110 Tournament Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Tournament Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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

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 first U.S. Open I think was just very special for me because that was sort of the beginning of what was a 'Cinderella' story for me. — Chris Evert

I don't care what anybody says. The first tournament is not the hardest one to win. It's always the second one. — John Daly

Every year I try to keep in excellent shape and improve some part of my game. I play in the offseason overseas to keep my game tuned up and hopefully improve a little in some area. — Sue Wicks

Sportsmanship is that quality of honor that desires always to be courteous, fair, and respectful, and it is interpreted in the conduct of players, spectators, coaches, and school authorities. — Fielding H. Yost

Meeting sports athletes that are the best in the world is a thrill to this day. — Phil Knight

I played the tour in 1967 and told jokes and nobody laughed. Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell. — Lee Trevino

Golf is a game you can never get too good at. You can improve, but you can never get to where you master the game. — Gay Brewer

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

Short Tournament Quotes

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  • People play games seriously. People host tournaments. People watch other people play. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang
  • The most important shot in golf is the next one. — Ben Hogan
  • Golf's a funny game. You can be playing poorly and then go and win a tournament. — Karrie Webb
  • Every time I win a tournament I have to think that there is something wrong with modern chess. — Viktor Korchnoi
  • The best thing at the tournament were the cheerleaders. — Ivan Slavkov
  • If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me — Bobby Fischer
  • Win or lose today I am proud of the way my boys have played in the tournament. — Imran Khan
  • If you want to become a World Champion you should avoid playing in Open tournaments. — Anatoly Karpov
  • It's quite possible that Beckham suffers from a mental block at big tournaments — Franz Beckenbauer
  • Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls. — Jim Harrison

Top 10 Tournament Quotes

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I know this golf tournament has my name on it but it's not about me. It's about the Louisiana Tech family. There is nothing greater than being a part of the Bulldog family. — Terry Bradshaw

Yeah, we held a junior carp tournament on the St. Lawrence River in New York last August. I hosted that along with a couple of other people. — Tom Felton

People play games seriously. People host tournaments. People watch other people play. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang

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

If I’m going to play, I’m going to have to give it 100%, which means I’m going to have to play in all of the tournaments that I don’t like. — Stephen Hendry

I don't care what anybody says. The first tournament is not the hardest one to win. It's always the second one. — John Daly

If there are no more tournaments added I could be looking at playing pool. Why not? You don’t want to be sat at home twiddling your fingers all day. — Stephen Hendry

During a chess tournament a master must envisage himself as a cross between an ascetic monk and a beast of prey. — Alexander Alekhine

Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half — Jan Timman

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

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Golf Tournament 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

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

The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life. — Chi Chi Rodriguez

Once you play a tournament, you're playing against the golf course, you're playing against yourself and trying to do the best you can. — Jack Nicklaus

It is never easy to win but it is a lot easier to win when you play well. The key is winning golf tournaments when you are not playing so well. Managing your game is something that I feel that I am still learning to do. — Rory McIlroy

My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961. The pay wasn't much, so to get $300 more per year, I agreed to coach the golf team. I didn't even know how to keep score, and really, my main job was not to wreck the van on the way to tournaments. — Lou Holtz

When I first came on tour, I was playing for money. Now I'm playing to win golf tournaments and the money is more than I ever dreamed I could make. — Annika Sorenstam

There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles. If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and we [people] don't want to do that. — Arnold Palmer

I never went into a tournament or round of golf thinking I had to beat a certain player. I had to beat the golf course. If I prepared myself for a major, went in focused, and then beat the golf course, the rest took care of itself. — Jack Nicklaus

It's not like I'm hanging out at shopping malls or going to celebrity golf tournaments. I'm so in my own little world. I got my dog, my music, my brother, a couple of friends. — Jared Leto

