101 Most Inspirational & Fun Tennis Quotes

Tennis quotes can both be inspirational and fun, I listed the 101 most iconic quotes from some of the most famous tennis players in the world. Everything from Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer, to Pete Sampras is included below. Which one is your favorite?

“I Have No Sense Of Humor In Losing”

Rafael Nadal

“Losing Is Not My Enemy…. Fear Of Losing Is My Enemy

Rafael Nadal

“I Think Doubts Are Good In Life, The People Who Don’t Have Doubts, I Only Think 2 Things: Arrogance or Not Intelligence”

Rafael Nadal

“I Learned During My Career To Enjoy Suffering”

Rafael Nadal

“Expectations Don’t Win Matches, You Do”

Rafael Nadal

“A Man Who Wins Is A Man Who Thinks He Can”

Roger Federer

“I Fear No One, But Respect All”

Roger Federer

“Whoever Said, ‘It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose That Counts,’ Probably Lost’

Martina Navratilova

“If You Can Keep Playing Tennis When Somebody Is Shooting a Gun Down The Street, That’s Concentration”

Serena Williams

“Tennis Is Mostly Mental. You Win Or Lose The Match Before You Even Go Out There”

Venus Williams

“The Ball Is Round, The Game Is Long”

Bjorn Borg

“Being Number Two Sucks”

Andre Agassi

“I Am The Best Tennis Player Who Cannot Play Tennis”

Ion Tiriac

“In Tennis, It’s Not The Opponent You Fear, It’s The Failure Itself, Knowing How Near You Were But Just Out of Reach”

Andy Murray

“As a Tennis Player, You Have To Get Used To Losing Every Week. Unless You Win The Tournament, You Always Go Home As a Loser. But You Have To Take The Positive Out of a Defeat And Go Back To Work. Improve To Fail Better”

Stan Wawrinka

“I Want All Of You To Know When You Sleep Tonight, I Won Because of You”

Daniil Medvedev

“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

“A Champion Is Afraid Of Losing. Everyone Else Is Afraid Of Winning”

Billie Jean King

“Girls Had Never Been Important. I’d Had a Girlfriend or Two And Had Liked Them a Lot But It Wasn’t Love, Because My First Love Was Tennis”

Boris Becker

“I’m a Perfectionist. I’m Pretty Much Insatiable. I Feel There’s So Many Things I Can Improve On”

Serena Williams

“It’s One-on-One Out There, Man. There Ain’t No Hiding. I Can’t Pass The Ball”

Pete Sampras

“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

“What Rivalry? I Win All The Matches”

Martina Hingis

“Pressure Is Part Of What We Do. It’s Always Present”

Novak Djokovic

“The Winner Is The One Who Believes In Victory More”

Novak Djokovic

“To Be a Legend Is Easy, To Become That Legend Takes Hard Work And Pure Dedication”

Novak Djokovic

“There’s No Way Around Hard Work, Embrace It”

Roger Federer

Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination. The Doing Is Often More Important Than The Outcome”

Arthur Ashe

“Everything Comes At a Cost. Just What Are You Willing To Pay For It?”

Serena Williams

“Winning Is A Way Of Expressing Yourself”

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

I Want To Reach Absolute Perfection. And I Think I Can Reach It.

Steffi Graf

“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

“I Want My Tennis To Speak For Everything”

Maria Sharapova

“It’s Not The Time To Look For Excuses”

Rafael Nadal

“I Play Every Point Like My Life Depends On It”

Rafael Nadal

“Everytime You Don’t Practice, Someone Else Is”

Boris Becker

“Tennis Is a Psychological Sport, You Have To Keep a Clear Head. That Is Why I Stopped Playing”

Boris Becker

“Give It Everything You’ve Got, Leave Nothing Out There”

Andy Murray

“There Is a Fear Of Emotion In Tennis”

Andy Murray

“You Always Have To Continue Working, Because Everybody Is. Once You Stop, The Others Will Overtake You”

Dominic Thiem

“Never Give Up, Because Great Things Take Time”

Dominic Thiem

“The Difference Between Who You Are And Who You Want To Be Is What You Do”

Stefanos Tsitsipas

“Mental Strength Helps You Feel Unbeatable”

Nick Kyrgios

“You Have To Believe In Yourself When No One Else Does”

Serena Williams

“Don’t Let Anyone Work Harder Than You”

Serena Williams

“When You Lose You Get Up, You Make It Better, You Try Again”

Serena Williams

“I Really Think a Champion Is Defined Not By Their Wins, But By How They Can Recover When They Fall”

Serena Williams

“If You Are Afraid Of Losing, Then You Daren’t Win”

Bjorn Borg

“I Am Surprised Of What People Expect Of Me”

Alexander Zverev

“Respect Is Based On Success, And You Only Get That Through Hard Work”

Alexander Zverev

“You Can Change What You Do, But You Can’t Change What You Want”

Alexander Zverev

“All The Good Stuff Is On The Other Side Of Tired”

