Sampras) child is a girl, my son will like her; if he’s a boy, my son will defeat him.
Andre Agassi
When I was a baby, I was on a tennis court every day with my mom and with my brothers, so I would pick up the balls for them when they’d play, and then sometimes I’d play with them, but not very often.
Petra Kvitova
Tennis was a game invented by a woman named Samantha Tennis in 1839, in the village of Lobsworth, County of Kent, as a diversion for the wealthy and titled Englishmen of the region, who had nothing better to do at the time but drink, belch and wear funny clothes.
Dan Jenkins
If I stay healthy and I’m playing good tennis I have as good a chance as anybody.
Greg Rusedski
I guess tennis is my main art, but fashion is definitely very close.
Venus Williams
Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it’s not the only thing. I’m not going to play forever.
Novak Djokovic
You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them.
Kim Clijsters
If somebody says I am better than Roger, I think this person doesn’t know anything about tennis.
Rafael Nadal
When I need to relax, I love to go to the movies or watch a good TV series. I also practice a lot of sport, mostly tennis and swimming.
Delphine Arnault
One time, I got to go play with lion cubs in Johannesburg. It was amazing. But it’s difficult when you’re on the road. We’re always playing tennis, and there’s a lot of pressure. So sometimes you don’t get to do the things you’d like to do, because the priority is tennis.
Milos Raonic
When you become a top player, you think that nothing else and nobody else matters. You can tell everybody on earth, ‘Listen, I’m playing tennis, I don’t have time for you. I’m in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, screw everybody and everything else.’
Mats Wilander
Everything can happen in tennis.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
On winter Sundays when I was a child, we waited for my father to return from his tennis game with bagels and sturgeon and for my mother to object when the 1 P.M. Giants game began.
Jane Leavy
Tennis is my job, but it’s not my life.
Serena Williams
Tennis has had a very positive impact on my life.
Gabriela Sabatini
Relationships are give-and-take, and when you’re a tennis player, you’re certainly not giving. You have to be self-absorbed. It has to be about you.
Chris Evert
The serve was invented so that the net could play.
Bill Cosby
I don’t mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way. That’s all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable.
Roger Federer
I look at our sport as the same as tennis. Male and female tennis is very, very different. The men’s is more quick and powerful, and the women’s is more about finesse and has more rallies – and that’s the same with men’s and women’s football.
Karen Carney
Tennis has always been a big challenge to me and to be able to play that kind of tennis – well, only tennis can produce these feelings for me.
Steffi Graf
I want to be remembered as a great player, but I guess it will be as a player who got angry on a tennis court.
John McEnroe
Out on the street, you never know what you’re getting, and suddenly two days later you’re beating yourself in the head with a tennis racket, wearing a towel, quoting Poe. You don’t want that for your kid. You really don’t want that.
Johnny Depp
For me, it’s about the tennis and the trophies. I’m not motivated by money.
Caroline Wozniacki
What these guys are doing is great for Argentinean tennis. This is motivating other people.
Gabriela Sabatini
I’d much rather people knew me as a good tennis player than as an aboriginal who happens to play good tennis. Of course I’m proud of my race, but I don’t want to be thinking about it all the time.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
I’d love to see all the guys play their best because I think it’s better for tennis.
John McEnroe
If you don’t do something special against Chris Evert you find yourself losing concentration after 35 shots.
Julie Heldman
The responsibility I have is a great thing, from helping tennis grow in Canada, but also in the future, being able to do stuff through my foundation, helping kids, and helping everyone I can, and really trying to make a difference. It would be a shame to be in the spotlight, have a voice and not do much with it.
Milos Raonic
Maybe I was accepted to Harvard only because of my tennis skills, since I definitively had no great academic achievements. I was 17 and only thought about surfing and playing tennis. I had almost never left Rio de Janeiro and had never been to the United States.
Jorge Paulo Lemann
What I’ve realised is that you can run miles, jump on a bike, lift weights, and all that other garbage, but the bottom line is that you get in tennis shape by playing tennis. You build the right muscles, and I don’t believe people can do it as successfully any other way.
John McEnroe
I would be really excellent in a horror film because I have a great scream. I’d be really good in a comedy too. I’m top, top, top quality.
Serena Williams
I’m not to eager to play tennis in my spare time. I’m more interested in doing gym work and stuff like that. We have a lot of schools and courts around where I live, so if I really want to play, I don’t need to go too far.
Lleyton Hewitt
When I started out jumping around with a tennis racket, I never thought I would end up on a list of the best guitar players in the world. It makes me feel proud of the hard work I’ve put in.
Gary Hoey
We [Americans] are a football-baseball-basketball-golf culture with some ocassional forays into tennis and less often the winter sports.
Michael Wilbon
I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
Billie Jean King
I just want to be able to show who I really am, what I can do, bring awareness, create something because I want to take tennis, women’s tennis, into an even more exciting path because I believe we have a lot more things to offer.
Victoria Azarenka
Everything’s a real passion to me – my children, my family, my work, travel. I don’t play tennis, I don’t play music, but I have a great time.
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.
Boris Johnson
Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women’s ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men’s tennis.
Billie Jean King
I never thought tennis was going to give me so much satisfaction.
Gabriela Sabatini
Once you reach a good level in tennis it fills you with a lot of motivation. I hope I can do it for a long time.
Roger Federer
I think English is very important for tennis players. To be on the tour, it’s much more easier if you speak English. So that’s why I knew that I have to improve my English.
Petra Kvitova
Everything is tennis for me, it’s my career and it’s entertainment, but it’s also a business.
Venus Williams
It’s an amazing feeling: tennis is growing very quickly in Canada, and to be a big part of it is an honour.
Milos Raonic
Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
Venus Williams
It’s silly to say it about a tennis player, but I’m an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place.
Boris Becker
Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
Jean de Gribaldy
Sometimes I feel like tap-dancing, screeching, unscrewing light bulbs, pulling curtains, combing hair, doing knee bends, handstands and turning somersaults out there.
Ilie Nastase
I was watching tennis on TV, and between games, they were showing a commercial for a tennis school. I wrote down the number, gave it to my mom, and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ She thought it was a joke, but I was very stubborn, and I kept bringing it up.
Ana Ivanovic
I’d rather be No. 2 in Chile and No. 1 in the world.
Nicolas Massu
Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.
Jimmy Connors
I am the greatest tennis player. The other players are like coins in my pocket that I give to a homeless man.
Novak Djokovic
If she gets the jitters now, then she isn’t the great champion that she is.
Max Robertson
A traditional fixture at Wimbledon is the way the BBC TV commentary box fills up with British players eliminated in the early rounds.
Clive James
If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer. I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him.
John McEnroe
Umpires are like emotional girlfriends, once they make up their minds, there is no point in arguing
Dmitry Tursunov
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. The mental part is very important.
Justine Henin
I feel lucky to live at a time when the dominant tennis players are Venus and Serena Williams. And to have lived through the success of a whole slew of boxers and feel I could invest emotionally and psychologically in their victories, and identify with them in their struggles.
George Elliott Clarke
To me, Hewitt and Nadal would be the best spirited fighters I’ve ever seen on the tennis court.
Mats Wilander
Seems like most of the kids today are into other sports other than tennis.