Chess Tournament Quotes

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If there were a 1:1 ratio of women and men in the chess world I would agree that all tournaments should be integrated. But a lot of women feel alienated at these mixed events, so it's positive to have occasional all women's events. — Jennifer Shahade

I think to progress in major tournaments and to be at your best, you need a big squad, and you need to rotate it. — Harry Kane

The best tournament that I have ever played in was in 1950. It was great - a waiter came to you during the game, and you could order anything you wanted to drink (even some vodka, if you liked). Pity, there are no longer tournaments organized in this manner. — Boris Spassky

All chess masters have on occasion played a magnificent game and then lost it by a stupid mistake, perhaps in time pressure and it may perhaps seem unjust that all their beautiful ideas get no other recognition than a zero on the tournament table. — Bent Larsen

I don't consider myself a particularly young chess player. I have been playing in the best tournaments in the world since I was 16 years old. In other sports, if you have been playing for seven years, you are not a young prodigy any more. You're one of the pros. — Magnus Carlsen

I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future. — Maurice Ashley

My dad sacrificed many things in life for me. He abandoned a very promising and lucrative career of an army officer just so that he could continue helping me with my chess and accompanying me to tournaments. — Alexandra Kosteniuk

At lunchtime the place is jumping, while at night the dining rooms could have been rented out for chess tournaments. — Bryan Q. Miller

I got the chess bug when I was finishing high school, we were doing chess tournaments at my house. I never got to a very high level. — Paul Banks

I was very competitive growing up. I can't even play chess anymore because I used to play tournament chess in school. There's too much sense memory of sitting in front of a chess board and getting super intense about it. It's ruined the game for me. — Chris Hardwick

Masters Tournament Quotes

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The Masters is a very important tournament. You don't want to jeopardize your chances. The sponsors understand that. — Stuart Appleby

The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta. — Tiger Woods

I'm nervous when I play in the Masters or most other tournaments. — Bernhard Langer

It was a tough year for me, '89, losing two Slam finals and losing another five finals. It wasn't until I won the Masters, or what's now called the ATP Finals, that things changed again. Suddenly I won seven tournaments in 1990 and became No. 1. — Stefan Edberg

The Masters is more like a vast Edwardian garden party than a golf tournament. — Alistair Cooke

Golf Tournaments Quotes

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You can win tournaments when you're mechanical, but golf is a game of emotion and adjustment. If you're not aware of what's happening to your mind and your body when you're playing, you'll never be able to be the very best you can be. — Jack Nicklaus

I can accomplish all those. It's really awkward, kind of, for me coming out here and being in a competitive golf atmosphere. I don't get to do it but once a year, except my, like, local tournaments back home in Oakland. — Stephen Curry

I had very low expectations. Honestly, I think I had 11 rounds of golf the entire year in before this tournament, and I had hit balls maybe four or five times. — Trent Dilfer

As if we don't have enough volence on television. After her husband accidentally hit two spectators with golf balls during a celebrity golf tournament. — Barbara Bush

I won my tournament. I won the Silver Medal. — Tom Kite

There are three types of golf: golf, tournament golf and Major championship golf. — Grantland Rice

I was in the middle of the golf tournament trying to make birdies and I was just having a blast. So that probably qualifies as having a greater appreciation. — David Duval

I like to try to give something back to the community because I feel fortunate for how I was raised and how my life turned out. Each year, with the help of my brother, Grant, we run a charity golf tournament to raise money for the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy. — Curtis Joseph

We raised almost 2 million dollars at the last golf tournament that can be used for minority scholarships and Junior Golf programs. The payoff for the work we do is so much more valuable than the work we actually do for it. — Darius Rucker

I guess what was going to come back came back on Monday. Of course now I've played a different golf course. I've played two practice rounds and two tournament rounds all kind of the same and now today I've played a different golf course. — Raymond Floyd

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More Tournament Quotes

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People play games seriously. People host tournaments. People watch other people play and listen to broadcasters talking about it. The kind of entire ecosystem we see around other sports and forms of entertainment has formed around games as well. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang

