You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.— Serena Williams
Terrific Motivational Tennis quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Losing is not my enemy..fear of losing is my enemy.
You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no mater how slow.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.
I play each point like my life depends on it.
A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems.
Be not afraid of going slowly, Be afraid of standing still.
I'm not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I'm afraid of myself. The mental part is very important.
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.
It's like love. When you look too hard, you don't find it. When you let it happen naturally, it comes.
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
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.
The great part about tennis is you can't run out the clock.
... As long as we were still playing, I had a chance.
It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose.
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.
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.
Everything is possible in this life.
What rivalry? I win all the matches.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.
That's when you've got to grit your teeth and hang in there and try and find a way to win when you're not playing your best tennis - that's what I can be proud of
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.
I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
I don't care now if I ever win a match in my life again.
Whatever I do in my life, wherever I go, I'm going to be always Wimbledon champion.
Every time I hit the ball on the wall I uses to pretend I was there (Wimbledon).
When I went to sleep I used to pretend I was there.
He's a haircut and a forehand.
The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest.
It is very important not to think about losing.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
The ball is round, the game is long.
A little progress each day adds up to bg results.
The roughest thing I ever said to an umpire was, 'Are you sure?'
You don't have to hate your opponents to beat them.
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.
Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn't have been the same player.
When you start from nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry.
I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want. I want to win.
Control the things you can control .
If you want to fly, give up everything that weights you down.
I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun.
And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.
As you know, I was one of the original grunters.
But Jimmy Connors used to grunt way before I was born. I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
I get my drive and determination from just winning and playing tennis.
I know if I don't work, I won't get rewarded. It was a life long dream to win a Grand Slam so when I was able to do that it felt so good and I wanted to do it again. It's not that hard to stay motivated.