The Last Word: Quotes From the World of Tennis Vol.12

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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

“Some minutes ago I met Federer, a very cute guy. To the girls I say that he’s 31 but, he’s married and he has two twins.” — Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner after meeting Roger Federer during his South American exhibition tour.

“He is already among the best, now he just has to train hard and stay on the same path. He was number four, he’s now seven, but he could be number one. Sometimes the difference is in the small details.” — Roger Federer speaking about Juan Martin Del Potro.

“I met him at his home on Saturday, it was unbelievable. He is a myth to the tenth power and when you see him you think, wow, he really exists.” — Roger Federer about meeting football legend Pelé during his visit to Brazil.

“Really am disappointed with what happened in Conn. My prayers are with all the families to get through this tough time.” — Serena Williams on Twitter.

“We’re going to sit down and reevaluate our goals. We’ve broken a few records. I think there’s the all-time Grand Slam record held by Newcombe and Roche I think. So we’re gunning for that and Davis Cup would be sweet. To bring back another Davis Cup back to the U.S. would be pretty cool. It always helps to have the home crowd support on your own court so it could be the year.” – Mike Bryan of the Bryan Brothers when asked about their goals for 2013.

“One of my huge goals in tennis is to make a us open final! But now its on a monday i dont think ill bother…” – Oliver Golding on Twitter.

“Obviously, me saying s(expletive) or whatever is bad and wrong, and it’s something I want to try to stop doing. But it isn’t as bad as some of the stuff the foreign players come out with. I wouldn’t want to name any names, but some of what they say is ghastly. It’s just that all of the umpires speak English.” – Andy Murray who said in a recent interview he would try to give up swearing on court next year.

“It will save a lot of effort having to deal with various restaurants, with only one customer buying the lot we don’t have to worry too much about salesmen. It is a great vote of confidence as well, in what we do here.” — Slobodan Simic, manager of a Serbian farm that produces a delicacy known as pule cheese or “donkey cheese”. Novak Djokovic recently bought the entire supply for his family’s restaurants.

“You can make as much fun as you want to. She’s still going to beat your ass.” — Whoopi Goldberg on American television giving her opinion on Caroline Wozniacki’s impersonation of Serena Williams.

”I’ve just been trying to work hard, and I will start again from zero and I hope I get a lot of support from the home crowd and everybody else around, and hopefully I get back. “ – Jarmila Gajdosova in an interview with The Age about trying to get back on track after a difficult year.

“I kind of like these courts a little bit. I play really well here and I’m pretty happy with the results the last two years.” — Madison Keys after she repeated as winner of the Australian Open Wildcard Playoffs event in Georgia.

And a quote from the sport’s past —

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe

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