UFC is definitely a younger guy’s sport. Our target audience is anywhere from age 17 to 35. And our fighters will be household names. Where I’d like to see it is like it is in Japan right now. We were just over there with Chuck Liddell, who was representing UFC in a UFC versus PRIDE fight. And he knocked out Alistair Overeem in the first round of the PRIDE Grand Prix Elimination tournament. That was awesome, man. Chuck couldn’t leave the place on Monday morning. He went to go shopping, to buy some things for his family, and he was swarmed for forty-five minutes. The mall security had to pull him out of there and throw him in a car. There were thirty seven thousand people at the event, and it was the first time the tournament was shown on free TV. So millions of people saw him fight that night – not only in Japan, but in the US. — Dana White

When you’ve done everything you can to train yourself for competition, you’ll sleep well when the tournament is over, win or lose. — Karch Kiraly

I had four different colors of hats, one of which was pink. I just got on a roll with the pink hat. So what started out as a superstition grew into a tradition and an easy way for my family to find me at tournaments because I am the only one with cojones big enough to wear a pink hat. — Karch Kiraly

Unlike most youngsters who have school as their second home where they meet and make friends, for me playtime has been at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. When I am not playing a tournament, my days are spent at the Academy with my coaches, physiotherapists and colleagues, who are like family. We laugh and have so much fun. — Saina Nehwal

I have warned many times about the guaranteed dangers of betting with your heart instead of your head - big darkness, soon come - but every once in a while you get a fair chance to have it both ways, and the annual NCAA basketball Tournament is one of them. — Hunter S. Thompson

You can win all the tournaments you want, but the majors are what you're remembered for. It's how you're measured as a champion in our sport. The majors are where it's at. — Tiger Woods

The only way to win tournaments is with the short game. Over half your shots out here are within 30 or 40 yards. Ballstriking is where I'm trying to improve, yes, but more to eliminate big numbers than make birdies. — Phil Mickelson

When you want to be a good player in next years worldcup you wanna be in good shape to appear strong at the tournament. — Thomas Muller

If tournament popularity was the most important consideration, then I think we would create a Smash Bros game that included a multitude of fast moves with complicated controls. However, I believe this is actually the greatest shortcoming of fighting games at present, and that is the reason why I don’t do it. — Sayings

The World Cup tournament overall and, naturally, the new stadiums at its heart, are the ideal platform to portray Germany as a positive and exceptional location, and above all of course, as a highly capable economic location. — Franz Beckenbauer

Before a game, I avoid having a heavy meal so that I don't feel sleepy at the board. You eat to be healthy, and that generally takes care of everything. Also, you can't be too finicky, since at tournaments you tend to eat at restaurants here and there. But, as long as you're eating sensibly, it's all good. — Viswanathan Anand

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. — Stan Wawrinka

I have a very big sweet tooth and I love treating myself to something that I wouldn't necessarily eat during the tournament such as a nice-sized cake. — Maria Sharapova

I don't follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, 'Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.' I just like being myself. — Maria Sharapova

Honestly, I believe that you are only as good as your last game. And so there were games and tournaments and days when I was like, "I'm probably the best player in the world." And there were some where I'm like, "Oh god, I'm terrible." I think that pushed me all the time. — Hayley Wickenheiser

We've made three World T20 finals and won one - that's not by power-hitting. We've beaten the power-hitting sides quite easily and convincingly in all of those tournaments. — Kumar Sangakkara

Naturally, the psychological susceptibility of a match participant is significantly higher than a participant in a tournament, since each game substantially changes the over-all position. — Mikhail Tal

Tennis can be a grind and there's always the danger of going stale if you think about it too much. You can get embittered if you train too hard and have nothing else on your mind. You have to be able to relax between matches and between tournaments. — Maureen Connolly

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. — Bjorn Borg

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