Jana Novotna
Why don’t they go back to wood racquets? Then we would see the best tennis to be played.
John McEnroe
I think I want to show fans what it is actually like to be an athlete. Tennis is a part of it, but there is also another job that people are not aware of, the media commitments we have, and I want them to understand this.
Gael Monfils
My grandmother was whip smart as well as an incredible athlete. She played tennis in her sari, cheered on the Indian team in cricket matches, and tried to convince us that her made-up words were real so she could win a Scrabble game.
Pramila Jayapal
Mixed doubles are always starting divorces. If you play with your wife, you fight with her; if you play with somebody else, she fights with you.
Sidney Wood
Tennis is a world out of touch with reality
Sebastien Grosjean
I am the best tennis player who cannot play tennis.
Ion Tiriac
People don’t ask Andre Agassi, ‘You know you’re the No. 1 tennis player in the world… have you thought about polo?’
Rob Schneider
Now that I’ve won a slam, I know something very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn’t feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn’t last long as the bad. Not even close.
Andre Agassi
I started puberty very late. I was nearly sixteen. And for complicated reasons this late arrival of my puberty caused me to stop playing competitive tennis. But before my puberty problem, I had trouble with my lower back and with my left testicle.
Jonathan Ames
You will never have great tennis champions from England because of the cold and dark, but most of all because people only care about the sport for two weeks a year, and then they’re on to something else. There’s just not a great love of the sport there
Monica Seles
The Czech tennis federation wasn’t holding me back, but they could still pull the plug anytime they wanted.
Martina Navratilova
When I retired from tennis I wanted to do other things with my life.
Bjorn Borg
I am very athletic and like to play tennis, run, hike, and work out with my trainer. I also enjoy traveling, and given that it’s a part of my job, I get to do it a lot.
Dylan Lauren
When you meet someone, ask about what hobby they have, not what they do. People always ask me about cooking, but I prefer to talk about tennis or boxing.
Wolfgang Puck
Sport doesn’t know barriers, really. You are judged on your performance… how far you can jump, how fast you can run, how well you can hit a tennis ball.
Martina Navratilova
Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn’t have been the same player.
Steffi Graf
I’m a big fan of the Rocky series. Given the chance, I’d love to meet Sylvester Stallone. But apart from boxing, I’m an ardent fan of tennis and football.
Vijender Singh
I definitely think the way the game is transforming, becoming more and more athletic, guys are great athletes out here and relying on the physical skills more than their tennis skills, almost, sometimes. So for that reason, matching up with some of these guys, I can’t keep up.
Daniel Nestor
This is a dream from when I was kid. I’m playing tennis almost 18 years, and of course everybody’s dream is to play the final of a Grand Slam.
Agnieszka Radwanska
I started playing tennis when I was 4 or 5 years old.
Petra Kvitova
I’m always an entrepreneur, but I’d probably be a teacher. I like teaching kids, whether that’s tennis on the courts or history in the classroom.
Boris Kodjoe
while it’s true in tennis, love is zero. but zero is also where everything starts. nothing would ever be born if we didn’t depart from there. nothing would be ever achieved.
Gosho Aoyama
Playing (Serena) it always felt like playing a steamroller. No subtlety, no finesse, just raw, loud power. To respect this style of play was always a bit tough for me, but of course I had to, because the rules of tennis dont state that having a beautiful game is required to become No. 1.
Martina Hingis
The dumber you are on court, the better you’re going to play.
Jim Courier
I’m a big fan of curling, follow all the major world events. Watch all four Tennis majors.
W. P. Kinsella
I still break racquets, but now I do it in a positive way.
Goran Ivanisevic
At the very beginning of my career, when I opened my business in Italy, I was also a ranked tennis player. I had won many tournaments. To be an athlete was my first choice. Second choice: designer. However! There was more money in being a designer at that time.
Oleg Cassini
If I make a change to a young kid to play any sport, not only tennis, instead of spending time in front of the TV or computer, that is good. I want to give them a good example: ‘Hey, go out and play and see the world.’
Ana Ivanovic
No tennis player is perfect. Even if you’re world #1, I don’t think, you still have things to improve on, and I’m not even close to that. So I am going to have weaknesses in my game; I am going to have strengths in my game, but I still have time to develop a lot of things, hopefully, and we’ll see how it goes.
Sania Mirza
If I didn’t love tennis, I wouldn’t be playing. That’s also why I don’t know how long I will be playing because if I start feeling like this is not what I want to do anymore, that there’s not really any reason anymore.
Caroline Wozniacki
John McEnroe looks as if he is serving round the edge of an imaginary building.
Clive James
At the end I couldn’t hear what the Queen was saying to me. But it was just great to see her lips moving.
Virginia Wade
I knew I was the second-best tennis player in the state of Florida and No. 8 in the United States of America when I was 12 years old and I couldn’t tell you what I was in baseball, but I liked my chances in tennis of getting a scholarship to college.
Jim Courier
Baseball began early for me. When I was 5, my father took two Little League bats and put them on a lathe. He whittled them down and sanded the bats so they were the proper size for my brother and me. He began by throwing tennis balls to us. Eventually, we practiced hitting and fielding at a field near our house.
Keith Hernandez
There’s no home team in tennis, no built-in fan base, so the players have to step up and do their fair share.
Andy Roddick
I’d also made the first tennis team. I was number two player in the school at 11 years of age and that didn’t sit very well with people.
John Newcombe
Hard work is the only way to go. Strive to be the best you can be and remember that when you try your best, you can’t ask any more from yourself, and people can’t ask any more from you.
Michael Chang
I don’t know whether it’s normal or not, but sex has always been something that I take seriously. I would put it higher than tennis on my list of constructive things to do.
Art Buchwald
There’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to learn Italian. I want to learn to play tennis better. I want to motivate the world, basically.
Magnus Scheving
I used to be a columnist for ‘Golf Monthly’ and have contributed articles for national newspapers based on the humour that is in abundance in the game, which is more than can be said of tennis.
Jasper Carrott
My serve has killed a small dog … I’m joking, I’m joking! The dog was huge!
Andy Roddick
As far as U.S. tennis, we need new stars coming up in the pipeline, but I don’t know if we have it.
Billie Jean King
Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.
Billie Jean King
Is only a tennis match. At the end, that’s life. There is much more important things.
Rafael Nadal
When I’m in L.A., I try to run the canyons or play tennis with friends a few times a week. I’ve tried working out with a trainer and going to the gym, but I’d just much rather be outside.
Julia Jones
I used to play lots of sports. I used to be a good tennis player. I used to be a decent golfer.
Chris Murphy
We lose a lot of young athletes because tennis is such a difficult sport. It’s not like kicking a soccer ball.
Jim Courier
Tennis is all about mental toughness, and you have to keep your head in the game. I make time to relax away from competition pressures, travel and intense training schedules to make sure I’m looking after myself. Taking time out with family and friends helps to maintain the work-life balance everyone needs.
Samantha Stosur
Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.
Brian Kilmeade
The only way to quieten me is to invite me to a tennis match.
John Forsythe
I decided to play tennis not because I wanted to be a professional player, but because my parents wanted me to get involved in something so I wouldnt be running around the streets in Serbia.
Jelena Jankovic
I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments. That’s no contribution to society. [Tennis] was purely selfish; that was for me.
