Thats the hard part about sport: as men we havent started to be in our prime, but as athletes we are old people. I needed support. I lost trust and did stupid things.
I believe that everything in life happens for a reason.
If I go into a club now, all the blonde girls leave my corner and all the black girls come into my corner. It’s as if I’m racist towards white girls!
Girls are a distraction and can easily cost points.
So this is it. Match point for eternity.
The boys are so powerful off of the baseline now that they don’t have to come to the net to finish points. That’s the reason we went to the net. To finish the point. Nowadays, even the big guys can hit winners four feet behind the baseline.
The only thing I had on my mind was tennis, and sometimes girls,… My life was all about tennis. My office was the whole world. The word home didn’t really exist.
Before, I wouldn’t have sacrificed anything for tennis but when I met Barbara it was different. I would have sacrificed tennis for Barbara.
Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing.
When I was a child, I had posters of James Dean in my room. I was a big admirer of his work and was fascinated by him living on the edge. Looking back, my life was kind of the same.
I don’t really care what the man on the street thinks. I never did anything to please him in the first place, and I’m not going to start now.
The eyes of some of the fans at Davis Cup matches scare me. There’s no light in them. Fixed emotions. Blind worship. Horror. It makes me think of what happened to us long ago.
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves.
I drew my strength from fear. Fear of losing. I don’t remember the games I won, only the games I lost.
I know what it’s like to be married and to live in a house with a garden, but it’s not something I’m striving for at the moment.
A few years after my first son was born, he wanted to know how we chose his name, so I began reading him the story of Noah’s Ark.
I’m a different man now. I’m still a romantic, I still believe in love, but when I met Barbara I was looking for it. Now, I don’t know.
I didn’t start a war. Nobody died.
The suit-and-tie job is very nice, but it’s not really who I am in my heart.
An autobiography is not about pictures; it’s about the stories; it’s about honesty and as much truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people’s privacy.
I want to be a hero, a small and good kind of hero, even though I know heroes have very short lives.
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