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Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise. It's something I long for but the biggest problem is bending down and putting my tennis shoes on. Once I go out I'm OK.

David Soul

It's like playing tennis, you play a different rally with different people. Every actor is different and the chemistry between actors is different.

Tom Hiddleston

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

Novak Djokovic

If I stay healthy and I'm playing good tennis I have as good a chance as anybody.

Greg Rusedski

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 was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.

Chris Evert

There are a lot of pretty girls. I am a tennis player first of all, that is why I am here, and if wasn't producing results no one would notice me.

Anna Kournikova

Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it's not the only thing. I'm not going to play forever.

Novak Djokovic

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

The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall.

Mitch Hedberg

My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting.

Novak Djokovic

Tennis doesn't encourage any kind of intellectual development.

Jim Courier

Tennis players we're always playing in center courts that feel like arenas. And when we get on the court and the crowd cheers your name or salutes you - it's like you're a gladiator in the arena. And everyone is cheering - and you're fighting, you're screaming, during your strokes - it feels like you're an animal, fighting for your life.

Novak Djokovic

It's true I always try to be as seductive as possible but I wouldn't be here if I couldn't play tennis.

Anna Kournikova

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

The tennis wasn't really very much on my mind, so it wasn't like I was thinking about it all the time.

Steffi Graf

It's so difficult to find time besides the tennis.

Steffi Graf

Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.

Lars von Trier

Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either.

Jeff Tweedy

The only way to quieten me is to invite me to a tennis match.

John Forsythe

Politicians who wear little tennis socks with the balls at the back should not be taken seriously.

Mo Rocca

My mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano.

John C. Hawkes

I used to play a lot of racket sports, tennis and squash.

Jason Statham

I just wanted to play tennis. I started because I wanted to pick up another sport and then as I was slowly getting better I wanted to see how far I can go but I always wanted to be myself. I wanted to be original. I didn't want to copy anybody's style.

Jana Novotna

I started when I was 8 years old, which is obviously nowadays pretty late, but I guess in my generation it was all right. I had plenty of other interests and I didn't do only tennis.

Jana Novotna

I think it was the right time for me to retire because nowadays tennis is too incredibly fast and you can say that my style tennis went out of fashion.

Jana Novotna

I think no matter what you do you go through stages when you play. There was a number of times when I didn't do very well or was tired. It was too much to combine school and tennis altogether. Parents need to step in and say, take a little time off, do something fun.

Jana Novotna

I would like to see it go back to the wood racquets. To see the touch put back in tennis.

Jana Novotna

Seems like most of the kids today are into other sports other than tennis.

Jana Novotna

I enjoy tennis, though don't play very often nowadays, and skiing... oh yes and swimming.

Roger Moore

Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.

Sally Ride

I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis.

Sally Ride

What I want out of tennis is not necessarily just winning.

Jennifer Capriati

It wasn't my tennis that made me lose, it was a lot of different things going on, high drama, high emotion.

Jennifer Capriati

Tennis is what I do and is part of who I am.

Jennifer Capriati

I haven't seen the film yet because I just got in from London. In the scenes where the two characters are bantering with each other, it is like bobbing at the net in tennis.

Albert Finney

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

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

Now I do bowling, golf, and tennis. I want to be a good bowler.

Andy Lau

When you are very little tennis should be fun, it should be a game.

Guy Forget

To be a professional tennis player you need to put in these sort of hours.

Guy Forget

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

Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.

Virginia Graham

There are not many Irish people playing tennis!

Goran Ivanisevic

It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon.

Marat Safin

Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.

Roger Kahn

I think that tennis is a lady's sport, so we should look out there like ladies.

Anna Kournikova

I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.

Boris Johnson

I love swimming, tennis, and I am taking up golf. I am not serious about it, I just go to the range and practice. Other than that, I enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with my friends.

Mila Kunis

Another little known fact about Amazing Tennis - the computer opponents are modeled after real people. In an odd turn of events, I joined a division 3 college tennis team at age 38.

David Crane

There's a lot of ingredients go into being a good tennis player.

Rod Laver

Tennis has given me soul.

Martina Navratilova

These girls play tennis first and foremost, the fact that many of them are very glamorous is a major bonus for any promoter.

John Lindsay

I don't do a huge amount of physical activity. I play tennis, I work out sporadically, and I eat well and take care of myself.

Harrison Ford

I'm just glad Open tennis is here. It's great for the game. That's more important.

Pancho Gonzales

I did a really good job of sticking to the tennis court.

Brad Gilbert

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

It was so inspiring for me to watch tennis growing up. I thought I was really good playing, until my brother told me I wasn't!