Arthur Ashe
As soon as I step on the court I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore.
Goran Ivanisevic
It was all right until the sun came out and then everything started getting warmer.
Jo Durie
Andre Sa is playing close to his potential – maybe even above it.
Boris Becker
I believe the religion of Christ covers the whole man. Why shouldn’t a man play baseball or lawn-tennis? … Don’t imagine that you have got to go into a cave to be consecrated, and stay there all your life. Whatever you take up, take it up with all your heart.
Dwight L. Moody
I’ve been athletic since I was a kid. My parents got me playing tennis when I was seven years old and I started to play competitively.
Lisa Rinna
I’d love to have a line of tennis clothes, something unique and different.
Grigor Dimitrov
There’s two people I would say to try to go and watch who are probably the future of tennis. One girl called Taylor Townsend, she got a wildcard from the event into Wimbledon; she’s an American girl. On the men’s side, there’s an Australian guy called Nick Kyrgios; he’s 19, and he was the number one junior in the world.
Andy Murray
Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.
Stan Smith
There was always sibling rivalry. Tennis, football, boxing, whatever – you always want to come out on top of big sis.
Nikita Parris
I don’t really know why I started playing as a kid, but I grew up in Queens, New York, not too far from Forest Hills, where they played the U.S. Open in those days. I even got to be a ball boy there. Also, there was a tennis court just a block away from our house, and I’d hang out down there.
John McEnroe
I haven’t been in tennis for that long, but what I can say is that we have a lot of young guys at the top who are willing to do a lot of good things for tennis in general.
Novak Djokovic
I think Serena Williams is the best tennis player of this generation, if not the best ever. It is amazing for her to be playing as well as she is at the age of 31.
Samantha Stosur
I don’t make a habit of watching tennis matches, but I try to watch all the major finals. I try to make time for that. So unless I have something going with the kids where I can’t, I try to watch, and I enjoy that.
Ivan Lendl
The only other thing that’s like video games for me is watching tennis on TV. I can have it on, and there’s a rhythmic quality to it – I can be watching Wimbledon or the U.S. Open and still be working.
Lin-Manuel Miranda
I think if people were to look at badminton and tennis, they’d see they’re actually very similar; the profile would increase, and we might be in a better position as a sport.
Rajiv Ouseph
I’m the girl who’s like, ‘Why wear heels when I can wear tennis shoes and be comfortable?’ I’ve always been the girl who’s like, ‘Let’s go play basketball.’
Kyla Pratt
Throughout my career, my mind rarely wandered, and I was never sidetracked by distractions, no matter what I was going through off the court.
Pete Sampras
He’s a haircut and a forehand.
Ivan Lendl
I don’t have time for easy. Tennis is just hard.
Venus Williams
When I’m relaxed, I play my best tennis.
Ashleigh Barty
Ann’s got to take her nerve by the horns.
Virginia Wade
Do I play tennis? Man, I had one of the baddest overhead rights of anyone. Bam!
Don King
Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls.
Jim Harrison
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Sania Mirza
Tennis is one of those sports: whatever you put in, you get out.
Grigor Dimitrov
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Arthur Ashe
Isn’t it funny – why is it called a tennis bracelet? It doesn’t seem very tennis, does it?
John Cameron Mitchell
I killed a squirrel once with a car. Twice with a tennis racket.
Anthony Jeselnik
The thing about tennis life is that it’s the same thing every day. You train. You come back to the hotel. You get treatment. You eat. You sleep. You get up.
Nick Kyrgios
I admire Roger Federer, not only for his tennis but also for his personality.
Ana Ivanovic
When you have a dream, you don’t even want to tell yourself straight out that this is what you want. You try to hide it. I never told myself I wanted to be a tennis player. But being an artist, yes, this is what I wanted since I first sat down to draw or paint. I knew that . . . I had that vision.
Rita Ackermann
Last time I was starstruck was when I met Roger Federer. He is one of the few athletes that I really look up to – incredibly talented both on and off the track and a great role model for tennis.
Henrik Lundqvist
No, actually I wanted to play five. I definitely wanted to try to lose that fourth set and test the waters in the fifth.
Andy Roddick
I want to play tennis and fornicate.
Robert Plant
I’m just glad Open tennis is here. It’s great for the game. That’s more important.
Pancho Gonzales
Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders.
Martina Hingis
There was something so cool about being able to carry this film [Into the Forest] together [with Ellen Page] and to play off of each other. It was like having the most worthy tennis opponent.
Evan Rachel Wood
When I started to play tennis my mum told me to enjoy.
Gael Monfils
Billie and I did wonders for women’s tennis. They owe me a piece of their checks.
Bobby Riggs
Whoever has played tennis knows the court is pretty big and you always have space to put the ball in.
Tomas Berdych
I was so horrifically bad at tennis.
Ted Cruz
They call him the Streak, he likes to turn the other cheek. He’s always making the news, wearing just his tennis shoes.
Ray Stevens
The first rounds of a tournament are always tricky because playing tennis takes a lot out of you.
Venus Williams
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
Roger Federer
My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player.
Marat Safin
My grandfather told me that I should have a series of headshots, one with a tennis racket, one dressed as a naval officer, and one dressed as a cheeky chappie. He said, “If you have those headshots, the world is your oyster.”
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
My dad played football – and tennis as well – and so did my brothers. My dad was chairman of our local club, Spartans, for a while. But back when I was a boy, people didn’t think of football as a career.
Nwankwo Kanu
Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.
Serena Williams
I don’t do a huge amount of physical activity. I play tennis, I work out sporadically, and I eat well and take care of myself.
Harrison Ford
I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see those records broken.
Martha Stewart
My mom, she’s from Ireland, coached tennis in Nigeria when she was a missionary and turned me on to it when I was young.
Donal Logue
New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
Jimmy Connors
Onstage, you just have to tell the absolute truth about the character you are playing. You hope you communicate it, and you hope it comes back like a tennis ball. If you’re listening to the sound of your own voice, nobody else is. The audience knows, and they freeze on you.
Carol Channing
Tennis is beautiful when you can see tactics, when players don’t just react but are able to act and think.
Rafael Nadal
Henman and Coria have met three times in the past and they’ve won one apiece.
Annabel Croft
I think Pete Sampras has really reached his peak. About the only thing he doesn’t do is cook.
Michael Chang
Elizabeth studied the blurry tabloid photo, which showed her cousin Mary Stuart leaving a Paris disco at dawn, drunkenly clinging to the arm of a French tennis pro. The message was very clear. Put passion first and you end up neither loved nor respected.
Barbara Taylor Bradford
A lot of people now think Im a shoe. They dont even know I was a tennis player. The shoe has really taken on a life of its own, way beyond me.
Stan Smith
I always watch NHL, NBA, NFL games and don’t miss tennis and golf.
Gennady Golovkin
With tennis, no one’s going to give it to you. You have to be determined.
Heather Watson
My shoulder’s not where I want it to be, but I’m doing a good job of monitoring it.
Maria Sharapova
There is no shortcuts. Play your best tennis, give your heart out, and anything can happen.
Grigor Dimitrov
I rarely wear tennis shoes. I’m 5′ 8′, I hate being short.
Elton John
I’m not the next Kournikova-I want to win matches!
