Tennis Prose



Another Batch Of Tennis Quotes

(McEnroe acrylic painting by Karin Billings.)

Reading tennis books over the last several months I found another batch of memorable, insightful tennis quotes to share with you…

“They hate us. Popularity-wise, I’m a notch above John (McEnroe), and John is a notch above ‘Son of Sam.'” – Vitas Gerulaitis

“Borg is a different story. You look on his face for emotion and there is nothing.” – Manuel Orantes

“It is like a hungry man who never eats. Then he has a piece of bread. Then a sandwich. Then a steak. Then he wants to go to the palace.” – Guillermo Vilas on the effects of winning

“Winning never consumed Evonne Goolagong. She played tennis as if simply being on the court was the greatest joy in the world.” – Billie Jean Ki

“It’s not humanly possible to be Borg.” – John McEnroe

“I’m the world’s worst sport. Every time I lost it killed me.” – Gardnar Mulloy

“Tennis is not a game. It’s a sport and a puzzle, an endurance test. You do whatever you can to win. It has been my enemy and my friend, my nightmare and the solace to that nightmare, my wound and the salve for my wound.” – Maria Sharapova

“I think he’s a joke, you know, when it comes to his injuries.” – Roger Federer on Novak Djokovic in 2009

“When you go on the court you hate everyone. It is the way it has to be.” – Bjorn Borg

“For sure, I hate. The friendship will exist after the match. But on court you must do what you must to beat the man on the other side.” – Guillermo Vilas

“The great champions were always vicious competitors. You never lose respect for a man who is a vicious competitor and you never hate a man you respect. That seemed a pretty good code to live by. I learned a lot, not just by studying his (Pancho Gonzales’) game but by seeing the kind of killer instinct he brought to every match.” – Jimmy Connors

Sources: Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova, The Outsider by Jimmy Connors, The US Open: Game, Set, Unmatched by Roger Williams, Serve To Win by Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon: The Hidden Drama by Gwen Robyns, Short Circuit by Michael Mewshaw, Facing Guillermo Vilas by Scoop Malinowski.

McEnroe acrylic painting by Karin Billings, a Sarasota, FL based artist and former 1972 Olympic silver medalist in Equestrian.

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