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  • Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
  • Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.
  • You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.
  • I would have said a great event would be quarters…Fourth round would be nice.
  • 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.
  • Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.
  • I hate to lose more than I love to win.
  • You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them.
  • If I were to say, ”God, why me?” about the bad things, then I should have said, ”God, why me?” about the good things that happened in my life.
  • What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
  • It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball.
  • Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses.
  • Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
  • Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation.
  • 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.
  • Love is nothing in tennis, but in life it’s everything.
  • If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.
  • I play each point like my life depends on it.
  • I hope to see you next year. If not, this was a wonderful run here, and I can’t be more happy to have won here tonight.
  • Vitas Gerulaitis, on finally beating Jimmy Connors after losing 16 straight
  • Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
  • 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.
  • Tennis has given me soul.
  • But that won’t give me a free hand to hold the beer.
  • I fear no one, but respect everyone.
  • Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
  • You only live once, but you get to serve twice.
  • My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything.
  • Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn’t changed in 10 years.
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
  • 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.
  • I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
  • Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
  • Champions keep playing until they get it right.
  • From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
  • The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.
  • Winning is a way of expressing yourself.
  • Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
  • The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.
  • Tennis is a tough sport – there are no draws. But if there was one, I would have been happy to accept a draw with Rafa tonight, really.
  • The next point — that’s all you must think about.
  • An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
  • The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
  • I want my tennis to speak for everything.
  • 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.
  • Just go out there and do what you have to do.
  • I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
  • Being honest, in these kinds of matches I won a lot of times against him. Today he beat me, and I just congratulate him.
  • Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.
  • I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself.
  • Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible.
  • The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves.
  • The primary conception of tennis is to get the ball over the net and at the same time to keep it within bounds of the court; failing this, within the borders of the neighborhood.
  • Billy Carter, while being taught a two-handed backhand shot
  • A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
  • Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
  • Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
  • Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.
  • He did not surprise me. He was playing aggressively, and I understand that in a match against me. I don’t think it would have been intelligent to try to get into too many long rallies from the baseline. I don’t think he would have won. He went for it, and it was the right thing for him to do.
  • You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
  • 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.
  • I told myself to play free. You play the ball. You don’t play the opponent. Be free in your head. Be free in your shots. Go for it. The brave will be rewarded here.
  • 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.
  • To err is human. To put the blame on someone else is doubles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love — the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature.
  • What a polite game tennis is. The chief word in it seems to be “sorry” and admiration of each other’s play crosses the net as frequently as the ball.
  • I’ll let the racket do the talking.
  • The serve was invented so that the net could play.
  • Notable Tennis Sayings
  • Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy.
  • Tennis is not a gentle game. Psychologically, it is vicious. That people are only just beginning to come to terms with this fact illustrates just how big a con trick has been perpetrated on the non-playing tennis public – and even a few players, usually losing players – for decades.
  • If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.
  • If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
  • Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown.
  • 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.
  • Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.
  • Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.
  • The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.
  • In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe.
  • I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons.
  • Being number two sucks.