The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.10

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Every week at SteveG, we’ll be highlighting some of the best quotes said by players, coaches and more from the world of tennis

“The hope, the hopelessness, then the hope again, then the hopelessness — that really kills me. I feel really good, then I start to practice, and then I think maybe in a couple of months I can come back and I really believe it. Then I do a bit too much and wake up one morning not feeling well again.” – Robin Soderling in a interview with ESPN.com on his ongoing battle with mono that he has been dealing with since 2011.

“We look forward to the challenge of developing Grigor to new heights to reach his ambitious goals in world tennis.” – Nicklas Kulti on Grigor Dimitrov’s recent switch to train at the Good to Great tennis academy in Sweden.

“I wish Grigor, that I love, the best in life and in his career. I am sure that his potential and dedication to this sport will lead him very far.” – Patrick Mouratoglou on his Facebook page on Dimitrov leaving his academy.

“He gave me advice early in my career, even when I was playing Challengers. He let me train with him and was very generous.” - Milos Raonic in an interview with L’Equipe on Novak Djokovic.

“You obviously have unbelievable support this week,” she asked. “So, you know, if you win this week, am I going to get a really nice Christmas present, and what am I going to get?” – Caroline Wozniacki to Rory McIlory as she sat in on his press conference at the Dubai World Championship.

“It won’t take winning this week to buy you a nice present. I think you’ll get a nice present anyway.” Rory McIlory’s response to Wozniacki.

“Wow! Just heard that @carowozniacki got engaged.. Congratulations. Show us the ring. When is the big day planned for?” Sascha Bajin, Serena Williams’s hitting partner, on Twitter.

“You two are a math made in Vika’s heaven LoL, ” Caroline Wozniacki on her Twitter account as she shot down engagement rumors to Victoria Azarenka and Sascha Bajin.

“The season is definitely long, and tennis players need to use almost every part of their body while playing the game. Apart from it being a tough mental sport, physically all aspects need to be top notch.” – Janko Tipsarevic in an interview before the Clash of Continents exhibition in Singapore.

“I really enjoy playing here; the fans are very nice. It is the nicest thing in your life when you wake up and you know you love what you’re doing.” – Daniela Hantuchova on playing in Singapore.

“Pressure is the one I put on myself. Others expectations are easy to forget because I always want much more than them.” – Milos Raonic in L’Equipe.

And a quote from the sport’s past –

“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

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