50 Best Tennis Quotes To Inspire And Motivate You

Tennis is a globally very popular sport. Tennis has produced many great athletes.

Modern tennis greats such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova are great role models. They inspired young tennis players to achieve their goals.

Here are the most inspirational Tennis quotes of all time:

Tennis Quotes

1. “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

2. “If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win.”

3. “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.”- Roger Federer

4. “When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis.” – Roger Federer

5. “I have two lives, and all the problems I might have, I feel like I drop them once I step on to the match court.” – Roger Federer

6. “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

7. “The great part about tennis is you can’t run out the clock…. As long as we were still playing, I had a chance.”- Andre Agassi

8. “Every good tennis player has to have a short memory. Good or bad.”- Alexander Zverev

9. “Tennis is a tough sport – there are no draws. But if there was one, I would have been happy to accept a draw with Rafa tonight, really.”- Roger Federer

10. “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

11. “When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.”- Steffi Graf

12. “Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation.”- Frank Giampaolo

13. “What is the single most important quality of a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.”- John McEnroe

14. “The next point – that’s all you must think about.”- Rod Laver

15. “One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision.”- Billie Jean King.

16. “Tennis is, more than most sports, a sport of the mind.”- Rafael Nadal.

17. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”- Arthur Ashe

18. “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

19. “It’s shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you’re just thinking about nothing except winning every point.”- Andre Agassi

20. “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

21. “Tennis has given me soul.”- Martina Navratilova

22. “Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing.”- Boris Becker

23. “I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game.”- Naomi Osaka

24. “Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.”- Martina Navratilova

25. “If you’re not a competitor, you’ve just got to go home.”- Venus Williams

26. “I didn’t have the same fitness or ability as the other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind.”- Martina Hingis

27. “Sometimes I wish I could have been a bit more relaxed, but then I wouldn’t have been the same player.”- Steffi Graf

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

29. “If you don’t lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things.”- Rafael Nadal

30. “I never look back; I look forward.”- Steffi Graf

31. “Tennis is a fine balance between determination and tiredness.”- Virginia Wade

32. “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.”- Robert Frost

33. “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

34. “When the last point is done, we are humans. Give your opponent a hug and say, ‘great fight,’ and that’s all.”- Novak Djokovic

35. “I want my tennis to speak for everything.”- Maria Sharapova

36. “No matter what you study, the thing that you know best is what you grew up with.”- Maria Sharapova

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

38. “It is never too late to get into tennis!”- Sam Stosur

39. “Life is like tennis. Those who serve best usually win.”

40. “I don’t play in any tournaments to come second best.”- Andy Murray

41. “When I play, I feel like in a theatre, why should I look ugly then, because I’m a tennis player?”- Anna Kournikova

42. “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

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

44. “I have no sense of humor about losing”- Rafael Nadal.

45. “If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.”- Chris Evert

46. “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

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

48. “Success is walking out of here with the title, and anything less is not good enough in my book.”- Pete Sampras

49. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”- Billie Jean King

50. “… is only a tennis match. At the end, that’s life. There is much more important things.”- Rafael Nadal.

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