If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.— Serena Williams
Mouth-watering Tennis Player quotations
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
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.
As tennis players, you are never satisfied. We are greedy as players, always want better results.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
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.
I play each point like my life depends on it.
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.
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am the greatest tennis player. The other players are like coins in my pocket that I give to a homeless man.
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.
Ladies, here's a hint. If you're up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. That's the hardest shot for the well-endowed.
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.
I decided to play tennis not because I wanted to be a professional player, but because my parents wanted me to get involved in something so I wouldnt be running around the streets in Serbia.
It's pretty hard being a tennis player and Mother Theresa at the same time and that's just the way it is.
It's something I've always wanted - to be known as an Australian.
When I was younger I was always referred to as an Aboriginal tennis player. Now I think the award means that I have been recognised as an entertainer and that makes me happy... It's given me probably as big a kick as winning Wimbledon.
As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both - winning and losing - get easier.
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.
Cristiano reminds me of German tennis player Michael Stich.
He was destined to make history, but then Boris Becker showed up. Cristiano is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem: Leo Messi.
No athletes talk to themselves like tennis players.
Pitchers, golfers, goalkeepers, they mutter to themselves, but tennis players talk to themselves-and answer. Tennis players look like lunatics in a public square.
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.
I am happy with being a tennis player and the choice I took when I was 12.
But clearly, if I wouldnt have been a tennis player, I would have loved to be a soccer player. But again, I am happy with the choice I made.
Between the amateur and the professional .
. . there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different psychological organization. . . . A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.
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.
As a tennis player you have to get used to losing every week.
Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better.
For me the most important thing has always been tennis, and that's what I want to get across the image I want to portray is a hard-working tennis player.
If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer.
I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him.
Most players who play tennis love the game.
But I think you also have to respect it. You want to do everything you can in your power to do your best. And for me, I know I get insane guilt if I go home at the end of the day and don't feel I've done everything I can. If I know I could have done something better, I have this uneasy feeling.
As tennis players, we work and we sacrifice many things.
To lose, that's not a happy thing - I mean sure, I was disappointed. You have to come back strong. But to win the last point in a grand slam tournament, that's the most beautiful and most satisfying feeling you can get as a tennis player. It's worth it.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
Dating a tennis player is risky - love means nothing to us.
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.
It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no hiding. I can't pass the ball.