QUOTEBOOK: ‘This Is Getting Whack-a-Doodle’

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

“This is getting whack-a-doodle.” – Cindy Shmerler on all the upsets at the US Open

“It’s his heart. It’s as simple as that.” – Tiger Woods to IT on why Rafa Nadal is so great

“Of course, girl. Did you see that check that lady handed me?” – 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 totaled just six unforced errors in the women’s final

“Hey, where’s everyone going, don’t you know Jared Donaldson’s playing next?” – a US Open fan

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

“What is it that Lenny Kravitz sings about the American woman? ‘Stay away from me?’ Surely the opponents of a few of the US women felt that way Thursday.” – Lisa Alobelli

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

“You could hear the strings moving.” – Darren Cahill after Alexandr Dolgopolov hit a sharply-angled backhand volley

“Can you ask me something normal?” – Dolgopolov, while trying to dodge IT’s questions about his possible involvement in match-fixing

“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

“Adversity is never welcomed, but sometimes what comes can be viewed with a gratefulness that’s hard to imagine.” – Sandra Harwitt on Petra Kvitova

“Joy is a key thing to me…Getting the right balance in life.” – Federer

“The hug. That is what we will remember about the US Open women’s final.” – Alyssa Roenigk on the embrace of Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys

“Utter disappointment when you’re up two breaks in one set, a break in the fifth, to choke it all away.” – Jack Sock on his first-round loss

“There are no words to describe how I got here, the process it took…because if you told anyone this story, they’d be like, ‘That’s insane.’” – Sloane Stephens

“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 she wins the “Battle of the Sexes”


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