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 am sorry and very sad to announce that I will not play in the Australian Open. My knee is coming along okay, but a stomach virus has left me unable to get ready in time to tackle the rigours of a Grand Slam.” – Rafael Nadal in a statement announcing he was not able to compete at next month’s event in Melbourne.
“If I had a magic wand, I would have Sam Stosur’s serve.” – Sara Errani
“If you lose your confidence, you will lose your game.” Wise words taxi driver. Wise words.” – American player Nicole Gibbs on Twitter.
“For those thinking about trying Vegemite for the first time…..don’t! Other than that, Australia is a beautiful place.” – American player Rhyne Williams on Twitter.
“On the to-do-list: 1.Cut my hair. Short. Very short. 2.Dye it pink or blonde 3.Hold Rafa’s hand until we’re both healthy again.” – Andrea Petkovic on Twitter after a knee injury forced her out of the Hopman Cup.
“I think Venus’ back must hurt from carrying me today.” – John Isner after he won in mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup.
“This is the first time I’ve felt short in a long time.” – Venus Williams after partnering with John Isner at the Hopman Cup.
“(It’s possible) for me definitely. Whoever wins the Australian Open will have that same thought, there’s no way that Victoria or Maria or any of the other top players don’t feel the same way,” – Serena Williams in Brisbane when asked if she thinks she can win the Grand Slam in 2013.
“There is no ideal time to do anything like that, but it had to be done and everything’s gone well.” – Sam Stosur after she revealed she recently had foot surgery.
‘I’d like to reach the top 10 by the end of the year. I’m sure if I do the right things and commit, like I’ve agreed to myself, I’ll do quite well.” – Bernard Tomic
”I think we all forget he’s still very young. It’s all very new to him. He’s playing these hardened professionals. Sometimes it takes a little time.” – Tony Roche speaking about Tomic
“On behalf of Rory McIlroy I would like to confirm that he has NOT become engaged to Caroline Wozniacki as was originally reported in Australian press.” Statement released by McIlroy’s publicist after Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Brisbane wearing a very large ring.
“1st match of the new season in 2012.. What is this than? Last match of 2012 or 1st match of 2013?” – Kristen Flipkens on Twitter.
And a quote from the sport’s past —
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King