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77 Inspirational Quotes About Tennis (PASSION)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes About Tennis

“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
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. - Andre Agassi
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. – Andre Agassi
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play. - Boris Becker
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play. – Boris Becker
One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. - Billie Jean King
One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. – Billie Jean King
I want to reach absolute perfection. And I think I can reach it. - Steffi Graf
I want to reach absolute perfection. And I think I can reach it. – Steffi Graf

“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 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
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
Tennis is, more than most sports, a sport of the mind. - Rafael Nadal
Tennis is, more than most sports, a sport of the mind. – Rafael Nadal
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 Ivanisevic
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 Ivanisevic
Tennis is a tough sport – there are no draws. - Roger Federer
Tennis is a tough sport – there are no draws. – Roger Federer

15 Inspirational Quotes About Tennis that Will Improve Your Game

“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
My motto is I’m alive, so that means I can do anything. - Venus Williams
My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything. – Venus Williams
You have to find it. No one else can find it for you. - Bjorn Borg
You have to find it. No one else can find it for you. – Bjorn Borg

“I’ve been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.”

Maria Sharapova
If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart. - Chris Evert
If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart. – Chris Evert
You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you. - 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. – Roger Federer
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. - Arthur Ashe
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. – Arthur Ashe

“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.”

Andy Roddick
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
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 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. - Venus 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. – Venus Williams
I'm really trying to focus myself on playing tennis, and I think that's really important. - Stefan Edberg
I’m really trying to focus myself on playing tennis, and I think that’s really important. – Stefan Edberg
I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. - Naomi Osaka
I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game. – Naomi Osaka
Tennis is a fine balance between determination and tiredness. - Virginia Wade
Tennis is a fine balance between determination and tiredness. – Virginia Wade
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. - Arthur Ashe
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe
The fifth set is not about tennis, it's about nerves. - Boris Becker
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves. – Boris Becker

14 Quotes About Tennis from Famous Players

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. - Rafael Nadal
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. – Rafael Nadal
I want my tennis to speak for everything. - Maria Sharapova
I want my tennis to speak for everything. – Maria Sharapova
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. - Justine Henin
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. – Justine Henin
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
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
When I was serving for the match, there was a sense of how big a moment that is in British tennis history. It's great to have finally done it. - Andy Murray
When I was serving for the match, there was a sense of how big a moment that is in British tennis history. It’s great to have finally done it. – Andy Murray
I don't think, that you can ever get your game to perfection, you know. Only if you're Federer. - Novak Djokovic
I don’t think, that you can ever get your game to perfection, you know. Only if you’re Federer. – Novak Djokovic
I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on. - Serena Williams
I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on. – Serena Williams
It's easier when you play. You get your emotion out. You scream. You yell. You do whatever you want. You play. But it's tough to sit. - Goran Ivanisevic
It’s easier when you play. You get your emotion out. You scream. You yell. You do whatever you want. You play. But it’s tough to sit. – Goran Ivanisevic
You have to want to play it all day, every day to get to the top. - Monica Seles
You have to want to play it all day, every day to get to the top. – Monica Seles
Tennis has given me soul. - Martina Navratilova
Tennis has given me soul. – Martina Navratilova
Being number two sucks. - Andre Agassi
Being number two sucks. – Andre Agassi
It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball. - Pete Sampras
It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball. – Pete Sampras
I never look back, I look forward. - Steffi Graf
I never look back, I look forward. – Steffi Graf
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. - Venus 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. – Venus Williams

16 Encouraging Quotes About Tennis for Winning and Losing

“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
It is very important not to think about losing. - Venus Williams
It is very important not to think about losing. – Venus Williams
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. - Billie Jean King
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. – Billie Jean King

“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
When you start from nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry. I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want. I want to win. - Maria Sharapova
When you start from nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry. I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want. I want to win. – Maria Sharapova
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. - Arthur Ashe
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. – Arthur Ashe

“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 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 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
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
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

“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.”

Stanislas Wawrinka
Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. - Rafael Nadal
Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. – Rafael Nadal
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. - Andre Agassi
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. – Andre Agassi
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
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 you don't lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things. - Rafael Nadal
If you don’t lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things. – Rafael Nadal
When the last point is done, we are humans. Give your opponent a hug and say, 'great fight,' and that's all. - Novak Djokovic
When the last point is done, we are humans. Give your opponent a hug and say, ‘great fight,’ and that’s all. – Novak Djokovic
It's shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you're just thinking about nothing except winning every point. - Andre Agassi
It’s shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you’re just thinking about nothing except winning every point. – Andre Agassi

7 Quotes About Tennis that Will Motivate You in Life

Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end, all that you are left with is your character. - Ana Ivanovic
Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end, all that you are left with is your character. – Ana Ivanovic
I've grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God's reward, then losing is how He teaches us. - Serena Williams
I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how He teaches us. – Serena Williams
The next point - that's all you must think about. - Rod Laver
The next point – that’s all you must think about. – Rod Laver
Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again. Fail better. - Stan Wawrinka
Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again. Fail better. – Stan Wawrinka
Success is walking out of here with the title, and anything less is not good enough in my book. - Pete Sampras
Success is walking out of here with the title, and anything less is not good enough in my book. – Pete Sampras
I've been in a lot of trouble and come out of it. I think it shows a lot of good character. - Stefan Edberg
I’ve been in a lot of trouble and come out of it. I think it shows a lot of good character. – Stefan Edberg
I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind. - Martina Hingis
I didn’t have the same fitness or ability as the other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind. – Martina Hingis

15 Quotes About Tennis that Will Make You Think

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. - Billie Jean King
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. – Billie Jean King
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. - Robert Frost
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. – Robert Frost
I am the best tennis player who cannot play tennis. - Ion Tiriac
I am the best tennis player who cannot play tennis. – Ion Tiriac
The ball is round, the game is long. - Bjorn Borg
The ball is round, the game is long. – Bjorn Borg
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. - J.M. Barrie
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. – J.M. Barrie
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go. - Russell Lynes
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go. – Russell Lynes
I’m only superstitious on the tennis court. - Rafael Nadal
I’m only superstitious on the tennis court. – Rafael Nadal
Every time I hit the ball on the wall I used to pretend I was there [Wimbledon]. When I went to sleep I used to pretend I was there. - Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Every time I hit the ball on the wall I used to pretend I was there [Wimbledon]. When I went to sleep I used to pretend I was there. – Evonne Goolagong Cawley
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
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
Tennis the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time. - Martin Amis
Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time. – Martin Amis
The Williams sisters had something else each other, and their absolute dominance. - Anne Helen Petersen
The Williams sisters had something else: each other, and their absolute dominance. – Anne Helen Petersen
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall. - Mitch Hedberg
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall. – Mitch Hedberg
There’s too much money and too many nice guys around. - John McEnroe
There’s too much money and too many nice guys around. – John McEnroe
Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation. - Frank Giampaolo
Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation. – Frank Giampaolo
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world. - Jacques Barzun
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world. – Jacques Barzun

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