Tennis Prose



Some Fantastic Tennis Quotes

Of which junior players make it to the pros and which ones do not, Mary Pierce said it best, in her quote in my Facing Serena/Facing Steffi Graf book, “Some (junior) players look amazing and never make it. And some don’t and they do.”

“The crowd can destroy a man too, if they fall in love with the opponent.” – Rod Laver

“In true competition, no one is defeated.” – Fred Perry

“Tennis is a game of creativity, which is not the sole property of anyone.” – Roy Emerson

“I say that anyone that steps on a tennis court is a winner.” – Gardnar Mulloy

“The fun of tennis is getting the ball back to your opponent’s court, and learn how to do it by any means necessary.” – Donald Budge

“The longer one plays and enjoys tennis, the greater it’s rewards spiritually, psychologically and physically.” – Lew Hoad

“No matter what your age or how long you’ve been playing tennis, there’s much more to learn in more places, which makes the game fascinating.” – Bobby Riggs

“Tennis fever once acquired, lasts a lifetime. It takes a short time to learn but it’s never mastered which makes the game intriguing.” – Jack Kramer

“Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action in an atmosphere of total tranquility that has a hold on my soul.” – Billie Jean King

“A tennis player can create more than an artist and with as much satisfaction.” – Maria Bueno

“I play tennis for the love of the game, having fun and what pleasure the game affords me.” – Evonne Goolagong

“Throw dignity to the wind and enjoy the game.” – Suzanne Lenglen

“There no such thing as complete satisfaction in tennis, which is the motivation to keep playing.” – Maureen Connolly

“A tennis racquet is a man’s best friend and the key to happiness and success. So handle it with respect.” – Bill Tilden

“The fascinating thing about tennis is that nobody has ever been able to figure it out and yet they will keep trying all of their lives.” – Pancho Gonzales


  • catherine · June 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    BJK wore earplugs throughout her career if all she can recall is ‘total tranquility’.

  • catherine · June 2, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Oh and – check Petko’s RG twitter thread – stay around for ever Andrea 🙂

  • Hartt · June 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Scoop, these are terrific. It’s especially good to hear what greats of the past said about tennis.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 2, 2019 at 7:13 am


  • Scoop Malinowski · June 2, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Thanks Hartt, I am a collector of great inspiring and wisdom quotes, have dozens of books on famous quotations etc. There are so many more tennis related wisdom quotes that I pluck from various books, will continue to share in future.



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