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Quote of the Month Archives

September 2020:

Quote of the Month:

"Fitness is not about being better than someone else… it's about being better than you used to be."

~ www.livebetter.org.uk


August 2020:

"He is a sensitive player [tactile]. He needs to feel the ball. If everything starts to get too mechanical and he loses his feeling, he drops. Nico (new coach Nikolas Massu) has given him this opportunity to find his own ways. "

~ - Tennis.com on Dominic Thiem's ascendancy to the top of the game.


May 2020:

"Playing a good tennis match gives you an overwhelming feeling of elation. Nothing else in the world matters at that time. All the stress and strain of the mundane, the housework, the nine-to-five-job, are buried and forgotten as you concentrate on the game at hand"

~ Lisa Scully-O'Grady


May 2020:

"Is only a tennis match. At the end, that's life. There is much more important things."

~ Rafa Nadal after a loss


April, 2020

"Just being in your body and feeling enough as you are; trying to get out of the headiness of it all.

Lots of athletes get out of their own way and let their bodies perform. I love watching tennis.

It's like a multidirectional game, where you have to be quite gentle but it's also gladiatorial. The ones who really give themselves over to it in the moment relax, in a way. Like Serena and Roger Federer."

~ Long Distance Horse Racing Champion Lara Prior-Palmer on athletic performance


March, 2020

Quote of the Month:

"Mr. Grafton shows how even our simplest actions depend on levels of awareness and adroitness that robot engineers can only dream of emulating. Under the hood we use a lot of very fancy machinery to…navigate the environment and generally keep track of what our bodies are doing"

~ David Papineau in a WSJ review of
Scott Grafton's book Physical Intelligence


February, 2020

"I was not really swinging freely, and she was."

~ Naomi Osaka on losing to Coco Gauff at the AO

"Seventy-five percent of her first serves went in, and she took 76 % of those points."

~NY Times Kurt Streeter

"I'm just thinking about playing ball. I just always have that belief I can win, regardless of the opponent."

~ Coco Gauff



"...in reality, the idea that there can be a 'greatest player of all time' is a fantasy. It is quite impossible to compare Rod Laver with Roger Federer or Nadal with Lacoste in any meaningful way. In practice the tale of endless progress [the modern game] only succeeds in devaluing the past."

~ Elizabeth Wilson, Love Game (2014)



"Nothing great can be achieved without enthusiasm."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



"You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"

~ Plato



"Our imaginations, when allied with the faculties of sense perception, have given us a deep vein of psychic riches."

~ Andrew Stark interpreting Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's Out of Our Minds


September, 2019

"If your results are too good in practice, the practice is probably too easy, and you're not learning something new."

~ Jeff Albert, Major League Baseball Hitting Coach on Hitting Practice Regimens


August, 2019

"Gauff does not just have precocious power. She has uncommon court sense for a player of any age, a grasp of when to attack, when to defend and when to improvise."

~ NY Times tennis columnist Christopher Clarey, on 15 year old phenom Coco Gauff


July, 2019

"IThere is always something to improve, even for them. You think Novak's return cannot be better, and he is working on it. Rafa, we've been working on his serve. Roger became much more aggressive starting in 2017. So it's good…to see that even the best ever still want to improve, still want to evolve.""

~ Carlos Moya (Nada's Coach) on how the Big Three still remain on top of the young guns.


June, 2019

"I know that with them I have to be twice more focused and not give points away. They don't overplay, don't do crazy things. But they play so right and they always actually are confident with themselves with anything they are doing."

~ World #7 Stephanos Tsitsipas, on why playing Federer, Nadal, Djokovic is different


May, 2019

"He worked longer and harder and more obsessively than anyone else. I wanted people to understand that genius doesn't come fully formed"

~ David Hare on Ballet Legend Rudolph Nureyev


April, 2019

"I just try my best. I'm not thinking about the victory or anything else during the match. I try not to think about who is on the other side of the court."

~ Belinda Bencic. World #20 after her
success at Indian Wells 2019


March, 2019

"The key to winning doubles is picking a good partner."

~ Tom Gullikson


February, 2019

"If he hadn't lived, Michael and I might still be out there playing." "

~ Stephan Edberg, after losing the '91 Wimbledon
final to Michael Stich, 4-6,7-6,7-6,7-6, without
dropping serve, after learning of Van Alen's passing


January, 2019

"The fear of failure overcame the desire for success."

~ Former USA Olympic Ski Coach, Marjan Cernigoj, on an underachieving athlete


december, 2018

"We pretend that tennis is all about winning, but if that were true, why don't you just play someone you can beat every time? What we really want is a challenge, and tennis teaches how to overcome doubts and fears.."

~ Timothy Gallwey, Author of The Inner Game of Tennis


November, 2018

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony."

~ - Albert Einstein: Three Rules of Work


September, 2018

"Sometimes, a defeat can be more beautiful and satisfying than certain victories. The English have a point in insisting that it matters not who won or lost, but how you played the game."

~ Arthur Ashe from Days of Grace