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 way I’ve been playing now, there’s no stopping me. ‘I’m not going to say I’ll be in the top 10 in two or three months. It could take a little bit longer, I don’t know. It could happen just like that, the way I’ve been playing.” – Bernard Tomic
“I am almost thirty and for me this is like winning a Grand Slam.” – Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues after beating Ana Ivanovic in the Hopman Cup finals.
“I saw myself as an alcoholic with ten children.” – Andrea Petkovic in an interview with Bild.de when she thought her career was over after she suffered an injury at the Hopman Cup.
“Like I said, I’m really boring. I’m really boring now. I used to be fun. I used to be a lot of fun times. For a fun time, call Serena. Now for a fun time, do not call me. I don’t know what happened to me.” – Serena Williams when asked how she might plan to spend her off time in Australia.
“I just kind of ran out of time here. Yeah, I still have quite a bit of time to prepare for Australia. I’m on the right track, been training really well, so I just don’t want to jeopardize what I’ve gained in the off‑season so far. Just have to make a smart move here.” – Maria Sharapova who announced her withdrawal from Brisbane due to a right collarbone injury.
“I don’t know what it was. It just got infected from a bad pedicure experience. I had somebody who gave me infection. Actually the doctor said it happens a lot. Never happened to me, so it’s something that I am definitely going to prevent for the next time.” Victoria Azarenka after she announced she was withdrawing from Brisbane due to toe pain.
“I’m black so I sweat a lot.” – Gael Monfils as he protested a time violation warning in Doha.
“When she says come on, it’s so disrespectful.” – Sloane Stephens as she joked with her coach after losing the first set to Serena Williams in Brisbane.
“It was an amazing match. When I play against you, I feel like I don’t know how to play tennis.” – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to Serena Williams after losing in the Brisbane finals.
“Her game is annoying, but whatever.” – Vladimir Platenick , coach of Yanina Wickmayer, as he described Agnieszka Radwanska’s game during the Auckland finals.
“Obviously with Rafa not around it is unfortunate, we would love to see him back so we were all hoping he was going to come back, but it creates opportunities for many other players with one less guy who normally runs through 90 percent of the guys so it is an interesting Australian Open.” – Roger Federer speaking to reporters in Singapore.
“I don’t talk about my private life.” Grigor Dimitrov after being asked about his now confirmed relationship with Maria Sharapova.
And now a quote from the sport’s past —
“The next point – that’s all you must think about.” – Rod Laver .