Maria Sharapova
It is hard because I have played since I was three years old, and everything is tennis, tennis. I am super-passionate about it. And I love it. But I always like to cook, I listen to music. I just try to be like a regular girl.
Garbine Muguruza
Tennis obviously isn’t as popular as baseball in the States.
Pete Sampras
Tennis is a very interesting world. It’s a sport of opportunities, but it’s a sport of challenges as well. And for anybody to continue to progress, they have to understand what those challenges are.
Katrina Adams
I don’t watch much tennis, never really have.
Ashleigh Barty
My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids. I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea, and I also enjoy tennis. We have 3 cats.
Juliet Mills
You did the best you could,” and she seemed to believe I had. I said, “I’ve just been going through the motions,” using the expression my father had after he’d watched my first tennis lesson. “Sweetie,” she said, “that’s what a lot of life is.
Melissa Bank
Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it.
Andre Agassi
I just wanted to play tennis. It wasn’t a job. It was an ambition. I knew I could make money at it. I was 18 – old enough to think I could do it, young enough not to consider the consequences.
Martina Navratilova
You’ll hear a lot of applause in your life, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end.
Andre Agassi
Even though now I’m pretty popular in my country and tennis is the No. 1 sport, and I’m very flattered that the people recognise me and come up and give me compliments, I’m more a person who likes to have privacy and peace.
Novak Djokovic
That’s when you’ve got to grit your teeth and hang in there and try and find a way to win when you’re not playing your best tennis – that’s what I can be proud of
Lleyton Hewitt
Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.
Virginia Graham
I walk my dogs. I garden a little. I play a bit of tennis. Basically when I have spare time I’m making music.
Bill Mumy
Hopefully I can do well and I hope tennis can get bigger in Japan and Asia. That’s my goal.
Kei Nishikori
Comedy prepared me for drama. There are a couple techniques you can think of. One of my acting teachers said that comedy is like ping-pong, and drama is tennis. You take things a bit slower, so you do get to breathe more and take some more time.
Craig Robinson
I was in a very multi-racial, multi-cultural schooling system. I had a really delightful childhood. I was a jock. I became a very competitive swimmer in Zimbabwe. I was a swimmer, a tennis player, a hockey player. Then, when I was 13, I joined a Children’s Performing Arts workshop in Zimbabwe.
Danai Gurira
My dad’s method in his madness was to try every sport and then observe what I liked. I played football, tennis, golf, cricket but I loved my snooker.
Ronnie O’Sullivan
I’m focused on going out every day and doing my best.
Maria Sharapova
Andrea Jaeger plays tennis like she’s double-parked.
Mary Carillo
What distinguishes tennis is respect for one’s opponent, one’s conduct on the court.
Rafael Nadal
I would like to learn so many things: I’d like to take tennis classes, I’d like continuing vocal lessons, and I’d definitely like taking more ice skating and more tap.
Sofia Vassilieva
One day my dad would say, ‘OK, if you want to play tennis I can help you out.’ And that’s how it started. And I had a goal. I wanted to beat my mom first. And my parents and my brother. And that was the ultimate goal.
Caroline Wozniacki
Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us? It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault.
Nat Hentoff
Tennis would be much more exciting if they had pitching machines firing Tennis was given to me to keep me off the street corners of east St. Louis.
Jimmy Connors
Tennis is a battle of the minds, just as much as it is a battle of playing ability. Trying to expose your opponent’s weaknesses is one of the most vital and fascinating facets of tennis.
Sue Barker
If you can’t take a punch, you should play table tennis.
Pierre Berbizier
Let’s hope his nerves will run through his veins.
John McEnroe
If the weather is nice, I play tennis, which is pretty much the only exercise that I do. I try to do that as much as I can.
Mark Billingham
When I was a kid, from 10 years old, I worked every day for my dad, huh? Never played basketball. I never played tennis – never did. We worked so that we could eat.
Melvin Van Peebles
I’m not worried about the weekend, I’m worried about Saturday.
Pete Sampras
As soon as we showcased the Wii in 2006, people immediately understood. At that E3 show, I was up on the stage with other Nintendo staff playing Wii Tennis, and I could hear the excitement behind me.
Satoru Iwata
Sometimes you’re looking to play perfect tennis but it’s not going to happen all the time and you have to accept it.
Andy Murray
I love tennis, but I just don’t like grass.
Marat Safin
Ninety percent of my game is mental. It’s my concentration that has gotten me this far.
Chris Evert
As a child, I was lucky to have the support of my parents because starting a tennis career is a very expensive adventure.
Stan Wawrinka
The key to the match might have been his serving. Maybe I should have concentrated harder on watching them go by me, I don’t know.
Andy Roddick
Tennis is so competitive. I guess that’s the way it has to be.
Monica Seles
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe.
Georges Clemenceau
It was so inspiring for me to watch tennis growing up. I thought I was really good playing, until my brother told me I wasn’t!
Christine Taylor
I feel like my whole life only tennis.
Li Na
I think I love my sport. I enjoy to play tennis. It’s my passion.
Stan Wawrinka
When I’m playing my best, like I was at the U.S. Open, I feel on top of the match and able to do exactly what I want. There are other times when you’re not in control, but that is tennis and you have momentum changes in every single match.
Samantha Stosur
I always ran very fast and jumped very high but when I was about thirteen it was more of a choice between football and tennis, and I went for tennis.
Gael Monfils
I wouldn’t say I’m a spender in the sense that I’m going out on huge spending sprees. However, to be able to function at the top of your game on the professional tennis circuit often requires an element of frequent spending.
Andy Murray
Tennis is an individual sport, and I am quite a self-conscious person.
Andy Murray
I’m not into the gym. I prefer dancing or tennis.
Rachel Bilson
An idea has no worth at all without believable characters to implement it; a plot without characters is like a tennis court without players. Daffy Duck is to a Buck Rogers story what John McEnroe was to tennis. Personality. That is the key, the drum, the fife. Forget the plot.
Chuck Jones
Try throwing a ball just once for a dog. It would be like eating only one peanut or potato chip. Try to ignore the importuning of a Golden Retriever who has brought you his tennis ball, the greatest treasure he possesses!
Roger Caras
I am an avid tennis player.
Kay Kay Menon
When I lost a tennis match that made me upset or hurt emotionally I would find myself going to the piano and playing for hours. It was my place of refuge and solace.
Aaron Zigman
There were many occasions in my career where I could have given up, where I asked myself whether I would ever make it.
Amelie Mauresmo
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves.
Boris Becker
I’m very interested in tennis, but when I try to tell younger players about [Bill] Tilden, they’re not interested.
Jean-Luc Godard
Tennis was a big part of my life from as far back as I can remember.
Rod Laver
I never thought I was going to make a career out of tennis, to be honest, until I was 10 or 11 years old. One of my earliest memories is when I was seven, and I was competing against players that were three, four years older than me. I didn’t take it too seriously at the time. I was having a lot of fun.
Grigor Dimitrov
Every year, I have a tournament in Czech Republic, so there are a lot of things I’m trying to do. Sometimes the money goes towards children; sometimes it’s for wheelchair tennis players. I try to change it so everybody gets something.
Karolina Pliskova
There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.
Billie Jean King
You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.
