You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.— Serena Williams
Inspiring Great Tennis quotations
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.
Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.
I want to be remembered as a great player, but I guess it will be as a player who got angry on a tennis court.
You have to believe on the court. In the end, it's mental. In these moments against a great champion like Rafa, you have to believe. It's all about stepping in and taking your chances. I always believed, but it's a process of learning.
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.
The great part about tennis is you can't run out the clock.
... As long as we were still playing, I had a chance.
All that proves is that most of the world is too poor to build bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis courts and baseball fields. There's hundreds of millions of poor people out there who still ain't got indoor plumbing, but that don't mean there's something great about an outhouse. Soccer is boring. I've never seen a more boring sport.
The world's No. 1 tennis player spends 90 percent of his time winning, while the world's No. 1 golfer spends 90 percent of his time losing. Golfers are great losers.
It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose.
I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy.
I wanted to be the guy who won titles.
A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have.
I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible.
I love tennis! I've always felt like this because it is such a classy sport with a great, competitive flair to it.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
It has changed, quite a lot. It is very different now, there are quicker men, they are taller, stronger, have great stamina. The balls have also become faster. Tennis has now become a power sport. There is more depth in the game, as well, there are many more players than there used to be. The entire character of the game has changed.
Cycling isn’t a game, it's a sport.
Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
You will never have great tennis champions from England because of the cold and dark, but most of all because people only care about the sport for two weeks a year, and then they're on to something else. There's just not a great love of the sport there
My mom was a great tennis player, and I remember being six or seven years old watching Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in Wimbledon in my house. I've always been a tennis fan.
I was never pegged to be the next great American tennis player by any means.
I wasn't a prodigy. I'm a late bloomer. Whatever happens, I'm proud of what I've done.
What drove me to become the world's greatest bodybuilder is no different from what drives other athletes to become great tennis players or boxers or jockeys.
Why did I lose? No reason, though you might like to know that I got tired, my ears started popping, the rubber came off my shoes, I got cramp, and I lost one of my contact lenses. Other than that I was in great shape.
I had a great tennis career. I have no regrets. But to find peace with yourself, and to finally be with your family - I'm probably the happiest guy in the world.
I'd like to think I could have and should have won more, but that's not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s - the type of tennis people hadn't seen before - and I was very proud of that.
The Human Species could have been great but instead we became satisfied with lights on our tennis shoes.
You can't be considered a great player unless you win Wimbledon. That's the way it is.
Ivan Lendl's never going to be a great player on grass.
The only time he comes to the net is to shake your hand.
It was simple reality - most competitive tennis players in my day were privileged, spoiled, entitled and white. Also, many of them were beautiful, fit, tan and of good stock - great big hair and white teeth and long legs. Then there were the rest of us.
Why are there no great women artists?' sounds as ignorant of human geography as the query 'Why are there no Eskimo tennis teams?
It's actually what I consider legalised cheating because one of the great senses that you have on a tennis court is your ability to hear the ball come off your opponent's strings [on Sharapova grunting
If she gets the jitters now, then she isn't the great champion that she is.
I would be really excellent in a horror film because I have a great scream.
I'd be really good in a comedy too. I'm top, top, top quality.
Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
It means everything, definitely. I mean, it's Wimbledon. Tennis here is tennis history. Centre Court is always great to play on. I really feel like I'm at home. I was really up and down after my title here in 2011, but I still worked hard and believed in myself, and my team believed in me as well.
You don't go home and talk about the great tennis courts that you played, but you do talk about the golf courses you played.
Id rather be able to play great tennis at a slam than make eight finals of little tournaments and then lose first round of a slam. That doesnt sound too good.