1. 10

    Single-mindedness. I hate to say it because I don't think it's the best thing for developing a person, but the single-mindedness - just concentrating in the one area - that's what it takes to be a champion.

  2. 9

    Competitive toughness is an acquired skill and not an inherited gift.

  3. 8

    Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.

  4. 7

    Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.

  5. 6

    If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.

  6. 5

    When I play, I'm boiling inside. I just try not to show it because it's a lack of composure, and if you give in to your emotions after one loss, you're liable to have three or four in a row.

  7. 4

    If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.

  8. 3

    My first U.S. Open I think was just very special for me because that was sort of the beginning of what was a 'Cinderella' story for me.

  9. 2

    You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.

  10. 1

    To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.

  11. Last Update: 24 September 2022

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