Roger Federer
He [Roger Federer] is the greatest natural talent in tennis I’ve ever seen. I love to watch the guy play, he’s an awesome talent
John McEnroe
If we push for the children to know tennis, they have the chance to like it.
Garbine Muguruza
For me, motivation is easy. I enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m lucky to play tennis. I enjoy the suffering. It’s something quite natural for me to go on the court and suffer, and to go in the gym and to suffer, and to know the only way to get better is to work out – that’s what I like.
Stan Wawrinka
I don’t put on a face. I’m the same guy every time you see me. I like to laugh, I like to smile, and I don’t take myself too seriously. I can be a goofball. When I come home, the only thing that changes is that I take off the suit and put on tennis shorts and play with the kids.
Boris Kodjoe
Duffers who consistently shank their balls are urged to buy and study Shanks – No Thanks by R.K. Hoffman, or in extreme cases, M.S. Howard’s excellent Tennis for Beginners.
Henry Beard
I think I play tennis for, to against a big legend, big court, short time. That’s what I train for. That’s why every day I wake up and I wish I could play those matches, you know. It’s like, for me it’s the best thing can happen is to play against that guy on that stage, you know.
Gael Monfils
Lendl has remained throughout as calm as the proverbial iceberg.
Dan Maskell
Tennis has opened a number of possibilities for me, and in future, it would be great to give something back.
Ana Ivanovic
For players from every age and every ability, the USTA National Campus will raise the bar on how we deliver tennis with the goal of making our great sport more accessible to more people than ever before.
Katrina Adams
I love tennis, love it!
David Oyelowo
The minute you think you know everything about tennis is the minute your game starts going down the tubes.
Jimmy Connors
Tennis is what I’ve always wanted to do, so it is my dream to be on top.
Garbine Muguruza
As for me, tough duty though it may be, I continue to do my part for the commercial recreation industry. Fishing, boating, tennis, golf, running, hunting, and all of this. Horseshoes. It’s tough duty. Somebody has to do it, and I’m going to keep on.
George H. W. Bush
Never steal anything so small that you’ll have to go to an unpleasant city jail for it instead of a minimum-security federal tennis prison.
P. J. O’Rourke
Tennis has given me so many opportunities, and I feel very lucky to have achieved whatever I have, especially coming from a country that does not have a great history in the game.
Ana Ivanovic
Tennis is like marrying for money. Love has nothing to do with it.
Phyllis Diller
You’ve just got to get over that mental hurdle and those battles in your own head during matches when things aren’t going so well. It takes time. It’s probably all things I already knew, but for someone to talk about it maybe in a different way makes you realise things.
Samantha Stosur
That’s my contribution – running a sound, healthy company that serves millions of customers well and employs hundreds of thousands of people. What else am I going to do? I’m not an artist. I’m not a writer. I’m not a musician. I’d love to be a tennis player or musician. I’m not.
Jamie Dimon
I haven’t lost a war. No one got killed. I just lost a tennis match.
Boris Becker
You have to keep writing. It’s almost like practice, almost like tennis, that actually after a few days of not writing, first of all it makes you slightly depressed and uneasy, but it also affects the style when you start up again. You need to get the show on the road.
Colm Toibin
Part of the experience of enjoying a tennis match on TV is listening to the observations of an expert commentator — one who knows the sport, has a genuine passion for the game, respects the viewers’ intelligence, knows when to talk and when to keep quiet, can make you laugh and is not afraid to call a spade a spade.
Dave McPherson
Borg’s won Wimbledon four straight times and out there he has just lost an 18-16 tie breaker. You’d think maybe once he’d let up and say forget it. But oh, no way.
John McEnroe
I used to play rugby, polo, tennis, and cricket in school. It was only in the 1990s, when I used to live just opposite Harrods in London, that I started putting on weight. I used to have my breakfast there every day.
Adnan Sami
During high school, I would purposely lose tennis and squash matches to escape the agony of anxiety that competitive situations would provoke in me.
Scott Stossel
My tennis is aggressive, though I wouldn’t say that it’s more physical than technical. I rely more on technique than physique, but being physical is always a help to me.
Rafael Nadal
Tennis, for me, every time I went out on the court, it just gave me such joy to play.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
The point about football in Britain is that it is not just a sport people take to, like cricket or tennis. It is built into the urban psyche, as much a common experience to our children as are uncles and school. It is not a phenomenon : it is an everyday matter.
Arthur Hopcraft
If someone says tennis is not feminine, I say screw it.
Rosemary Casals
There are still going to be great players that are baseliners. That’s the way tennis – courts, balls, everything – has shifted. But everyone has to find their own way to win. Not everyone can run around the baseline for five hours. I can’t.
Milos Raonic
I’m actually a pretty good tennis player!
Randy Jackson
I think Pringles initial intention was to make tennis balls. But on the day that the rubber was supposed to show up, a big truckload of potatoes arrived. But Pringles is a laid back company. They said, “Screw it. Cut ’em up!”
Mitch Hedberg
I love jeans, T-shirts, boots, and tennis shoes.
Ashley Benson
I figure J-Lo does all these movies and all these videos and all this other stuff…I know I can play tennis and act and do photo shoots and model. I know I can do all that.
Serena Williams
I didn’t aspire to be a good sport; “champion” was good enough for me.
Fred Perry
I really enjoy tennis, but football’s the game for me.
Peter Crouch
A lot is yet to be enjoyed. I’d like to stomp grapes for wine. Go to Antarctica. Have dinner with Venus Williams who is the greatest tennis player ever.
Nikki Giovanni
Football is definitely present in the tennis world. Given the mix of nationalities that exists in the changing rooms, there’s inevitably a bit of a rivalry between the players, especially in terms of the UEFA Champions League or competitions in which national teams compete.
Gael Monfils
You may not be playing your best tennis or having your best match; sometimes it’s just not your day. The important thing is to believe in yourself, which starts with being confident in your abilities.
Grigor Dimitrov
Fitness is defined differently by everyone, but for me, the most important thing is being healthy. As tennis players, what we do is not the healthiest thing. We almost abuse our bodies.
Sania Mirza
Tennis was a particularly interesting growing-up experience. It’s actually a difficult way of growing up because it’s such an individual sport. It taught me a lot of life lessons that have been helpful later in my life.
Andy Jassy
Tennis has given me soul.
Martina Navratilova
I am always working on the go. I have never had an office that I work out of and work has become intertwined with my personal life. Fortunately I am able to work from my home and can answer my e-mails in the morning, play tennis or kitesurf in the afternoon to keep fit and have meetings or phone calls in between.
Richard Branson
Tennis needs some different personalities and a lot more emotions.
Frances Tiafoe
I was a professional tennis player in my teens. I played mostly in Europe. I was top 10 in the world in juniors, and then I messed up my back. I had three herniated discs and that put a stop to it.
Boris Kodjoe
Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown.
Althea Gibson
It’s really football, tennis, and golf that I watch other than hockey.
Sidney Crosby
Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time, the greatest female athlete of all time, the greatest athlete of all time.
Katrina Adams
I would love to have been a tennis player simply because of Serena Williams.
Nikita Parris
I had a great tennis career. I have no regrets. But to find peace with yourself, and to finally be with your family – I’m probably the happiest guy in the world.
