A collection of some of the Wimbledon web team’s favourite quotes from the 2009 Championships, including Venus Williams on the perils of being tall and how Robin Soderling thinks he can beat Roger Federer.
“Nobody can tell me to stop grunting. If they have to fine me, go ahead, ’cause I’d rather get fined than lose a match because I had to stop grunting. That’s all. If people don’t like my grunting, they can always leave.” Michelle Larcher De Brito was clearly saving her voice for the post match press conference after the Portuguese grunter was uncharacteristically quiet throughout her first-round straight sets victory against Klara Zakopalova.
“Oh, don’t get there, because otherwise you’re gonna see a lot of balls flying around and racquets, and a lot of swearing. I don’t think you want that extreme.” Marat Safin explains how the world would work if the players were allowed to express their emotions without fear of censure.
“I don’t know. Probably not a lot. I’ll just keep it, rainy day. I might not be a tennis player soon, might be stacking shelves. I haven’t had to think about it but Tesco’s are offering, though.” Great Britain’s Daniel Evans proves that his head is definitely not stuck in the clouds with a good old dash of realism when asked what he would be doing with his prize money after losing to Nikolay Davydenko in the first round.
“I think maybe one winnable match. I think I played one year Kevin Kim. That was definitely a winnable match for me. The other matches were pretty tough.” Alex Bogdanovic responds to a question about whether his eight defeats were winnable.
“Well, when I walk behind short people I feel like I’m going to fall over because I start taking these little steps, and I can’t take little steps. I take big steps. I’ve always been large, always been tall. I don’t know anything about small.” Venus Williams on the perils of being tall.
“It looks so easy when he steps on the court. It looks so easy, doesn’t it? And I think he’s such a great champion. I mean, I was so thrilled for him when he won French Open. I actually had little tears in my eyes when he was doing the speech.” Ana Ivanovic, just another victim of the Roger Federer effect.
“Yeah, I’m a control freak. Yeah, I love controlling. You know, I’m used to that. You can’t get this good without some kind of a little idiosyncrasy.” Venus Williams successfully turns what could be deemed a negative personality trait into another weapon in her already lethal tennis armoury.
“I think I will beat him in a marathon ‑ easy. I’m pretty good at marathon. I’m a strong guy. I think I’m stronger than him.” After suffering a straight sets defeat to Roger Federer, Robin Soderling decides it is time to take on the Swiss star at a different sport in the hope that the playing fields may be a little more even.
“It was my victory dance. It just came because I was happy. It was planned because all of my matches here after I was doing that.” After overpowering Fernando Verdasco with his prolific service game, Ivo Karlovic then stunned the No.1 Court crowd with his “victory dance”. Yes, Ivo the explanation was needed.
“The life here is strange, often rain. This week there was a good sun, so was a good present.” Francesca Schiavone, just one of many thousands grateful for the Mediterranean conditions that descended over SW19.
“I mean, I use some of my trophies for make-up brushes, so, you know, maybe I’ll just take a step back and be like, Hmm. Take all the make-up brushes out and really appreciate every title and every trophy.” Until that moment of reflection arrives, at least the contents of Serena Williams’ vast trophy cabinet are not going to waste.
“I hope I can come on the Champions Dinner, because I have a plane at 10:30. I hope I can change the tickets.” Boys’ champion Andrey Kuznetsov’s victory and the accompanying All England Club celebrations must have come as a bit of a surprise.