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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
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
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. Andre Agassi
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
Tennis is, more than most sports, a sport of the mind. Rafael Nadal
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
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
The next point – that’s all you must think about. Rod Laver
If you don’t lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things. Rafael Nadal
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.
I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. Naomi Osaka
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
You’ll hear a lot of applause in your life, fellas, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end. Andre Agassi
Just go out there and do what you have to do. Martina Navratilova
Tennis is a fine balance between determination and tiredness. Virginia Wade
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
When the last point is done, we are humans. Give your opponent a hug and say, ‘great fight,’ and that’s all. Novak Djokovic
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Arthur Ashe
Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing. Boris Becker
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
It’s easier when you play. You get your emotion out. You scream. You yell. You do whatever you want. You play. But it’s tough to sit. Goran Ivanisevic
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
I don’t think, that you can ever get your game to perfection, you know. Only if you’re Federer. Novak Djokovic
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
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.