Bjorn Borg
It is very important not to think about losing.
Venus Williams
My mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano.
John C. Hawkes
Lady, can you speak up a little bit? Indianapolis is a little far from Europe – I can’t hear you.
Marat Safin
As a tennis player, you have a record, and that is what counts. I feel like I enjoyed myself, and I’m proud of what I accomplished.
Rod Laver
I think I will always stay involved in tennis and would like to give back by helping out young players. I have done a little commentary and may one day enjoy doing that again.
Samantha Stosur
I always find the time to exercise – kitesurfing, tennis or cycling – and to spend time with my loved ones.
Richard Branson
I get bored easily, so in general, I tend to mix up my workouts. I exercise in the gym with a trainer once a week when I’m in town, and I love yoga, golf and tennis.
Ivanka Trump
In tennis, there is the forehand, the backhand, the overhead smash and the drop volley, all with a different grip.
John Updike
My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, ‘OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,’ because we didn’t know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting.
Novak Djokovic
I have been learning English on the road since I started when I was 15, so it is a slow process but making some progress. Now I think I am much more comfortable with my English. However, it is difficult, still, when I speak about something that is not tennis.
Rafael Nadal
Well, immediately we announced yesterday or the day before we’re building, with my foundation, a youth tennis and learning center in Austin. I’d like to be hands on with that and not see it periodically.
Andy Roddick
I like to go to the park with my family and friends and either play soccer, play tennis, or just go for walk.
Al Horford
It would be great to give back to this city and its youth brigade important lessons that will help them become future champions. I look forward to this opportunity.
Pat Cash
The tennis wasn’t really very much on my mind, so it wasn’t like I was thinking about it all the time.
Steffi Graf
Tennis is such a fun game. One of the things that I really like is that everything depends on you. Before certain matches, you might have those butterflies, but that’s the excitement. There’s a ton of emotion that you’re going through.
Grigor Dimitrov
Tennis is a great platform for me to do well, and for sure, I want to be No 1, to win Slams, but there are more things that I want to do.
Grigor Dimitrov
I was always rather nasty. I was willing to be friends with the Devil, just to cross the bridge.
Ilie Nastase
There’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to learn Italian. I want to learn to play tennis better. I want to motivate the world, basically.
Magnus
All my time in rehab has made me appreciate tennis more than ever.
Kim Clijsters
The doctors told me I’d be fine if I play only golf and tennis doubles for the rest of my life. But I dive. I dogsled. I trek. I guess I’ll have surgery.
Lauren Hutton
I might have been too tiny for it, but I wanted to become a professional tennis player. I was a pretty good tennis player as a kid, but ultimately I just don’t think that I have that jock mentality needed for sports.
Robbie Rist
I like to think I have a good few years left of my career yet, as long as I stay fit and healthy. However, it’s always good to have a backup plan, which is why I have been working hard to build my business portfolio outside tennis.
Andy Murray
I beat my sons in real-life table tennis, but virtually, I get murdered. I download games on the iPhone that I’m addicted to – I’m a master at “Angry Birds.”
Salman Rushdie
I’m trying to enjoy my lie as much as I can and I know that tennis hopefully is going to be my life the next 10, 15 years.
Novak Djokovic
Both of us played basketball, and I played tennis and my knees are done. Now if you ask us head-to-head who wins at golf, I’m asking for a couple of strokes.
Michael Wilbon
Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.
Novak Djokovic
Why I love chess and tennis – the volleying aspect, and the fact that your competitors’ reactions and motivations and bluffs come into the game itself.
Christopher Bollen
I don’t like anything that’s “just an escape.” To me the best part of golf is that, unlike my tennis game, I can actually get better. I’ve probably reached my plateau in tennis, but in golf I have a lot of room for improvement. I really enjoy working on my game. I like practicing. I chart my rounds.
Condoleezza Rice
Even if I play backgammon with my coach, I hate to lose. I won’t talk to him for, like, an hour. So imagine how it feels when you lose at tennis. That makes me determined not to lose because I hate it so much. Even at a set down and match point, I always believe I can come back.
Ana Ivanovic
We don’t talk about tennis. I figure she knows what she’s doing. I mean, what am I going to tell her?
Venus Williams
The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself.
Goran Ivanisevic
I’ve always been lucky enough to just play tennis, so I never actually had a job when I was growing up.
Andy Murray
No. 1 is definitely staying healthy. That is always going to be the biggest priority. I think when I am healthy, it gives me the opportunity to go out there and play the tennis I know that I can play.
Kevin Anderson
I am very blessed to be able to play tennis, the sport that I love and very grateful for the opportunities to play in the finals of big events, when the season starts you are on the roll constantly and obliged to be committed to daily routines on and off the court.
Roger Federer
I used to, like, hit for a half hour and then go eat Cheetos the rest of the day, come out and drill forehands. Now I’m really trying to make it happen, being professional, really going for it, and I miss my Cheetos.
Andy Roddick
Good music just makes me happy and keeps me from getting distracted.
Sloane Stephens
In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.
Pete Sampras
Acting with Denzel is like playing tennis with someone that’s better than you. You either play better tennis or get blown off the court.
Dean Cain
If I have a daughter and she plays tennis, and I have a son who plays tennis, I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more money because he’s a man. I would say they deserve the same amount of money.
Serena Williams
I’ve never seen a good tennis movie. They all were terrible.
John McEnroe
I chop and change between what is called ‘work’ and what is called ‘recreation.’ There are no discontinuities in my day. I only play tennis with people I find interesting.
David Deutsch
In tennis it’s easy to get greedy – and one Grand Slam doesn’t feel enough any more.
Samantha Stosur
I’m only superstitious on the tennis court.
Rafael Nadal
Every generation has its own Goran. So I was the Goran of this generation.
Goran Ivanisevic
Maybe, one other match better; but if you look at the tournament as a whole, I played very high quality tennis for seven matches and raised my game when I needed to
Richard Krajicek
Tennis just a game, family is forever.
Serena Williams
My workout was playing other sports and I always played tennis, football, basketball, threw a baseball – I was always doing something to keep me active. That’s how I kept my body going.
Jack Nicklaus
I’m slightly influenced by sport in that I like the idea of trying, like an athlete, to keep absolutely ready. That’s an emotional thing, almost. I don’t mean physically, although I play tennis. But you try to keep yourself ready.
Colm Toibin
When you are very little tennis should be fun, it should be a game.
Guy Forget
Wimbledon attracted Bill Clinton to the gallery at Centre Court Tuesday at the All England Club. NBC cameras showed his head turning back and forth with each volley. Even at a tennis match, it looks like he’s denying everything.
Argus Hamilton
My only good result in 1997 was marrying Brooke Shields.
Andre Agassi
My dad was a professional basketball player, and my mom was a hell of a tennis player.
Luke Rockhold
I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n’ roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror.
Jonathan Pryce
I always show up to the office sweaty! I’ll come in between workouts in a tennis skirt drenched in sweat. The only time that I actually look presentable is at meetings.
Venus Williams
If I wore a sleeveless shirt, people would try to feed me after the match.
Andy Roddick
Booing – I never like it. We see it in other sports all the time, but in tennis, it’s rare.
Alexander Zverev
I felt better being in the background. That’s the way I like it.
