30 Funny Tennis Quotes Said by Players

Tennis is a highly popular sport and has its own stars and celebrities. While Tennis is very adrenaline filled and aggressive at times, there are some comedic aspects of the game as well. Famous tennis players have said many inspirational, wise, eye opening, interesting and not to mention- funny things in various press conferences and interviews. 

We have taken the liberty to compile some of such quotes so we could have our readers could knock themselves out reading these humorous tennis quotes.

We have selected 30 of the best funny tennis quotes for your entertainment.

30 Funny Tennis Quotes Said by Players

Quotes are always interesting and motivational. So if that sounds interesting, let’s look at the funniest tennis quotes!

Girls had never been important. I’d had a girlfriend or two and had liked them a lot but it wasn’t love, because my first love was tennis. – Boris Becker

Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost. – Martina Navratilova

The tennis ball doesn’t know how old I am. The ball doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers. – Martina Navratilova

You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman.―Martina Navratilova

I am here to play women’s tennis. I’m a lady. Predominantly, most of the time I always like to play ladies.―Serena Williams

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“What a polite game tennis is. The chief word in it seems to be “sorry” and admiration of each other’s play crosses the net as frequently as the ball. James Matthew Barrie

“An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. Rod Laver

“Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us? It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault. Nat Hentoff

“Tennis is not a gentle game. Psychologically, it is vicious. That people are only just beginning to come to terms with this fact illustrates just how big a con trick has been perpetrated on the non-playing tennis public – and even a few players, usually losing players – for decades. Richard Evans

“Tennis is a psychological sport, you have to keep a clear head. That is why I stopped playing. Boris Becker

“Though your game is hardly the best, you can fray your opponent’s nerves by methodically bouncing the ball at least ten times before your serves. Arnold J. Zarett

“The serve was invented so the net could play. Bill Cosby

“’Oh and Oh’ is a tennis term . . . . It’s a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces. Venus Williams

“The fifth set is not about tennis, it’s about nerves. Boris Becker

“Tennis: a racquet sport in which two players compete to see who has the shortest temper, the worst memory, the poorest eyesight, and the slowest watch. Anonymous

“In tennis, the addict moves about a hard rectangle and seeks to ambush a fuzzy ball with a modified snow-shoe. Elliot Chaze

“She comes from a tennis playing family. Her father’s a dentist. BBC 2

“I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons. Yannick Noah

“The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents: umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself. Goran Ivanisevic

“The primary conception of tennis is to get the ball over the net and at the same time to keep it within the bounds of the court; failing this, within the borders of the neighborhood. Elliot Chaze

“When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40’s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait to reach 50 to start again. Hugo Black

“Behind every tennis player there is another tennis player John McPhee

What rivalry? I win all the matches.
―Martina Hingis

Tennis begins with love.

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Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
―Billie Jean King

Being number two sucks.
―Andre Agassi

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
―Robert Frost

If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.
―Marat Safin

“And let that be a lesson to you all. Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”- Vitas Gerulaitis

“They’ve lost my page. Somebody ripped it out! But I’m the main sponsor for the tour! I’m the guy who paid the most fines, so they should give me respect. There should be a page saying ‘This is the guy who paid the most fines.’ I don’t exist now. I’m a ghost, so I can do whatever I want.” – Goran Ivanisevic

Final Words

So that’s a wrap on the tennis quotes. We hope you found these quirky quotes just as funny and interesting as we did. These tennis players sure do know how to give us a good chuckle or two from their humor.

We hope you had a fun time reading this article and could relate to the little jokes on tennis that were made by your favorite tennis players. That’s it for this article, see you next time!

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