The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.13

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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.

“We spoke at the end of last year and it was much more short term — ‘let’s see how the first few months of the season go’. “Now it’s: ‘What are we going to be doing in four or five years’ time?’” – Andy Murray on having Ivan Lendl serve as his long term coach.

“He (Andy) knew what I wanted. I wanted it buried, either in the corner or in the guy’s nuts.” – Ivan Lendl in a recent interview speaking about where he wanted Murray to place the ball on court during a match.

“Apparently it’s the end of the world tmrw… What crazy stuff are y’all up to tonight?!?!” – Ryan Harrison on Twitter.

“So no end of the world. Just a new beginning!!!!!” Victoria Azarenka on Twitter after the Mayan deadline came and went without incident.

“I’ve got as good a chance as any of the girls up there. I won the U.S. Open last year, so why not?” - Sam Stosur when asked what she thought of her chances for the upcoming Australian Open.

“A good guy but no-one is really close to him. He keeps his distance from everyone. But I have always got on with him extremely well.” Lleyton Hewitt when asked ‘What’s Roger Federer like?’ for a recent Australian newspaper interview.

“Stay true 2 urself. If u can’t , then what Eva.” Svetlana Kuznetsova on Twitter.

“My season, my real objective, is to be in perfect condition for Indian Wells and Miami and get to Monte Carlo with good feelings, to tackle the clay season in good shape. The end of February or March is when I will feel good. That’s when my season starts, that’s when I’ll tell myself that I am ready to win.” – Rafael Nadal in a recent interview for Spanish daily ABC.

“@JohnIsner You made Cosmo’s list of the Best Butts of 2012. We just thought you should know.” – Cosmopolitan magazine’s Twitter account telling John Isner of his impressive award.

“Previously it was often so after a defeat, it took me days to get back to me, because for me personally it was always a drama. If I lose now, it’s okay, I have to accept that others were better.” Angelique Kerber in an interview for Frankfurter Allgemaine on how she handles losing a match differently now.

“Trying to pack and leave enough room to bring pack a kangaroo isn’t easy #gottamakeithappen” – American player Tennys Sandgren on Twitter just before he flew off to compete down under.

“Got a wonderful birthday gift from my trainer, a Doctor Who scarf! Its so colourful, I love it!” – Canadian player Rebecca Marino on Twitter letting us know her early holiday gift.

“Don’t think I’m going to have any friends left after they get a look at how badly I’ve wrapped their presents. #incompetentgiftwrapper” – Laura Robson on Twitter.

“The holidays have started for most! Happy holidays everyone!” – Milos Raonic on Twitter.

And a quote from the sport’s past –

“The serve was invented so the net could play.” – Bill Cosby

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