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Sky News TV - William Shakespeare & Henry V 2012 - Yannick Noah - Hall of Fame TV - Sporting Greats TV - Jimmy Connors & Crowd - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! 2006 - George Bernard Shaw - Monica Seles - Chris Evert - Pat Cash - Arthur Ashe - Serena Williams - James Kenneth Stephen - Pete Sampras - Spitting Image TV -  

 

 

127,253.  She [Serena Williams] definitely likes grass.  Jacquie Beltrao, Sky News 14 May 2019

 

 

46,060.  Tennis balls, my liege.  (Shakespeare & Tennis)  The Hollow Crown: Henry V 2012 starring Tim Hiddleston & Geraldine Chaplin & Paul Freeman & Julie Walters & John Hurt & Tom Georgeson & Richard Griffiths & Paterson Joseph & James Laurenson et al, director Thea Sharrock

 

 

51,654.  When we have matched our rackets to these balls,

We will in France, by God’s grace, play a set

Shall strike his father’s crown into the hazard.  William Shakespeare, Henry V I ii 261

 

 

89,088.  Arthur Ashe had been the first black athlete to play Johannesburg at the time of apartheid.  (South Africa & Tennis)  Yannick Noah

 

 

90,781.  Back in 1975 the hottest thing in tennis was the brilliant brash Jimmy Conners.  So brilliant in fact that when he faced Arthur Ashe in the 1975 Wimbledon Final most observers were simply hoping the old-timer Ashe wasn’t humiliated.  Hall of Fame: The Upsets

 

90,782.  Arthur Ashe woke up next morning with a plan.  He decided to completely alter his game [soft returns].  ibid.

 

62,711.  [Arthur] Ash tragically died of AIDS in 1993, but he left us with the memory of arguably the greatest Wimbledon upset of all time.  (AIDS & Tennis)  ibid.

 

90,783.  Goran Ivanisevic was one of those players who really really wanted to win.  The trouble was he never ever did ... A wild-card as a gesture of good-will ... Ivanisevic had been saved [by the rain against Henman] ... Amazingly he found himself serving for a place in the Final [against Rafter] ... After three hours of tennis Goran found himself serving for the match.  ibid.

 

 

90,784.  In 1980 two of the greatest tennis players of all time – Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe met in the Wimbledon final.  It will be remembered as one of the greatest sporting clashes of all time ... The tie-breaker went on for an epic thirty-three points before McEnroe eventually sealed the set.  After over three hours on court the match was all square with one final set to play.  Hall of Fame: Clash of the Titans

 

 

90,785.  One of the saddest sights in sport is watching someone who is infinitely capable of winning, but now contriving to pull defeat from the jaws of victory ... There is perhaps no finer example of a Choke than what happened at Wimbledon in 1993.  Jana Novotna came into the tournament already established as a talented tennis player, albeit with one crucial flaw.  But in 1993 she looked as if this would finally be her year.  Hall of Fame: Tearjerkers

 

 

90,786.  Maria Sharapova: aged just seventeen, it wasn’t just her ability to scream that was making headlines ... The hard work had paid off.  Sharapova, at the age of seventeen, had claimed her first Wimbledon title.  Hall of Fame: Do You Remember the First Time? 

 

 

90,788.  In 1996 Richard Krajicek wasn’t seeded ... But Krajicek had a secret weapon – his incredible serve.  But 1996 was a strange year from the start - perhaps even more bizarre than Cliff’s singing, five seeds went out in the first round ... Sampras simply couldn’t cope.  Hall of Fame: One-Hit Wonders

 

90,789.  Tennis has a habit of producing great rollercoasters ... 1992 between two guys who would become Wimbledon legends ... In the 1992 final Agassi would come up against another big-hitter.  It was the super-serve against the style ... Ivanisevic ... Goran’s serve could never be dismissed ... Andre Agassi had won Wimbledon.  ibid.

  

90,790.  In the early nineties two individuals came together who would shape doubles tennis for ever, and who quickly became one of the most feared tennis partnerships in history: soon to be known as the Woodies,  neither Todd Woodbridge nor Mark Woodford had set the world alight on the singles circuit ... They appeared to be playing flawless doubles tennis ... Five consecutive Wimbledon finals.  ibid.

 

90,791.  They’d done it: an remarkable sixth Wimbledon won in straight sets marked the end of the partnership.  ibid.

 

 

90,792.  In a golden age of tennis where the game has reached new levels of physicality and speed one man has taken his sport into new territory.  Sporting Greats – Rafael Nadal

 

90,793.  In 2006 Nadal reached his first Wimbledon final.  ibid.

 

90,794.  In 2008 Nadal met Federer in their sixth Grand Slam final.  ibid.

 

90,795.  Arguably the greatest match of tennis ever seen ... 4 hours 48 minutes of tennis.  ibid.

 

90,796.  His second Wimbledon crown in 2010.  ibid.

 

 

90,797.  Member of crowd:  Come on, Jimmy.

 

Jimmy Conners:  I’m trying for Christ’s sake.  1975 Wimbledon Final

 

 

90,787.  Contortionist Captain Frodo, a member of the Circus Oz, dislocates certain bones in his body to enable him to pass his body through a tennis racket as part of his performance!  Ripleys Believe It Or Not! 2006

 

 

90,788.  You cannot be serious.  (Tennis & Serious)  John McEnroe

 

 

90,793.  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

 

 

90,789.  Anyone for tennis?  Typical of drawing-room comedies; viz George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Anybody on for a game of tennis?’

 

 

90,790.  Tennis has to become everything to you if you’re going to make it to the top.  You have to live it.  Monica Seles

 

 

90,791.  To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible.  You have to be stubborn.  You have to be arrogant.  You have to be selfish and self-absorbed.  Kind of tunnel vision almost.  Chris Evert

 

 

90,792.  Women’s tennis is two sets of rubbish that lasts only half an hour.  Pat Cash

 

 

90,794.  I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.  Arthur Ashe

 

 

90,795.  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

 

 

90,796.  To see Good Tennis!  What divine joy

Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ?

Let other people play at other things;

The King of Games is still the Game of Kings.  James Kenneth Stephen, Parker's Piece 

 

 

104,081.  Er, well I feel now it’s time for me to retire seen as I’ve licked everyone in women’s tennis.  Spitting Image s17e3, Martina Navratilova, ITV 1994    

 

 

91,379.  I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy.  I wanted to be the guy who won titles.  (Titles & Tennis)  Pete Sampras