50+ Best Tennis Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Tennis a game played between two or four people on a special playing area that involves hitting a small ball across a central net using a racket. Profoundly inspirational tennis quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Tennis Quotes

Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there. Venus Williams

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

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

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

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Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible. Jennifer Capriati

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

Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people. John McEnroe

The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall. Mitch Hedberg

Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.

Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball. Billie Jean King

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

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

The more matches I play, the more confident I get. Maria Sharapova

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe

Inspirational Tennis Quotes

Tennis is the loneliest sport. Andre Agassi

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

What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly. Martina Navratilova

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.

Speed in tennis is a strange mixture of intuition, guesswork, footwork and hair-trigger reflexes. Many of the players famed for quickness on court would finish dead last in a field of schoolgirls in a race over any distance more than ten yards. Eugene Scott

Just go out there and do what you have to do. Martina Navratilova

It’s difficult for most people to imagine the creative process in tennis. Seemingly, it’s just an athletic manner of hitting the bal consistently well within the boundaries of the court. That analysis is just as specious as thinking that the difficulty in portraying King Lear on stage is learning all the lines. Virginia Wade

Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. Rafael Nadal

Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Andre Agassi

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Arthur Ashe

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

Tennis: a racquet sport in which two players compete to see who has the shortest temper, the worst memory, the poorest eyesight, and the slowest watch.

That’s what you do all the hard work for, to play in situations that put your body through gruelling times. If you’re not up to it, pull out. Lleyton Hewitt

Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation.Frank Giampaolo

What a polite game tennis is. The chief word in it seems to be ‘sorry’ and admiration of each other’s play crosses the net as frequently as the ball. J.M. Barrie

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

Motivational Tennis Quotes

Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world. Jacques Barzun

Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love – the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Andre Agassi

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

Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time.

Tennis and golf are best played, not watched. Roger Kahn

The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves. Boris Becker

Dating a tennis player is risky – love means nothing to us. Anna Kournikova

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. Martina Navratilova

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

Though your game is hardly the best, you can fray your opponent’s nerves, by methodically bouncing the ball, at least ten times before your serves.

As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both – winning and losing – get easier. Rafael Nadal

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. Arthur Ashe

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy. Arthur Ashe

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. Andre Agassi

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

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

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

Winning is a way of expressing yourself. Boris Becker

Tennis: a racquet sport in which two players compete to see who has the shortest temper, the worst memory, the poorest eyesight, and the slowest watch. Author Unknown

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. Robert Frost

Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go. Russell Lynes

Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.

Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time. Martin Amis

You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them. Kim Clijsters

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

You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you. Roger Federer

Though your game is hardly the best, you can fray your opponent’s nerves, by methodically bouncing the ball, at least ten times before your serves. Arnold J. Zarett

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.

An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Rod Laver

You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. Arthur Ashe

Tennis Captions For Instagram

You got served.

On and off the court, I’m winning.

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

Life is better on the court.

Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King

Just serve it.

Causing a racquet.

Game. Set. Match.

Serving up this look today.

When I play my match, everything else is completely not in my mind anymore. Naomi Osaka

I still haven’t met my match yet.

Still trying to make fetch happen.

I’ll let the racket do the talking. John McEnroe

Felt cute. Might play a little tennis later.

Serving this lewk with a smile.

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