The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.18

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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.

“At the end I was really, really close. For sure I’m really sad.  It’s a big deception to lose that match.  But I think there is more positive than negative.” – Stanislas Wawrinka after losing in five sets to Novak Djokovic.

“I think about tattoos, you have the story of your own tattoos.  You can read it, you can think one thing, and I’ve been doing this for some other reasons. But tattoo is something history of your life, and I believe in it.” – Svetlana Kuznetsova

“Last night I was thinking about it and I was like someone asked me like, Do you think you can win?  I was like, Yeah, I think so, but I wasn’t like too clear about it. Then this morning when I got up, I was like, Look, dude, like, you can do this.  Like, go out and play and do your best.” – Sloane Stephens reflecting on her win over Serena Williams.

“This has been the worst two weeks ever.” – Serena Williams’s on-court comment during her quarterfinal match.

“I want to have good communication with the fans.” – Li Na when asked what went through her mind after hitting a shanked serve in her quarterfinal match.

“You know, the girls, they are more unstable emotionally than us. I’m sure everybody will say it’s true, even the girls (laughter).  No?  No, you don’t think? But, I mean, it’s just about hormones and all this stuff.  We don’t have all these bad things, so we are physically in a good shape every time, and you are not.  That’s it.” – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after being asked why the top women’s seeds often don’t make it to the semis of Majors.

“I never thought about the No. 1 ranking. The pressure was there, but I like the pressure, you know.  It’s interesting.  It’s very interesting thing.  It pushes you to be better. You can take it different way.  You can take it negative and try to, you know, think negative. But I take it as a positive, something that will push me forward to improve, to get better, and the outcome is out of my hands. ” – Victoria Azarenka when asked if she worried about losing her No. 1 ranking.

“Yeah, yeah. I can hear a lot of Chinese fans, yeah. Yeah, and also I can see them with the China national flag everywhere. I was, Oh, looks like China Open (laughter).” – Li Na on the amount of crowd support she received during the Australian Open Women’s Final.

“To be a part of history is pretty special. We weren’t thinking about it much out there, but now that we have it, it’s going to be fun to look back on our career and say we have the most Grand Slams. It’s a big record, so we’re pretty excited about it.” – Mike Bryan after he and his brother Bob won their 13th career Grand Slam doubles title, the most ever in the Open era.

“Every tournament, especially the major tournaments, is very special. So every win, of course also adding to that the history part, you know, winning it three in a row, it’s incredible. It’s very thrilling.  I’m full of joy right now. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, that’s for sure.” – Novak Djokovic after winning his fourth Australian Open title.

And now a quote from the sport’s past. —
“Good morning everyone.” – Rafael Nadal during his runner-up speech after last year’s near six-hour Australian Open Men’s Final

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