Stefan Edberg
I grew up on games like Madden and NBA Jam, then moved on to NFL 2K on Dreamcast. The game I really loved was Virtua Tennis.
Chris Paul
I’ve seen tennis clubs close in Manhattan and garages put up in their place, and I’d sure like to be part of reversing that trend.
John McEnroe
Possessing an array of athletic gifts is something most tennis players can only dream about. Most players, if they’re lucky, have one attribute that stands out — either a monster serve, great footspeed, superb touch, superior timing or innate feel for the ball.
Dave McPherson
Of all my achievements in tennis, I’m probably as proud of my record on clay courts as any of my Wimbledon, U.S. Open or French singles titles.
Chris Evert
I started when I was 8 years old, which is obviously nowadays pretty late, but I guess in my generation it was all right. I had plenty of other interests and I didn’t do only tennis.
Jana Novotna
If I didn’t play tennis I probably would have to see a psychiatrist.
Arthur Ashe
It’s been predictable, in the sense of ‘expect the unexpected’.
John McEnroe
I try to avoid doing movies where I act with tennis balls. It’s ultimately incredibly tedious.
Jeremy Irons
I often speak about tennis being one of the most important sports when I was growing up, for my hand-eye coordination and quick feet.
AB de Villiers
You don’t just have to be skilled and talented at tennis, but you have to be so physically strong.
Heather Watson
…discussing cultural relativism with cultural relativists is like playing tennis with some guy who says, “Your ace is just a social construct.
Mark Steyn
It’s crazy how it is. I mean, I go from being not known to, you know, being so known in the tennis world, in Canada in general.
Denis Shapovalov
The old boys’ club of closed tennis court relationships is on the way out.
Azim Premji
I love the feel of hitting the ball hard, the pleasure of a rally. It is these things that make tennis the delightful game that it is.
Helen Wills Moody
She [Monica Seles] has so much control of the racket with those double-handed wrists.
Virginia Wade
The only possible regret I have is the feeling that I will die without having played enough tennis.
Jean Borotra
The Olympics is not for tennis and tennis does not need the Olympics. It is not my goal in life to win a gold medal.
Marat Safin
I think, of course, when you are coming somewhere, when you know you are playing good tennis, it always helps you.
Petra Kvitova
I was political by coming out of the womb. I was gay, and I wanted to play tennis.
Martina Navratilova
Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn’t allowed in a photo because I wasn’t wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.
Billie Jean King
Everything in tennis is so neat and nice but boxing has sport down to its essence; it is very pure and I like that.
Andy Murray
The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said “A civilization is judged only in its decline.” That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players.
Nikki Giovanni
To act with a tennis ball and imagine it’s a tentacle, or if you’re in some kind of wilderness film and you go, ‘Okay, we can’t have a grizzly bear here, but imagine when you step over the rock there there’s a grizzly bear.’ I don’t know. They’re tough moments.
Joel Edgerton
When I came to Spain, I joined a tennis academy, and that was where I learnt the game.
Garbine Muguruza
Tennis was a white, upper-class sport, and I wanted it to be treated like other sports were.
John McEnroe
With all the injury problems we have in men’s tennis at the moment, I’m happy to still be standing.
Roger Federer
I don’t think I’ve ever held a racket in my hand … There’s got to be somebody in the US who isn’t trying to play tennis and stinking up the court.
Isaac Asimov
In 1980 I was attacked by a dog in Spain and was temporarily blinded in one eye – I thought it would end my tennis career.
Sue Barker
As you know, I was one of the original grunters. But Jimmy Connors used to grunt way before I was born. I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
Monica Seles
I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down.
Robert Frost
I’d like to live a normal life. I’d like to be able to go out and play some tennis. I’d like to be able to water ski – do a lot of things.
Anita Bryant
When we introduced 10-and-under tennis – when we shortened the courts and had smaller rackets and low-compression balls for trying to introduce the sport to youth – a lot of people said we weren’t going to succeed.
Katrina Adams
I play tennis non-obsessively. I seem to beat people I play a lot or half the time, so I guess I gravitate to people who are as bad as I am.
Alan Alda
I know China are very good in table tennis. Let me see what happens in tennis. I am pretty happy with the way I am playing.
Anastasia Myskina
When you have confidence, you can do anything.
Sloane Stephens
I get my drive and determination from just winning and playing tennis. I know if I don’t work, I won’t get rewarded. It was a life long dream to win a Grand Slam so when I was able to do that it felt so good and I wanted to do it again. It’s not that hard to stay motivated.
Samantha Stosur
The thing I learned from playing tennis is that I know what competition is. I can handle rejection.
Aaron Zigman
You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
Arthur Ashe
I’ve been an athlete all my life. I was a competitive figure skater, and then when I realized skating was not an adult sport I took up tennis and played that quite seriously from the time I was about 18.
Condoleezza Rice
Strangely, although they may seem worlds apart, boxing and tennis have a certain kinship. Two individuals head-to-head, probing for weakness and attacking it. Footwork, timing and stamina are essential. Just you and your opponent until one of you is beaten. There’s no brain damage in tennis – although sometimes I wonder.
Bud Collins
I don’t need to come back to Wimbledon every year because I can’t live without it. I’d be totally cool without tennis.
Roger Federer
I’m agnostic because I went through the usual process of parents insisting you go to church, and yet they didn’t. So there’s me, sitting in the chairs, thinking, ‘Jeez, why am I here? I’d rather be playing tennis, seriously.’
Ridley Scott
I hope I was a good example of women’s tennis.
Victoria Azarenka
I started sailing because I had to stop playing tennis so much, as I had bad knees.
Hannah Mills
He knew what the Beats know and what the great tennis player knows, son: learn to do nothing, with your whole head and body, and everything will be done by what’s around you.
David Foster Wallace
I was glad to watch the soccer because it helps my tennis game, realize maybe they’re just rooting for the underdog.
Serena Williams
I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.
Chris Evert
In this job it’s like beasts of prey in a cage
Marcelo Rios
One thing my dad always told me, was he would make sure I always had what he didn’t have. He couldn’t play basketball because he didn’t have tennis shoes – so I had five pairs of tennis shoes.
Robert Griffin III
A win’s a win, unless it is not a win, and then it’s not a win.
Venus Williams
I went to play in Brazil when I had just turned 18 and was the world’s top junior player. I got to the airport, and no one knew who I was. I couldn’t speak any Portuguese, and no one spoke English. Then someone said something that resembled ‘tennis,’ and I went with that.
John McEnroe
When I play, I feel like in a theatre, why should I look ugly then, because I’m a tennis player?
Anna Kournikova
Equality? They ought to play the women’s final on opening day. Everybody knows who’s going to be in it.
Jimmy Connors
Never read bad stuff if you’re an artist; it will impair your own game. I don’t know if you ever played competitive tennis, but you learn not to watch bad tennis; it messes up your game. Art’s the same way.
James Lee Burke
There is competition. It’s almost like I’m back in tennis competing in a way. There are usually about twenty composers vying for the number one spot for a big or medium film.
Aaron Zigman
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James Baker
I chose to stay with tennis and they didn’t understand that at the school.
John Newcombe
I was OK at tennis – good enough to beat Serena Williams, definitely… But no, I don’t really like playing solo sport,s so I don’t think I could have got to the top. I was just decent. Maths is my true calling in life, which is bizarre.
