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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