Best Tennis Quotes of All Time

March 4, 2021

It’s been said that each game of tennis is a mini life lesson — and we couldn’t agree more.

Hard work, discipline, sportsmanship, focus and pure love of the game…you’ll find all of this and more each time you step on the court. We could wax poetic about tennis all day, but we’ll leave it to the pros. Check out our favorite tennis quotes below to inspire your next game!

“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.”

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

 

“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

 

“You only live once, but you get to serve twice.”

Author Unknown

 

“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

 

“The next point — that’s all you must think about.”

-Rod Laver

 

“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

 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

-Arthur Ashe

 

“To err is human. To put the blame on someone else is doubles.”

-Author Unknown

 

“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 for 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 fear no one but respect everyone.”

-Roger Federer

 

“It’s good when you’re out there on a tennis court. There’s nowhere to hide. It’s all you, tactically, physically, mentally.”

-Nick Kyrgios

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

-Naomi Osaka

 

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