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200+ Best Tennis Quotes or Sayings
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
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall. – Mitch Hedberg
Being champion is all well and good, but you can’t eat a crown. – Althea Gibson
If we all trained our minds as much as we are training our muscles and physical body, I think we would achieve and maximize our potential. We don’t know how much we can really achieve until we have this kind of mindset of wanting always to evolve and improve. I believe in the power of the mind and visualization, which is a big part of my everyday life. – Novak Djokovic
It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball. –
I have these two sayings, “Champions adjust” and “Pressure is a privilege”. Tennis teaches you about those things. When you’re playing a Tennis match, you can’t say, “Stop, I want to do another take”, or “Can I play that over?” That’s the way sports are. — Billy Jean King
Never discuss love with a tennis player, it means nothing to them — Unknown
You always want to win. That is why you play tennis because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it. – Roger Federer
I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.
Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone. ~ Martina Navratilova
I don’t like to lose — at anything — yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. – Serena Williams
There is no way around hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there’s always something which you can improve. – Roger Federer
All I cared about in tennis was winning. —Pete Sampras
Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it? – Serena Williams
Growing up I wasn’t the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope.? – Serena Williams
Winning is a way of expressing yourself.
I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’, and hook up with them later. – Mitch Hedberg
Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible. – Jennifer Capriati
I remember as a kid, I was improvising and making little trophies out of different materials and going in front of the mirror, lifting the trophies and saying ‘Nole was the champion!’ -Novak Djokovic
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work – Andre Agassi
I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. -Naomi Osaka
To see Good Tennis! What divine joy Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ? Let other people play at other things; The King of Games is still the Game of Kings. –James Kenneth Stephen
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. — Arthur Ashe
I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments. – Roger Federer
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there’s going to be a life after tennis that’s a lot longer than your tennis life. ~ Chris Evert
I think it’s very hard for coaches to work with me. They’ll no doubt have a good CV afterward, but at the same time, they’re under a lot of pressure. – Roger Federer
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves. —Boris Becker
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. – Serena Williams
Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
Sometimes you’re looking to play perfect tennis but it’s not going to happen all the time and you have to accept it. – Andy Murray
Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people. – John McEnroe
You live during the match, and you have strong emotions, but you don’t want to get too overexcited. My body’s totally flat now. I cannot move anymore. I’m totally exhausted, just because of the tension out there. – Roger Federer
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe
You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman. ― Martina Navratilova
Everything in tennis is so neat and nice but boxing has sport down to its essence; it is very pure and I like that. – Andy Murray
Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. – Jimmy Connors
At the end of the day, you battle yourself the most. – Novak Djokovic
I’ve got more out of tennis than I could ever give back. — Andy Roddick
This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes. Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that’s what I was able to do today. – Roger Federer
I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.
I think the key is for women not to set any limits. ~ Martina Navratilova
There was a time where some players didn’t believe they could beat the top guys. So maybe there’s a little bit of a thing happening at the moment. I’m happy about that, that players believe they can beat the best on the biggest courts in the biggest matches.
I’ve got more out of tennis than I could ever give back. —Andy Roddick
I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate. – Serena Williams
I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I’m still learning to love myself.
I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on. ―Serena Williams
You are always talking about yourself and tennis and how you are feeling. I try to avoid it when I don’t
Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking, start feeling. My shots become a half-second quicker, my decisions become the product of instinct rather than logic. – Andre Agassi
The mental side is an important part of the tennis puzzle. If you are able to master all areas of being a professional athlete, you can be successful. My mental coach has taught me very simple things, such as creating a system and a routine in your daily life that helps you to work. – Tomas Berdych
I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons. – Yannick Noah
If I’d wanted to be an individual, I’d have taken up Tennis. – Ruud Gullit
Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses. — Unknown
The serve, I was too young and too small and not enough power to have a good service when I was young, so my forehand was always my signature shot. So I used to always run around my backhand, you know, use my forehand as much as I could, and so that’s why I think it’s my strength also today. – Roger Federer
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. ~ Billie Jean King
What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions. – Roger Federer
Tennis goals are tennis dreams with deadlines. —Unknown
I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. – Serena Williams
There’s one thing I’m really good at, and that’s hitting the ball over a net, in a box. I’m excellent.
I am here to play women’s tennis. I’m a lady. Predominantly, most of the time I always like to play ladies. ―Serena Williams
A lot of the players are very complimentary about each other; they embrace at the end of matches because the level of tennis has been so good. I think that’s something that tennis has got to be proud of. – Andy Murray
I hate to lose more than I love to win. – Jimmy Connors
If you want to be different to other players, take a different approach. If you want to be just like any other player, do what every other player does. The choice is easy. – Craig Townsend
That’s what you do all the hard work for, to play in situations that put your body through grueling times. If you’re not up to it, pull out! – Lleyton Hewitt
To the tennis Court, and there saw the King play at Tennis and others; but to see how the King’s play was extolled, without any cause at all, was a loathsome sight. – Samuel Pepys
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. — John McEnroe
I don’t play for the record books. – Roger Federer
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. ~ Andre Agassi
I am now the Wimbledon champion, and I think that gives me even more confidence coming to the Olympics. And maybe in some ways, it maybe takes some pressure off the Olympics, because I already did win at Wimbledon this year.
