|By Chris Oddo
||Photo Credit: Manu Fernandez / AP
(April 30, 2012)—It’s Monday. In other words, it is once again time to look back at who said—and Tweeted—what during the week that was in tennis…
"I couldn't really perform, but I am not going to sit here and look for excuses. The world won't stop turning, there will be another tournament." – Victoria Azarenka, not looking for excuses, but happy to make them after losing to Maria Sharapova in the Stuttgart final while dealing with a wrist problem.
“I used to check out other peoples cars. Now I check out other peoples baby strollers.” – Ivo karlovic, showing his age, via Twitter.
“It would’ve been a good week even if I came up short, but I really wanted it today.” – Brian Baker, after clinching a French Open wildcard and winning the Savannah Challenger yesterday. Baker, who has been sidelined for almost six years with injuries, has gone nearly seven years between Grand Slam main draw appearances.
“I wouldn’t pick her to win it, no.” – Chris Evert on the SI Tennis Podcast from April 26th, talking about Maria Sharapova’s French Open chances (without the luxury of knowing that she would beat the last three Grand Slam champions in Stuttgart over the weekend).
“I'm going to be real with you guys. I miss Chris Farley so friggin much.” – Former NCAA champion and current world No. 620 Devin Britton, keeping it real via Twitter
“David always takes you to the limit.” – Rafael Nadal, commenting on his hard-fought Barcelona final with David Ferrer. Regardless of being pushed to the limit, Nadal still managed to win his sixth clay-court final against Ferrer in six tries, without losing a set.
“Maybe she can summon one last burst of glory as the clay-court season progresses -- ideally, at Roland Garros. That would be a fine thing, indeed.” – Bruce Jenkins, in his Inside Tennis column for SI, lamenting on the fading glory of Francesca Schiavone.
“The ratio of forehands to backhands Nadal hits when down breakpoint is scary. Gotta be something like 10/1. Tiebreak. Ferrer had chances.” – The ever observant Darren Cahill, commenting on the Rafael Nadal-David Ferrer Barcelona final, via Twitter.
“Once in a while I wake up with the alarm and it takes me few seconds to really understand where I am... I guess I'm traveling a lot :-)” – Shahar Peer, commenting on the rigors of WTA tour travel itineraries, via Twitter.