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Column: Tennis quotes

Tennis is a funny game of thoughts, strategy, movements, and verbal jargon.

Over the years many different players, from professionals to hackers, have come up with some witty, unusual, funny, weird, and philosophical quotes that you may enjoy reading regarding this game we call tennis.

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis.

I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. - Hugo L. Black.

Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever. - Billie Jean King.

The serve was invented so the net could play. - Bill Cosby.

New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up. - Jimmy Connors.

In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snowshoe. - Elliot Chaze.

The fifth set is not about tennis - it's about nerves. - Boris Becker.

I play each point like my life depends on it. - Rafael Nadal.

Men hate to lose. I beat my husband once at tennis. I asked him, "Will we ever make love again?" He said, "Yes...but not with each other." - Author Unknown.

The roughest thing I ever said to an umpire was, "Are you sure?" - Rod Laver.

When you start with nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry. I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want. I want to win. - Maria Sharapova.

You cannot be serious! - John McEnroe.

As soon as I step on the court I just try to play tennis and don't find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore. - Goran Ivanisevic.

- I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see their records broken. - Martha Stewart.

Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn't changed in years. - Pete Sampras.

I did realize more than ever, after the stabbing, that tennis is a business - a tough business. - Monica Seles.

Before I was the hunted, now I'm the hunted. - Martina Hingis.

We get criticized for showing no personality, and then we get penalized when we do. - Lindsay Davenport.

The mark of a good sportsman is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. - Martina Navratilova.

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. - Billie Jean King.

You have to find it. No one else can find it for you. - Bjorn Borg.

I never look back, I look forward. - Steffi Graf.

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. - Chris Evert.

If you don't practice, you don't deserve to win. - Andre Agassi.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. - Arthur Ashe.

- The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents; umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself. - Goran Ivanisevic.

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. - Martina Navratilova.

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. - Stan Smith.

I hate to lose more than I love to win. - Jimmy Connors.

When you speak to tennis journalists, you notice how little they understand. - Tim Henman.

I'm like a menu at an expensive restaurant, you can look at me, but you can't afford me. - Anna Kournikova.

My strength is that I have no weaknesses. - John McEnroe.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 35 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at or 928-642-6775.


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