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Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses.
To err is human. To put the blame on someone else is doubles.
You only live once, but you get to serve twice.
Love is nothing in tennis, but in life it’s everything.
If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.
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.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
If I were to say, ”God, why me?” about the bad things, then I should have said, ”God, why me?” about the good things that happened in my life.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
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.
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo L. Black
But that won’t give me a free hand to hold the beer.
Billy Carter, while being taught a two-handed backhand shot
The primary conception of tennis is to get the ball over the net and at the same time to keep it within bounds of the court; failing this, within the borders of the neighborhood.
In tennis the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe.
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
The serve was invented so that the net could play.
Tennis is not a gentle game. Psychologically, it is vicious. That people are only just beginning to come to terms with this fact illustrates just how big a con trick has been perpetrated on the non-playing tennis public – and even a few players, usually losing players – for decades.
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.
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
Good shot, bad luck, and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.
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Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.
Vitas Gerulaitis, on finally beating Jimmy Connors
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.
Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us? It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault.
Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
Billie Jean King
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
The next point — that’s all you must think about.
Tennis is an addiction that once it has truly hooked a man will not let him go.
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.
I’ll let the racket do the talking.
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons.
It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball.
Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn’t changed in 10 years.
The cunning competitor plays on the other party’s guilt. Continuously praise your opponent’s shots, and you’ll notice how he begins to press. Self-beratement also serves to balance a guilty conscience for being successful and makes your opponent disturbed for upsetting you so. If on occasion you call one of your opponent’s “out” shots “in,” then later on you can innocently call an “in” shot “out” on a crucial play. Practice saying “Good try,” sincerely; then you can call a lot of close shots “out” and get away with it.
Speed in tennis is a strange mixture of intuition, guesswork, footwork and hair-trigger reflexes. Many of the players famed for quickness on court would finish dead last in a field of schoolgirls in a race over any distance more than ten yards.
It’s difficult for most people to imagine the creative process in tennis. Seemingly it’s just an athletic matter of hitting the ball consistently well within the boundaries of the court. That analysis is just as specious as thinking that the difficulty in portraying King Lear on stage is learning all the lines.
Some people say I have attitude — maybe I do — but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.
Though your game is hardly the best
You can fray your opponent’s nerves
By methodically bouncing the ball
At least ten times before your serves.
Arnold J. Zarett
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