You Cannot be Serious
am not a monster. I'm not all bad. Maybe 10 percent. I think I'm 90 percent
"I'm getting tired of saying hello to Stan Smith and not getting any
reply. I'm cocky and confident and maybe I'm too bullheaded sometimes,
but I think I have some fan and player support. I know what the others
say, but I'm not that obnoxious. I am not a punk. I'm 5' 10", 155 pounds.
I've got broad shoulders and I can pack a punch. Most of these guys are
windbags anyway. If they ever try anything with me, I'll be to the net
"I know I look ferocious, but I never forget my mother's birthday."
"People don't seem to understand that it's a damn war out there. Maybe
my methods aren't socially acceptable to some, but it's what I have to
do to survive. I don't go out there to love my enemy. I go out there to
"We are professionals. The crowd must be allowed to participate. New
Yorkers want blood."
"It would be a nice place if you took all the people out of the city."
"Women's tennis is two sets of rubbish that lasts only half an hour."
"I started when I was 4, but I didn't play seriously until I was 8."
"I don't know that I changed all that much. They just found somebody
"If you're paid before you walk on the court, what's the point in playing
as if your life depended on it? Hell, if you've locked up a bundle of
money from a challenge match, you might as well take a vacation the rest
of the year. "
"The incredible thing about playing her is if I hit a winner I will hear
'Good shot!' I keep saying to myself, 'Is this girl real?' She is."
"Equality? They ought to play the women's final on opening day. Everybody
knows who's going to be in it."
"Her tennis isn't going to straighten out until she straightens out her
"There is a terrific apprehension among some people that blacks will
take over the sport... It will create problems because their behavior,
speech and dress is just a completely different culture."
"What? Don't tell me that! That's the biggest crock of dump! Being the
U.S. Open champion is what I've lived for. If these guys are relieved
at losing, something is wrong with the game - and with them."
"You are the absolute pits of the world!"
"I wonder if she knows what's going on yet. That's great. She's winning.
Wait'll she learns how to choke."
"You cannot be serious!"
"Manners are manners. Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase have no respect.
I don't want my kid seeing Nastase play. The demeanor you show on the
court is important to tennis.... Maybe we (yesterday's stars) were too
stereotyped. But we were told to behave or they'd take our racket away."
"I didn't aspire to be a good sport; 'champion' was good enough for me."
"I didn't start a war. Nobody died."
"I am the best tennis player who cannot play tennis."
"I learned that it will be fun if it's all like this."
"I want to reach absolute perfection. And I think I can reach it." -
"I want to be remembered as a great player, but I guess it will be as
a player who got angry on a tennis court."
"It became 24 hours a day. When I slept, I suspected a secret camera
under the sheet. The more I worked to live up to my nationalistic obligations,
the more harassed I became. It's tough to handle at age 23, but much harder
at 17 and 18."
"I may have exaggerated a bit when I said that 80 percent of the top
100 women are fat pigs. What I meant to say was 75 percent of the top
100 women are fat pigs."
"My accomplishments do not live up to my tennis game. Most people have
to work really hard and win some big matches, and then they get money
and popularity. For me it has been the reverse of everybody else. The
"If [Harry] Hopman told his squad to go jump a fence, they wouldn't think
twice. If I ask a player to go practice his serve for half an hour, he
will probably want to know why."
"My femininity is always something I've tried to preserve in this dog-eat-dog
"My goal one day is to be in the same sentence as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.
If I can match them for 10 years, I'd be in their company. They were class
acts. That's what I'd like to be."
"What is it that Americans see in Agassi? I think he's short, hairy,
balding and stupid."
"It's not easy for me to live with, knowing that I'm Number 1 because
she was attacked."
"His day is done, and now we're doing it. And we're doing it pretty
well and not with fingers in the air and our hands on our crotches."
"There's too much money and too many nice guys around."
"She might be No. 1 in two years, but will she last five years?"
"This is something you'd die for. The intensity of playing against Pete
is something above and beyond anything I feel against anybody else, and
beyond the rivalry there's that hunt for No. 1."
"When you become a top player, you think that nothing else and nobody
else matters. You can tell everybody on earth, 'Listen, I'm playing tennis,
I don't have time for you. I'm in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, screw
everybody and everything else.' "
"I used to go into pubs and people would want to pick a fight with me.
I would hear a group of girls say: 'Oh look, there's Pat Cash.' And then
one of them would come up to me and say, 'You think you're so good,' and
throw a drink in my face. That kind of reaction from people was a bit
of a shock initially, and you don't ever really get used to it."
"The thing is, I've never really cared much about the tour. I play,
do press, then I'm out of there."
"Women should never be allowed on centre court."
"Big money encourages tanking. In my opinion, tanking is going on even
with a lot of the top guys today - it's quite evident."
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