QUOTEBOOK: 2017 – The Year in Quotes

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“Stay classy, sassy and a little bit bad-assy.” – Madison Keys

“Someday we will be free to be who we are and love who we love. For now, time to join the dance.” – Ted Tinling to Billie Jean King after her victory in the movie “Battle of the Sexes”

“This is the most extraordinary year I’ve ever seen.” – John McEnroe

“Of course, girl. Did you see that check that lady handed me? Like, yes, man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will.” – Sloane Stephens, who pocketed $3.7 million, on whether she hopes to win another Slam

“Shut the front door! I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before. Oh, my God. That’s a stat. Snaps for me.” – Sloane, who made just six unforced errors in the US Open final

“The hug. That’s what we’ll remember.” – Alyssa Roenigk on the embrace of Stephens and Madison Keys after the US Open final

“The only thing I don’t like is the rules.” – Fabio Fognini on Wimbledon

“I’ll break that, you imbecile. I’ll break it over your head.” – Fognini about writer Ubaldo Scanagatta’s cell phone during a dust-up with his fellow Italian over Fabio’s being kicked out of the Open

“Once you get an Italian talking, they can hardly stop.” – Boris Becker on Fognini

”This isn’t a tour de force, this is a tour de Federer.” – a British voice in the Wimbledon press room.

“Joy is a key thing to me.” – Federer

“Federer can bend time, but there is going to come a day when he shows his age.” – Chris Fowler

“Keep playing – tennis needs you.” – Federer to Nadal during the Aussie Open awards ceremony

“When I go out there and someone’s across the net from me…I’m accepting all major credit cards and unforced errors.” – Venus Williams

“Your win has always been my win.” – Venus after losing the Aussie Open final to Serena

“You don’t want to get in the way of any of her death glares. She’s got a few.” – The BBC on Latvian Jelena Ostapenko

“He’s pretty swaggery.” – Kayla Day on her dad

“They are Michael [Jackson] and I’m [his brother] Tito. Tito got to play some pretty cool venues too.” – the self-deprecating Hall of Famer Andy Roddick

“Doubles is on life support.” – John McEnroe

“I’d like to thank my team, family, girlfriends. Girlfriend – sorry, without the s.” – David Goffin while addressing the Rotterdam crowd

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bored out there.” – Bernie Tomic

“Set for life.” – Young Aussie Bernie Tomic when asked to describe himself in three words

“The doubters now can’t say much.” – Jack Sock, after reaching his first Masters semis

“If you want to own a sports team, there’s no other place to go than World TeamTennis, unless you’re a billionaire.” – World TeamTennis owner Mark Ein



“Wimbledon saved my life.” – Marion Bartoli

“I cannot be without tennis.” – Andrey Rublev, 19

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