Insightful And Funny Tennis Quotes

Pro Tennis Players are known for their oftentimes insightful and funny tennis quotes. This is a collection of my favorite quotes!

Insightful Tennis Quotes

It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball.
Pete Sampras

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
Andre Agassi

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

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

The next point ? That’s all you must think about.
Rod Laver

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

That’s what you do all the hard work for, to play in situations that put your body through gruelling times. If you’re not up to it, pull out!
Lleyton Hewitt (on the grueling heat at the Aussie Open)

The fifth set is not about Tennis. It’s about nerves
Boris Becker

The mark of a great sportsman is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst
Martina Navratilova

I let my racket do the talking. That’s what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches
Pete Sampras

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration
Serena Williams

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
Chris Evert

Tennis was always sort of a learning tool. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it
Andre Agassi

Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had
Jimmy Connors

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
John McEnroe

We’re from the ghetto. Venus is a ghetto Cinderella. People from the ghetto don’t get nervous
Richard Williams

The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself
Goran Ivanisevic


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Funny Tennis Quotes

Ladies, here’s a hint. If you’re up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. That’s the hardest shot for the well-endowed.
Billie Jean King

Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row
Vitas Gerulaitis (on finally beating Jimmy Connors)

I listen to him most of the time, some of the time I switch off
Andy Murray (on coach Brad Gilbert)

Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis
Andre Agassi

She is woman . . . I am man
Marat Safin (on the difference between him and Anna Kournikova)

He can’t cook
Michael Chang (on Pete Sampras?s weaknesses)

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

You don’t think people would go on about my looks if I was No. 500 in the world instead of No.12, do you? Anyway, as I keep telling everyone, you can’t blame me for looking like this on purpose
Anna Kournikova

It’s not really a shorter skirt, I just have longer legs
Anna Kournikova

I’m like an expensive menu…you can look but you can’t afford!
Anna Kournikova

The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall
Mitch Hedberg

The serve was invented so that the net could play
Bill Cosby

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed
Martina Navratilova

It’s called Retail Therapy
Maria Sharapova (on going shopping after a loss)

Pete is a step and a half slower
Greg Rusedski (after losing to Pete Sampras in the US Open)

Against him I don’t need to be a step and a half quicker
Pete Sampras (Response to previous quote)

Not yet. It’s my first day on the job. Give me some time
Marat Safin (on not breaking a racket during his first match of 2002)

So those are my favorite tennis quotes so far. If you know any funny and/or insightful tennis quotes that are not listed here, feel free to contact me and I will include them.

Hopefully you enjoyed these tennis quotes!

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