Every week at SteveG, we’ll be highlighting some of the best quotes said by players, coaches and more from the world of tennis.
“Love tennis commentary “be aggressive take cuts”. Then they miss…. ” he needs to be patient and work the point” Easy game right?” – Andy Roddick on Twitter.
“Oh, I’ll be out there. I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there’s no way I’m not going to be competing. I’m alive. My heart’s beating. I’ll be fine.” – Serena Williams after hurting her ankle on court during her first round match.
“I desperately wanted to win out there today but I didn’t feel it more than other Grand Slams.” – Sam Stosur reflecting on her three-set loss to Zheng Jie in Melbourne.
“In the final set, I was thinking first time I played in center court is 2006. I thinking, How many times I can play like this court? I need to keep fighting and enjoy the match. Yeah, just too simple. It’s amazing I can come back.” – Zheng Jie after beating Stosur in three sets.
“This changed my life, but this not change me. I’m all the time same crazy person, and I hope is going to be all the time the same.” - Jerzy Janowicz after being asked if getting sponsors has changed him as a person.
“Have I always had it? I’d like to think so. Definitely when I played my brother in Monopoly it was all hell broke loose, really.” – Laura Robson when asked if she’s always had a fighting spirit.
“Everybody say to me, You are crazy. First word is always, You are crazy. When I see Steffi (Graf), of course, she say to me, You should stop now and make the baby.” – Kimiko Date-Krumm who at age 42 reached the third round of Melbourne.
“I think they should take all his titles away because it’s not fair towards any sportsman, any athlete. It’s just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for his lies all these years.”- Novak Djokovic on Lance Armstrong’s admission of doping use.
“It’s just a matter of time when I get up to the big group of boys in the top 10. I’ve got to believe and do the things that I was doing the last few weeks. I know I’m going to be in there with this attitude.” – Bernard Tomic
“He’s had a great run now. I hope he knows what he needs to do the next few months, weeks, and years ahead. Isn’t always a two month tour. You know, we play 10, 11 months of the year, it’s bring it every single day.” - Roger Federer on Bernard Tomic
“I think that the neck of umpire will fall off after this rallys.”- Svetlana Kuznetsova on Twitter while watching the Gael Monfils/Gilles Simon match that went over four hours.
“In the end these kind of matches, after five hours, definitely help your confidence. As I said on the court, these are the matches that you live for, you practice for. You want to be on the center court and play on such a high level for five hours. It’s incredible.” – Novak Djokovic after winning in five sets over Stanislas Wawrinka
And now a quote from the sport’s past. — “To live the moment was the most important thing for me.” Francesca Schiavone after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the longest women’s match at a Grand Slam during the 2011 Australian Open.