The Tennis players that we all know and love do not just inspire us from the courts as they play. They also bring much inspiration from the words they speak. Their words of wisdom shall live with us forever and we will remember them for years to come. Here are some of the most notable words by some of our well-known players.
“If we all trained our minds as much as we are training our muscles and physical body, I think we would achieve and maximize our potential. We don’t know how much we can really achieve until we have this kind of mindset of wanting always to evolve and improve. I believe in the power of the mind and visualization, which is a big part of my everyday life”.
“I remember as a kid, I was improvising and making little trophies out of different materials and going in front of the mirror, lifting the trophies and saying ‘Nole was the champion!'”
You live during the match, and you have strong emotions, but you don’t want to get too overexcited. My body’s totally flat now. I cannot move anymore. I’m totally exhausted, just because of the tension out there.
Losing is not my enemy. Fear of losing is my enemy.
“Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.”
“At the end of the day, you battle yourself the most.”
“The mental side is an important part of the tennis puzzle. If you are able to master all areas of being a professional athlete, you can be successful. My mental coach has taught me very simple things, such as creating a system and a routine in your daily life that helps you to work”.
“If you want to be different to other players, take a different approach. If you want to be just like any other player, do what every other player does. The choice is easy”.
“You’ve just got to get over that mental hurdle and those battles in your own head during matches when things aren’t going so well. It takes time. It’s probably all things I already knew, but for someone to talk about it maybe in a different way makes you realize things.”
I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. The mental part is very important.
This time last year I would have said Federer would beat Sampras’s record. Now I’m not so sure. His aura has gone. He’s not as dominant as he was, and since I beat him in Australia he’s looked frustrated. Players are beginning to challenge him now, especially myself and Rafa. He’s got 12 Grand Slams to his name and maybe he will beat Sampras, but now I’m here it will be tough for him.
Almost everybody’s here does the same thing. Who am I to come up with an excuse when there are 64 other players here doing the same thing? 63 others, sorry.
I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there are so many things I can improve on.
You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.
That’s when you’ve got to grit your teeth and hang in there and try and find a way to win when you’re not playing your best tennis – that’s what I can be proud oTimothy Gallwey, “The Inner Game of Tennis”
Both Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King used these phrases (“playing out of one’s mind,” or “over one’s head”) to describe their performances while winning the finals at Wimbledon in 1975. . . . The player loses himself in the action, continually breaking the false limits placed on is potential. Awareness becomes acutely heightened, while analysis, anxiety and self-conscious thought are completely forgotten. Enjoyment is at a peak – pure and unspoiled.
Getting such inspiration from the players gives us insight and motivation even in other life matters other than sports. We are thrilled that our tennis favourites give us more than just great matches.