By Chris Oddo, Monday, September 2, 2013
Who said what at the U.S. Open last week?
Who said what during the first week of the U.S. Open? Read on and find out...
Photo Source: Andy Kentla
1. Tim Smyczek, on what it was like to be the last American standing:
2. Sloane Stephens talking about her top ten hopes:
“I never heard somebody yell out from the stands, 'You're our last hope.' That was new (smiling).”
3. Rising American Alison Riske, on the rise of American women's tennis:
“I have a chance to break the top 10 at the end of the year. I'm 200 points away from it. I have no points to defend. I'm playing five tournaments. I think I have a pretty good shot. If I don't make that, then shame on me.”
4. 32-year-old AussieLleyton Hewitt , on his practice session with Roger Federer on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I feel like the world better watch out, we're coming after them.”
5. Former World No. 5 Jimmy Arias , commenting on Roger Federer's chances against Rafael Nadal if they should meet in the quarterfinals.
“It was funny, we didn't do any points at all. We just did drills for four hours.”
6. Grizzled veteran Tommy Haas, on being the oldest player in the U.S. Open's third round.
“I give him a ten percent—five percent even—chance. I don't give him much of a chance.”
7. A disappointed Jamie Hampton, after coming out flat in and suffering a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Sloane Stephens in the third round:
“If you look at maybe triathletes or even the ironmans, those are the guys in my age or even older and they're doing their best times ever... You know, as long as you keep trying and pushing as much as you can, who knows where it can take you? For me, it's been definitely worth every little time that I have dedicated to it...”
8. Laura Robson, commenting on fellow Brit Daniel Evans' tattoo, after his first-round win over Kei Nishikori.
“I think that I've had tendencies, shown tendencies to play really bad in big moments. Kind of sucks. I'm incredibly, incredibly disappointed in the way I played today.”
“He's got a Jesus tattoo. I mean, if you've ever spoken to him, he's really not the most religious person. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.”
9. Telling it like it is after Petra Kvitova's second-round victory over Misaki Doi in three sets, Martina Navratilova had this to say:
10. Great Britain's Dan Evans when asked why he had to have his nipples taped during his second-round victory over Bernard Tomic:
“She'll want to throw that second set into the garbage bag.”
11. Tennis legend Nick Bollettieri, commenting on the no-holds-barred doubles style of Serena and Venus Williams:
“Well, my nipples were about the color of your shirt.”
12. After defeating Gael Monfils in front of a decidedly pro-Monfils crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium, John Isner tweeted this:
“Venus and Serena are hitting missiles. And the targets are their opponents.”
13. In his series of interviews with New York Times Straight Sets Andy Murray talked about what it would be like if tennis had longer build-ups between matches like boxing does:
“I miss the south. #godscountry”
14. Gael Monfils, on how he feels about the big apple:
“It would be interesting to see if, say for example, Roger and Rafa, they weren’t doing anything for four months, but they knew at the end of that four months they were going to play against each other. What sort of adjustments would they make? What things would they work on for those four months? For sure they would play a different match, because they’re going to be playing the same way in practice over and over again, just working on the patterns of play that work specifically against each other.”
“Here [the crowd support] is the most I get after Paris. I always say here is my second home.”