100+ Best Tennis Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational tennis quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Tennis Quotes

I look at tennis as a bit of a platform to hopefully touch lives and encourage people. — Michael Chang

I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play. — Boris Becker

Tennis is like, it gives you a lot of chances, but if you don’t take those chances, it takes a lot of chances away from you. It’s just the scoring pattern. We cannot dwell over a loss or a win for very long. We have no time to celebrate; we have no time to dwell; we have to move on. Wake up the next day and try and win the match. — Sania Mirza

I did realise more than ever, after the stabbing, that tennis is a business – a tough business. — Monica Seles

I did a really good job of sticking to the tennis court. — Brad Gilbert

Sports have always been a really important part of how I energize myself, as well as how I relax. I spend a lot of my spare time with my family playing tennis, biking and rollerblading. — Irene Rosenfeld

Tennis is a funny game, and it takes a life-time of keeping one’s eyes open on the circuit to have any chance of understanding the strange phenomena that exist in our exciting sport! — Sania Mirza

Sometimes you’re looking to play perfect tennis but it’s not going to happen all the time and you have to accept it. — Andy Murray

Anybody who can dial a telephone can master tennis scoring in about 15 minutes. — Bradley Whitford

There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim. — Billie Jean King

I’m like an expensive menu… you can look but you can’t afford! — Anna Kournikova

For the first couple of years I played really bad tennis. It was so bad that they booed me off the court — Richard Krajicek

I am not one of those people who lives for work. I enjoy sculpting and photography and tennis and swimming. I simply do not have enough time. My life is not in control. — Pattie Maes

My first job was in sixth grade, sweeping the clay tennis courts at the yacht club near my house, which I was not a member of. Always had to pay my own rent. But I don’t really have any concept of how money works. I don’t know how much things cost. Like a BMW. Or a quart of milk. It’s embarrassing. — Chloe Sevigny

Tennis is all about mental toughness, and you have to keep your head in the game. I make time to relax away from competition pressures, travel and intense training schedules to make sure I’m looking after myself. Taking time out with family and friends helps to maintain the work-life balance everyone needs. — Samantha Stosur

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. — Andy Murray

I love tennis. I’ve played it my whole life. Loved it since the age of three. I had an injury, so from the age of 13 to 24 I didn’t play much. Then when I moved out to L.A., there were so many tennis courts that I rekindled the love. — David Walton

I have a passion for playing tennis and enjoy the workload and struggles of performing in this amazing global sport. — Sania Mirza

I don’t know if Wimbledon’s seen anything like it. I don’t know if they will again. But it was just – it was electric. The Aussie crowd, I’m really proud of them, the way they conducted themselves. You know they’re great losers, as well. — Patrick Rafter

I don’t think tennis is a glamour game, not at all. — Mahesh Bhupathi

In tennis it’s easy to get greedy – and one Grand Slam doesn’t feel enough any more. — Samantha Stosur

Tennis has had a very positive impact on my life. — Gabriela Sabatini

Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control. — Brian Kilmeade

It’s true I always try to be as seductive as possible but I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t play tennis. — Anna Kournikova

There are a lot of good memories, and because I was injured, during the rehab, I met my wife. The tennis was very good but the injuries were good for something too — Richard Krajicek

My mom, she’s from Ireland, coached tennis in Nigeria when she was a missionary and turned me on to it when I was young. — Donal Logue

I was a very good tennis player in Ottawa, Canada – nationally ranked when I was, like, 13. Then I moved to Los Angeles when I was 15, and everyone in L.A. just killed me. I was pretty great in Canada. Not so much in Los Angeles. — Matthew Perry

I’ve stayed calm when I’m winning and I’ve stayed calm when I’ve lost. Tennis is a sport where we have a lot of tournaments every week, so you can’t celebrate a lot when you have big victories, and you cannot get too down when you’re losing, as in a few days you’ll be in the next tournament and you’ll have to be ready with that. — Rafael Nadal

Tennis players go into a press conference, and almost every one of them is the same. We do very little differently on a day-to-day basis. — Lleyton Hewitt

I am not Shakespeare or Hemingway, but I have written stories on tennis that were brilliant. — Ion Tiriac

All my time in rehab has made me appreciate tennis more than ever. — Kim Clijsters

I think that tennis has been in a place for many years without any change. Davis Cup and Fed Cup has always been a very exciting platform for players because it is such an individual sport, and we get to play a team competition. We love being part of a team. — Mahesh Bhupathi

To meet my goals, I couldn’t let up when I was playing tennis. — Tracy Austin

I felt sad because everyday I had to wake up early to practice before going to school. After school I had to go back to tennis again, and then after tennis I had homework. I didn’t have time to play. — Li Na

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

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. — Serena Williams

I was sporty in high school. I played tennis and hockey, and was basketball captain. Then I went to university and stopped doing sport and started eating ice cream. — Rebel Wilson

I felt tight from the beginning of the match to the end. I couldn’t relax. — Elena Vesnina

You know, I still love the innocent parts of the game. I love hitting tennis balls. I love seeing the young guys do well. I’ll still have a lot of friends to watch. I’ll miss the relationships probably the most. As time passes, I’ll probably miss the tennis more. — Andy Roddick

I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn’t thinking about the big picture. I didn’t notice what they said on television, I wasn’t reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble. — Boris Becker

I’m going to have to pick my shots and play great tennis. — Andre Agassi

Core strength and stability is very important to me. Tennis is all about rotation of the body and my ability to create power. I incorporate a lot of abdominal, back and glute exercises into my gym sessions. — Samantha Stosur

