Motivational Tennis Quotes

25 famous and funny tennis quotes


Are you looking for some inspiration to motivate yourself? This compilation of motivational tennis quotes is for you. Sports are a clever way of training your body and mind to synchronize and harmonize especially if that sport is tennis. Tennis is an intense game; players fight so hard for each point and in the end, one is looser and then there's a winner. Tennis players do not just play the game, they live it, practice, exercise and all routine revolves around it.


Tennis is gaining popularity worldwide. For fans, tennis is like a suspense thriller movie with five sets. Their eyes move with the ball and heartbeat with every stroke. Sitting in a tennis court, they don't just see the game, they play it, imagine it and cherish each and every moment of it.


Starting a sporting activity is not an easy task especially if the game is as hard and nerve-racking as tennis is. If you are someone or know someone who is taking this leap or is already playing tennis and is losing focus or needs a jolt of motivation, these motivational tennis quotes will make you want to play more and surpass your usual self!


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

  • Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. - Rafael Nadal

  • Winning is a way of expressing yourself. - Boris Becker

  • Almost everybody's here doing the same thing. Who am I to come up with an excuse when there's 64 other players here doing the same thing? 63 others, sorry. - Andy Roddick

  • The great part about tennis is you can't run out the clock.... As long as we were still playing, I had a chance. - Andre Agassi

  • As a Tennis player, you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better. - Stan Wawrinka

  • What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. - John McEnroe

  • The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. - Martina Navratilova

  • If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. - Serena Williams

  • Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you. - Roger Federer

  • Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. - Arthur Ashe

  • I hate to lose more than I love to win. - Jimmy Connors

  • Tennis has given me soul. - Martina Navratilova

  • It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. - Roger Federer

    15.Tennis belongs to the individualistic past - a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world. - Jacques Barzun

    16.When I play, I feel like in a theatre, why should I look ugly then, because I'm a tennis player? - Anna Kournikova

  • The next point - that's all you must think about. - Rod Laver

  • Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands. - Novak Djokovic

  • Some people say I have attitude — maybe I do — but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. - Venus Williams

  • Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it's not the only thing. I'm not going to play forever. - Novak Djokovic

  • I told myself to play free. You play the ball. You don’t play the opponent. Be free in your head. Be free in your shots. Go for it. The brave will be rewarded here. - Roger Federer

  • Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had. - Jimmy Connors

  • Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it. - Andre Agassi

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

  • I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore. - Goran Ivanišević

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