Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking, start feeling. My shots become a half-second quicker, my decisions become the product of instinct rather than logic.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
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.
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
I never knew I was grunting, it was just part of my strokes.
I play each point like my life depends on it.
I want my tennis to speak for everything.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.
If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
I’ll let the racket do the talking.
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself.
Just go out there and do what you have to do.
Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy.
My motto is: I’m alive, so that means I can do anything.
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
Spectacular performances are preceded by spectacular preparation.
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.
Tennis has given me soul.
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
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.
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves.
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.
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.
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.
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
Winning is a way of expressing yourself.