Christine Taylor

All my time in rehab has made me appreciate tennis more than ever.

Kim Clijsters

It makes you also realize, 'OK, I'm excited to play tennis, and I work really hard to be the best tennis player I think I can be,' but I don't waste my time on stupid stuff, you know what I mean.

Kim Clijsters

You're the only one in control over your golf ball. It's not like tennis: you're hitting a shot and somebody's hitting it back at you.

Lee Westwood

In the tennis world, there weren't a whole lot of Asians playing. You see it a little bit more now. The same can really be said for basketball.

Michael Chang

I look at tennis as a bit of a platform to hopefully touch lives and encourage people.

Michael Chang

I just feel like it would be so against my personality to have this struggle in tennis and just give up. I know it's not me, not who I am, and that would probably affect other parts of my life.

Michael Chang

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

I grew up on games like Madden and NBA Jam, then moved on to NFL 2K on Dreamcast. The game I really loved was Virtua Tennis.

Chris Paul

To act with a tennis ball and imagine it's a tentacle, or if you're in some kind of wilderness film and you go, 'Okay, we can't have a grizzly bear here, but imagine when you step over the rock there there's a grizzly bear.' I don't know. They're tough moments.

Joel Edgerton

I definitely want to get out of tennis and try something completely different.

Marat Safin

Tennis is more commercial these days.

Lindsay Davenport

I've played too many tennis hours.

Lindsay Davenport

My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player.

Marat Safin

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

Marat Safin

If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.

Marat Safin

I love tennis, but I just don't like grass.

Marat Safin

Even though now I'm pretty popular in my country and tennis is the No. 1 sport, and I'm very flattered that the people recognise me and come up and give me compliments, I'm more a person who likes to have privacy and peace.

Novak Djokovic

I'm trying to enjoy my lie as much as I can and I know that tennis hopefully is going to be my life the next 10, 15 years.

Novak Djokovic

It was very unusual for a boy to play tennis in my country.

Novak Djokovic

Well, I do feel that I carry the responsibility of representing my country wherever I am, and this responsibility came with the success that I had in last couple of years, not just myself but the whole group of tennis players that comes from Serbia. And athletes in general are, in this moment, the biggest ambassadors that our country has.

Novak Djokovic

I love football and it's the sport I would really like to play. I've said on national television here that I would really love to play for one of our football clubs when I finished my tennis career.

Novak Djokovic

Nobody actually played tennis in my family.

Novak Djokovic

I haven't been in tennis for that long, but what I can say is that we have a lot of young guys at the top who are willing to do a lot of good things for tennis in general.

Novak Djokovic

I always try to have something that keeps my mind relaxed, keeps my mind a little bit off tennis.

Novak Djokovic

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.

Hugo Black

There was endless action - not just football, but sailboats, tennis and other things: movement. There was endless talk - the ambassador at the head of the table laying out the prevailing wisdom, but everyone else weighing in with their opinions and taking part.

Charles Spalding

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.

Robert Frost

I have a strong tennis arm.

Bess Truman

Girls had never been important. I'd had a girlfriend or two and had liked them a lot but it wasn't love, because my first love was tennis.

Boris Becker

I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn't thinking about the big picture. I didn't notice what they said on television, I wasn't reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble.

Boris Becker

It's silly to say it about a tennis player, but I'm an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place.

Boris Becker

In football, there were drinks available everywhere you looked. On a golf tournament, you could find one free anywhere you wanted it. In tennis and NBA basketball, everybody had a hospitality suite, and so you could go there and load up if you wanted to.

Pat Summerall

I chose to stay with tennis and they didn't understand that at the school.

John Newcombe

I walk my dogs. I garden a little. I play a bit of tennis. Basically when I have spare time I'm making music.

Bill Mumy

In these days of modern tennis a player is as strong as his weakest stroke.

Bill Tilden

I always give Lindsay so much credit for her tennis game, for her attitude, for her person, and because of how she deals with all the things. I don't think people give her enough credit for how well she's doing.

Martina Hingis

I grew up on the tennis court with lots of other kids. There were like 40 kids all afternoon and I was one of the youngest ones, so I always had to chase everybody to keep up.

Martina Hingis

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'm not saying I'm something special. I might play a little better tennis than other people, but it is because I was given the chance, and not many people are.

Martina Hingis

Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders.

Martina Hingis

When I was 4 my mother got divorced and we were very close to each other. I always wanted to be with her. She took me everywhere. When she went for dinner with friends or when they had meetings at the tennis club, I was always there.

Martina Hingis

I was very lucky in as much as I played a lot of tennis.

Dabney Coleman

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