65+ Best Tennis Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Tennis Quotes

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

Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he’s devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. It’s hard to say for sure whether this is even exceptionally bad, this tendency. David Foster Wallace

One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. Billie Jean King

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

I have no sense of humor about losing. Rafael Nadal

Tennis is a tough sport  there are no draws. Roger Federer

LaMont, the truth is that the world is incredibly, incredibly, unbelievably old. You suffer with the stunted desire caused by one of its oldest lies. Do not believe the photographs. Fame is not the exit from any cage. David Foster Wallace

Tennis has given me soul. Martina Navratilova

I didn’t cry when they buried my father  I wouldn’t let myself. I didn’t cry when they buried my sister. On Thursday night, with my family asleep upstairs, my eyes filled as Agassi and Marcos Baghdatis played out the fifth set of their moving second round match. Greg Garber

If you don’t lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things. Rafael Nadal

She felt about a love set as a painter does about his masterpiece; each ace serve was a form of brushwork to her, and her fantastically accurate shot placing was certainly a study in composition. Janet Flanner

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

The public never appears to tire of endless courses of strawberries and cream, and the theory that you run the risk of boring people with endless photo montages of the Chelsea Pensioners in their dress reds, or close ups of a Pimm’s Cup sprouting all kinda of flora, has yet to be proven. People like Wimbledon in the same way they like blue jeans or even their own spouses for the pleasure yielded by their reliable sameness. Peter Bodo

I want my tennis to speak for everything. Maria Sharapova

The day you give priority to bogus ethics over human reactions, you become a loser. Human reactions are priceless. Rules should never, ever stifle emotions. Tennis is a very human game facing a great danger that it will be strangulated in a cat’s cradle of unnecessary or inhumane rules. Ted Tinling

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

What if, when Tracy Austin writes that after her 1989 car crash, ‘I quickly accepted that there was nothing I could do about it,’ the statement is not only true but exhaustively descriptive of the entire acceptance process she went through? David Foster Wallace

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

In most sports, like in tennis, love means nothing. Wyatt Allen

I’m really trying to focus myself on playing tennis, and I think that’s really important. Stefan Edberg

But if tennis is life, then what follows tennis must be the unknowable void. The thought makes me cold. Andre Agassi

When I was serving for the match, there was a sense of how big a moment that is in British tennis history. It’s great to have finally done it. Andy Murray

In the brief respite, James tore up part of the flooring and leaped down into an underground vault or drain. Unluckily for him, he had recently caused the egress from this chamber to be walled up because his tennis balls had sometimes been lost there. Gordon Donaldson

I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. Naomi Osaka

I love your tennis skirt darling you look beautiful but so much work needed to be done on you in order to suit it nicely. Nozipho N. Maphumulo

Tennis is a fine balance between determination and tiredness. Virginia Wade

To turn black women into objectified others was to underline their difference; they may be beautiful, but they are of another kind, separate from the dominant understanding of attractiveness. Anne Helen Petersen

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

Life is life tennis Those who serve best usually win. David Foster Wallace

When the last point is done, we are humans. Give your opponent a hug and say, great fight, and that’s all. Novak Djokovic

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

The ball is round, the game is long. Bjorn Borg

By batting a ball back and forth over a net one forgets all one’s worries, one even forgets about death. Marty Rubin

I don’t think, that you can ever get your game to perfection, you know. Only if you’re Federer. Novak Djokovic

And of one thing I have no doubt the more you train, the better your feeling. Tennis is, more than most sports, a sport of the mind; it is the player who has those good sensations on the most days, who manages to isolate himself best from his fears and from the ups and downs in morale a match inevitably brings, who ends up being world number one. Rafael Nadal

Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing. Boris Becker

Her mouth opens in a shocked little o, and I know I’ve got her. Now that we’re not teammates, I’m going to make Harley mine. Anita Knight

It’s shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you’re just thinking about nothing except winning every point. Andre Agassi

Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win. David Foster Wallace

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

The Williams sisters had something else: each other, and their absolute dominance. Anne Helen Petersen

One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation. Arthur Ashe

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

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

Whoever said, It’s not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost. Martina Navratilova

When love is part of a game, it means nothing. When love is love, it means everything. Kate McGahan

Every time I hit the ball on the wall I used to pretend I was there Wimbledon. When I went to sleep I used to pretend I was there. Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Prove the nay sayers wrong. Leave being average to others. You could be the one who changes the way the world spins. Frank Giampaolo

In sports, you simply aren’t considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best. Althea Gibson

Well, with that filly in my line of vision blushing like a virgin, something in me was bound to stand at attention. And my walking legs were occupied. A.G. Starling

I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way. Roger Federer

During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, bottle up your human feelings. It’s a kind of self hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival. Rafael Nadal i Farreras

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

Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation. Frank Giampaolo

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

Humility is the recognition of your limitations, and it is from this understanding, and this understanding alone, that the drive comes to work hard at overcoming them. John Carlin

I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. Serena Williams

In any game, the game itself is the prize, no matter who wins, ultimately both lose the game. Amit Kalantri

I never look back, I look forward.  Steffi Graf

Fifteen love, Chris said in a strong, clear voice as he set up for his next serve, and Elizabeth sensed that in addition to announcing the score, he was sending her a special message. A message about love. Francine Pascal

Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again. Fail better. Stan Wawrinka