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Roger Federer’s fashion advice, more top quotes from Sony Open

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Roger Federer is so comfortable wearing a sports coat that he can even play tennis in one. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

Roger Federer is so comfortable wearing a sports coat that he can even play tennis in one. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

A collection of our favorite quotes from the early rounds of the Sony Open:

• “My advice is you’ve got to make sure you wear the clothes and not [let] the clothes wear you. It’s quite simple in a way. Don’t wear something you totally feel uncomfortable with, but take some chances. Play around a bit. I felt very uncomfortable in suits when I was younger, so what I just started doing was wearing suits when I was going to dinner. I used to overdress a little bit so I got used to wearing suits. Now wearing a suit is like wearing a track suit for me. So it’s all good.”
– Roger Federer, on his fashion advice for the fellas.

• “I have been on TV so many times that once is OK for me.”
Maria Sharapova, on whether she was disappointed or surprised that her opening-round prime-time match on Stadium Court wasn’t televised.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • ‘Sloane Phi Sigma,’ Federer’s Zen state and more top quotes from Indian Wells

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    Sloane Stephens

    Sloane Stephens on missing out on college: “I am a sorority of one. Sloane Phi Sigma.” (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Here are some of our favorite quotes from the early rounds of the BNP Paribas Open …

    • “So many people say, Oh, she’s lucky. She cannot win anymore [Grand Slam titles], like blah, blah, blah. I say, That’s OK. Doesn’t matter. I already have two in my pocket. Nobody take it.”
    Li Na‘s version of the “haters to the left” speech.

    • “When you are playing a player like Dolgopolov, the way to stop him and the way that I really bother him is when I am solid all the time, playing long, playing high. When I play a high ball and the ball comes short, I try to hit a winner and I open the court all the time. … But when the ball comes back short [to the opponent], I am not able to have the winner or to play a shot that is going to give me that advantage. Then I become a really normal player. I am not anymore a great player. I am a great player when I am doing these kind of things. These kind of things I am not doing the last two days.”
    Rafael Nadal, after losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov. The world No. 1 lamented that he just couldn’t find his rhythm in matches against Dolgopolov and Radek Stepanek at Indian Wells.

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  • Published On Mar 12, 2014
  • Best quotes from the Australian Open

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    Li Na

    Li Na was a hit both on the court and in the interview room. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

    Here are some of our favorite quotes from the Australian Open …

    • Before the tournament, Stanislas Wawrinka wasn’t exactly backing his chances of winning. “I’m not thinking I’m winning a Grand Slam. I’m too far away. I’m trying to improve my game. I’m trying to control what I can. That means the practice. That means my schedule, always to try to improve, to be a better player. The rest — we’ll see. I know I can win more matches. I know that I can play and beat the best players in the world. But it doesn’t mean that I will do it.”

    • But he did. And Wawrinka was at a loss to explain it. “I still think that I’m dreaming. It’s strange feeling. … I never expect to play a final. I never expect to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it.”

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  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • 2013 BTB Awards: They said it

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    Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams

    Sloane Stephens (left) criticized Serena Williams in an explosive magazine interview. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Beyond The Baseline awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today we let the players speak for themselves with a collection of some of the most memorable quotes and zingers from the year. Click here for our complete archive of year-end awards.

    • “I think I’ll put [up] a poster of myself now.”
    – Sloane Stephens, after beating Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Before the match, Stephens told the media that she grew up with a poster of Williams on her wall. 

    • “I made you.”
    Serena Williamsseemingly innocuous tweet after the Australian Open that turned out to be not so innocuous. 

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  • Published On Dec 06, 2013
  • Best quotes from Tour Finals

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal on tour politics: “I don’t want to fight anymore, seriously.” (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    LONDON — Here are some of the best quotes from the ATP World Tour Finals:

    Novak Djokovic confirmed that he’s playing some exhibitions with Rafael Nadal in South America after Davis Cup. “We’ll be seeing each other quite often. I see him more than my mom actually.”

    Nadal is trying to hold off the next generation of ATP stars for as long as he can. “It is very difficult to predict the future, very difficult to know what’s going to happen next year. But what’s happened the last six years, seven years is not going to be forever. We aren’t going to be where we are forever. So one day, the next generation will catch us and will beat us and will be the best players. I don’t know if it will be next year. Hopefully not,” he said, smiling.