Andre Agassi

“Nothing Can Substitute For Just Plain Hard Work”

Andre Agassi

“If You Don’t Practice, You Don’t Deserve To Win”

Andre Agassi

“What Makes Something Special Is Not Just What You Have To Gain, But What You Feel There Is To Lose”

Andre Agassi

“A Great Coach Can Lead You To a Place Where You Don’t Need Him Anymore”

Andre Agassi

“Success Doesn’t Always Come In The Form of a Trophy. Keep Striving For Success”

Andre Agassi

“Everybody Loves Success, But They Hate Successful People”

John McEnroe

“I’ll Let The Racket Do The Talking”

John McEnroe

“John McEnroe Is So Good. Against Him, All You Can Do Is Shake Hands And Take a Shower”

Tomas Smid

“I’m Not Playing Wimbledon, Because I’m Allergic To Grass”

Ivan Lendl

“You Have To Focus On The Process. You Cannot Be Glued To The Results”

Ivan Lendl

“I Can’t Speak For Other People, But I Still Hate Losing. When I Did Lose, I Found It Easier To Yell Than Cry. Guys Aren’t Supposed To Cry, Are They?”

John McEnroe

“Be Happy. If You’re Successful, But Unhappy, That’s Emptiness”

John McEnroe

“I Used To Get 2 Racquets a Year. As You Can Imagine, They Didn’t Last Me Too Long”

John McEnroe

“A Win Is a Win”

Stefan Edberg

“All Great Achievements Have One Thing In Common – People With a Passion To Succeed”

Pat Cash

“I Won’t Be Turning Into Novak Anytime Soon”

John Isner

“Don’t Underestimate Yourself, You Are More Capable Than You Think”

Roger Federer

“The Fifth Set Is Not About Tennis, It’s About Nerves”

Boris Becker

“I’m Not Afraid Of Anyone, But Sometime I’m Afraid Of Myself. The Mental Part Is Very Important”

Justine Henin

“No Matter How Far You Make It, In The End, You Want To Be Able To Say: I Gave It My All”

Angelique Kerber

“In My Case, I Can Sincerely Say Nothing Is Impossible”

Novak Djokovic

“The One Thing You Can Do For Sure, Is Push The Luck On Your Side”

Roger Federer

“You Need To Focus On Taking Advantage Of Every Shot You Make”

Gael Monfils

“For Me, Tennis Is a Sport. It’s Not a Job, It’s a Sport”

Gael Monfils

“I Still Have To Prove Everything”

Jannik Sinner

“At One Point In Your Life, You’ll Have The Thing You Want Or The Reasons Why You Don’t”

Andy Roddick

“I Kind Of Know You’re Only As Good As Your Last Result”

Andy Roddick

“If Nothing Else, I’m a Decent Quote”

Andy Roddick

“If There Were Rankings For Press Conferences, I Wouldn’t Have To Worry About Dropping Out Of Top 5, I Hope”

Andy Roddick

“My Serve Has Killed a Small Dog… I’m Joking, I’m Joking! The Dog Was Huge!

Andy Roddick

“The Only Pressure I Feel Is What I Put On Myself”

Andy Roddick

“Stay In School Kids Or You’ll End Up Being An Umpire”

Andy Roddick

“There Are A lot Of Great Juniors Who Have a Very High Level, But Mentally, They’re Not Quite There Yet”

Denis Shapovalov

“Everybody Believes In Something…. Most Of All, We Should Believe In Ourselves”

Novak Djokovic

“Tennis Is A Mental Game. Everyone Is Fit. Everyone Can Hit Great Forehands & Backhands”

Novak Djokovic

“Never Be Satisfied, Always Strive To Be Better”

Milos Raonic

“The Time Your Game Is Most Vulnerable Is When Your Ahead, Never Let Up”

Rod Laver

“The Next Point – That’s All You Must Think About”

Rod Laver

“My Goal One Day Is To Be In The Same Sentence As Rod Laver & Ken Rosewall”

Pete Sampras

“The Roughest Thing I Ever Said To An Umpire Was – Are You Sure?

Rod Laver

“When You Have The Opportunity, You Strike”

Rod Laver

“I Certainly Don’t Lose Any Sleep If I Lose a Tennis Match”

Ivan Lendl

“You Can’t Be Considered a Good Tennis Player Unless You Win Wimbledon. That’s The Way It Is”

Mats Wilander

“Nobody Can Tell Me What I Can And Cannot Do”

Victoria Azarenka

“I Don’t Focus On What I’m Up Against. I Focus On My Goals And I Try To Ignore The Rest”

Venus Williams

“You Have To Go Through Rough Patches To Achieve Great Things”

Victoria Azarenka

“Just Believe In Yourself, Even If You Don’t, Pretend Like You Do And At Some Point You Will”

Venus Williams

“I Hate To Lose More Than I Love To Win. I Hate To See The Happiness On Their Faces When They Beat Me”

Jimmy Connors

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