Tennis and golf are best played, not watched. —Roger Kahn
Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game. – Serena Williams
With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That’s what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don’t want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. ―Serena Williams
Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for. – Andy Murray
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play. – Boris Becker
You’ve just got to get over that mental hurdle and those battles in your own head during matches when things aren’t going so well. It takes time. It’s probably all things I already knew, but for someone to talk about it maybe in a different way makes you realize things. – Sam Stosur
The mark of a great sportsman is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst – Martina Navratilova
For me, Roger is the greatest player ever who played the tennis game. It’s always good to see him play and win and we are going to see so much more of Federer in the future; he is going to win more grand slam tournaments. – Roger Federer
I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are. – Roger Federer
We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.
Women’s tennis is the leader in women’s sports. Equal prize money is a no-brainer. ~ Billie Jean King
I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.
I play each point like my life depends on it. —Rafael Nadal
Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. – Serena Williams
The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.
I want to reach absolute perfection. And I think I can reach it. ―Steffi Graf
I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men. – Marilyn Monroe
I want my tennis to speak for everything. – Maria Sharapova
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. The mental part is very important. – Justine Henin
I let my racket do the talking. That’s what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches. – Pete Sampras
A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action. It is as if a Tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of Tennis. You must act as you breathe. – Georges Clemenceau
I have learned to be even more patient. – Roger Federer
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. ~ Martina Navratilova
It is always in my mind still that I can crush anybody. That’s not an issue. But I think that is the same for most athletes. If you don’t believe you can win tournaments anymore, then you can’t do it.
The ball is round, the game is long. —Bjorn Borg
Venus told me the other day that champions don’t get nervous in tight situations. That really helped me a lot. I decided I shouldn’t get nervous and just do the best I can. – Serena Williams
I’m definitely not a fearless individual.
I never look back, I look forward. ―Steffi Graf
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player. – Bill Gates
If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart. – Chris Evert
This time last year I would have said Federer would beat Sampras’s record. Now I’m not so sure. His aura has gone. He’s not as dominant as he was, and since I beat him in Australia he’s looked frustrated. Players are beginning to challenge him now, especially myself and Rafa. He’s got 12 Grand Slams to his name and maybe he will beat Sampras, but now I’m here it will be tough for him. – Novak Djokovic
I’ll let the racket do the talking. – John McEnroe
Tennis was always sort of a learning tool. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it – Andre Agassi
Oh, I would be honored to even be compared to Roger. He has such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest Tennis player of all time. – Roger Federer
By the way, what a polite game tennis is. The chief word in it seems to be “sorry” and admiration of each other’s play crosses the net as frequently as the ball. ~ Sir James Matthew Barrie
I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper. – Roger Federer
You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.
The toughest thing I ever said to an umpire was, ‘Are you sure? —Rod Laver
When I’m down, I talk to myself a lot. I look crazy because I’m constantly having an argument with myself. – Serena Williams
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.
Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn’t have been the same player. ―Steffi Graf
I come from a family that has always emphasized and enjoyed sports – golf, tennis, football, baseball, and the rest. – Robert Kennedy
Just go out there and do what you have to do. – Martina Navratilova
Almost everybody’s here doing the same thing. Who am I to come up with an excuse when there are 64 other players here doing the same thing? 63 others, sorry. – Andy Roddick
Tennis was never worked for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had – Jimmy Connors
In my opinion he’s the best player ever. When you play Tennis, playing Federer is kind of a dream because you can see he does everything you would love to do on the court. – Roger Federer
We can’t always agree on everything. – Roger Federer
Your inner beliefs and notions about tennis, create, govern and become everything you do on the court. ~ Dale Prevost
Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical-I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that’s what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure, I can see things very clear.
My game is a lot about footwork. If I move well – I play well. —Roger Federer
We all know who the real number one is. Quite frankly, I’m the best in the world. – Serena Williams
I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.
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. ―Pete Sampras
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. – Tom Brady
Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation. – Frank Giampaolo
You have to find it. No one else can find it for you. – Bjorn Borg
We’re from the ghetto. Venus is a ghetto Cinderella. People from the ghetto don’t get nervous. – Richard Williams
Today I was playing my best Tennis, trying lots of different things, but nothing worked. When you’re playing like that and he still comes up with all those great shots you really have to wonder if he’s even from the same planet. – Roger Federer
My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum is from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world. – Roger Federer
Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people. ~ Martina Navratilova
Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.
Love is nothing in tennis, but in life it’s everything. —Unknown
Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had. – Serena Williams
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.
Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there. ―Venus Williams
I have tennis shoes with little rhinestones that I slip on if I exercise. But I always wear heels, even around the house. I’m such a short little thing, I can’t reach my kitchen cabinets. – Dolly Parton
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. – Lleyton Hewitt
The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself. – Goran Ivanisevic
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. – Andy Murray
Being a husband is for me as big a priority as being a father. – Roger Federer
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst. ~ Martina Navratilova
Once you find that peace, that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that’s when you start playing your best.
Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win. —David Foster
I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die. – Serena Williams
The thing about tennis is if you stay off for two weeks, or just for three days, you can lose your rhythm quickly. So it’s just a question of constant diligence and vigilance.
Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine. – Sally Ride
Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love — the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence because every match is a life in miniature. – Andre Agassi
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. – Monica Seles
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. – Billie Jean King
My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred. – Roger Federer
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
Losing is not my enemy..fear of losing is my enemy. —Rafael Nadal
Luck has nothing to do with it because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come. – Serena Williams
I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.
My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything.
I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis. – Sally Ride
You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them. – Kim Clijsters
I tried to use everything that I’ve trained, as in forgetting about the past and focusing on the present. And that’s helped me a lot. I’ve done a lot of mental training since I was very young and it’s paying off now. – Leylah Annie Fernandez
I listen to him most of the time, some of the time I switch off. – Andy Murray
When I won in 2003, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win Wimbledon and have my kids seeing me lift the trophy, so this is pretty surreal. And yeah, I was almost shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely. – Roger Federer
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go. —Russell Lynes
I’ve always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it. – Serena Williams
I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn’t easy – it took me a while. – Serena Williams
I just try to stay positive and focused on the tennis, not let anything get to me, like crazy questions. But I’m tough, let me tell you, tough as nails.
Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis. – Arthur Ashe
You’ll hear a lot of applause in your life, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end. – Andre Agassi
I’m not lucky. If I play another player, even if I don’t play really well, I think I can win. – Richard Gasquet
Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis. – Andre Agassi
Sometimes I am a different character in different languages. I have different enjoyment from them. Sometimes different answers come out of me. Like, I didn’t even know that about me. I get to know myself through different languages, actually. – Roger Federer
The serve was invented so that the net could play. —Bill Cosby
If anything, you know, I think losing makes me even more motivated. – Serena Williams
It is very important not to think about losing.
What I love about tennis is gracefulness. It’s an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse. – Virgil Abloh
You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. – Arthur Ashe
Everything is possible in this life… – Marat Safin
She is a woman . . . I am a man. – Marat Safin
I used to get nervous, you know if my parents would come to watch. And then I would get nervous if my friends came and watched. Today it’s not a problem anymore actually because now I enjoy it. I see that they, you know, respect me immensely, and I try to put on a good show and show that I can still play very good tennis. – Roger Federer
I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it. – Serena Williams
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
―Billie Jean King
Usually, I wear tennis shoes because my feet are flat, and it hurts to wear anything other than shoes that are cushiony. – Ellen DeGeneres
It’s like love. When you look too hard, you don’t find it. When you let it happen naturally, it comes. –Marat Safin
Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing. – Boris Becker
In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. —Andy Murray
I don’t know if I’ve had my share of drama, but I’ve definitely had my share of hard times. – Serena Williams
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.
Today’s average American is more apt to rebel against a tennis shoe not coming in the right color than against the slow erosion of our democratic freedom. – Marianne Williamson
You don’t think about anything because you just try to play every game, every point. If you get some chance, you try to take this chance. – Nikolay Davydenko
You don’t think people would go on about my looks if I was No. 500 in the world instead of No.12, do you? Anyway, as I keep telling everyone, you can’t blame me for looking like this on purpose. – Anna Kournikova
It’s always good to play tennis with a better player to bring out the best in you. —Vicki Lawrence
To this day, I don’t love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills. – Serena Williams
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. ―Arthur Ashe
I was just another long-haired teenage kid with visions of grandeur, strumming a tennis racket or a broom in front of his bedroom mirror. – Jon Bon Jovi
You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. – Chris Evert
It’s not really a shorter skirt, I just have longer legs. – Anna Kournikova
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world. —Jacques Barzun
People see me on the court only as a superhero, grunting and winning. They think you’re a robot, and I’m not. – Serena Williams
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ―Arthur Ashe
With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour. – Mario Andretti
A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems. – Ana Ivanovic
I’m like an expensive menu…you can look but you can’t afford! – Anna Kournikova
I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore. —Goran Ivanišević
I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. – Serena Williams
I’m not the best player in the history of tennis. I think I’m amongst the best. That’s true. That’s enough for me.
I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men and two women on each team. – Billie Jean King
He’ll go down as one of the guys who changed our sport in a lot of ways, not only the way he played the game but also the way that he conducted himself on and off the court. – Lleyton Hewitt
Against him, I don’t need to be a step and a half quicker. – Pete Sampras
In tennis, the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe. —Elliot Chaze
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I try not to have too many rituals because I believe that rituals don’t help you win. I used to do rituals a lot and it was crazy. – Serena William
Tennis is a hard sport. There is a lot of competition all year and you play alone.
I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks. – Billie Jean King
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 the Wimbledon champion. – Goran Ivanisevic
Not yet. It’s my first day on the job. Give me some time. – Marat Safin