The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis
Every week at SteveG, we’ll be highlighting some of the best quotes said by players, coaches and more from the world of tennis
“I played Almagro many times this year and won most of them. If he’s nominated, he will be the weak point on which we can build our victory. He’s missing that little something that distinguishes great players (from the rest). He’s won smaller tournaments won this year. But he always has a chance if he plays.” – Tomas Berdych talking about Nicolas Almagro prior to the start of the Davis Cup finals in Prague.
“@andyroddick made me cry tonight…. Ill miss u more than u can imagine :(” – Serena Williams on Twitter after appearing in an exhibition event with Roddick in Toronto.
“I would like to share with you that I have come to an important life-decision. I am retiring from professional tennis. This was not an easy decision, despite the fact that it has been on my mind for quite some time. Tennis has been my life for the past 20 years. I started playing when I was seven and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I gave tennis my total devotion. With all my energy and my love I achieved things I never believed possible. Along the long road, there were many great moments and some which were not so great. Today I am proud to say that I enjoyed my career so very much. All of my titles in singles and doubles will forever hold a very special place in my heart.” – Former World No. 1 in doubles Gisela Dulko on her official website announcing her retirement from tennis.
“I cannot describe what I am feeling right now. I was playing very aggressively today, I didn’t want to leave anything behind. I wanted to be the one who was active and controlling the game. They [the team of 1980] have been our inspiration, our idols. They’re legends and now we’re joining them.” – Radek Stepanek after winning the Davis Cup title for the Czech Republic.
“Well, thanks to Tomas for his words, but I can’t compare with Novak Djokovic,” he said coyly. “He is better than me.” – David Ferrer after being told Tomas Berdych said he thought that he and Novak Djokovic were the two best players this autumn.
“I think I’m living the dream right now. I believe all of us, the whole country, lives a dream today.” – Radek Stepanek reflecting on winning the Davis Cup title for the Czech Republic in the final reverse singles rubber.
“Radek did a great job today. In a fifth set it could have been tough for him but we’ll never know.” – Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja after Spain lost to the Czech Republic.
“Tomas Berdych starts year refusing to shake hands with Nicolas Almagro and ends it telling Radek Stepanek to shake with him. Funny old world.” London Times writer Neil Harman on Twitter.
And a quote from the sport’s past —
“If I don’t practice the way I should, then I won’t play the way I know I can.” – Ivan Lendl.