50 Encouraging Tennis Quotes About Winning from Famous Tennis Players

Wins and losses are an inevitable part of any sport. Managing the outcomes of challenging sports such as tennis is not an easy task. Ability to manage success and failure in sports requires tremendous mental fortitude. An athlete’s response to the outcome of a game varies depending on their mental approach and expectation. Winning and losing are natural parts of any sport, but it is often the process that athletes focus on in order to achieve long-term consistency in performance.
We’ve gathered uplifting tennis quotes about winning and losing in this post. Through these quotes, one can learn about various approaches and mindsets that can be used to deal with the final results of any major tournament. Tennis players compete all year long. During that time, they experienced a variety of outcomes that did not always go their way. However, as a professional athlete, one cannot dwell on negative match results for too long; rather, they must move on to the next juncture while learning from previous results that did not go their way.

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  1. The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practicing, enjoy every day, enjoying to work hard, trying to be a better player than before. Rafael Nadal, tennis player

  2. It’s very important to move on and I think, losses also make you stronger. Roger Federer, tennis player

  3. The winner is the one who believes in victory more. Novak Djokovic, tennis player

  4. You need to love winning, you can’t just hate losing. It’s too negative. Andy Murray, tennis player

  5. Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever. Billie Jean King, tennis player

  6. The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. Martina Navratilova, tennis player

  7. My greatest victory was every time I walked out there, I gave it everything I had. I left everything out there. That’s what I’m most proud of. Jimmy Connors, tennis player

  8. If you don’t lose, you can’t enjoy victories. You have to accept both things. Rafael Nadal , tennis player

  9. You have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better. Stan Wawrinka, tennis player

  10. If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. Chris Evert, tennis player

  11. I think the tennis is only a game. You can lose. You can win. After that? In life, there are much more important things than tennis. Rafael Nadal, tennis player

  12. At the end of the day it’s just a tennis match, you know, it’s not life or death. But that being said, it means so much when you put so much into it. So it’s just finding that balance. Heather Watson, tennis player

  13. As much as the loss hurts, I don’t find it as a loss. I find it as an opportunity to learn. I mean, I’m turning it into a positive. Denis Shapovalov, tennis player

  14. You learn every single time. That’s the thing, you never stop. You never reach the perfect equation in sports, I don’t think, in tennis. There’s always a loss around the corner that you’ve got to learn from. Venus Williams, tennis player

  15. Each tournament is a new challenge, and it doesn’t matter if you win or not. I mean, you go again and you have to try to win again. Gabriela Sabatini, tennis player

  16. People think when you’re struggling and not winning matches it’s because you’re not working hard. John Isner, tennis player

  17. Winning is now a desire and no longer a need. Serena Williams, tennis player

  18. You learn more when you lose. The winner doesn’t really learn that much. Naomi Osaka, tennis player

  19. At the end of the day winning is great but it’s the competition that is more fun. Robert Fahey, Australian tennis player

  20. I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play. Boris Becker, tennis player

  21. A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. Billie Jean King, tennis player

  22. Greatest thing in life: Winning a tennis match. Second greatest thing in life: Losing a tennis match. Jimmy Connors, tennis player

  23. Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Arthur Ashe, tennis player

  24. I always felt tennis and winning was a byproduct of doing everything right. Andre Agassi, tennis player

  25. I don’t need my happiness, my well-being, to be based on winning and losing. Chris Evert, tennis player

  26. Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had. Serena Williams, tennis player

  27. If I win, it’s nice. But even if I don’t win, I will keep smiling. Simona Halep, tennis player

  28. I always try to imagine myself as a winner. I think there is a power to that. Also there has to be, next to the willpower, strength that comes not just from your physical self, but from your mental and emotional self. Novak Djokovic, tennis player

  29. I often think of those who have nothing, who have to suffer every day, so a winner, a game, set, match will never give me immense joy, only satisfaction. Karolína Plíšková, Czech tennis player

  30. Every loss teaches you something. The quicker you learn from the losses, then forget about the actual losing, the better off you will be. Maria Sharapova, tennis player

  31. Losing makes me even more motivated. Serena Williams, tennis player

  32. My comeback was not about winning or losing; it was about the feeling of being able to compete at top level again. Thomas Muster, tennis player

  33. Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking, start feeling. Andre Agassi, tennis player

  34. We cannot dwell over a loss or a win for very long. We have no time to celebrate; we have no time to dwell; we have to move on. Wake up the next day and try and win the match. Sania Mirza, tennis player

  35. It’s not about winning first place but bringing every element of effort to whatever you do. Diana Nyad, tennis player

  36. I certainly don’t lose any sleep if I lose a tennis match. Ivan Lendl, tennis player

  37. What I want out of tennis is not necessarily just winning. Jennifer Capriati, tennis player

  38. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. Venus Williams, tennis player

  39. I’ve stayed calm when I’m winning and I’ve stayed calm when I’ve lost. Tennis is a sport where we have a lot of tournaments every week, so you can’t celebrate a lot when you have big victories, and you cannot get too down when you’re losing. Rafael Nadal, tennis player

  40. Never change a winning game; always change a losing one. Bill Tilden, tennis player

  41. Without elegance, playing and winning are not enough. René Lacoste, tennis player

  42. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. Roger Federer, tennis player

  43. Nobody likes a poor loser, but nobody likes a poor winner, as well. So you treat those two things equally. Lindsay Davenport, former tennis player

  44. That’s tennis. There is only one winner. But it’s a great first experience for me. Ons Jabeur, tennis player

  45. You have to control your emotions when you lose and when you win. Nothing is terrible when you lose and nothing is fantastic when you win. You have to find the right point and keep working. Rafael Nadal, tennis player

  46. Sometimes it’s harder to deal with success than the times you are losing. Iga Swiatek, tennis player

  47. I drew my strength from fear. Fear of losing. I don’t remember the games I won, only the games I lost. Boris Becker, tennis player

  48. When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you win, you fail to see your mistakes and probably no one can tell you anything. Venus Williams, tennis player

  49. There are things we can’t control – like the wins and the losses.. Jim Courier, tennis player

  50. I get my drive and determination from just winning and playing tennis. I know if I don’t work, I won’t get rewarded. Samantha Stosur, tennis player



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

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Also See:

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Inspiring Tennis Quotes About Life


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