I don’t do a huge amount of physical activity. I play tennis, I work out sporadically, and I eat well and take care of myself. — Harrison Ford

I have this terrible dark side to my personality, which playing tennis keeps at bay — Monica Seles

It makes you also realize, ‘OK, I’m excited to play tennis, and I work really hard to be the best tennis player I think I can be,’ but I don’t waste my time on stupid stuff, you know what I mean. — Kim Clijsters

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

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity. — Billie Jean King

If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart. — Chris Evert

At the very beginning of my career, when I opened my business in Italy, I was also a ranked tennis player. I had won many tournaments. To be an athlete was my first choice. Second choice: designer. However! There was more money in being a designer at that time. — Oleg Cassini

My audiences have given me lots of love as a tennis player. I hope they appreciate my passion for acting. — Leander Paes

Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible. — Jimmy Connors

That’s the key to success, isn’t it? It has to be fun. — Monica Seles

With a tennis racket strapped tightly to her hiking pack, Martina Navratilova began her ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. The tennis legend had visions of celebrating at the summit of Africa’s highest peak by hitting a couple balls to see how far they might fly in the thin air at 19,341 feet. — Don Yaeger

Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had. — Jimmy Connors

It’s that I have a good personality and am a good tennis player. — Anna Kournikova

When you are very little tennis should be fun, it should be a game. — Guy Forget

I have always believed that my job is to try and give my best on the tennis courts. — Sania Mirza

The next point – that’s all you must think about. — Rod Laver

I don’t make a habit of watching tennis matches, but I try to watch all the major finals. I try to make time for that. So unless I have something going with the kids where I can’t, I try to watch, and I enjoy that. — Ivan Lendl

My personal style is really comfy: flats, tennis shoes, ponytails, no makeup, — Kristin Bauer van Straten

I always had a powerful serve. It’s one of the best in women’s tennis. It’s very good to have a weapon like that. — Li Na

I let my racket do the talking. That’s what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches. — Pete Sampras

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

Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified. — Virginia Graham

There are not many Irish people playing tennis! — Goran Ivanisevic

On the tennis court, one needs a cool temperament, tremendous ball sense, reflexes, speed, hand-eye co-ordination, power, timing and peak physical fitness. Off the court, the player and support team need skills in planning, execution, travel, an ability to raise funds when needed, and several other talents. — Sania Mirza

If I stay healthy and I’m playing good tennis I have as good a chance as anybody. — Greg Rusedski

When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball: Their eyes go a little crazy, the leash snaps and they go bounding off, plowing through whatever gets in the way. — Drew Houston

It’s a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it’s getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon. — Marat Safin

The thing about tennis is if you stay off for two weeks, or just for three days, you can lose your rhythm quickly. So it’s just a question of constant diligence and vigilance. — Venus Williams

Now I do bowling, golf, and tennis. I want to be a good bowler. — Andy Lau

I think my family needs me more than anybody else, and tennis doesn’t need me anymore. I respect my wife a lot for taking all that in. She said, ‘I didn’t marry a tennis player; you’d retired.’ Now it’s time to do something else. — Thomas Muster

Sport doesn’t know barriers, really. You are judged on your performance… how far you can jump, how fast you can run, how well you can hit a tennis ball. — Martina Navratilova

I’m very, very focused on my children. In fact, I’m very religious about having breakfast with them every morning, having dinner with them every evening, and spend all the weekends with them that I don’t work. So as long as I’m not traveling, I’m always with them and I go to their soccer and tennis matches. — Zhang Xin

To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost. — Chris Evert

Whoever has played tennis knows the court is pretty big and you always have space to put the ball in. — Tomas Berdych

If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts. — Marat Safin

When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis. — Roger Federer

I can see that the tennis for the fans could be a bit boring, and these days you have these new modern things which you can do, and you have a lot of time, because you just play a match, and practise, and many times in between you can bring many things to the fans. — Tomas Berdych

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. — Jimmy Connors

Women’s tennis is two sets of rubbish that lasts only half an hour. — Pat Cash

All I cared about in tennis was winning. — Pete Sampras

I had a great tennis career. I have no regrets. But to find peace with yourself, and to finally be with your family – I’m probably the happiest guy in the world. — Bjorn Borg

I call tennis the McDonald’s of sport – you go in, they make a quick buck out of you, and you’re out. — Pat Cash

Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown. — Althea Gibson

Working with Brando was fun. It was like a tennis match. We played unbelievably well together. — Uta Hagen

As a tennis player, you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better. — Stanislas Wawrinka

Me writing about tennis is like a baker baking bread. — Ion Tiriac

There’s a lot of ingredients go into being a good tennis player. — Rod Laver

I never thought tennis was going to give me so much satisfaction. — Gabriela Sabatini

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. — John McEnroe

In the ’70s, Florida-style golf communities started to be built for America’s baby-boomers who were doing well and taking up the game but couldn’t get into exclusive golf and tennis clubs and were looking for a nice place to live and raise their families. — Alex Shoumatoff

Tennis has to become everything to you if you’re going to make it to the top. You have to live it. — Monica Seles

I think in the lifetime of a tennis player there are many times where you feel that tremendous confidence. — Gabriela Sabatini

As tennis players, you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better results. — Sania Mirza

I began playing in the Pacific Coast Indoor Tennis Championships. — Tracy Austin

My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels. — Roger Federer

I have always been guided by striving to show the best that I could. That is what kept me going in tennis and it is the same now. — Steffi Graf

I’m the sort of person who keeps a lot to myself. — Patrick Rafter

I would like to thank all my tennis fans who were there from Day One when I was No. 1, through my stabbing, and my comeback. — Monica Seles

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