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  • Published On Nov 12, 2013
  • Serena’s sportsmanship questioned; more quotes from WTA Championships

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    Serena Williams

    Jelena Jankovic on Serena Williams (pictured): “I never saw her [play sluggishly] when she’s leading.” (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

    ISTANBUL — Some highlights from players’ news conferences during the WTA Championships:

    Li Na and Jelena Jankovic were confused that a fatigued Serena Williams got stronger as her matches progressed in the semifinals and final. “So this is the reason why she lives in Los Angeles, right?” Li joked, seemingly referring to Hollywood’s acting population. “No, I mean, I don’t know ‑‑ I don’t know what happened with her, but when she started the match, she’s already feeling like [she's going to] die. But in the final set, she can serve 180 [kmh, or 112 mph], 190 [kmh, or 118 mph]. I have no idea about this.”

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  • Published On Oct 28, 2013
  • Best quotes from WTA Championships All-Access Hour

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    (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Sport)

    With 17 Grand Slam victories to her name, Serena Williams is within striking distance of Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Sport)

    ISTANBUL — Some highlights from the WTA’s All-Access Hour with the eight players competing at this week’s WTA Championships:

    • Serena Williams isn’t sure she can break Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, but she’s going to try.

    “That would be amazing.  I’m less than 10 away (she has 17), so that’s a start, but even if I was at 23 Grand Slams, it would be very hard, you know, with so many wonderful players, especially now. There are so many great new players coming up. Everyone is so young, everyone is so hungry, everyone wants to be the next No. 1. So, you know, it’s going to be even tough for me to get to 18.  Obviously that’s my goal, but I take it one match at a time.”

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Best quotes from the U.S. Open, Part III

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    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams on on-court coaching: “I don’t want anyone out there on the court with me. It’s my moment.” (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    Here are our favorite quotes from the final three days of the U.S. Open (click here for Part I and Part II):

    Serena Williams scoffed at the idea of having on-court coaching at Grand Slam tournaments, like there is at WTA events. “I don’t want anyone out there on the court with me. It’s my moment. I grew up when tennis was just about you. I’m going to leave the sport with it just being about me.”

    Williams made nearly $3.6 million at the U.S. Open. But she says she’s never actually picked up a prize money check. “I don’t play tennis for the money. I honestly love to play. I love Grand Slams. When I grew up playing tennis in Compton, I just never thought about any of this. I didn’t think about the press. I didn’t even know all this came with everything. I think my dad got me into tennis because of the money, but me being naive and silly, I never thought about it. I just thought, I want to win. I wanted to do what Venus does. I want to win and I want to do more and I want to do more.”

    Williams makes the media rounds after U.S. Open title

    • Well, you can’t say Williams is skipping out on her taxes: “Someone told me today I passed $50 million [in career earnings], but half of that goes to my Uncle Sam [laughter]. I love him. I’m always giving him half my money.”

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  • Published On Sep 10, 2013
  • Best quotes from the U.S. Open, Part II

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    Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic showed some love for the U.S. Open stenographers. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Here are more of our favorite quotes from the U.S. Open (click here for Part I):

    Novak Djokovic took time out of his news conference to praise the stenographers, a small crew of talented people who travel the world along with the tennis tour. “I think most of the players don’t even notice these great people here who are working very hard to catch every word weare saying. And as I am speaking, he was typing exactly what I am saying. Wow, wow, wow, wow.”

    Roger Federer says his ability to make his game look easy has been a double-edged sword, especially now that he’s losing. “It’s always been a fine line, especially in the beginning of my career when I didn’t have the results to back me up,” he said after losing to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. “People thought, Did he even try? Does he care much? Like, He can play so well. Is it so terrible?

    “The story of my life: When I lose, people are shell-shocked to see me play this way. If I win, it’s the best thing. Yeah, I can see that. But there’s no doubt about it, I’m trying hard out there to make it work. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.”

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  • Published On Sep 03, 2013
  • Best quotes from the U.S. Open, Part I

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    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer: “For me, I knew it, winning or losing, practice court or match court, that I love it.” (Mike Groll/AP)

    NEW YORK — Here are some of our favorite quotes from the first few days of the U.S. Open:

    • With all the recent retirements of his contemporaries, Roger Federer insists that he’ll continue to play until his passion runs out, even if that means losing more often. “Clearly when you win everything, it’s fun,” Federer said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean you love the game more. You just like winning, being on the front page, lifting trophies, doing comfortable press conferences. It’s nice. But that doesn’t mean you really actually love it, love it. That maybe shines through maybe more in times when you don’t play that well. For me, I knew it, winning or losing, practice court or match court, that I love it.”

    Roddick, Federer reminisce about 2009 Wimbledon

    Ryan Harrison, who lost easily to Rafael Nadal in the first round, was asked whether his tough season and inability to break through at a Grand Slam tournament has made him lose faith. “Well, I’m 21 years old. If I lost faith in my career at this point, that would be pretty embarrassing. So, no.”

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  • Published On Aug 29, 2013


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