quote by Arthur Ashe

The world over - 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?'

— Arthur Ashe

Powerful Wimbledon quotations

I was playing in the juniors at Wimbledon I forgot to turn my mobile phone off.

It was lying there in my bag and it rang in the middle of a match, and it was one of my friends from school saying, 'Murray, you're on the telly!' I learnt from that. I now put my phone on silent.

Borg's won Wimbledon four straight times and out there he has just lost an 18-16 tie breaker. You'd think maybe once he'd let up and say forget it. But oh, no way.

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.

New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there.

Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.

Winning Wimbledon, I can't get my head around that. I still can't believe it's happened.

I often surprise myself. You can't plan some shots that go in, not unless you're on marijuana, and the only grass I'm partial to is Wimbledon's.

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.

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.

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.

I was always a believer in stamping on my opponent if I got him down, at Wimbledon or anywhere else. I never wanted to give him the chance to get up.

Confidence is the most important thing in this sport, and the confidence from winning Wimbledon would make it easier to win the Olympics, too. Either would be very difficult, both even more-but the player who wins Wimbledon will be the favorite for the Olympics. It can happen.

From 143rd Street in Harlem to the center court at Wimbledon is about as far as one can travel.

I think my greatest victory was every time I walked out there, I gave it everything I had. I left everything out there. That's what I'm most proud of. I can't go win Wimbledon anymore, so if what I've done in the past is not good enough, let it go. Because I'm certainly not sitting around thinking about it.

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.

I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable.

I just didn't like it, I was a hard-court guy, a Californian kid.

That match was late evening and I had the experience of the electricity of the Centre Court because it was packed, a full house for the whole match. It had been a great year for me, first time there and I had the full taste of Wimbledon.

You can't be considered a great player unless you win Wimbledon. That's the way it is.

I think I owe it to myself and my fans in Britain to play one more Wimbledon.

I don't need to come back to Wimbledon every year because I can't live without it. I'd be totally cool without tennis.

When I won Wimbledon, I said to God: just let me win this one tournament and I won't play another match. Maybe God's telling me to go home, but I don't want to go home. We are negotiating at the moment.

The problem at Wimbledon seems to be that the club has suffered a loss of complacency.

The 1927 Wimbledon finals were almost put off because of the rain, which threatened every moment.

I don't know if Wimbledon's seen anything like it.

I don't know if they will again. But it was just - it was electric. The Aussie crowd, I'm really proud of them, the way they conducted themselves. You know they're great losers, as well.

To its great credit, Wimbledon has been a leader in bringing about change and improvement in the sport.

I had started my love affair with Wimbledon.

I am not playing Wimbledon because I am allergic to grass.

I feel a bit awkward playing in a red shirt out at Wimbledon. But I don't dislike it.

I think this is the biggest win in my career. To beat Venus in Wimbledon is just something amazing.

I can't become satisfied, because if I get satisfied, I'll be like, "Oh, I've won Wimbledon, I've won the U.S. Open. Now can I relax." But now people are really going to be fighting to beat me.

At Wimbledon, the ladies are simply the candles on the cake.

Wimbledon is not the tournament I love.

I don't like how they treat the players. There are small things that don't cost them anything and they make such a big deal out of it. If they treat us this way, well, we have to treat them the same. We want to be respected, the way we respect Wimbledon, even if it is not the best Grand Slam on earth.

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.

Well, I don't like to make outlandish statements.

Not all the time. But Wimbledon would have beaten them 10-0.

I had always dreamed of winning Wimbledon and when it happened it was very stressful. It was more of a relief!

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