145 Great Tennis Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of great tennis quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about great sport.

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The Most Famous Great Tennis Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands. — Novak Djokovic

Greatest thing in life: Winning a tennis match. Second greatest thing in life: Losing a tennis match — Jimmy Connors

One of the greatest joys of tennis is having a nice volley and not really keeping score, not really looking at the lines, but just catching up with each other. — Jane Kaczmarek

In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe. — Elliott Chaze

In the States, tennis is sixth or seventh on the totem pole as far as sports go. — Andy Roddick

As tennis players, you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better results. — Sania Mirza

Tennis has to become everything to you if you're going to make it to the top. You have to live it. — Monica Seles

I think the whole boycott thing was a bit too much. It's because we're accomplished so much in women's tennis in the last two, three years. We deserve something better. — Martina Hingis

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. — John McEnroe

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less. — Pete Sampras

Short Great Tennis Quotes

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  • You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. — Serena Williams
  • It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose. — Sandy Lyle
  • If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass. — Randall Tex Cobb
  • If she gets the jitters now, then she isn't the great champion that she is. — Max Robertson
  • You can't be considered a great player unless you win Wimbledon. That's the way it is. — Mats Wilander
  • Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there. — Venus Williams
  • I'm just glad Open tennis is here. It's great for the game. That's more important. — Pancho Gonzales
  • This trophy is so special in the world of tennis and it feels great. — Amelie Mauresmo
  • A tennis racket makes a great fake guitar! — Isaac
  • She [Serena Williams] played some great shots, but so did I, and that was the only difference. — Jennifer Capriati
Great tennis quote Silence is a source of great strength.
Silence is a source of great strength.

Grand Slam Quotes

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No offer? No business. No life. Bad offer? Negative profit. No business. Miserable life. Decent offer? No profit. Stagnating business. Stagnating life. Good offer? Some profit. Okay business. Okay life. Grand Slam Offer? Fantastic profit. Insane business. Freedom. — Alex Hormozi

The Grand Slam Offer only becomes valuable once the prospect perceives the increase in likelihood of achievement, perceives the decrease in time delay, and perceives the decrease in effort and sacrifice. — Alex Hormozi

The good news is that in business, you only need to hit one Grand Slam Offer to retire forever. I have done this four or five times in my life. — Alex Hormozi

Great tennis quote Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.

You never know how long Federer is going to play, but in my opinion he has at least one or two more grand slams to win. It depends how long he stays motivated. For me, he is the greatest player to ever play the game. — Bjorn Borg

When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit. — Bob Gibson

I still think that I'm dreaming. It's a strange feeling. I always try to watch the final of Grand Slams because that's where the best players are playing. ... I never expected to play a final. I never expected to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it. — Stan Wawrinka

Great tennis quote Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss peopl
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.

I never expected to win a Grand Slam because, for me, I was not good enough to beat those guys. — Stan Wawrinka

I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase. — Bob Uecker

Hopefully I can just have another terrible year with only the one Grand Slam and that will be just fine. — Roger Federer

The guy comes up to the plate, there's always a chance where he can get a grand slam and everybody forgets about all the times he missed. — Brian McKnight

Great Sport Quotes

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Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her. — Mia Hamm

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. — Muhammad Ali

Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won. — Bill Bowerman

Great tennis quote Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. — Wilma Rudolph

Winning as a team is better than anything. It's great to share success. — Jim Harbaugh

This is the greatest thing about sports - you play to win the game. Hello? You don't play to just play it. When you start telling me it doesn't matter, then retire, get out, because it matters. — Herman Edwards

Great tennis quote Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to somethin
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.

I look into eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, I am going to bury you. — Seve Ballesteros

You must show no mercy...nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you...for your greatness will silence them all. — The Ultimate Warrior

To be candid with you, free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports, I don't believe that. — Jerry West

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it. — Michael Jordan

Tennis Team Quotes

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My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids. I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea, and I also enjoy tennis. We have 3 cats. — Juliet Mills

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. — John McEnroe

I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons. — Yannick Noah

Great tennis quote You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

I will do everything in my power to make sure people are aware that our team is out there fighting the good fight for the tennis fans of the United States. — Jim Courier

It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no hiding. I can't pass the ball. — Pete Sampras

And it was where I learned how to play tennis and eventually became captain of the tennis team at the school and was on the Junior Davis Cup in New York City. — Sanford I. Weill

Great tennis quote Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a less
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.

