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 met with my lawyers. They gave me all the wrong advice. For a long time I refused to accept the child was mine. I should have met her, arranged a DNA test and accepted my responsibility.
The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves.
I’m not a God, I make mistakes.
For a year, I had all sorts of weirdos coming on to me.
I go to my favourite tournament, I talk about my favourite sport and it’s just a great month of parading.
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.
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.
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.
Girls are a distraction and can easily cost points.
I believed in raising my children as I had been raised.
I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn’t thinking about the big picture. I didn’t notice what they said on television, I wasn’t reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble.
Winning is a way of expressing yourself.
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.
When you are thrown onto the stage at 17 in such an enormous way, it becomes living on the edge because every step you take, every word you speak, every action you do becomes headline news. And it became, for me, life or death.
I believe that everything in life happens for a reason.
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 go to London, my favourite city in the world, and I feel at home.
The suit-and-tie job is very nice, but it’s not really who I am in my heart.
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I Love to play.
I can’t change history, I don’t want to change history. I can only change the future. I’m working on that.
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