The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.1

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Every week at SteveG, we’ll be highlighting some of the best quotes that came from players, coaches and more from the world of tennis.

“I think I just played in the sweatiest WTA final of the year,” Laura Robson on Twitter after playing in the Guangzhou final.

“My season has definitely had its ups and downs because of my injuries, but last year was the same, and my whole career has been a little bit up and down as well. It’s nothing new and I’m used to it.” – Kaia Kanepi on her recent return to the WTA after a four month injury layoff.

“I’m not Federer, nor Djokovic or Nadal. I didn’t win a Slam. I need to continue playing if I want to qualify for the World Tour Finals,” Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just after winning the Metz title.

“Well, we’ve been hearing that same argument forever. I think the women are very capable of playing best-of-five, and to tell you the truth, five sets of tennis is not always great tennis, is it? It’s all about the quality and the entertainment value of tennis,” tennis great Rosie Casals on the current equal prize money debate.

“I don’t really think about the ranking – I’m just happy I won the tournament. I want to enjoy it and be positive – so that’s what I’m thinking about right now. I want to build up for the next season and hopefully my results this week will help me move forward and get back to playing my best,” Caroline Wozniacki after winning her first title of the year in Seoul.

“We were the first tennis nation among 207 countries from 2001 to 2010. And now we kick about the topic: have we lost it or not? The coaching staff proved their efficiency. But where shall we go further? Nobody wants to consider tennis problems independently. That is startling,” Russian Federation tennis president Shamil Tarpishchev in a recent interview discussing the current woes of Russian tennis.

“Thank u everybody in Vietnam. It was short but very pleasant stay! Enjoyed playing here and hope u guys enjoyed watching!” Victoria Azarenka on Twitter after playing in an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City.

“What’s wrong with this guy? Doing sprints after practice. #roddickretirement” Ryan Harrison on Twitter after he showed a picture of a now retired Andy Roddick running before an exhibition.

“I know that my behavior was not good and it shows me that I still have much progress to make in the attitude,” Benoit Paire on Twitter after being booed off the court in Metz for not shaking the umpire’s hand after his loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“It’s the best week I’ve ever played,” Martin Klizan after winning his first ever ATP title in St. Petersburg.

“If I play finals like that I get the beard like Santa Claus,” Fabio Fognini on Twitter after losing in the St.Petersburg finals. Fognini earlier in the year said that he wouldn’t shave his current goatee until he wins his first ever ATP title.

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