I'd have loved to have been a footballer. I was always playing football and I enjoyed it much more than tennis to begin with. It's more fun to play in a team, all the parents are there cheering you on. — Andy Murray

Why are there no great women artists?' sounds as ignorant of human geography as the query 'Why are there no Eskimo tennis teams? — Francine du Plessix Gray

There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim. — Billie Jean King

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. — Petra Kvitova

Tennis Player Quotes

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If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration. — Serena Williams

People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity. — Pete Sampras

Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good. — Serena Williams

Great tennis quote To a great mind, nothing is little.
To a great mind, nothing is little.

I play each point like my life depends on it. — Rafael Nadal

A lot of people now think Im a shoe. They dont even know I was a tennis player. The shoe has really taken on a life of its own, way beyond me. — Stan Smith

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. — Andy Murray

Great tennis quote Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.

Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you. — Lloyd Mangrum

In my mind, I'm always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I've already lost. — Venus Williams

I am the greatest tennis player. The other players are like coins in my pocket that I give to a homeless man. — Novak Djokovic

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. — Novak Djokovic

Tennis Game Quotes

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I love the feel of hitting the ball hard, the pleasure of a rally. It is these things that make tennis the delightful game that it is. — Helen Wills

I really stay busy [in retirement]. I often have to cancel my golf games on the weekends to go play in tennis tournaments. — Richard Davies

Life is like a tennis game. You can't win without serving. — Arthur Ashe

Great tennis quote Don't fear the failure... in great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Don't fear the failure... in great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

It's important for the young players to practice other ball games as well, basketball or table tennis. On the tennis court, you can improve your eye through a kind of overexertion. — Rafael Nadal

My game is a lot about footwork. If I move well, I play well. — Roger Federer

Tennis is a young man's game. Until you're 25, you can play singles. From 25 to 35, you should play doubles. I won't tell you exactly how old I am, but when I played, there were 28 men on the court - just on my side of the net. — George Burns

Great tennis quote If an egg is broken by outside, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begin
If an egg is broken by outside, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from inside.

Jimmy Connors plays two tennis matches and winds up with $850,000, and Muhammad Ali fights for one bout and winds up with five million bucks. Me, I play 190 games--if you count exhibitions -- and I'm overpaid! — Johnny Bench

But it is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Equipment's the biggest change. And the guys have been getting bigger, stronger, more athletic - so the game has become more of a track meet instead of a tennis match, in a sense. — John McEnroe

The ball is round, the game is long. — Bjorn Borg

Tennis Courts Quotes

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The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself. — Goran Ivanisevic

My first job was in sixth grade, sweeping the clay tennis courts at the yacht club near my house, which I was not a member of. Always had to pay my own rent. But I don't really have any concept of how money works. I don't know how much things cost. Like a BMW. Or a quart of milk. It's embarrassing. — Chloe Sevigny

A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach. — Tom Ford

I could be on the court for two hours, and it felt like 10 minutes. It made time go by. — Kawhi Leonard

When I’m on the court, I feel all problems go away. — Kawhi Leonard

I have always believed that my job is to try and give my best on the tennis courts. — Sania Mirza

I made it look so easy on court all those years. No one realized how hard I had to work. No one realized how much I had to put into it. They underestimated my intensity. — Pete Sampras

I am afraid of a lot of things. A dog. I could be afraid of a dog that's upset, for example. And on the tennis courts, maybe on the outside I look fearless, but on the inside, I'm scared. There's not one player in the world who isn't nervous before matches. Especially important matches. — Rafael Nadal

Tennis is a traditional game. A big sport like tennis does not need too many changes. The game has become too fast, there are hardly any long, interesting rallies these days. So maybe slowing down the courts could help. But you can't really stop a sport from evolving. — Bjorn Borg

I am very blessed to be able to play tennis, the sport that I love and very grateful for the opportunities to play in the finals of big events, when the season starts you are on the roll constantly and obliged to be committed to daily routines on and off the court. — Roger Federer

