It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no
hiding. I can't pass the ball. Pete Sampras
I'll let the racket do the talking. John McEnroe On defending his title as Wimble champion,
Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place
in an atmosphere of total tranquillity. Billie Jean King
When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult
it is to win. Steffi Graf
Tennis: a racquet sport in which two players compete to see
who has the shortest temper, the worst memory, the poorest eyesight,
and the slowest watch. Author Unknown
Tennis is more than just a sport. It's an art, like the ballet.
Or like a performance in the theater. When I step on the court
I feel like Anna Pavlova. Or like Adelina Patti. Or even like
Sarah Bernhardt. I see the footlights in front of me. I hear
the whisperings of the audience. I feel an icy shudder. Win
or die! Now or never! It's the crisis of my life. Bill Tilden
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
Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever. Billie Jean King
You cannot be serious! John McEnroe His famous catchphrase directed towards
an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981.
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
One day you can be a kid, but another day you have to be like
this is your job, you play tennis. You have to work for that. Martina Hingis
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
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
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
The fifth set is not about tennis, it's about nerves. Boris Becker
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain,
but what you feel there is to lose. Andre Agassi
I play each point like my life depends on it. Rafael Nadal
My motto is: I'm alive, so that means I can do anything. Venus Williams July 4 2005 after overcoming Lindsey Davenport
4-6, 7-6, 9-7.
My game is a lot about footwork. If I move well - I play well. Roger Federer
Sampras, Sampras, Sampras, Sampras and Sampras. Andre Agassi When asked who the best five players of
all time are.
Before I was the hunter. Now I'm the hunted. Martina Hingis World No. 1.
She's as mean as a snake. She reminds me of me. Martina Hingis On Maria Sharapova.
We get criticized for showing no personality, and then we get
penalized when we do. Lindsey Davenport World number 1.
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their
best, but how good they are at their worst. Martina Navratilova
Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts,"
probably lost. Martina Navratilova
Tennis just a game, family is forever. Serena Williams
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun
down the street, that's concentration. I didn't grow up playing
at the country club. Serena Williams Quoted in The Sunday Times, June 2002.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. Billie Jean King
The sport of choice for the urban poor is basketball. The sport
of choice for maintenance level employees is bowling. The sport
of choice for front-line workers is football. The sport of choice
for supervisors is baseball. The sport of choice for middle
management is tennis. The sport of choice for corporate officers
is golf. Conclusion: The higher you are in the corporate structure,
the smaller your balls become. Author Unknown