Lucy Bronze
There’s too much money and too many nice guys around.
John McEnroe
My next project is ‘Venus Vs,’ which is a documentary that follows tennis star Venus Williams and her effort to get equal-award pay for women at Wimbledon. Most people don’t realize that Venus fought for years to make sure women and men winners of that tennis championship received the same amount in award money.
Ava DuVernay
When some people were going around being surf bums and tennis bums, I was being a gallery bum. I really liked galleries.
Dennis Hopper
To stay interested in tennis, I have to mix it up with other things.
Venus Williams
Tennis is a big thing in the Czech Republic.
Karolina Pliskova
China needs a table-tennis-like solidity in football.
Berti Vogts
Team sports aren’t my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don’t need a partner to go running, you don’t need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers.
Haruki Murakami
Too many people asking too many questions in tennis. Golf is better.
Ivan Lendl
I can play on grass – when I won Junior Wimbledon, that was an unbelievable feeling, I could not believe that I had won the tournament, as Wimbledon is like the holy place of tennis.
Grigor Dimitrov
For me, losing a tennis match isn’t failure, it’s research.
Billie Jean King
I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men.
Marilyn Monroe
I don’t want to end my career and then start something. I like to do something while my career is still hot and I’ve always enjoyed designing.
Serena Williams
Any quality player can adjust well to the different demands. It is like a good tennis player who is expected to adjust to the clay at the French Open, the grass at Wimbledon, the hard courts of the U.S. and the heat of the Australian Open. A professional is expected to do all that.
Gautam Gambhir
I play a lot of sports. I played football for 12 years, I like tennis, I surf, I snowboard, and I ski. I always like to do an activity.
Caroline Winberg
The next point – that’s all you must think about.
Rod Laver
My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels.
Roger Federer
First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn’t the winner, tennis was. That’s awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so good here before.
Andre Agassi
Equipment’s the biggest change. And the guys have been getting bigger, stronger, more athletic – so the game has become more of a track meet instead of a tennis match, in a sense.
John McEnroe
I play sports – like, I play a little bit of tennis, swimming, like a normal kid. I watch movies.
Joey Alexander
We all choke. Winners know how to handle choking better than losers.
John McEnroe
Starting a business is similar to an athletic endeavor, like serving a tennis ball. Telling you how to do it is useless. You actually get better through a combination of practice, coaching, and repetitions with money on the line.
Andrew Yang
Anything over-handed, I do left-handed. Like throwing a ball or serving in tennis. Otherwise, right-handed, like writing and shaving.
Mike Weir
When I’m playing well because of my serve and trying to keep points shorter, I don’t need to worry about my opponent. All I need to do is focus on myself and have them adjust to me rather than me adjust to them. That’s when I play my best tennis.
Milos Raonic
I found out how I missed tennis through the period I didn’t play. It was a difficult time to watch girls playing on the TV, me sitting on the sofa with the hand in a splint. I find out then how I love this sport.
Petra Kvitova
To be honest, everything in my life outside of tennis is great. I’m doing amazing projects that, if I didn’t have time off, I wouldn’t be able to focus on.
Maria Sharapova
Tennis can be a grind and there’s always the danger of going stale if you think about it too much. You can get embittered if you train too hard and have nothing else on your mind. You have to be able to relax between matches and between tournaments.
Maureen Connolly
When I won Wimbledon, I said to God: just let me win this one tournament and I won’t play another match. Maybe God’s telling me to go home, but I don’t want to go home. We are negotiating at the moment.
Goran Ivanisevic
Tim Henman has the all-time Betty Crocker draw. We’re talking Easy Bake Oven.
Brad Gilbert
I guess my goal is to design my own walker. The walkers with the big tennis balls, no one wants to use those. I would rather crawl down the street in New York City than use those.
Abbey Curran
I play better tennis because the court is there.
Robert Frost
I’ve been around so long that I might be in record books for being the longest, weirdest, most pathetic great player ever. Look t how precocious I am at 33.
Vince Spadea
I loved to play, I was competitive, I wanted to win, that was all I knew. In the first few years tennis is a game. Later, it becomes a job.
Gabriela Sabatini
In tennis you move a lot. Golf you don’t. In tennis, you can have a bad half-hour, but you can’t in golf. You can lose the first set in tennis and still win.
Ivan Lendl
And it was where I learned how to play tennis and eventually became captain of the tennis team at the school and was on the Junior Davis Cup in New York City.
Sanford I. Weill
I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.
Billie Jean King
The pace of this match is really accelerating, by which I mean it’s getting faster all the time.
David Coleman
I’ve played this game from 12-under to the over-70s. So when they say tennis is a game from the cradle to the grave, you truly have it right.
Bobby Riggs
The roughest thing I ever said to an umpire was, ‘Are you sure?’
Rod Laver
I’m the sort of person who keeps a lot to myself.
Patrick Rafter
With tennis, if you’re very good at a young age, you don’t even go to your prom. You’re down at some tennis academy in Florida where you’re on the court 8 hours a day. It’s brutal.
Douglas Brunt
If I didn’t play tennis I don’t know where I’d be.
Venus Williams
tennis is a 100-mph chess match.
Gabriela Sabatini
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
Andre Agassi
I’m about the present.
Monica Seles
What drove me to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder is no different from what drives other athletes to become great tennis players or boxers or jockeys.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
I’ve got a terrible knee from too much tennis.
Ridley Scott
My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren’t as good.
Vic Braden
I play tennis because I like it.
Simona Halep
I always try to have something that keeps my mind relaxed, keeps my mind a little bit off tennis.
Novak Djokovic
I never look back, I look forward.
Steffi Graf
I have been playing tennis for a very long time. Tennis is my life. I see my life in other places, and there are other challenges for me.
Venus Williams
I’m not the savior of men’s tennis in America. I’m just a kid trying to win a few matches.
Andy Roddick
I love playing tennis. To me this is not a workout, but a fun extracurricular activity I do with friends so it doesn’t feel like I’m working out.
Ana de la Reguera
Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I’m at home alone, I have to sleep on the sofa – I can’t face going to bed. I’m there with the TV on and all the lights on. I’m not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.
Rafael Nadal
I have six racquets and usually two pairs of tennis shoes with me. Most of the time, the shoes can last two or three weeks if I’m playing all the week. I’m not the kind of player who slides a lot, so I just need one extra pair in my bag.
Petra Kvitova
Tennis has been a part of my life since I was five years old.
Ashleigh Barty
I’m an unbelievable designer. I don’t know how I know and just do these things. I just start sketching and then I just know the colors and I always know the forecast. I know green and purple are going to be hot. I was born to be a designer. I worked hard to be a tennis player, I don’t work hard to be a designer.
Serena Williams
I started playing street hockey, but there were tennis courts near my house, and it was my father who suggested I try. I don’t really know why.
Milos Raonic
I’ve always said I’m a good horse but I’m still an underdog.
Martina Hingis
From now until the end of the year I would like to eke out one victory, that’s my short term aim. I am sure I can be competitive in 2004. Tennis is like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it.
Marat Safin
Stop trying to treat music like it’s a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can’t be cheap, either.
Jeff Tweedy