Great Golf Quotes

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I wasn't this nervous playing golf when I was drinking. It's the first tournament I've won on the PGA Tour in a sober manner, so it's a great feeling knowing I can do it sober. I don't think two years ago I could have pulled this off. — John Daly

My swing is so bad I look like a caveman killing his lunch. — Lee Trevino

It takes hundreds of good golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it. — Jack Nicklaus

You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about. — Bobby Jones

I never learned anything from a match that I won. — Bobby Jones

After all these years, it's still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye. — Chi Chi Rodriguez

The older I get, the better I used to be. — Lee Trevino

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The most important shot in golf is the next one. — Ben Hogan

I'm not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced. — Lee Trevino

The woods are full of long drivers. — Harvey Penick

Tennis Quotes

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Losing is not my enemy..fear of losing is my enemy. — Rafael Nadal

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Pressure is a privilege - it only comes to those who earn it. — Billie Jean King

You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you. — Roger Federer

I fear no one, but respect everyone. — Roger Federer

There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. — Roger Federer

If somebody says I am better than Roger, I think this person doesn't know anything about tennis. — Rafael Nadal

A smart girl is one who knows how to play tennis, golf, piano -- and dumb. — Marilyn Monroe

Why do I wear tennis shoes? That's two questions. Do I wear tennis shoes? The answer to that question is, "Yes." "Why?" That's a question philosophers have been pondering for centuries. — Irwin Corey

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Being champion is all well and good, but you can't eat a crown. — Althea Gibson

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport. — Billie Jean King

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More Great Tennis Quotes

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The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst. — Martina Navratilova

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. — Venus Williams

The great part about tennis is you can't run out the clock.... As long as we were still playing, I had a chance. — Andre Agassi

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. — Mike Royko

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. — David Feherty

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. — Pete Sampras

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. — Maria Sharapova

I love tennis! I've always felt like this because it is such a classy sport with a great, competitive flair to it. — Roger Federer

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. — Bjorn Borg

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. — Jean de Gribaldy

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 — Monica Seles

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. — Tom Brady

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. — John Isner

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. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

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. — Bob Lutz

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. — Bjorn Borg

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. — John McEnroe

The Human Species could have been great but instead we became satisfied with lights on our tennis shoes. — George Carlin

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. — Anne Lamott

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. — Goran Ivanisevic

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 — John Newcombe

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. — Serena Williams

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. — Hank Ketcham

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. — Sloane Stephens

I feel like I have as good a shot as anybody out there and I have gotten close in the past, so why not have the attitude that I can come out and play great tennis and maybe even win this tournament. — Michael Chang

In the history of women's tennis the great players have come back from long absences with no problems. — Lindsay Davenport

No matter what happens, tennis is still tennis: You can see a lot of great matches, a lot of new people. — Marat Safin

Barcelona, the tournament is, for all the Spanish players, an amazing event. I think is one of the top events on tour because is a historic event with a lot of tradition. A lot of years of the tournament, a lot of great players have been playing there. And it's in a real tennis club. — Rafael Nadal

You can kick a ball into the net, throw a basketball into the net. Tennis is complicated. It'll make a lot of great athletes run the other way because they can't be successful initially. — Jim Courier

I don't know if tennis players feel like that but when you have a great opponent - although I didn't feel like he [ Ben Mendelsohn ] was an opponent - you just know your game is going to jack up and it's just going to raise the bar. I couldn't wait for that elevation. — John Leguizamo

I wasn't all that attracted to writing originally. I read a great deal. My parents read a great deal. I do know that as my interest in tennis waned, my interest in academics increased. I mean, I started doing my homework in high school and discovering that it was somewhat fun. And then in college I barely even played on the team because just classes were much more interesting. — David Foster Wallace

There were a lot of people shouting out. I know it's not proper tennis etiquette, but this is the first time I've ever played here that the crowd has been behind me like that. Today I felt American, you know, for the first time at the U.S. Open. So I've waited my whole career to have this moment and here it is. ... It was great. It was awesome. It was like winning gold. — Venus Williams

I'm playing great tennis. I'm enjoying the tour, having fun with the fans off the court. I'm loving it now. — Roger Federer

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