Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tennis quotes - words to play by, words to live by

Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. - Rafael Nadal

I play each point like my life depends on it. - Rafael Nadal

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

It's no accident, I think, that 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. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it's all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It's our choice. - Andre Agassi, Open
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. - Justine Henin

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. - Arthur Ashe

Greatest thing in life: Winning a tennis match. Second greatest thing in life: Losing a tennis match - Jimmy Connors

Just go out there and do what you have to do. – Martina Navratilova

Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball. - Billie Jean King

The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself - Goran Ivanisevic
Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row
Vitas Gerulaitis (on finally beating Jimmy Connors)

What matters isn't how well you play when you're playing well. What matters is how well you play when you're playing badly. - Martina Navratilova
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. - Arthur Ashe
Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation. - Frank Giampaolo
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. - Arthur Ashe

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. - Billie Jean King

The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves. - Boris Becker

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. - Martina Navratilova

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. - Andre Agassi

You don’t have to hate your opponents to beat them. - Kim Clijsters

You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. - Arthur Ashe

I hate to lose more than I love to win. - Jimmy Connors

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