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 tournament is great, I really love it here, the only problem is he (Ferrer) is always coming back,” Philipp Kohlschreiber after losing in the Auckland finals.
“I’m sorry for Philipp but if I am not injured I’ll be coming back next year,” David Ferrer said as a joke after winning his fourth Auckland title, tying Roy Emerson’s record.
“This is tennis and this is sport. Sometimes things happen like that and of course I feel bad. This was the final, so it’s always supposed to be tight, long match. It was six-love, six-love. She didn’t deserve that score.” – Agenieszka Radwanska after beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-0 to win Sydney.
“I feel such a relief and I just want to cry honestly. I’m so happy that I won the final and I think in general I was pretty good.” – Elena Vesnina after winning her first WTA title in six tries at Hobart.
I think this year I do feel better about things. I don’t feel as probably uptight or stressed or anything like that than last year. I think last year I didn’t handle it so well. I do feel better about things at the moment. I need to try to play a bit better than what I have been.” – Sam Stosur before the start of the Australian Open.
“I like playing here because it’s after probably five, six, seven weeks of break with no official tournament. So you get time to recover, regroup, recharge your batteries mentally, physically, try to get ready for the new season with four, five weeks of good practice. You come here fresh. You’re motivated and inspired to play some good tennis.” – Novak Djokovic before the start of the Australian Open.
“A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” Sania Mirza-Malik on Twitter.
“Oh my God! It was like a dream!” Sloane Stephens on her reaction to finding out she was seeded at the Australian Open, a first in her career.
“I’m not here to defend, I’m here to win, to play tennis” – Victoria Azarenka before the start of the Australian Open.
“He’s a good player. We know how talented he is, what he can do. It’s obviously tricky playing him in Australia. He usually plays his best over here. Even the pressure you might think it’s a problem. That’s what people usually say. But I always say it’s best to be playing at home. You have confidence that you believe you can upset top guys. I’m sure he believes in that, as well. He’s also got his work cut out, you know, in the first few rounds. He will be making a mistake about thinking about me in the third round because he also has to get there,” Roger Federer when asked about Bernard Tomic, his potential third round opponent in Melbourne.
“I would love to get in that position to play Roger in the third round. He has to get there as well. You don’t know what can happen. Tennis is a funny sport. So we’ll see.” – Bernard Tomic on possibly playing Roger Federer in Melbourne.
And now a quote from the sport’s past —
“Tennis can be a grind and there’s always the danger of going stale if you think about it too much. You can get embittered if you train too hard and have nothing else on your mind. You have to be able to relax between matches and between tournaments.” – Maureen Connolly